Next year is already shaping up to be even busier than this one so I am taking this calm before the storm to make sure I have everything as prepped I can. The time blocking has really streamlined things and I’m able to get a lot more done now, including things just for fun.

We’re taking a pottery class starting next Monday…! I would have never felt like I could afford to do that timewise before. I first talk about this with TIME BLOCKING AS A SUPERPOWER here. I’m cautiously optimistic.

My youngest son sent me this video today on being busy versus being productive. I think that’s the secret of the time blocking… because everything has to fit in a box I can only say yes to the things that are the most important to me. I admit, I flinched when they bring up the 20 item to do list. I am guilty. I need to pin the quote from Bruce Lee on my calendar.

But don’t let me keep on about it. The creators over at After Skool are much better at that.

Angela Yuriko Smith

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Shimanchu-American and award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years of experience as a professional writer in nonfiction. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), producer of the Exercise Your Writes YouTube podcast, two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020. She shares a weekly calendar of author opportunities at


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