The middle of the month has arrived and by now I’ve got a pretty good grasp on what the current favourites for the month of July are. This month has been an interesting one as far as work-life balance is concerned, or my lack-thereof rather.
Spending time on twitter has shown me that it’s quite the same for many of you too, feeling unproductive, overwhelmed and feeling like you’re in a directionless vortex. So, it’s no surprise a lot of the things I’m keen about at the moment are really about ‘me’, and could be about ‘you’.
- Felt tips. Particularly blue, red and black. The way the ink bleeds into the paper feels rigid and correct. I’m usually a blue medium ball point kind of guy, but lately when crafting my own words outside of a day job, a felt tip, well, it just feels right. What is your go to writing device?
- Arianna Huffington’s NY Times Best Seller – The Sleep Revolution. I’m only 1/6th of the way through so I can’t speak too much about it just yet however I can give you this personal spoiler – I’m sleeping a minimum of 7hrs a night now. And that’s a revolution in and of itself.
- Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbeque Sauce. An award winning sauce from ‘Merica. I will put it on the table that I think almost anything that comes out of America I’ll probably think is great. With that said we recently squirtted a generous amount of this stuff on a rack of pork ribs fifteen minutes before taking them out of the oven and all I can say is I spent two days washing my hands from the sticky goodness (disclaimer, not really two days but you get the point). It’s balanced between the spices and the sweetness, allows the flavour of the meat to still relish on your tastebuds but adds the dimension you’d seek from any good quality sauce.
- The local library. When was the last time you visited your local library? I probably won’t be surprised if you say quite often but we haven’t been to ours for some time. Last weekend a brand new, tech first library opened just minutes away and it was love at first sight. Looking like brand ambassadors, we each have an organic Enviro bag with council branding, a fresh piece of plastic with our names on it we can swipe for up to 20 items for and a bunch of books we’ve all started reading. It’s great, local and best of all? It’s free, because it’s supported by council, which I guess is supported by my land rates… You get the picture.
- Rode NT-USB Microphones. A new project (hint – podcast) is underway, one I’m truly excited about. Tests using these microphones so far are going really well. The audio is clear, they are easy enough to use, the build quality is 100 and they look great. Watch this space. Greatest podcast in the world is coming soon. I’m not kidding, I’m that confident.
- Google Podcasts app. I won’t go on too much about it as I already did a review when it was launched whcih you can read here. Worth using if you’re in an android device.
- Another one from Google, the Google Calendar. Been around since 800BC but I recently started using it as an editorial calendar and it’s pretty great. Nothing fancy but allows for the creation of multiple calendars, differentiated easily by colour. It syncs across my devices and being a Google product – it’s completely stable. Which is what we need during such busy times.
- NASA mug. Was this on my last month’s list? I can’t remember. But it’s here now. Unfortunately though the logo is starting to fade. So today I went a bough a new mug, a Superman one. So arguably, that’s my new favourite instead. Are you a fan of mugs?
- #31DBBB. The 31 Days to Build a Better Blog course by Darren Rowse from over at ProBlogger.com is a new course I invested in. I’ve decided it won’t take me 31 days, in fact it won’t take most participants 31 days as it’s packed full of content and in amoungst our busy schedules it’s something we probably fit in late in the evening. The basis of the course is a series of tasks, presented through slideshows, video and written form, designed to improve our blogs. Selfishly I’m trying to build a better blog, for you of course.
Predominantly those are the main go-to’s for this month of July. In some way, shape or form they have either bought comfort, efficiency or variety which in my books covers a healthy numbers of bases.
I’d love to hear any recommendations for things to try out next month. Usually these things hang around month-to-month so if there is anything worthy in your experience, drop me a comment or hit me up on twitter.
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