While the left side of your brain can be good and everything, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the right side should be left to waste. On the contrary, you can look at it as feedback loops, from one to another building what you could call a more solid foundation to work with.
As a refresher, here are the general characteristics of each.
- Logical Thinking
Otherwise generally known as math and sciences.
Commonly referred to as the arts, including music, painting, writing and other activities.
The Current Environment
For most people, our daily lives are pretty much dominated by the left side, at least Monday through Friday in what you could call normal work environments. With the right side something that’s taken up on occasional week nights or weekends. But, when you throw in other personal obligations or distractions, even that limited time can end up dwindling to a trickle, leaving the right side a dormant wasteland.
That’s where a hobby can enter the picture, here are a few reasons and feelings for doing so:
- Little Money Needed: While there are always exceptions, when you think about it most hobbies don’t cost very much outside of your time, which, if it’s something you enjoy, is sort of the purpose anyway. This being different obviously from a normal work environment, where your income or salary are usually the dominant motivation. Good or bad, it is what it is, just being aware of the difference and with that, for a hobby, if you fail, no big deal, it’s not like you had expectations of revenue. This gives you more freedom to try something new.
- Feedback Loops: When working on a hobby, it also allows you to really escape, see the big picture or at least a different perspective of things. With these new perspectives, who knows but having more perspectives is usually better than less, a bigger bag of tricks.
- Eliminate Time: Well, maybe not literally but time flies when having fun, slows to a crawl when not. As any hobbies you’re involved with are usually because it’s fun or enjoyable, likewise time isn’t a huge factor, which you could consider a major left brain consideration.
- Space Too: For most hobbies, you can do them just about anywhere as it’s something you do or create, you could say are more internally focused.
With the result being de-emphasizing left brain tendencies and increasing the right, or at least to a little closer of a balance.
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For anyone interested in visiting or curious to learn more about Sint Maarten, here are 10 interesting facts to get started with.
- 1. There are about 40,000 people that live on Sint Maarten, a constituent country of the Netherlands.
- 2. It makes up the southern half of the island Saint Martin, of which the northern half is a French overseas collective.
- 3. The name Sint Maarten comes from Christopher Columbus sighting it on November 11, 1493, which happened to be St. Martin’s Day after Saint Martin of Tours.
- 4. It was originally used as a stopping point for the Dutch and French between Europe and South America.
- 5. The main settlements include Philipsburg, Lower Prince’s Quarter, Cul de Sac, Cole Bay, Upper Prince’s Quarter, Little Bay, Simpson Bay, and Lowlands.
- 6. The official languages are Dutch and English, others used include an English Creole dialect and French.
- 7. Sint Maarten has a land area of 13.1 square miles or 34 square kilometers.
- 8. The currency used is the Netherlands Antillean Guilder, ANG.
- 9. Flying into Princess Juliana International Airport, planes will fly directly over Maho Beach for the runway, as low as 20 feet as the runway is so close the sea.
- 10. Tourism is a major part of the economy, both for people visiting for longer stays as well as day trips from the many cruise ships sailing through the area.
Have your own networks with others in Sint Maarten
Whether for travel or living in Sint Maarten, here are a few ways you can use Odysen with your activities:
- Use in your preferred language, including Dutch and 33 others.
- Have private networks for the different groups you’re involved with.
- Organize projects, schedule events, and share office files.
- Share multimedia files such as photos, audio or video.
- Have a public page for your network or manage your own website.
Learn more about having your own networks with others in Sint Maarten, including using the applications, languages available, solution examples, and other relevant blog articles.
One of the traps that a freelancer can fall into is how to stay caught up with everything that needs to be done in the so little time you have to do it. Here’s a snapshot overview of the areas involved:
Research: This could be a range of things depending on the freelancing expertise but in general you’re learning more about what you’re going to be working on. Sometimes this could be only minutes if a new idea pops in your head, others could be months or years for more comprehensive or detailed work.
Creating: Doing the actual work, whether this be a writer writing or a designer designing, no more theory, time for action. The time needed for this is usually dependent on how well the research is done, with the better researched the faster it’s created. Picasso used to stare at a blank canvas for hours or days before starting.
Editing: Rarely is something completely done the first time through. You run with something during the creation part but usually need to go back and fine tune for sharing with others. This could be yourself reviewing or having someone else review for feedback. The time for this can vary, sometimes it’s helpful to be able to take a break from it for a while, come back with a refreshed perspective.
Making Available: This is when your work and editing are finally done and ready for the marketplace, such as for a specific client or for general distribution. The time for this could vary depending on what you’re doing, such as a writer going through the book publishing process taking weeks to months, or almost no time at all if simply giving the finished product to a predetermined customer.
Promoting: Otherwise known as marketing and sales. If a tree falls and nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound? In theory, probably, in reality, hard to know just like your work. If nobody is aware of what you’ve done, while they certainly won’t have a chance to reject you, likewise no chance of acceptance. In one way, shape, or form, you need to spend time to promoting your work, such as managing a website, blog, attending events, and other types of public exposure.
Operations: Being a freelancer, you also get to be involved in all the fun tasks of literally everything else needed to keep your relatively independent business up and running, such as bills, any government regulations, getting paid on time and in full by clients, picking up office supplies and so on. While individually each of these can be small, they take time and do need to be done.
Keep in mind that within each of the above there can be anywhere from a dozen to a hundred plus different tasks that could be worked on.
Organizing in Buckets
To help organize all these tasks and activities, it can helpful to put them in stages or buckets, helping to focus on one main project or area at a time.
Bucket 1: Research
This is getting out of your element, finding new areas and needs to be clearly separated from other activities, which often end up being endless distractions preventing you from find the idea or solution you’re looking for. Whether it’s spending hours, days or weeks, the more research you can do usually the more charged up and prepared you’ll be when ready to start working.
Bucket 2: Creating and Editing
Call it sitting down at your desk or other work environment and defining your ideas. While creating is obviously first, the process will go back and forth and either way you’re in a relatively distraction free environment to keep focus on the task at hand.
Bucket 3: Making Available
The product or work is done, no more editing and time to put an end to it for moving on to something else. If working with a specific client, this can be done with a simple email, phone call or meeting. With freelancing projects that are for general distribution, it can be working with 3rd parties or going through a process, from which could take a day or two, such as self-publishing to a Kindle, or longer if involved with a process that is new for you. This is done in relatively shorter timeframes but maybe longer with a few extra celebrations, crossing the finish line of another project.
Bucket 4: Promoting and Operations
Even though getting everything initially up and running can take some time, as you don’t know what you’re doing and it takes a few times for everything to get it right, once you do have it set up, keeping it going is more of what you could call occasional maintenance. Such as once you have a business registered, renewing it going forward is simple. Or for promotions, once you’ve already created and launched a website, updating it with something new might only need to be done occasionally, such as for a new product or blog posting.
While you can manage on your own how much time you’re spending in each bucket, the key takeaway is being able to organize the hundreds or thousands of tasks into something more simple, such as these four buckets. If you’re going through the whole process for the first time, no doubt it’s not trivial. But once that’s done, the 3rd and 4th buckets are what you could call maintenance, important but not your primary focus, you’ve already done it and while there’s always improvements, at a certain point it is what it is and you can start putting most of your time in the first two buckets, research and creation.
For anyone interested in visiting or curious to learn more about Crimea, here are 10 interesting facts to get started with.
- 1. There are about 2 million people that live in Crimea, located on the southern part of Ukraine. It’s generally surrounded by the Black Sea in the west, south and east, along with the Sea of Azov in the northeast. It’s about 100 miles from north to south and more than 150 from east to west.
- 2. Across the Black Sea are the countries of Romania in the east, Bulgaria in the southeast, Turkey in the south, Georgia in the southeast, and Russia in the east.
- 3. Crimea has been inhabited since before 700 BC by the Cimmerians, from which some believe the name Crimea is a derivative from.
- 4. There is a mountain range along the southeast coast of Crimea, the Crimean Mountains, reaching heights of 750 meters or 2,460 feet.
- 5. The capital and largest city is Simferopol with about 350,000 people, followed by Kerch, Yevpatoria, Yalta, Feodosiya, Dzhankoy, Alushta, Krasnoperekopsk, Saky, Bakhchisaray, and Armiansk.
- 6. The languages used in Crimea are Russian, Ukrainian, and Crimean Tatars.
- 7. Temperatures are relatively warm being 28 C or 83 F in the summer and cooling down to 0 C or 32 F in the winter. Combined with the many coastlines and beaches it can be a popular vacation destination, especially from areas further north.
- 8. The currency used is the Ukrainian Hryvnia, UAH.
- 9. Popular tourist attractions are Alushta and Yalta in the south, Feodosia and Sudak in the southeast, and Eupatoria and Saki in the west.
- 10. Agriculture and food production are a big part of the Crimean economy, including grains, fish, as well as wineries from the Massandra and Yalta areas.
Have your own networks with others in Crimea
Whether for travel or living in Crimea, here are a few ways you can use Odysen with your activities:
- Use in your preferred language, including Russian, Ukrainian and 32 others.
- Have private networks for the different groups you’re involved with.
- Share content in your networks such as actions, events, notes, polls, audio, documents, images, video, news and websites.
- Have a public page for your networks or use to manage a website with your own Internet domain.
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