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Top 20 Things to Get Organised for 2018

 

Well done for getting through January, which can be a miserable month, what with the combination of colder weather, short dark days and getting back into work mode after the wonderful Christmas break.

Thankfully there are plenty of ways to keep yourself busy and looking forward to the year ahead – important for helping to banish the winter blues.

So let’s get down to business  – here’s a checklist of things you could start getting organised for the new year:

1. Bedroom  – is it clean, tidy, inviting,  calming and clutter free?  If not, maybe it’s time to make it so.  Same with the following areas and things:

2. Living room

3. Kitchen

4. Study Space

5. Bathroom

6. Work bag

7. Gig bag 

8. Writing schedule  –  If you really want to write, then organise a writing             schedule, set some deadlines and most of all – stick with the plan!

9. Paperwork – file it or recycle it.

10. Fitness routine – draw one up.  Even 15 minutes working on a chosen area of          your body can make a big difference.

 

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11. Emails – file the ones you still want and delete the others.  Unsubscribe from             unhelpful mailing lists to reduce spam

12.  Relationships – are they warm, positive, serving you in some way?  If not,                   then maybe it’s time to move on, or set some boundaries.

13.  Letters – check the info they contain is not out of date or still important.  If not       – bin these.  Better still put them in the recycle bin.

14. Bills – do you really need to keep those old bills from five years ago?

15. Receipts – ditto.

16. Wardrobe – create space in your wardrobe for new ideas, by picking out                    things you haven’t worn over the past year, things you don’t like or that don’t          fit, that  don’t make you look or feel good – and give them away.

17. Art Space/Studio – wherever you do your creative work, organise it for                     optimum efficiency and productivity.

 

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18. Finances – get your credit rating up. Streamline finances – put payment plans          in place if necessary. Create a budget for controlling and or getting rid of                  debt.

19. Blogging calender – could organise it for the whole year and cut out                         wondering  what to post next.

20. Finally,  there’s being more organised about your diet and relaxation                     routine –   always important for your overall health and happiness.

 

What do you think? Do you have a tip for being more organised for the new year and it’s not covered here? Have any of the above ideas worked for you in the past? Share your ideas in the comments

 

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10 Simple Things You Can Do To Improve Your Singing

 

Can I ask you a question?

Have you been trying to improve your singing but without success?

If you’ve ever wanted to improve your singing voice, then you’re going to want to stop what you’re doing, get a seat and start reading this article right away! Because if you’ve been trying to improve your singing but haven’t noticed any difference then perhaps you’ve not been’ doing the right things.

In my last post we looked at reasons to love singing and the next few minutes we’re going to be looking at several simple things you can do to improve your singing voice.

First though, I’d like you to think about what improving your singing means to you. Maybe you’d like to sing with more resonance. Or perhaps you want to hit high notes with ease. Perhaps you just want to sing in front of others with more confidence.

Just take a moment and go ahead and imagine yourself singing in whatever way you think would be an improvement for you.

Can you see yourself doing that?

Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s not just some daydream – you really can sing in the way you’d like!

Having taken a few singing classes in my time – some of which involved a good deal of music theory and challenging vocal work – the idea of doing simple things to improve your singing voice is appealing to me. Sounds like something you’d enjoy? Then let’s kick off today’s discussion!

Here are some simple things you can do to improve your singing:

Warm Up

Before singing, it’s a good idea to warm up your voice. There are many warm up exercises you can do to exercise particular parts of your voice. A simple but effective warm up exercise is to do some lip trills.

Hum

Humming is another simple but very effective way to improve your singing voice. You can use it as part of your warm up routine or hum before, after or even as part of your song performance. It can help with ear training, and also helps with improving vocal tone.

Correct Posture

The correct posture can make a huge difference to your singing voice, it’s really worth spending time learning to stand or sit in the best way for singing. A simple way to align your posture for singing is to stand against a wall or a doorway. Notice how that feels? That’s the posture you need for singing.

Breath

Air flowing through your mouth is one of the basics of singing. You may have heard it before but singing is really breath control. Learn to breath for singing and you’ll notice a big difference in how easy you find it to sing.

Choose Songs You Like

If you get up and sing a song that you don’t really like or that you’re not really sure about, this can affect your singing in a negative way. One of the ways to get around this is to choose a song that you like or  love.

Relax

Letting go of tension especially on specific parts of the body such as the neck can transform your singing voice and give you a fuller, richer tone. If you’re not able to do this naturally, then taking the time to learn a few relaxation techniques can help with improving your singing voice.

Open Your Mouth

Might sound crazy but so many singers – especially beginner singers try to sing with their mouths only half open or even nearly closed. If you practice opening your mouth it can make a big positive difference to your vocals.

Look in the Mirror

Watch yourself singing in the mirror.to see what your audience sees. Notice any areas of tension or nervous moments and work at eliminating them. This can make a big difference to your stage presence.

Record Yourself Singing

This is one of the best ways to improve your singing voice. Record yourself singing with a voice recorder or using your phone. Listen to your recording and work on correcting any errors or mistakes you can hear in your performance.

Get a teacher

Perhaps this doesn’t sound simple but it is actually one of the most effective ways of improving your singing voice. A singing teacher or vocal coach can help with pinpointing poor vocal techniques more quickly than you may do on your own. They can also and help with replacing poor techniques with good ones before they cause grief and long term damage to your singing voice.

Final Thoughts

The ideas here have been chosen for being simple but effective. You might want to bookmark this page so that you can choose and try out the idea that most appeals to you and then return in future to try out another. Do take a chance and try them – and do let me know how you get on with them.

Over To You

Have any of these ideas worked for you in the past? Have any ideas to add? Share in the comments.

 

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Further Reading:

5 Secrets to Make Your Voice Sound Better

3 Simple Tweaks to Instantly Improve Your Singing Voice

How To Have a Good Singing Voice

Why We Love Singing (And You Should Too!)

In this article you will learn ten reasons to love singing and why you should be singing too.

Singing:

1. Brings People Together

Even those who say they can’t sing will join in with the singing at a special occasion e.g., on birthdays and opportunities for group singing. Listening to recorded or live singing is also something we can share with others and the shared, atmosphere, mood and heightened emotion created by live singing can help to bring people together

2. Boosts Mood

When you sing it releases endorphins, the benefits of
which can last for hours.

3. Improves Breathing

From singing you learn to breath properly, developing the ability to take more oxygen into your system with each breath.

4. Improves Posture

Singing can help with correcting poor posture.

5. Aids Memory

Singing requires the ability to remember lyrics, musical phrases and more. In turn, this can help you to develop your overall memory skills.

6. Aids Concentration

Singing requires deep concentration. The more you sing, the better your concentration skills become.

7. Become a Better Listener

Listening is a crucial skill for singing so the longer you spend singing, the better you become at listening to sounds in general.

8. Boosts Self Confidence

Singing in front of others can help to improve your overall confidence.

9. Anti-aging

As you sing, you tend to work the muscles in your face. In turn, this can help to give you a more youthful appearance.

10. Aids Overall Health

Singing is good for you in so many ways. It’s effects are very similar to having a work-out at the gym. And like a physical workout, it can boost your health.

 

Conclusion

If you don’t love singing then perhaps you should consider trying it today because singing has a range of scientifically proven benefits. Two main reasons to sing is that it brings people together and is – quite simply – good for you. In other words, singing can help you to feel better. And it can help others too.

In my next post you’ll learn some simple things you can do to improve your singing voice.

What do you think? Have you experienced any of the benefits listed above or any other benefit from singing? Comment below!

 

Further Reading:

 

The Health Benefits of Singing

More Benefits of Singing

Singing for Personal and Group Development

 

 

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21 Things That Interest Me

 

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Today I thought I’d write about one of my favourite ways of creating interesting topics for writing.

I find making lists very helpful and creating lists can be an effective way of planning and getting started with your own writing.

Here is a list of things that I find interesting, in no particular order:

Writing
Blogging
Singing
Music
Song writing
Art
Images
Artists
Painting
Drawing
Drama
Psychology
Health
Personal Finance
Small business skills
Teaching
Life long learning
Communication

Time
Relationships
Fun

 

Having this list here helps to keep me focused and also helps with planning my writing.

If there’s anything on the list that you find interesting and would like to see more of in the future then feel free to let me know.

Thank you for visiting this site.  If you’re looking for something more to read then please click here.

What do you think? Do you find making lists helpful  in your own writing? Share in the comments.

 

 

 

 

An Easter message to you…

Sending messages to others today has been more than frustrating.

 At this very moment, I find I can neither save or send emails and I keep being told  ‘We’ve discovered a technical issue.  Please try again later’.
And even here, this is my second attempt to send a message with the first draft being wiped clean away and replaced by a grey screen with the message ‘Aw snap!  Something went wrong displaying this webpage.’
So – given the very real struggle to send out a message right now –  let’s see if it goes right this time.
And if it does then please find below the message intended for you:
Happy Easter!
And hope this finds you enjoying the Easter weekend.

 

All Best Wishes from Indie Creative Blog. X

 

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10 Benefits of Writing Regularly

Do you think about writing all the time?   Perhaps you’ve set yourself some writing goals and decided to get down to it. Suddenly, out of the blue, something  comes along,  demanding attention and eating up your time. Maybe it’s an email you feel you have to respond to immediately. Or the ringing phone you have to answer.  Or perhaps, it’s an urgent DIY job you feel have to attend to.  The point is that:

It can be challenging to keep on with writing in the face of distractions.

I know this only too well because a few months ago I set myself some writing goals. I told myself that I would write more. I would keep to a word count  every day. I would also blog more consistently.

Has it been easy?

No.

And it’s easy to feel like giving up in the face of setbacks.  So to aid motivation, I’ve  researched the benefits connected to writing regularly and put them together into a little list for you to find below.

Keep reading to discover 10 benefits of writing  and why you should write every day:

1. The act of writing down a goal is a very powerful motivator and all goals you want to achieve should be written down.

2. Writing can help you to clarify your thoughts – clear writing is a sign of clear thinking.

3. Writing can help you to cope with stress/ handle hard times.

4. Writing can help you feel better – in studies, it has been linked to improved mood.

5. Writing helps you to reflect on your life and the changes you are making.

6. Writing about what we do is the fastest way to deepen our knowledge.

7. Writing can make physical wounds heal faster.

8. Writing consistently can help you to grow as a writer.

9. Writing gives you the opportunity to explore your dreams in a ‘safe space’.

10. Many financially successful people are secretly regular writers.

So there you are – 10 benefits of writing regularly.  And whether they surprise you or not, these are worthwhile reasons to start writing  today, solid reasons to stay on track in your writing goals and great reasons to write daily.

 

 

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Further Reading:

Benefits of Writing
Why You Should Write all the Time

How Writing Saved My Life

3 Simple Writing Tips that will Instantly Improve Your Writing (2 minute read)

Free writing or flow writing is a great way to actually start writing. Then, after writing for a set amount of time – maybe 15 or 20 mins – whatever is best for you, put it aside and come back to it later, perhaps even on another day.

Then:

  •  Check Spellings. Correct them as necessary.
  •  Check Grammar. Again, correct this as necessary.
  •  Read it aloud to yourself. You can even record it and play it back.

Reading your writing aloud to yourself can help you to hear and correct

where you need to improve the flow of  words you have used

By using these three tip,  you will notice an immediate improvement in the quality of your writing.

I tried reading my writing aloud to myself this week. Had to laugh. Searching for the right words, I thought I’d hit on the perfect combination. But listening to myself, I could hear where I was just droning on.

To improve your writing, it really helps to put yourself in the reader’s place and think of what she may be looking for.

Did you find this information helpful? Have any further tips for improving your writing? Send your comments and questions to me here, by using the comments box below.