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Nerding out about trees
The Urban Tree Festival came at just the right time. 9 days of intensely pleasurable tree nerdery when I have a schedule that’s flexible enough to take full advantage of it.
I don’t want the Urban Tree Festival to end. But it will. When it does, I’m intending to nerd out with recordings of previous tree events, such as these
- National Tree Week, 2020
- Arboricultural Association: Webinar Catch Ups
- Fungi Symposium Webinar, with Anne Pringle and Jenni Nordén (2 hours)
- The Tree Conference, & films
- Rooting Deeply, 2020 (1 hour, 20 minutes)
- Dr Bidartondo on impacts of excess nitrogen on tree health 2018 (1 hour)
- Urban Tree Festival
- Permaculture reading/watching (I bought a digital book I’ve yet to read)
And some live events and courses too.
I’m excited about writing. Because my leap of faith into freelancing is paying off, and I actually am writing again.
Running my fingers over the soil of newly planted soil, I feel for sprouts. Look! These are ready for transplanting. Lift them carefully into their next homes. Here, I’m planting them into fresh beds. I almost didn’t go out into the garden at all. But, last week, a friend and I agreed we would. And so, here we are. Scrubbing around in our own little patches of earth. Delighted by what we find — Wanting to do better — Practising patience. I live therefore I create.
Freelance foibles: Learn by failing forward
Stuff that’s working for me
- Body doubling! Especially with people I don’t know that well
- Polyphasic working: 9am – 12noon, 2pm/3pm/4pm – 10pm (ish).
- Basically, I need a nap in the afternoon, and
- I work in the evenings & at night
- Doing annoying admin or focus work during body doubling
- Working for other people in short bursts at the start of the day
- Writing in a) writing workshops, and b) body doubling with other writers
- Morning pages, but shorter
- Daily tree meditations first thing
- Transition time between different things
- A few things scheduled here and there
Stuff that doesn’t work for me
- Working with other people who have nearly no capacity
- Working 9 til 5
- Skipping naps
- Being booked back to back
Which do you prefer? A busy calendar or a free calendar?
Last Thursday, in my public speaking club, I was asked whether I prefer a busy calendar or a free calendar. I used to be busy, all the time — I have loads of interests… — but now… I’m breaking that habit. I’m enjoying being super busy with the Urban Tree Festival lately, and I’m also looking forward to returning to swathes of unscheduled time.
- £2.50+ per month TotallyADD