I climb a mountain in the morning M-W-F just after rush hour. I get to the peak look over the spralling haze-covered heavly populated valley below filled with its busy worker bees fanatically buzzing to grab all their dollars so they can acquire all their toys an amenities,
and plot in the quiet solitude.
[edited by: Khensu at 4:42 pm (utc) on Aug. 5, 2006]
I don't find this activity very relaxing. I don't spend a lot of time at it either, unless I have to completely remodel a bunch of pages, then I'm a bit more cautious and slower.
|"How do you relax and consider your next AdSense improvement or web site update to increase AdSense earnings etc?" |
Otherwise I just plop the change on a few pages and let it run a few days to see what happens. If it works well I might push it out to more pages.
If an Adsense idea works too well I might very well trash the idea.
You have an advantage there, I'm a one site guy.
|Heck, I've enough domains to try something! |
I go have coffee with a friend or such. I work alone which can be pretty isolating, so getting out is good anyhow.
|How do you get your thinking and relaxation time? |
I also go to site related events and that usually turns up some great idea I'm way too lazy to implement. Maybe someday.....
When I'm walking my dog, she insists that I give my full attention to her, not to AdSense.
|When I'm walking my dog, she insists that I give my full attention to her, not to AdSense. |
And...ummmm...just how does the pooch communicate this to you EFV? :)
I'm thinking any pup that can communicate that clearly may need her own website to keep her busy.
Toss on a little Adsense and she'll be buying her own premium dog biscuits in no time. :)
Mountain bike, snowboard, PlayStation ... not necessarily in that order of preference. Always make sure the business journal is close by to write down that next killer idea.
|These days I find walking my Siberian Husky in the countryside gives me the time to ponder those thoughts and give me enough impetus to try something new. |
I do the same, only it's an Alaskan Malamute in a suburb.
I brainstorm with my partner (if we had the energy to implement even half the ideas we come up with, we'd be retired and living on an island by now) while watching movies or planning a show or lighting things on fire.
I run a home catering biz, my 3 websites, am the official driver and househusband. When I'm not sleeping, I'm running around like a cartoon ... what's that word "relax" mean?
I still have the day job, and my wife insists we spend time together in the evenings so I do spend a fair amount of time away relaxing.
My inspiration for new content comes from a variety of sources. Often events that happen in real life point towards a page that nees to be written, or in a recent case a flame war has inspired me to write a new article.
I get my inspiration from either the dazzling atmosphere of a metropolis, or the serene tranquility of the countryside.
I live in a dutch town close to an international airport.
London, Paris, Berlin and Brussels are all within a 1 hour flying distance. It might sound a bit pompous, but I visit these places often just to relax and get some inspiration. Many of my ideas about new articles or new websites have been conceived while strolling along the Thames or the Seine. I also can take my car and drive to Amsterdam in 30 minutes.
A less pompous but also very effective way is to get on my bicycle wich brings me to a deserted countryside in 10 minutes. I just stop and listen to the nothingness. I see an old farm and a church, some cow is looking at me and a swan is swimming in a little lake.
And that's how inspiration is made. Just find the right place, people or atmosphere to surround you, settle down and relax, and it will happen...
|I just stop and listen to the nothingness. |
Hmmm...now would that be a vacuum? :-))
I know where you're coming from HB, actually even though I live in the middle of the countryside in the UK, I'm 30 minutes from an airport which is also only 40 minutes from Schipol.
I kid you not, Amsterdam is quicker and easier for us to get to than London, and cheaper! We often pop over for a night or two...I'll sticky you next time we're coming, maybe September, busy at the moment.
Daily motorbike ride 1 hour before sunset,
Highway for general strategy
City cruising for urgent little stuff
but the best ride is when I forget about work and it's just me, the wind and my bike.
My sites are my day job now! I actually HAVE time to relax and do other things. Power kites, playing guitar, cat on my lap, feet up to watch stargate, even some cleaning and house tidying.
Basically all the stuff I never used to be able to do when I was tied to the corporate ball and chain. I'm much poorer now and can only just about get by, but I am a thousand percent happier for it.
Just my thoughts.
To get away from it all and contemplate my next improvement, I take my laptop into our woodsy backyard, get in the hammock, watch the sunrise, and a cool breeze flirting with the leaves, sipping on some hot morning coffee... like I am now :)
(How do you play guitar with a cat on your lap? Cause I've tried it, and not only does the playing suffer, but it ticks off the cat)
Used to have very busy business in SW England, but decided life was just too short. So started new internet business, slogged like mad - 17-18 hours a day. The hard work payed off. Sold the UK house, closed the original UK business and moved lock stock and barrel to foothills of the Pyrenees. Now I choose how much work I do, and when. For inspiration - I just look out at the Pyrenees with a very large glass of wine and think myself truely lucky to have escaped the rat race. Although I still work hard - as I am sure you all do, I can work as and when I please, and no longer have to work to deadlines. I try to take pride in my internet work - but hey, there is another life out there!
My next great idea usually comes some time between REM sleep and stage 1 sleep.
While lying there in bed, something magically comes to me and I reach over to grab pen and paper to write it down.
|I Will Make It|
I really think I'll have to buy that pen and paper.. I've thought about it lots of times. Every now and then I get this great idea when I'm lying in bed, but I'm to tired to get up, walk down the stairs and write it down. So all I'm doing is thinking REALLY hard about it, trying to convince myself that I will remember it the next day.
- Haven't happend yet.
So tomorrow, I will be buying a bedpen and some paper, and start writing down whatever pops into my head just before I'm all gone into the land of dreams.
Where I get my inspiration and when I relax?
..during my workdays.. sitting in the company car, driving around delivering plasmas and LCD's, fridges and dryers.. Listening to the radio, looking at the nature in the countryside, sometimes looking at the people in the city.. and some days when I'm reeeeaally lucky I get to deliver some very very lightweight products to the rich people down at the beach...
I guess this isn't too bad, but oh man would I rather be living at the beach, than be the guy who delivers plasma's there.
Ok now you made me jealous, I think that is the first time that has happened in my life.
Can you get broadband there?
Need a hiking partner? I have convinced my woman to move out of state (native) that would be "out of state"!
I am stuck evading Cacti & Rattle Snakes on my trails (oh, and Bloated Sheep the kind that eat at McDonalds)
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I take a nap. It's amazing how the best ideas often come when I'm half asleep.
lets see, majorally:
|Sold the UK house, closed the original UK business and moved lock stock and barrel to foothills of the Pyrenees. |
Ever read "A Piano in the Pyrenees" by Tony Hawks? Light entertainment, and you would enjoy it.
There you go - get away from the computer and read a book as a way of relaxing.
|(How do you play guitar with a cat on your lap? Cause I've tried it, and not only does the playing suffer, but it ticks off the cat) |
She never liked my playing anyway!
Since going it alone, formed a special relationship with the cat since I am at home all day. I digress from the subject of discussion I know, but I'm sat there working away and she's very often sat on my PC tower right next to me... just watching... and probably criticizing every line of my code for all I know! :-)
Yes we can get broadband - all be it "a l france"! So it has its ups and downs. Feel v. priviledged having left Cornwall in UK - which is also lovely, to now living near the Pyrenees - can't recommend it enough. Great food, fantastic wine and the French are really superb. Lovely summer weather without being too sweltering, and then comes the great winter play ground. As long as Google hangs in there for us, life is pretty good.
PS Its nice to read a light hearted thread on the forum - keep them going!
trannack - we are not worthy! How the other half live...
Best post in a while guys. I get a lot of my ideas when you least expect them for some reason, in fact I just had one 2 nights ago! Light bulb went off... it was so simple and it worked (so far).
As far as relaxing, I come to WW to relax.
Ahhh...the French Pyrenees. Any specific reason rather than Spain or Andorra?
I should've bought into Chamonix when I had the opportunity 20 years ago:-(
Do you pay French taxes or what arrangements do you have?
AdSense EFT into your local branch?
We chose the French Pyrenees for a number of reasons - but I truely think that the French side is far more beautiful - but I am probably biased. Spain is only a 50 min drive for us, so we nip over quite often to sample a few tapas! Re tax and Adsense etc. This was a little more difficult, as I believe it is not possible to change the country you have set up in Adsense without re-doing the whole of your account - ie re-doing all the ads etc. As we had a very large Adsense account on a site that was performing extremely well this didn't seem terribly sensible. So we left Adsense as is with a UK reg't limited company and pay tax in the UK. We then draw monies into France and have to pay additional tax on this. Quite simple really, and saves a lot of hassle compared to having a French registered business. The joy of having this type of business is that you can fit it in around your life - I love it. I'm not saying that I don't work hard, but ultimately my sites run pretty well, so I really just need to keep an eye on them, and make the odd little tweek. That is not to say that I didn't work my fingers to the bone proper to arriving out here - very long days and lots of word, but hey, you don't get nout for ought!
|pay tax in the UK. We then draw monies into France and have to pay additional tax on this. |
Heck, I object to paying tax once, but twice?
There's a double taxation agreement with France surely that would mean you should not need to pay tax in France if you've already paid it in the UK?
Surely you can add a new bank account in "Choose Form of Payment" and have it EFT direct to France?
|saves a lot of hassle compared to having a French registered business. |
Yep, that's one of the reasons I backed out of France, far too much hassle for me!
|but hey, you don't get nout for ought! |
Definitely a southerner:-) We say "owt for nowt":-)
Sure, we come under the double taxation ruling, however because we are over a certian limit we have to top it up to the amount one should pay in France - think it amounts to about 54% of income taxed. Deep joy!
Yes I am a "Southerner" - born in Berkshire but then moved to South West Cornwall, however I think the nowt for owt is probably the correct spelling - I was just having a blond moment - no offense intended to any blonds out there.
What we currently do is have the Adsense paid into our UK business bank account, from there we BACS transfer over our "salary", that way we only have to pay the top up tax on what ever we bring over here. It realy does work quite well. It also means that we are paying into the French health system etc - which I am sure you know is fantastic compared to UK. If you are ever thinking of relocating this way let me know and I'll help in any way I can. Got a great English/French accountant who sorts everything out;))
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