Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Squidoo Tip # 14. Take Breaks from Computer Work

As an active Squidoo Lensmaster, I often feel guilty for taking breaks from computer work. There's always so much to do on Squidoo - build new lenses, add content to the old ones, stop by and comment on lenses by other Squidoo lensmasters, participate on the Squidu forum... And the list goes on and on... I also run an Etsy store, and it certainly takes up a good part of my day. Well, this year, I decided to take a long Holiday break from Squidoo and only logged into my account every other day to refresh a lens or two. Although it wasn't a complete break, it certainly felt like a vacation to me, when compared to the 20+ hours I usually spend on Squidoo weekly. Christmas is a Holiday I cherish - it is time for family and friends. So this year I took my time to do plenty of Holiday Shopping, Decorating, Baking, and Fun Activities with those Dear to me.

If you are self-employed, like I am, there are no paid Holidays and no paid vacation time. You are in complete control of your schedule, but the downside is that taking time off may cost you... At the same time, I am very convinced that taking breaks from computer work helps me get back to reality and then later achieve greater success. Too much time in front of a computer leads to stress and fatigue and affects productivity. Although I did feel like I should have put more effort on Squidoo over the last few weeks, I am happy that I took my 3 week break from computer work and can now get back to it with more energy. My Christmas Break is now officially over. New Year is right around the corner, and now is a good time to set some new goals and come up with a plan to accomplish them.

Hope you all had a great Christmas! I sure did :)


  1. Im actually glad I found your squidoo page, I made two lenses yesterday, one was meant to try and make money off of, the other one is to help people manage their fms. how many visits does the squidoo require before it starts paying for visits? Im a little fuzzy on the getting paid part :/

  2. Alecia,

    Squidoo does not pay for any certain number of visits - Squidoo pay is based on Tiers, and if you understand how Tiers work (Tier 1 lenses are lenses ranked at 1-1000, Tier 2 lenses include all lenses with average monthly rank of 2001-10,000, and so on...), figuring out what you are going to make with your Squidoo lenses is piece of cake. Here's a link to the Most Comprehensive Guide to Squidoo Payday: http://www.squidoo.com/Squidoo_Payday

  3. I enjoyed your squidoo lens and I am taking you up on posting my lens. I feel motivated to create more lens but I have a similar problem. I work full time, run a business and have a 16 year old son. Thanks for the info. I will try to follow your lead. Here is my lens http://www.squidoo.com/appliance-removal-louisville
    if you have any advice I would greatly appreciate. Thanks again.

  4. I needed to learn that lesson recently and was kind of forced into it while we moved. My creative juices are flowing better since I have taken a break. Here is the link to one of my lenses: Summer Trips Driving as a Family. Thank you for extending the invitation to do that on your lens! Many blessings to you!

  5. Your lens was very useful and pointed me over to your blog. I am also taking you up on your offer and leaving links to a few of my lens! Vehicle sound deadening/dampening how-to really goes over dynamat very well.

    K and N drop in filter helps readers save gas and money!

  6. I have to take breaks because I am working a full time job around my lenswriting.

    Thanks for sharing this great info through your lens and through your blog! My experience began in February 2012 with Squidoo and though I have received some very nice honors I am still learning!

    My favorite lens is the one I did for my Dad. It won me a Squidoo Hoodie! It is: The Mechanic and the Redhead at this link: http://www.squidoo.com/an-amazing-mechanic (not sure how to anchor text here!)

    Thanks for all you do to pass along your advice!
    Have a freaky, neat day! =)

  7. Cool article!great explanation !also check out this article which shows one how to earn more points on squidoo and why it is so important!



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