After stressful week, we took a family trip to the country.
Lifehacker provides some nice tips on editing your own work.
As any writer or editor will tell you, critiquing someone else's work is much easier than deconstructing your own, because outside eyes bring a fresh perspective. To approach your own work critically, you need to simulate this "outsider" perspective by viewing it in a form other than the one you wrote it in.
If you typed it, print it out. Give it a quick read-through, then wield your red pen and start slashing.
There are some other great tips as well, but I'd also add two more.
1. Always read your piece from the bottom up. This forces you to read the paragraphs independently. The biggest problem with editing your own work is reading what you actually wrote instead of what you thought you wrote.
2. Along with checking adjectives and adverbs as Lifehacker suggests, I'd add check pronouns. Confusing pronoun use can really kill the meaning of a sentence.
The Verge on one of Alfred 2.0's new features.
Called Workflows, it's a set of triggers, actions, inputs, and outputs that can be dragged into place and connected on a canvas, letting users create simple multi-step programs in an easy-to-use visual language.
One thing I absolutely enjoy more than any other project is PodCatalyst, a bi-monthly podcast I do that covers economic development.
It's a pretty niche podcast covering some heavy topics, but I have a blast.
If you need an outlet and writing is just too time consuming, I highly recommend it.