时间管理:如何让你的周末更有意义?

Your Weekend Has 60 Hours, Here’s How to Wring the Most Out of It?

你的周末有60个小时,如何合理管理时间?

1. 做计划

我们都很忙,每当周末来临,我们都想什么都不做,但是什么都不做是不可能的,你会潜意识里自己找事做,于是到了周日晚上,你会发现自己一事无成,浪费了时间,却仍然很累。

人们的快乐往往更多的来自于对愿望的期待,而不是实现愿望本身!当你做了计划,即便没有实现,也会很开心。

2. 不要把每分钟都占满

安排3~5个大事件,比如和朋友吃饭,出去跑步,去做志愿者,看个电影,去趟酒吧就够多的了。

3. 偶尔拓展一下自己的视野和活动范围

到你家2小时路程以内的范围活动活动。

4. 不要忘了锻炼和运动

研究表明,除了性,食,睡以外,运动和社交最让人兴奋。

5. 安排一些休息时间

给自己安排一点时间什么都不做,来补个午觉什么的。

6. 周日晚上放松,避免焦虑

周日晚上做些轻松的事情,来迎接下周的开始。

7. 利用琐碎时间做些小事

等朋友的时候可以读读小说什么的,充分利用时间!

8. 避免做太多家务

家务永远做不完,时间越多做家务花的时间也越多。所以把家务放在平时做,周末大好的大块时间用来做些别的更有意义的事。

9. 花点时间给下周做准备

周日晚上抽空,把接下来的7天时间都安排一下,尤其是大事件和活动。

10. 不要每分钟都工作

成功人士周末都会工作一小会儿,但同时他们也明白劳逸结合的道理,给你自己一个挑战,就是24小时不干你平时的工作,这样你或许会期待周一的到来!

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How I Got My First Screenwriting Contract?

Two weeks ago, a Chinese woman sent me a message through Weibo (微薄,the Chinese twitter thing), saying that she needs to talk to me, and asked for my Wechat (微信,the Chinese What’s App) ID.

I gave it to her without hesitation, and it turned out that she is a film/TV producer, and a USC Annenberg alum.

She told me that she watched my documentary Drifting in Los Angeles, and thought that I am talented. She then asked me if I’m interested in writing a 30 episodes TV drama about Chinese people living in Los Angeles. I said yes, and sent her my writing portfolio, which includes:

1. a 30 episodes TV drama screenplay that I co-wrote with my father, who is  a university professor and a freelance writer;

2. a collection of 12 English writing that I did in a creative writing class at The University of Iowa;

3. a film screenplay for a short that I directed;

4. several non-fiction writings about my understanding and experience of American culture.

She liked them, and asked me to write a synopsis/treatment. She also sent me a draft of what she had, including the character settings and asked me to keep writing it.

I didn’t like what she sent me, so I wrote my own story, with my own characters.

I sent the synopsis to her, and despite the fact that it was different from what she has expected, she liked it a lot.

After three re-writes and a lot of drama between me and my father; my father was eventually on the soft sleeper train (软卧) to Beijing to sign the contract with her.

It was only until then that I knew I had so many competitors, including established writers in the industry.

I don’t want to tell you how hard it was when I was doing the “a writing assignment per week” in Iowa, or how frustrated it was for me to rewrite my screenplay ten times before production, or how disappointed it was when the previous TV drama that me and my father wrote didn’t get produced because of funding issues. All I want to tell you is that they all paid off eventually.

If I have never done the lists of writing above, I wouldn’t be able to get the contract.

How to Write for Television

This experience resonates with an idea that I read in Madeline Dimaggio’s book How to Write for Television: It can be done if you want it badly enough to work that hard. Here it refers to breaking into television writing, but really it can be anything: finding a job, finding a date, starting a business, traveling around the world and you name it…

The only reason that you are not yet successful is because you haven’t worked hard and smart enough, and the only reason that you fail is because you give up before you succeed. 

你暂时还不成功是因为你努力得还不够猛烈和聪明,而你失败是因为你在还没有成功之前便放弃了.

纪录片《自由中国》反映中国人权问题

华盛顿 — 美中人权对话7月30日和31日在中国昆明举行。美国资深众议员沃尔夫(Frank Wolf)7月30日发表声明表示,美中人权对话一直缺乏实质进展。他呼吁奥巴马政府公开将人权和宗教信仰作为美国外交政策的优先要务,希望美国为中国的弱势群体和不能发声者发出声音。同时他还谴责中共强摘死刑犯、包括劳改所犯人器官出售。美国最近公映的纪录片《自由中国》就真实地反映了中国这些践踏人权的问题。

曾执导《西藏:超越恐惧》(Tibet:Beyond Fear)的独立纪录片导演麦克尔‧帕尔曼(Michael Perlman)的又一部作品《自由中国:有勇气相信》(free China: courage to believe)昨日在国会举办观影会。这部在美国多个电影节获奖的影片,讲述身为母亲的前中共党员曾铮及美籍华裔商人李祥春博士,因不愿放弃法轮功而遭遇牢狱之灾的故事。影片中反映了中国以国家机器纵容摘取人体器官牟利。

据“拒绝器官摘取”行动的数据显示, 2000-2005的五年间中国就有四万余来源不明的器官被买卖,而其中大多数来自劳改所和监狱。《自由中国》纪录片制片人、新唐人电视台制作人黄昇建(KEAN WONG)说,通过合法渠道是不可能在短期之内买到器官的。

黄昇建说:“你知道在美国要通过合法渠道获得器官需要花费1000天左右,因为你需要进行血型匹配等一系列的步骤。但在中国,只需要一个星期。除非是有几十万已经验过血型的人,不然根本不可能在一周内完成。但这就是此刻正在中国发生的事实。”

因练习法轮功坐过一年牢的曾筝回忆说,自己曾被带到医院去做体检、抽血,尽管当时她并不知道为什么。

影片中还提到曾经轰动一时的法轮功天安门自焚事件。黄昇建说,这是一个通过偷梁换柱而来的假象。

黄昇建说:“你知道多年来藏人通过自焚来表示反抗。这非常令人痛心,但是他们通过自焚来唤起民众的注意。共产党就是利用这一点来导演了一出在天安门广场自焚的戏来获取公众的支持,向公众表明这群法轮功练习者是疯子、是有自杀倾向的人,他们已经开始杀人了。他们录制了自焚的录像,在当地广播网络和电视台上播放。所以这是一出自导自演的自焚事件。”

制片人黄昇建以及片中被采访者李祥春博士都希望通过最难被中国政府控制的互联网,让更多在中国国内的人知道中国政府对基督教徒、藏民等团体的人权迫害。