What will you keep, improve, start or stop doing?
I answer this question very early every Sunday morning. I don’t always have all the answers but just spending time pondering that question has given me some amazing breakthroughs.
I’ll share one with ya. I registered for an online summit a few weeks back but it fell on a weekend. I wasn’t sure how I could attend but not take myself away from my family 100%. I decided to book a road trip that same weekend and planned our drive times around the zoom calls.
Did I get to attend every speaker I wanted to listen to? NO!
But I did get to attend. I made some amazing connections, picked up a ton of knowledge, and my kids were blissful when they hit the beach.
It was a hail mary effort I threw together at the last moment but when I reflected back, it was the perfect solution for a virtual weekend conference.
Are you ready to harness the power of reflection?...
Why you should make a Life Plan instead.
Think back to the last time you took a big trip. You spent time planning what to do, how to get there, and who will be along for the journey. Most of us have limited vacation time. While you may want to travel the world, you narrow your trip to just a few places you can see during the time you have.
Now stop for a minute and think. Have you ever applied this planning to your life?
I remember meeting with a school counsellor in both high school and college to discuss my career path, but let’s be honest while you think you know everything at 18 years old it’s a far cry from reality.
If I could turn back time, I would spend time writing (or refining) a Life Plan at the start of each year instead of a New Year’s resolution I will toss out before February.
It’s a concept I discovered thanks to the brilliant Michael Hyatt. A life plan starts with the end in mind. You think about how you...
You know that sinking feeling when you realize you’re in a conversation with no end in sight?
Instead of focusing on what’s said, your mind is running through your To-Do list for the day.
I realized last week that I lost about 30 minutes of my most productive time chatting with our carpet cleaner. Working from home allows for lots of time saved, but contactors and home maintenance workers can sabotage your productivity.
I tend to be the type to pretend that I’m not home when the doorbell rings (thank goodness for video doorbells). On the occasion when I need to let someone into the house, I’m always polite. Probably too polite, which is what gets me in trouble. However, I genuinely appreciate the value of good help, and I think a few minutes of niceties go a long way.
“How are you? Can I get you anything? OK, here’s where we need help.”
When you’ve gone beyond the small talk, and the...
Monday hit me like a ton of bricks.
Motivation had been my friend when I read the book Miracle Mornings. I was intrigued because I’ve always been a morning person. After reading, I set my alarm even earlier. Motivated to capture the day and “maximize my potential.”
I sprung out of bed for the first week (even on the weekends). Then the next Monday hit. I had spent the weekend as I usually would. Spending time with family and friends. Staying up later to enjoy more time, but then still bounding out of bed at 5am.
Seizing the day seemed like a much less worthy cause. Motivation ghosted me on that morning.
I realized if I wanted to continue with the morning routine I was loving, I was going to have to call on more than motivation to push me out of bed.
Let’s look at the definitions:
(noun): the act or an instance of motivating, or providing with a reason to act in a...
You have a giant project due today and the time blocked to get the work done. The problem is your brain is everywhere else but on the task in front of you.
The pressure feels like the walls of your office are closing in on you, but you can’t get focused to do the work. What’s going on?
Here are the top three reasons you can’t focus and LEGIT ways to work through them:
Procrastination is not doing the things you know you need to do when you need to do it.
Know yourself to fight procrastination.
It’s the first step to reclaiming your focus. If you’re finding it hard to resist temptation, make a note of how procrastination is affecting your life.
For example, did you rush through Sunday dinner so you could get back to the project that you put off until the last minute? Next time you’re tempted to scroll social media, instead of hitting your word count, think...
I’ve just lost an hour and so have (most of) you because I’m writing this paragraph on the day after daylight savings. Congratulations everyone! You’ve survived the attack of the changing clocks.
A battle with the clocks is a true test of your mindset. A mindset is a set of assumptions, methods, or notions. Losing time will mess with all of those.
How did the battle play out for you and your household?
I was feeling pretty good until my ten year old lost his mind with the mention that we had math tutoring today. An epic meltdown I’m going to chalk up to losing an hour of sleep.
Losing an hour, epic meltdowns, or any other setback will test you if you don’t have a clear vision of where you’re headed. Let’s dive deeper.
Think of your life as a car. You are driving along with a beautiful new ride.
My dream car is a Range Rover so...
Your to-do list is missing the crucial thing for you to get the most done today.
What’s that thing you ask? TAKE A BREAK!
It’s easy to spot when somebody else needs to take a break.
When’s the last time you took a break? I’m going to guess, past the time it was too late.
Think of it like drinking water. You need to do it throughout the day before you become dehydrated. You need to take small breaks throughout the day before you burnout.
Here’s the why: the clarity and energy you gain outweighs the time lost.
The temptation is to sit chained to your desk until you finish that project. Getting up when only forced to by mother nature or some other interruption. I can see...
“You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you towards your objective...Are the things around you helping you toward success - or are they holding you back?” W. Clement Stone
I keep repeating that you are a unique human. Pay attention to the factors that drive your unique productivity.
Here are a few questions to figure out what works for you:
The thing about vision boards is what the hell to do with the giant poster board when I’m all done designing my destiny? A full-size poster board is not a simple thing to store.
Then I came across a design that you could store away in a drawer.
All the joys of vision boarding without the annoying storage issues.
Let me show you how:
Items you need:
Start with flipping through your stack of magazines and clipping out any image that resonates with your vision for the year. Don’t overthink this one (and I’m really talking to myself here). Turn on some music, grab a friend to clip with just whatever you need to make it fun.
After you’ve collected a pile of magazine clippings, take out your file folders.
Fold back the folders about a...
I could tell from my husband's voice that I didn’t even have a second to grab shoes as I ran to the car. Five hours later, I was tucking in my sweet boy who had just broken his first bone (actually BONES poor little dude).
Doctor's orders now limited my super active boy who had already felt the weight of social distancing.
He had a fresh perspective on quarantine. Overwhelmed with all the limitations, those board games I’ve been begging him to play since last spring had a whole new appeal.
The good news: you don’t have to break any bones for the cure.
Here are some ways we can take a fresh perspective to move past overwhelm:
Now into our second full week of 2021, you’re optimistic with a fresh perspective that comes with a new year. Use this as your next chapter. We start a new year feeling a sense of new beginnings.
HELL YES to a clean slate.