[New Blog Post] Your breakthrough can wait until tomorrow

 

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Your breakthrough can wait until tomorrow. Well, you can start today if you want but my conference Breakthrough You-Niversity is tomorrow morning and it’s not too late to sign up.

The Breakthrough You-niversity Conference is an action packed morning designed to equip you with powerful strategies to move your life from areas of breakdown to breakthrough in your thoughts, relationships, finances, career, and health.

Throughout the morning we will answer six questions.  Each quesiotns will be a key to moving your life from breakdown to breakthrough.

You also get to experience a riveting panel discussion with our amazing line-up of experts discussing breakthrough strategies for your thoughts, relationships, finances, career and physical health.

I would love to have you there. Click here to purchase your ticket to a breakthrough life: Purchase Tickets

When: 

Saturday, August 6th

Where: 

Word of Life Church

1804 7TH AVE, ROCK ISLAND, IL 61201

What time: 

Doors open at 7:30 AM

Breakthrough You-niversity Conference Schedule

8:00 AM – 8:50 AM Opening Session
8:50 AM-9:50 AM Session Two
9:50 AM – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 11:00 AM Panel Discussion
11:00 AM – Noon Closing Session

[New Blog Post] Catch It As It Happens

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There’s nothing worse than having the power go out and discovering that the batteries in your flashlight are burnt out. Actually, there is, running out of toilet paper and forgetting to pick more up from the store.

Let mind wonder here.

I just ran out of triple A batteries.
Last week I ran out of stamps. (Yes, I still have a very rare need to mail something physically) but I am never in a position where I am without something when I need it most.

I “Catch It As It Happens.”

Here’s what I mean.

When I run out of something I immediately write down what needs to be replaced so the next time I am at the store, the list is ready to go. No special trip needed.

For this, I use the “Reminders” App on my Apple IPhone. Reminders allow me to create lists and each item I place on the list I can add a location.

For example, I have a list titled: Errands. I typed “Triple A Batteries” in my Errands list and placed my grocery stores address in the location settings. The next time I am near the grocery store, my phone will remind me that I need Triple A batteries.

I use Reminders more for bulk items to have on hand, rather than realizing I’m out at the moment I need to place new Triple A batteries in the flashlight.

The habit of “Catching it when it happens” aka writing something down when you run out, has added significant value to my life staying organized.

Another step I like to take is to have two of everything, so I am rotating stock as I work through it. Even if I have doubles of something, I would still write it in reminders that I am out of one package.

I use the Reminders app, but use whatever you are comfortable with that will trigger your brain to write it down and remember to follow up when you are at the store.

“Catching It As It Happens” has helped me keep a running inventory of everything in my home/office and it can do the same for you!

Question: What have you ran out of and realized at the most inopportune time?

[New Blog Post] “When your brain gets in the way of your work.”

 

When your brain gets in the way of your work

My brain gets in the way of my work every day multiple times a day.

I’m not saying that I do mindless work or that I’m not intelligent.

What I am talking about is what Buddist call “Monkey Brain.”

Best-selling author, speaker and human relations expert BJ Gallagher writes:

“Buddha described the human mind as being filled with drunken monkeys, jumping around, screeching, chattering, carrying on endlessly. We all have monkey minds, Buddha said, with dozens of monkeys all clamoring for attention. Fear is an extraordinarily loud monkey, sounding the alarm incessantly, pointing out all the things we should be wary of and everything that could go wrong.”

Every day in some way, I battle negative thoughts that try to derail my productivity. Not constantly, but in a very subtle way, they try to creep in and derail me.

I can wake up one day full of energy, focused and ready to take on the world, and an hour later I’ll have little whispered about failure and insecurity about what I am writing or about the new product I’m getting ready to release.

It’s the monkeys in my brain trying to pull me away from achieving my goals.

Now, I don’t believe I have little monkeys in my brain. The Buddha was referring to the negative, self-defeating thoughts and emotions that continually try to disrupt and derail us.

Mixed into the negative thinking are also the thought of all the reasons I can succeed, achieve great things, and push forward.

I have learned that just because I have these negative thoughts, it doesn’t mean that I have to own them or listen to them.

Our brain will alway thy to sabotage our best work. The key is learning to be aware of this and ignore them.

Three of the greatest books that have helped me to learn how to ignore the “Monkey brain” were The War of Art, Do the work and Turning Pro by Steve Pressfield.

I recommend them to everyone.

The more important a call to action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel about answering it. But to yield to Resistance deforms our spirit. It stunts us and makes us less than we are and were born to be. – Steve Pressfield

Negative, self-defeating thoughts are a part of life, but they are lies trying to disrupt your creativity and productivity.

So how to we overcome the Monkey Brain lies seeking to disrupt your creativity and productivity?

1. Realize that everyone has them. You are not alone.
2. Acknowledge that they are in fact lies and the enemy.
3. Don’t allow them room to stay in your brain.
4. Remind yourself of who you are and what you are called to do.
5. Keep being creative and productive.

Question: How to you combat “Monkey Brain” when it attacks your creativity and productivity? Leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you! 

[New Podcast] Episode #22 “The SMART way to set goals and achieve them”

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In this episode  #21 of the Life Organized Podcast, I talk about the “SMART” way to set goals and achieve them. 
 
I discuss:
 
The five principles I learned from Michael Hyatt about goal setting:
  1. Keep them few in number 
  2. Make the S.M.A.R.T
  3. Write them down
  4. Review them frequently
  5. Share them selectively 
  • How to set S.M.A.R.T goals
  • Are your goals S.M.A.R.T. = Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time Bound? 
 
Books I recommend: 
Resources / Conferences I mention: 
Question: Have you ever set S.M.A.R.T goals? Leave me a comment below! 
 

[New Blog Post] “Build Yourself A Routine Sandwich”

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Building a great sandwich is an art form. Especially if you are building a stacker full of ingredients, but no matter how beautiful the masterpiece of a sandwich, once you take that first bite, it’s game on to keep everything from sliding all over between the bread.

It’s never the bread that falls out onto the plate. No, it’s the ketchup that drips on your shirt, the piece of hamburger that falls to the plate as you try to devour everything before you.

The only thing you can control is the part you have the tightest grip on, everything in between is going to slide, shift, and move during every bite, the same applies to our day.

Building a great day starts with sandwiching your day.

I sandwich my day with a morning routine and evening routine, because the middle of my day no matter what’s on the calendar, is full of interruptions, distractions, and unscheduled events.

Sandwiching my day helps me stay on top of key areas of my company and personal growth no matter what my day may bring.

Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition. -W. H. Auden

My morning routine looks like this:

– Wake Up / Make Coffee
– Journal
– Read (I always have a book chosen for reading in the morning)
– Write (I work on blog posts, Podcast episodes, speaking topics, book)
– Update social media sites
– Eat breakfast

Side note:

– I always have an audiobook playing in my car so I can learn as I drive. At all times then I am reading three different books.
– I have scheduled days for working in my yard, cutting the grass, weeding, gardening, etc. in my calendar, that would be considered an afternoon routine also.

My evening routine looks like this:

– Prepare clothes for the next day (Iron, set out items, etc.)
– Review tomorrow’s calendar
– Respond to interactions with people that happened throughout the day on social media
– Read (I always have a book chosen for reading in the evening)
– Go to bed (I may regularly eat a bowl of organic cinnamon cereal from Cascadia Farms before bed. But don’t tell anyone!)

Throughout the day anything can happen so, I make sure I follow my morning and evening routine.

My methods ensure that I am growing every day, writing every day, communicating with my Life Organized Tribe and adding value to them through the content I write and post.

Question: What kind of routine sandwich will you build? What routines do you have in place currently? Leave me comment below! 

“Productivity Gear I Can’t Live Without” [New Podcast]

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f you were stranded on a deserted island what three things would you bring?

We’ve all been ask a similar question like this one.
I don’t know what three things I would want if I was stranded on a deserted island but I do know the productivity gear I can’t live without.
Below is a list of what I talked about in todays show:
Show Notes: 
Click To Purchase: 
This is the #1 book I credit to operating at the level of productive and efficiecy that I do. I  have read Getting Things Done at least twenty times and learn more about GTD every time.
Question: What productivity get can you not live without? Leave me a comment below! 

“My Name Is No, My Number Is No, My Sign is No, You Need To Let It Go.” [Blog Post]

My Name Is No, My Number Is No, My Sign is No, You Need To Let It Go

I am sure the title of this blog post caught your attention. By the way, I hate that song by Meghan Trainor. LOL. It’s one of those horrible songs that get stuck in my head when I ride in the car with my kids. I don’t even listen to the radio when I am driving by myself, but that song will pop into my head and stay there annoying the heck out of me for hours! AHHHHHH!

Believe it or not, there is a great productivity tip we can take from that song that will help you keep every area of your life organized.

The power of the word NO.

Now, you may not be saying no to some guy or girl hitting on you “at the club” but you may have pointless meetings, breakfast, lunch invitations, or other obligations that fill up your calendar and steal your time because of your failure to say the word No.

Learning to say no will empower you only to commit to things that move you towards your goals.

No is a difficult word to say. We don’t want to offend or hurt someone’s feelings, so we continue to say yes over and over again and then find ourselves overcommitted and stressed out with no margin in our life.

It’s true we all have twenty-four hours in a day, but how you schedule them determines your stress and sanity level!

If you struggle to say no, walk through the following questions before committing to anything so you can honestly weigh the cost instead of caving to the pressure of others so you won’t hurt their feelings:

Questions to ask before saying yes or no:

  • What do I currently have on my calendar?
    • I know this sounds like such an easy question, but there have been may times that I said yes to something without even looking at my calendar to see if I had something else scheduled. Ugh! Take a moment to open your calendar and review your entire week not just the day of the requested commitment. Why? Because if your week is full of appointmens, one appointment takes time and energy and can cause unneeded stress.
  • What’s most important in my life?
    • Everything we say yes to takes us away from other committment. If you know what is most important to you and align your calendar around them, then you will only say yes to that which aligns with your values.
  • Is this something I can commit too?
    • If you don’t have the time to give your full attention to a project, task or meeting, say no. No one wants you involved in something where you are half hearted or not fully present.
  • How will this add value to my life?
    • Let me explain this questions. Not everything in life is about you! When I ask “How will this add value to my life, I am looking at it from “Does this align with my life purpose of “Helping people live their best life and do great work?. If yes, then it’s something I will commit to if it doesn’t take away from my other commitments.
  • Am I selfish by saying no?
    • I like this question because we can become so focused on our life that we fail to add value to other and help people. We can’t be so self-absorbed that we never help people out of the kindness of our heart. For example, no one ever wants to help someone move, but you are adding value and caring for your friend or family member when you do.

When telling someone no, don’t sugar coat your words or try to pretend you will commit to at a later date.

Be honest.

People will appreciate it even more when you say yes because you will have a proven track record of your actions.

Just make sure you never say “My name is no, you need to let it go” to anyone when asked to commit to something.

Question: Do you struggle to say no? Did this list help you today? What steps have you used to help you say no and not overcommit? Leave me a comment below. I would love to hear from you.