December 21, 2015
"When you wish up on a star makes no difference who you are" and prayer just to be sure then maybe you will be in the right frame of mind to endure a productive day. But seriously, with out getting to airy fairy and all it beats the gloom and doom for sure.
I had such a great day getting things done that had long been on my list that I thought I would share my perspective in hopes that it helps you in some way as well.
So while you are chewing on that elephant or throwing spaghetti against the wall maybe it couldn't hurt to hear a few of my take outs and thoughts as I describe how the day went and then offer up 6 strategies I used that seemed to work.
American Flyers (1985) - IMDb website. (My apologies to Kevin Bacon for saying he was a cast member in this movie. It was actually Kevin Costner. I was confused.)
Res Firma Mitescere Nescit - YouTube video of the exact scene in American Flyers where Res Firma Mitescere Nescit is described. (Translation: If You've Got It Up, Keep It Up!)
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.”
― Bruce Lee
“Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.”
― Theodore Roosevelt
6 Strategies to Productivity
- Good rest (R.E.M. Sleep if possible).
- Prepare as much as you can in advance.
- Be willing to make adjustments if it makes sense to.
- Look at adversity as a opportunity to make improvements.
- Once you are on a roll keep on a roll.
- Keep asking; what more can I do?
December 13, 2015
Recently I realized personal clarity is a misnomer where clarity seems to follow a path of uncertainty long before it ever renders value as a clear direction. It’s more likely to recognize clarity after making several attempts to accomplish something where you figure out what works and disregard what doesn’t.
More likely you will find clarity is more reflective than predictive in its nature where experience is the result that delivers the expected outcome.
In this episode I share my thoughts on the subject after reflecting upon a statement I made nearly a year ago. Interestingly enough I am still on the journey for clarity where the answer still eludes me.
December 7, 2015
It’s all about getting organized in the year ahead and the way I plan to do this is using Workflowy.com to help me keep tabs on my thoughts and ideas.
In this episode I am using this tool to keep me focused but there are so many more practical ways you can use it.
The best feature of this tool as I see it is in its ability to be cross platform compatible so no matter where the idea strikes you the app is ready to serve your burst of thoughts. The app is available in iTunes and Google Play for free download.
Then you are ready to jump on your Mac or PC you simply go to workflowy.com and login, again all free. They do have a paid option but most of what I use it for can be done under a free account.
I think I will be using this app long term as its usefulness leads me to better organization. Simply said it works!
So there are many thoughts and suggestions you will want to hear in this episode as I lay out what is in my plans for 2016 and offer up my non-traditional thoughts on budgeting and forecasting, it’s almost a rant you could agree to.
Workflowy.com – Free online outlining website that allows you document your thoughts
Bill Keeper – iPhone app to keep you aware of what bills are due and when. At a glance and automatic messages to keep you up to date.
Everydollar.com – Website designed to help you gain control of your budget to manage your money. Promoted by Dave Ramsey.
Stoicism 101: A Practical Guide for Entrepreneurs - A brief description and overview of stoic philosophy by Tim Ferriss.