You’re Not as Busy As You Probably Think

You’re Not as Busy As You Probably Think

I know we’ve all been there.  We all have those days where we’re too busy.  We have to deny appointments, stay in the house all day, and work work work work, simply because there’s too much too do.  What would you say if I told you you’re not as busy as you thought?

I’ve been a victim of feeling busy as well, so I know how it feels to feel like there’s simply no time to spare.  But after reading the book, getting things done I’d really like to challenge that notion.  Have you really thought about the things you have to do

The first choice you’ll need to make is how you’ll capture all the information you’re imputing and of course you’ll have different options as to how you’re inputting that information. You can choose to take down your information through paper or electronic, but I’d recommend electronic because it’s a lot easier to organize.  There are two main apps that I used to get all the information that need, that would be Evernote and Wunderlist. —- add websites Evernote is your standard note taking app on steroids and wanderlust is your typical list app but on steroids.

Now I challenge you to list everything that you have to do.  Not just today or this week; everything.  This can be anything from a new proposal you need to make, a sponsorship pitch to simply dropping your clothes off at the dry cleaners.  The important thing is too dump everything out of your mind and put it on paper.  I can guarantee you that like me just doing this will give you an insane amount of relief.  You may also find that getting that burden off of your mind will encourage you to keep going harder, and really pushing to get everything out of your mind.  Once you get everything listed, I want you to write the next physical action you have to take.  Not a vague idea or abstract concept but the actual next step you need to take to get whatever you just listed done.  For example, if the task I want to get done is get a photo shoot done for a rebranding project, the first physical action would be to call the photographer to see what date they have available.  Listing the physical action takes the task and then makes it actionable. This process gives you a couple of benefits:

  1. You’ve gone from “having a lot of things to do” to knowing exactly what “a lot” is
  2. You’ve now made your to-do list actionable
  3. The clarity you now have allows you to only have to focus on the 2-3 important things to do for that day

Once you get everything put on paper and actually have in front of you instead of having it all in your head, I can guarantee you’ll say to yourself “I’m not as busy as I thought” and please under that’s the goal!  You never want to be busy for the sake of being busy, which we sometimes can believe we are, without getting things done.  But the goal is to be productive.  By clearly defining what you need to get done, and getting it taken care of without the extra stress you’re setting yourself up for stress-free positivity

 

 

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Thought of the Day: The Philosophy of “Quality”

Thought of the Day: The Philosophy of “Quality”

As a leader,  learn to adopt the philosophy of quality.  One of the most important and frequent decisions you’ll have to make is the choice of quality vs. quantity.  We choose the level of quality we will experience in life.  Now don’t think for a second that I’m only speaking in regards to materialistic things such as clothes, houses, or cars.  This philosophy has more to do with the intangibles such as education, support, and motivation.  However, this is also not to say you shouldn’t prioritize upgrading the level of quality in the material as needed.  Let me repeat this one few more times.

as needed. as needed.  as needed. as needed.  as needed. as needed.  as needed. as needed.  as needed. as needed.  as needed. as needed.  as needed. as needed.  as needed. as needed.  

This concept isn’t actually about the materialistic, most people have that down already.  However, the intangibles… not so much.  Where people take the time to invest their money in buying bigger houses; it’s mind boggling to think about how many people fail to invest time in their marriages.  While people are ecstatic with the idea of dropping their hand-me-downs for the newest name brands, it’s strange to see how they can’t stand the idea of dropping their drag-me-down friends for the ones the push you further towards your goals.  Again, this isn’t to bash upgrading what you buy, but if you aren’t, it’s a “what’s the point” type of situation right?

Then again, that’s how I see it.  What’s your perspective?  Drop it in the comment section below and let’s start a conversation.

How to Learn a New Skill

How to Learn a New Skill

What’s something you’ve always wanted to do?  Ever been interested in learning how to play piano, how to snowboard, or how to deliver a great speech? These things to do take time, but they may not take as much time as you think.  In order to grow, you need to continually update your skill.  Overtime, you need to be constantly updating your skills so you remain valuable while the times change.  At first glance, learning a new skill looks daunting and seems like it will take a lot of work that you may not feel like investing. But by breaking it down to three smaller steps, you’ll see that it may not be as hard as you once thought.

 

Get Over the Mental Hump

Before even attempting to learn a new skill, or trying to adopt a lifestyle of just learning new things you need to have the proper mindset first.  The first thing you need to understand and fully accept is that learning a new skill is not easy.  In fact, it can be very challenging. But you have to accept and take it on straight on.  One of the best things you can do is pre-commit.  Mentally commit yourself to dedicating however much time it takes to learn the skill.  If you go in with a “dabbler’s mindset”, you’ll always seek the easy way, because you always had.  It’s better to assume the worst for yourself.  Plan to learn as if you know future is going to be lazy, unmotivated, and unwilling to put the work in.  By committing yourself to putting the work in and setting up your environment in a way that promote success; you’ll prevent failure.

Make it Specific

Why do you want to learn this skill?  Defining your goal will help you save a lot of time and energy every time.  There is a huge difference between the time it takes to become a world-class chef and being able to provide a quality meal for your family.  A great way to define this is by asking yourself, “What is the problem I’m trying to solve by learning this skill?” or “Why is the skill important to me?” Again if you’re learning to play the piano to play at your families next get together, you probably won’t need to put as much as work in as someone that wants to backup Bruno Mars on his next world tour.

Breakdown the Skill

Once you have your skill and you’ve made it as clear as possible, you need to make it even clearer than that.  Many big skills such as public speaking, playing the guitar, or even painting a portrait are just made up of smaller skills.  For example, I’m a blogger; however I don’t just blog.  I have to write, research, network, use social media, understand SEO, master WordPress, understand basic photo-editing skills, and apply basic development skills such as discipline and perseverance.  If you’re someone that wants to become a better blogger, focusing on each piece individually elevates you as a blogger in general.  The trick to doing this however is understanding that you don’t have to do everything.  The 80/20 rule states that 80% of your results come from 20% of the work you do.  So, in the case of the blogger I would put a bigger focus on the 20% of skills that are more crucial to my success.

Practice!!!!!!!!!!

So you’ve specified the skill, then you broke it down into smaller skills.  What now?  From here, watch three videos online or read three books on the skill.  This will help you figure out what the most crucial skills/concepts are, then DROP THE BOOKS AND START PRACTICING.  You must understand that anything that stops you from deliberately practicing the skill is a distraction, and too much learning can be one of those distractions.  Your brain is muscle and like a muscle it must be worked and trained in order to perform better.  Like a muscle, you must also understand that you can’t get the all the results you want in the short-term. You must put the work in day-by-day and consistently and then you will get the results you are looking for. If you need assistance on creating the best days possible feel free to check out my previous post on daily planning here.

 

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Visionary 101: The 3 Parts of A Vision

Visionary 101: The 3 Parts of A Vision

I think a visionary is one of the most mid understood occupations in the world today.  Anyone can be one, but not everyone can do it well.  Webster defines a visionary as “a person with original ideas about what the future will or could be like”.  A visionary can also be used as an adjective where it would mean, “thinking about or planning the future with imagination or wisdom.”  Again, by that definition anyone and everyone is a visionary.  But a true visionary doesn’t live his life by just thinking about the future, but by also taking the actions to change it for the better.  As one of my brothers once said, “There’s no use in being woke if you’re the only one that benefits from it.”  While you may have your great ideas, concepts, and ideologies; it’s all useless if you don’t actually do anything with.

There are three parts to every vision:The vision, communication, and execution.  The vision part is self-explanatory.  I really wanted to focus in on the second two parts   A visionary not only sees the future, they make others see it as well, and with the help of others they make it come to life.

Look no further than Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream speech” to how much a well-communicated speech can move people to make change happen.  Prior to that day, there wasn’t one person know exactly what King’s picture for the future was.  However, after the fact it was clear as day to the 250,000 civil rights supporters that attended that day.  King was able to get his vision across to the supporters because he was able to do the five things you need to communicate as powerful as possible:

  1. Inspire
  2. Challenge
  3. Make it Clear
  4. Make it Task Specific
  5. Make it We Focused

When people understand your vision, they become inspired to do whatever it takes no matter whatever the challenge is.  By making it clear and making people feel involved; they go from hearing about it to becoming a part of it.  As Eddie Connor Jr. says, “Get to know people that are pro your vision because they will ensure your “provision”.

A vision & execution go hand in hand.  They stand together well alone, but when combined their effectiveness multiples.  Strategic execution is having everyone in your organization internalize your strategy in their daily thinking, actions and behaviors.  Think about the most influential people in history.  Their true power didn’t lie in what they themselves were able to accomplish, but with they were able to accomplish collectively with other people. As a visionary you must continue to remain focused.  Check out my blog post on how to improve your focus by clicking here to remain.  Once you have the vision and you have your team, it’s time to work!

 

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Goals. System. Follow Through.

Goals. System. Follow Through.

Money comes easy when you do two things

Simplify and organize. 

Allowing your money to  move beyond you and what you are able to control is a recipe for disaster. While life would be a lot better with a personal accountant who could just do all of that for us, majority of us don’t need that at all.  By knowing what you want to do with your money, with some simple planning and organization you’ll be able to get where you want in no time. Set Goals.  Make a System.  Follow through with your system.  Eventually, I’ll go deeper into this but until then eat, breathe, and sleep this statement. “Set Goals.  Make a System.  Follow through with the system.” Getting rid of the clutter, and clearing the path will make this journey a whole lot easier.

New Year, New Me

New Year, New Me

Happy New Year Family! I pray you all are as excited for the new year as I am.  2017 is going to be great year I can feel it.

With the new year coming in, you’ve most likely heard the saying “New Year, New Me”.  With the passing of the 2016, most of us want to look past it and start with a clean slate.  So with that being said, who is the “new you”?  While we do want to move past 2016, we forget to define what we want to be in 2017.  To put you on the right track, I wanted to discuss the concept of branding for a moment.

What is A Brand?  A Brand is a definition of who you are, through the eyes of others.  When you think about Nordstrom, what comes to mind?  When you think of Donald Trump, what comes to mind?  When you think about Apple, what comes to mind.  These experiences, feelings, and opinions you have about what I just named comes together to form a brand. Always remember, first impressions really do matter, but most of the time our brands are actually the ones that do the talking for us; and without the proper brand management theres a good chance your first impression wont be the best one.

If know anything about branding, you’ll most likely hear this word associated with companies such as Apple.  Right now, they have the most valuable brand, which in dollar terms comes out to about 154 billion dollars.  That have 154 billion dollars basically because they make their customers feel good about their products.  I don’t think this really merits any proof, just check out the thousands of people who line up waiting for the iPhone when it’s released.  How many times have you ever heard someone say “I would buy _____ cause it’s apple” or “Apple made _____ so it must be the legit”.

A brand is simply a promise that make you to anyone that would want something from you.  So for the year of 2017 what will be your brand?  Instead of just hoping 2017 is good year, let’s make it a good one.

13 Lists That You Need to Make Today

13 Lists That You Need to Make Today

Being the “thinking soul” that I am, I love to create and innovate all the time and I’ve found that making lists is the perfect way of making sure that I keep track with all of those ideas.  You can literally make a list for just about anything, but I want to make a list (see what I did there) of things that I think you need to really need to make sure you get down as soon as possible.  Make sure you get an app like Evernote or your standard note taking app or even a regular notebook and starting listing now.

Products/Idea that you want to build eventually

What’s that idea you’ve dreaming about?

Talent to keep my eyes on

Who’s caught your eye lately? Who’s someone you could see yourself working with?

Things to Learn

What’s something you’re interested in learning?

Books to Read

List some books that you’re interested in reading.

Future Business Ideas

What’s that business idea that you keep daydreaming about?

Pending Conversation Agendas

Do you have any important talks or meetings coming up? Create an agenda to be prepared

Short-Term Product Tasks

Once you decide to start working on an idea, what are some things you can do now to improve it?

Long-Term CEO Projects

What are some long term projects that will help move your business forward in the long run?

Short-Term CEO Projects

What are short term projects that will help move your business forward in the long run?

People to “Update”

Who are the people I need to keep in the loop?

CEO Friends

Doesn’t necessarily have to be CEOs.  But who are the people tyou knowing performing at the highest level in their given industry?

Potential Partners

Who are people that you want to work with eventually?

Existing Partners

Who are the people that you’re working with now?

 

Are there any other lists that I’m missing? Comment and share your list ideas below.