How to be insanely productive using these calendar hacks

Best way to get organized using your calendar

One of the biggest things I get asked to help my coaching clients with are: Productivity systems; systems and strategies that allow them to be more organized (mentally and physically)Efficiency systems; systems and strategies that show them how to be lightening fast with their tasks and businesses, and Control systems; systems and strategies to feel in control of their actions versus being a victim of circumstance. How to be insanely productive with your calendar One things we must have an exc...

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“No” and “Not right now”

Key philosophies for success

In my home office, beneath the triple monitors connected to my Macbook Pro reads the following quote: "Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials." Lin YutangDerek Sivers is a musician and the creator of the company CD Baby, which went on to do over $100 million in sales before he sold the company in 2008. One of my favorite articles he wrote is titled “No ”yes.“ Either ”HELL YEA...

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Motion Creates Emotion. Get Off Of Your Ass.

We cannot complain about things we refuse to change.

There were two houses out in the country, two neighbors had been next door neighbors for decades. They knew each other really well and were great friends. Their houses were side by side with a short distance in between. One of the neighbors was on his front porch enjoying coffee in the morning, like he always did. The neighbor's dog was sitting on their steps and howling, and it annoyed the neighbor so much that he finally sat down his cup of coffee, got up, went over to his neighbor's house and...

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Life The Story You Wish To Tell.

What will people say about you when you are gone?

As I write this I am working on several huge life challenges. It seems as if the weight of the world is on my shoulders and for some reason, It’s my option to waive a white flag of surrender or willingly carry a massive, nearly impossible load on my back. I can’t speak for you, but as for me, I am wired to live a comfortable life. Everything in me wants to have a life that is on easy street… I want everyone around me happy, no drama, no tough times, no meaningless tasks… and yet life was not des...

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Your Parents Were Wrong

They were wrong about a LOT.

A young girl walks out of her bedroom down the hall and smells a lovely aroma seeping from the kitchen. She decides to investigate and walks in to the kitchen to see the familiar sight of her mother cooking intently. Her mom opens the lid of the pot on the stove and gives the contents a good stir as the oven preheat temp alarm starts to chime. She closes the lid on the stove and prepares the large ham to go in the oven. Before she places the ham in the oven, she cuts the ends off of the ham and ...

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The Early Bird Doesn't Get The Only Worm

I am not a morning person

I beat myself up for countless years about not being a morning person. I was taught for what feels like a lifetime that “the sun should never catch you sleeping.” I read countless stories, posts and studies stating that a common trait of all successful people is getting up at before the butt crack of dawn. I grew up with one sister who is 3 years older than me. When mom went to get us out of the bed, she barely had to wake my sister and “BING!” she was up and out of bed. Me? Well let’s just s...

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The Most Important Story You Will Ever Read

The story you tell yourself about yourself is the most important story you will ever read.

In each of us is an author and a reader. Every day we are speaking to ourselves, creating a story about ourselves. The story you tell yourself about yourself is the most important story you will ever read. The most important human relationship you have in your lifetime is not with another human being; it’s with yourself. What is that relationship like? What story are you telling yourself about yourself every single day? What about in difficult moments? What about moments of temporary defeat or...

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Choose Your Hard - Hard Choices In Life Make Life Easy

It's ALL hard.

I know of a guy who is outstanding to say the least. He is a best-selling self-published author. He has a supportive family. He mentors countless people. He is a phenomenal and highly requested speaker, and a very driven and determined individual. He is not afraid of hard work, gets back up when he is kicked down, and is the image of determination. He can go against insurmountable odds and crush them in order to win. In fact, he coaches other people to do the same. The only fallback he has, is h...

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Taking the time to think

The world attempts to rob you of thinking time. Take that time back.

Bing! Your attention is averted from what you were doing because a text message just came in. You impulsively grab your phone to check the message and the message totally takes your mind away from what you were focusing on to what was in the text message. You respond to the text message and ask yourself “where was I” Oh yes, I recall.” 3 minutes later your computer dings as a new email comes in. You repeat the cycle until you look up and it’s time to leave work. On your way home, you are focusi...

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How to make New Years Resolutions that actually WORK

Your plans will succeed when you implement this plan.

Every year, 200 million people set New Years Resolutions, but here's the sad reality about that...1/4 of them quit in a week.1/3 quit in 3 months.Only 8% succeed. You can make YOUR New Years Resolutions come true by planning them Strategically, and as you already know, that's what we are about here... Strategic Life Design. Most people plan their Resolutions in the form of goals, which usually equates to hopes and dreams. Most people also set out to tackle their goals in a way that they cannot s...

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