I can’t believe the summer is almost over. I hope you had a chance to get some rest and enjoy the sun while it was around.
My summer went by too fast and felt way too busy. I know that sounds funny coming from a “productivity” guy.
I spent the summer taking care of my four kids (ages 1-10). Some days I felt lucky to get a shower and breakfast. I have a whole new perspective and respect for the work my wife did when she was a stay-at-home mom.
If nothing else, this summer taught me the importance of taking time for what really matters and realizing that I can’t do everything. Every day had some new limit. Sometimes it was time. Sometimes it was money. Most often, it was a lack of energy.
Do you ever feel like that?
Now that I’m back to work and my kids are back in school, we can settle back into our routines and habits. Having those in place make our entire life sooooo much easier.
Here’s a quick update on the blog. Starting August 29th, I’ll get back on track posting new productivity tips each week. I’m also still working on the Master Your Personal Productivity Course I began this spring.
Thanks for staying subscribed to updates. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you. If there’s anything I can do to return the favor, let me know.
I’d love to hear how your summer went.
I’ve been featured in the Productive! Magazine, and my second piece was just published.
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Productive! Magazine is sponsored by the only task organizer I recommend to get things done, Nozbe.
End of School Year Sabbatical
As you know, I am a husband, father, teacher, and National Guard Soldier. I’ve always made it my goal to complete tasks based on my priorities. For the following reasons, I’m taking a sabbatical from the blog until the end of August:
- I’ve done it again and put a busy schedule before my family. I need time to refocus on what’s most important.
- I have to devote extra time to ensuring a successful end of the school year for my students.
- I am planning my military unit’s annual training and need to prepare for the soldier’s readiness.
- This break will also help me find the focus to create better content on this blog in the future.
Thanks for your understanding. It’ll be a chance to gain clarity and vision so I can help you solve real problems.
If there is anything you’d like to see going forward, please leave your comments below.
Who you are speaks so loudly, I cannot hear what you are saying.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Have you ever been so into getting something done the right way that you instead get frustrated because it’s just not working out? You want to do great work, but if you can’t do it right it’s almost better to not do it at all. What if doing things the right way meant something totally different.
What if I told you that the whole right way mindset usually does more harm than good and it’s actually hurting you and your family.
Just yesterday I walked into my son’s playroom where he was building a lego masterpiece. He had all sorts of motors whizzing and pieces snapping together. His goal: make a life-sized motorized fan. But, there was one problem. Some of the pieces wouldn’t work the right way.
I asked him to come take a break with me and get back to his project in a little while. It turned out this little break was all he needed to gain perspective on his lego problem.
A little perspective about doing things the right way can really help us be happier and more productive. Here are three truths that will give you the perspective you need to move forward.
It takes a lot to balance all the different areas of life. Between trying to organize and schedule family life, work, hobbies, and all of life’s odds-and-ends, we have a ton of projects. I’ve integrated Nozbe with my calendar and file storage to help, but Nozbe project labels come to the rescue to keep me organized and focused.
Like most Nozbe users, projects are the backbone of my system. I create a new project any time a task requires more than 5 steps. But using this method makes me have to manage too many projects. I currently have 35 different projects going. Too many to keep track of at one time.
This is where Nozbe project labels and colors help. I use labels to sort my projects by area of life and each label gets its own color. For example:
- All family projects are labeled “Home” and are red
- All teaching projects are labeled “Teaching” and are pink
- All military projects are labeled “Military” and are army green 🙂
- All online business projects are labeled “Platform” and are blue
- All my goals are labeled “Goals” and are orange
Labels let me sort projects and easily focus on individual areas of life. Colors help me keep my projects sorted visually when I look at my entire project list or complete my weekly review. Check out this video or learn my process below.
Recently, many of you shared thoughts and comments on the 2016 Mission Mindset Reader Survey. This survey helped me gather data and insight into who you are and what you’re looking to accomplish with a mission mindset. I’m incredibly thankful to everyone who shared their input. You’re awesome!
I’ve spent the past couple weeks pouring over the data and planning updates to make sure everything here is actually relevant to you. It’s helped me discover how I can serve you better. Keep reading to see the awesome updates I’m working on.
Tell me if this sounds familiar. You get home from a long day at work. The kids are going wild. You’ve got to rush out the door to get everyone to soccer practice. And, you haven’t given a second thought on how to prepare dinner.
I’ve written previously about how batching saves time and helps my family achieve more of what matters. Today I want to share one more example of how you can eat healthy, plan ahead, and save time.
I’m planning to use more video to share quick lessons on the go. Here is the first of many.
On yesterday’s run, two life lessons that were clear within the first 10 minutes.
I’ve got a lot of great content to create this year. I plan to launch an online course and maybe begin personal coaching or write my first book.
But…I need your help.
Before I jump into my first project, I wanted to give you a chance to determine what type of content to create.
If you’ve got five minutes to spare, I’d appreciate your help with this year’s reader survey.