Category Archives: Productivity

Dreams vs Reality

Ahh. Not having to go into the office everyday. Kicking back, living life on your terms, and never having to answer to anyone else… I wish.

It’s the end of August, the kids are back at school and I feel like I never got a chance to really disconnect and relax.

I’ve been in the office (which sometimes the dining room table, other times my garage work space, and at times Starbucks or some cafe with great ambiance and great decent wifi) for 8 to 10 hours a day or running around with my laptop figuring out how to get internet in the middle of the Grand Canyon (true story).

Why do I do this, you ask? The DREAM.

Surely you have an idea of what your dream job is. For many, that dream job isn’t even a job but a business. Your own business. Then you jump into the reality of your business and it hardly matches your dream.

My Dream

I love design. I also love efficiency, making things better, and helping people.

I really believe I missed my calling when I decided not to go to college to become a designer or an artist or a photographer. I can imagine myself making the world a more beautiful place by showing people what was possible through vision, perspective, and a little creativity.

So my dream “workday” would be writing a few emails, publishing a blog post, and sharing inspiration on my social media. Then I’d spend an hour or so improving on my business (i.e., making it more accessible, getting the word out, creating more value).

Finally, I’d spend another hour or two on coaching / strategy with my SWISSLOGIC clients.

Someone pinch me. Please.

The Reality

My reality barely resembles the above. It’s managed chaos.

I wake up early to try and get in a bit of exercise before I start the day. Client calls typically start at 10am and then there’s the fires that need putting out … and those don’t follow any schedule. Sometimes servers fail or people don’t do what’s expected despite so much research and planning.

If you know me really well, you may have noticed a few changes in the past few weeks. I’ve started dedicating myself to the dream part of my business.

I want to be able to focus more on creating and scaling.

Challenge

Here’s my challenge. For the next 8 weeks, focus on achieving your dream.

Whether it’s being able to run a 5K (there’s an app for that), complete 100 consecutive push-ups (great regimen here), or starting that business you’ve always dreamt about, I challenge you to dedicate the next 8 weeks to making it a reality.

  • Get a plan.
  • Take action.
  • Optimize your plan.
  • Keep your eye on the prize and stay on track.
  • Don’t make excuses (it’s only 8 weeks).

Setting goals is important but getting a plan and following it religiously is the difference between always wanting and actually having. You’d be surprised how much you could accomplish in only 8 weeks with a good plan and some discipline.

Set your goal and go for it. If you need help as you’re trying to reach your goal, tell me what you want or need
and I’ll do my best to help you get it (or tell you how to get it). FYI, I know quite a bit about branding, advertising / marketing, and doing business online.

All the best.

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Workaholic’s Guide to Relaxing on Vacation [Infographic]

There’s a big difference between having a strong work ethic and being a workaholic.

When you have a strong work ethic, it means you have a strong sense of responsibility, you put in your best effort, and you care about the quality of your work — but you also cut yourself a break every once in a while to recharge. Workaholics, on the other time, have a hard time taking breaks, cutting themselves off from work, and relaxing.

But using your vacation time to relax and recharge is important for your physical and mental health and for your overall productivity at work. No one can operate on high all of the time without eventually burning out, and that’s neither good for you nor your team.

So if you find yourself having trouble relaxing and not working when you go on vacation, take a look at the infographic below from OnlineHealth. It’ll walk you through how to prepare for your vacation so leaving work won’t be as stressful, how to avoid the temptation to work when you’re supposed to be relaxing, and how to settle back into work again afterward without feeling guilty.

Follow this advice and I’ll bet you’ll feel happier and healthier in your personal life, and happier, more productive, and more creative at work.

See the infographic…

What Productivity Systems Will Not Solve

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for the perfect productivity system. Unfortunately, it doesn’t exist.

The problem isn’t with the productivity system — the problem is that none of them can solve a few really important (and related) problems:

  1. Procrastination
  2. Fear of uncertainty
  3. Fear of discomfort

For example, at the top of my to-do list today is “write Zen Habits post” and “write intro to declutter course” … pretty simple, right? Two fairly straightforward tasks. But as I started this post, I went to check and respond to email, sent a message to my wife, checked on my finances, cleaned the kitchen a little. I’m super productive at the little things when I’m putting off the big tasks!

No matter how good the productivity system is, it falls apart when I start procrastinating.

When a task is uncomfortable, I procrastinate, just like most people. When I’m facing a lot of uncertainty with a task, I procrastinate. Like most of us.

Often, we’ll work on a new productivity system, try out a new to-do list app, start organizing, or start getting our email inbox to zero, or start reading about a new way to be productive (like you are now) … all as a way to procrastinate on uncertain or uncomfortable tasks.

And it’s so much easier to follow the path of distractions and little tasks, than to face a big important but scary task. It’s easy to go to your bank’s website to check your balance, check on your favorite blogs and news sites, pop open your favorite social media network, and so on. These have no barrier to entry, and always give you some reward, while difficult tasks give you negative feedback and have obstacles to getting started. Not a fair fight, huh?

So how do we deal with this? A few important methods:

Keep reading…