Day 3267 – What About The Days When You Spill A Whole Cup Of Coffee…On Everything? – World Productivity Day Followup

Yesterday, I had a nice post about productivity. How I created new lists and got things done.

But then, a few things happened. First, I stayed up wayyyyyyy too late finishing a book, and then couldn’t sleep because I had two cups of coffee around 3 pm. I still go up on my first alarm (one of the current habits I’m building), but for a number of reasons (read that as a long conversation with Bret) I was way behind where I wanted to be. I was just about to journal about some things that were on my mind and in the process of moving things around my desk, I knocked over an entire cup of coffee….behind my desk, on my computer, all over several of my work folders. Everywhere.

My initial reaction was ‘are you freakin’ kidding me?!’ Then it was get this cleaned up fast. Then it was a little bit of humor ‘at least my desk isn’t as dusty now.’

It would have been easy to just toss my morning routine and follow things I’ve set up for myself. I even started to move on and not do the things I planned to do. But part way through the next thing, I decided, no, I’m going to follow my routine. These little decisions add up. My later commitments are after I finish my morning things. It’s going to be ok self.

So when you spill an entire cup of coffee all over your morning, clean it up, readjust, and keep going.

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Day 3266 – World Productivity Day!

Hurray for productivity and a whole day to celebrate it! I love learning about productivity and practicing things that lead to a productive life. There are a number of ways that I’m currently trying to increase my productivity and achieve my goals.

First, Bret and I had a pretty long (over several days) conversation about what a successful summer would look like for us. We started the conversation on Saturday, technically before his summer break from teaching started. What this conversation has done is set our expectations for the summer. We talked about our bucket list of things to do. We talked about daily habits we want to practice. We talked about our work goals.

This morning, I’m a little behind schedule because I finally sat down, wrote out my goals and printed them out. I have a new checklist to highlight daily habits. I printed out all my goals in my January letter as well as some monetary goals (i.e. when I hit this dollar amount, I’ll do/buy/etc something else). I printed our summer bucket list and some of the big names I want to meet. This isn’t necessary for this year, but I want to start keeping those goals in front of me daily.

I also tried something new this morning. I want to get back into running and I’m taking a different approach. Previously, it was all about going for a 5k or following a plan. It was just too fast for the overachiever in me. So instead, I’m setting a “run three times a week” goal. I am only running a very short distance and only increasing my mileage when I feel ready. This is a big shift for me because I’m all about big milestones, but the joy is in the consistency. The different thing I did this morning was pre-prep my food before my run. I scooped my leftover takeout into the microwave, put a bottle of water and peaches on the counter, so as soon as I came through the door, I could start the microwave, grab the water, and recover. It made a big difference for sure.

So a big part of being productive is setting yourself up for success, whatever that means for you.

How are you going to be productive today?

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Day 3265 – Dreaming Big Dreams

I’m currently reading a few books that have to do with big goals. The first is Your Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt. I’m at the part in the book where it talks about making big goals, sometimes scary goals. He’s also talking about how bigger goals motivate you more, i.e. if you have a goal you know you can attain, you hit the goal and then stay there. I have seen a lot of this in my life when I look back. I’m super thankful that I’m finally taking strides to move past this in myself.

I just started reading The Real Estate Fast Track by David Finkel. It was recommended to us by Bret’s mentor and as soon as he mentioned “it has the best systems” I geeked out. I’m a huge fan of systems and processes and how to’s. I was struck by a few sentences on the first few pages.

“That probably seems impossible, or maybe too good to be true. But just for a brief moment, imagine it were truly available to you….The road will be harder than you ever imagined, but the rewards will be sweeter than you could ever have anticipated.”

Here’s a recurring theme in my reading and personal growth over the last few years – “why not dream bigger?” I was sharing a financial goal with a friend for my new project (lol, I’m SO close to telling you guys about it, hang tight!), and it was honestly “a bunch of money” or something along those lines. She encouraged me to put a number on it. Which I did…and then I added another zero. It took my somewhat achievable goal to something way beyond my dreams. What’s cool about this is that I purchased some courses for the new project I’m working on from folks who have achieved 10x my goal. They stand as an “if they can do it, I can do it” example to follow.

I think a big part of achieving things is dreaming WAY bigger than you ever thought possible for yourself.

So I challenge you today to add a zero to your goal, whatever that means to you.

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Day 3264 – Happy International Picnic Day!!

A very happy international picnic day to you! I hope you have the chance to go on a picnic today! I wanted to share this photo from one of my favorite picnics, which we enjoyed while driving across the country in 2016. It’s a great way to save money on your trips too!

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Day 3263 – We Met The Super Carlin Brothers!!!

Heyyyyyyyy Brother!!!! Oh friends, yesterday was SO much fun! The whole day was a really great experience and so so full.

We left a little later than we originally planned, so we went right to the movie theater area. We got lunch at Ted’s Montana Grill. Which was just delightful. I got bison meatloaf. Nom nom nom.

After that, we decided to get in line at the theater. I’m SO glad we did since we ended up near the front of the line and got pretty good seats. A little farther back than we normally sit, but center none the less. What’s cool about events like this is that the people who go are very much our peeps. The girl next to us was very nice and we enjoyed chatting with her.

Once everyone was seated, the brothers came out and everyone clapped and cheered (VERY cool experience). Then they asked us to all say Hey Brother!! (they start every video like this) and to hear a theater full of almost 300 people say it was very fun.

What’s really funny about the time leading up to this experience was that I wasn’t even thinking about my excitement to actually watch The Incredibles 2! Hello, we’ve been waiting 14 years! I will give no spoilers, but I will say that it was worth the wait and very enjoyable. (but sidenote, if you or someone you’re going with has visual sensitivity to flashing lights, don’t go)

After the movie, the meet and greet started. We were in the second group, but decided to wait near the meeting spot. So we got to watch the line move and see folks after they met the brothers. I have to say, it was SO neat to see people AFTER. Just this “holy crap, I just met them!!!” vibe. It was a fast 1 1/2-2 hours wait. When the first group was finishing up, we jumped in the back of the line and we were second for the next group.

We had all kinds of things we wanted to say like “Bret says Heyyyy Wifecakes!” (one of his nicknames for me) or “Your videos give us so much joy” but we just got to ask for our “fun face selfie.” They totally obliged and even took a few photos. They were just like they are in their videos in person.

All in all, it was a wonderful experience and I’m so glad it took place so close to home. It’s been a really fun year of meeting people that I look up to and I think it will be a part of my goal setting as time goes forward. I have some big names in my personal list but doing things like this makes it so much more attainable. So here I come Tim Ferris, Oprah, and yoga with Adriene (and Benji), get ready!

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