Day 3442 – The Importance Of Routines And Systems In Your Life

One thing I’m constantly refining and fine-tuning are my routines and systems. I pay attention to my habits and try to change the bad ones and add the good ones.

A great current example of my systems at work is the reprinting of my to-do list. I’ve talked before that I have multiple to-do lists – daily ones written on notepads and a printed weekly one. The printed to-do list is mostly a guide for the week, what I want to blog about, keeping my days organized, seeing what’s scheduled, and big reminders on each day.

I just finished printing out my to-dos for the next few weeks. We’re going to Cali for the holidays, so being organized in what needs to be done is pretty important. I plotted out what I want to blog about for most of the days and other priority things that need to be done.

It’s a really nice feeling knowing that I have a plan for the coming weeks. I’m currently reading It Doesn’t Have To Be Crazy At Work, and the biggest thing is about having a calm work environment and how important that is. While I have a pretty decently calm environment and day, there are some things that add to “not calm” so I’m working on trying to minimize them. Having my to-dos all ready to go definitely adds to the calm.

I have checklists for so many areas of my life and it really helps to have a workflow for things you do often – because it can be easy to miss something. This is where Asana is my best friend, because I can set up those recurring reminders and know things will get done.

Do you have routines and systems in your life?

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Day 3441 – Most Ideas Sound Dumb At First

I was thinking the other day that most ideas sound dumb at first.

“Hey, what if we put this unknown host in a car with famous singers and, well, they just sing their songs?” Was likely met with “no one will ever do that” or “that’s a terrible idea.” If that idea person didn’t speak up, we wouldn’t have carpool karaoke with James Cordon.

“Hey, what if we had regular people drive their own cars like a taxi?” Was likely met with “no one will ever do that” or “that’s a terrible idea.” If that idea person didn’t speak up, we wouldn’t have Uber, Lyft, etc.

I’m sure you have an idea brewing that you think is dumb. “There’s no way I can make money doing that…..no one will care about this….it won’t make a difference in the world.”

I’ve found that sometimes you can put a ton of stuff out there and it only makes a difference to a few people. The people who have reached out about their drinking have been few, compared to my subscriber list and friends list, but that’s ok with me. So don’t throw out your “dumb idea” follow through with it and who knows where you’ll end up.

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Day 3440 – International Mountain Day

One place my soul is always at home is in the mountains. There is nothing like breathing the mountain air and hiking to the summit. I love that there are days to celebrate mountains.

Here’s some of my fav mountains.

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Day 3439 – How To Have A Good Marriage

The other day, Bret asked “what’s our secret?” i.e. how do we have such a great marriage? Here’s a few things we realized.

The biggest thing is communication. From sharing when something is bothering you, to not letting anything be off the table, to sharing even when it won’t be fun in the moment. We’ve learned a lot about each other’s communication style too – it’s SO important to know when the other isn’t actually listening. Sometimes I just want to share an idea without input. lol, like, this may not be a great idea, but I wanted to share it. Then later asking for practical input.

Another big secret is actually talking about the end. I think keeping in mind that you will go at some point helps you embrace the now. Almost every goodbye is laced with a “incase I don’t see you again, it’s been a great life.”

What are your marriage secrets?

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Day 3438 – How We Feel About Productive Sundays

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