Day 1838 – The Secret To Productivity

So what’s the secret to productivity?

Go by how you feel that day. That’s it. Right there. Take the day as it comes at you and work from there.

I can sometimes be a night owl. Staying up until 2 a.m….3 a.m….etc. I can write like crazy, edit like crazy, whatever. The world is asleep but I am awake. I can achieve more in a few hours than a whole day of work.

I can sometimes be a morning person. Getting up at 4:30 a.m. Knocking out almost my whole to-do list before 9 a.m. (and that’s only because some place aren’t open until 8:30/9).

It all depends on the day.

This morning, I got up at 4:30…Bret teaches an early class on Wednesday mornings. He has to get up between 3:45 and 4. Most mornings, I’ll say my goodbyes and go back to sleep. This morning, I sat up for some reason, and knew that was it. I got up, saw him off and got to work. Today, I am a morning person and it’s wonderful. The to-do list is almost done. Now I can focus on reading and tasks on my list that aren’t priority. It’s an amazing feeling.

What’s funny, is in a day or two, I’ll be a night owl and laughing at myself for getting up so early. 🙂

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Day 1830 – A Life Changing/Life Affirming Book

I recently started reading The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss (* Amazon Affiliate link – this means if you buy the book or something else on Amazon, we’ll get a tiny percentage of your purchase, at no additional cost to you. As a very strict rule, I only share affiliate links to something I’ve used or read personally – I did finish this book and it changed my life). I’m not sure why I waited so long to read it. Maybe I had an idea of what it was going to be and didn’t think it was for me. As I started reading, I realized it was SO for me and in many ways, I’m already living my life like this.

The quote that grabbed me first was this:
“Let’s define ‘laziness’ anew – to endure a non-ideal existence, to let circumstance or others decide life for you, or to amass a fortune while passing through life like a spectator from an office window. The size of your bank account doesn’t change this, nor does the number of hours you log in handling unimportant e-mail or minutiae.”

I’m about 3 chapters in as of right now, but the whole idea of the book (basically, make your life like you want it…and don’t buy the societal myths of job security and using the best years of your life at a job you hate so you can have a comfortable retirement) resonates with me on so many levels.

I’ve made it no secret that we aren’t swimmin’ in the cash and livin’ the high life (financially). Truth be told, I’m making far less than I did at a 9-5 job….and some days, I’m like, sheesh, this sucks, people must think A, B, C….but after reading such a small part of this book, I’m not thinking like that at any more. Sure, I’m making less….but I’m living a MUCH fuller life!

It’s not about what’s in my bank account, I measure my life by the moments that are possible because of my work.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts?

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Day 1739 – My Reading Obession – or – What I’m Reading Now – or – Goodreads Is Awesome

I had heard about this app/website a few times…seen my friends post reviews…but I never signed up for it. It wasn’t until I had coffee with a friend that I finally got on the ball. Seriously Jen, why did you wait???

What I’m talking about is Goodreads. It’s basically a super convenient way to keep track of what you’re reading and to get recommendations on what to read next. You can also see what your friends are reading at the moment too. It’s opened up a whole new world to me!

It also puts out there how much I’ve been reading these days! I currently only have 9 books in my “currently reading” shelf….but I’m actually reading about 5-10 more, with about 10 in the queue to start! But, regardless, it’s a wonderful tool for me to keep track of where I am in the books, which is great if I have to return a book to the library.

Here’s what I’m reading now! What’s funny is that it actually cut off 3-5 more!

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Day 1495 – Exciting Day And Exciting News

If you’ve been keeping up with my FB posts or blog posts…(And it’s a little scary how many of you do!)…you know it’s been a SUPER crazy busy few weeks.

Between shooting a wedding, attending Wedding Wire World, attending The Next Big Buzz AND going on vacation. I cannot put into words how full my brain has been!

When I got home from vacation, I was all ready to jump in and implement everything I learned. Well, that didn’t happen. It’s been a tough week so far! Between feeling a little under the weather…or under the pollen?…and just feeling completely run down (what is that with vacation by the way?)….I haven’t been as productive as I KNOW I can be.

Today, I was still a little slower getting started and really just dragging my feet….again.

So, this morning in my devos, I prayed “Give me the fire back. Help me to glorify You today.”

My day was still dragging a little bit after that, so I sat down to watch a video from the good folks at Book More Brides. They are running a summit this week to help wedding vendors take their businesses to the next level. I was doing some admin work, time draining work and figured I might as well listen to something productive. I ended up listening to “The Niche Profit Formula: How to Double Your Price and Still Book Solid” by Mike Allebach of Allebach Photography, aka The Original Tattooed Bride Photographer. I’ve followed him on Facebook for a while and am on a few of his email lists. It was an AMAZING presentation and really helped me to connect a few dots that came up at Mara’s event last week.

That was first….after the presentation, through a series of events, he featured me on his page and friended me on Facebook!

AND DURING the presentation, I got an inquiry for next year!

What a way for God to answer my prayer! And so quickly too!

I also want to just say how proud I am of my husband! He is starting his LAST semester in college on Friday! I can’t believe he’s already at this point! In a lot of ways the last 4 years flew by, but they were also tough. I am amazed at how hard Bret has worked. Love ya darlin’

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Day 1486 – Today Is The Beginning Of Something Amazing

Whew! As you know, I just finished a business event. It was absolutely, positively life changing. I learned SO much and have already changed my mindset about SO many things! I cannot wait to see how the next few months go!

We had one thing come up at the event that we need to decide about. A big, scary decision. A “jump off the cliff and trust that it’s a good thing” decision. It’s crazy that we’re even considering this. I cannot believe we are! But, I think it will change our lives and will open up doors and opportunities we never could have dreamed up ourselves.

In thinking about this decision, we have already covered it in a TON of prayer, chats with friends and a bit of reading. I spent today outside, praying and reading. Here’s an awesome quote I wanted to share!

“He knows too that God is always wise, and, knowing this, he is confident that there can be no accidents, no mistakes; that nothing can occur which ought not to arise. He can say, “If I should lose all I have, it is better that I should lose than have, if God so wills: the worst calamity is the wisest and the kindest thing that could befall to me if God ordains it.” “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God.” The Christian does not merely hold this as a theory, but he knows it as a matter of fact. Everything has worked for good as yet; the poisonous drugs mixed in fit proportions have worked the cure; the sharp cuts of the lancet have cleansed out the proud flesh and facilitated the healing. Every event as yet has worked out the most divinely blessed results; and so, believing that God rules all, that he governs wisely, that he brings good out of evil, the believer’s heart is assured, and he is enabled calmly to meet each trial as it comes. The believer can in the spirit of true resignation pray, “Send me what thou wilt, my God, so long as it comes from thee; never came there an ill portion from thy table to any of thy children.”

‘Say not my soul,
From whence can God relieve my care?
Remember that Omnipotence
has servants everywhere.
His method is sublime,
his heart profoundly kind,
God never is before his time,
and never is behind.'”

From Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

I can’t say quite yet what this big, new thing is, but know you’ll know soon!

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