Sitting down for my minimum 30 minute songwriting slot this morning, I realised with a little prompt from a random word generator for inspiration that the songs were flowing out of me. Yesterday was quite a different story, only getting out a couple lines that I liked, and not finding the rest of the lyrics for the songs that I knew were rolling around inside me somewhere.
We all have both good and bad days (some have more good or bad days than others), and of course a large part of this is perception, but also a large part of what we consider a good or bad day comes down to confidence in what we’re doing. Confidence in turn can be increased by getting better at what you happen to spend your time on.
I know that by writing every day, I’ll get better at it, and will find new tricks and prompts along the way that work for me, and it’s the same for the playing the guitar and clothing design. I can’t go back and “re-invest” lost time on what I’m now interested in, but I can make the most of now!
What are you working on increasing your confidence in?
If you’re not living your dream, there’s a chance that at some point you’ve thought that if only there were more hours in the day, you’d still have plenty of time to spend on what you love after you get home from your day job.
Out of interest a did a little maths this morning…
If you spend:
- 8 hours sleeping, and
- 8 hours working to pay your bills
You still have 8 hours leftover to spend working on your dreams…
Interesting isn’t it?
So what have you been spending this time doing? Eating? Watching TV? Perhaps even travelling to work if you live quite a distance away?
What of these things could you do without, or reconfigure to maximize your free time to spend on your dreams?
Could you learn more about your craft with books or podcasts while you travel? Could you better plan your meals so that minimal time, effort and thought power is wasted here? What can you cook over a week that takes 15 minutes or less? Does it really have to be a fully cooked meal with all the trimmings?
Everyone is different, it’s up to you to determine what can stay, and what should absolutely go!
I don’t know about you, but over the years I’ve accumulated some serious regular email spam. With some regular emails, it had become a reflex to just click delete without even reading them, but it wasn’t until recently that I realised just how much time I spend doing this in total throughout the day. It might be one click, but it’s over, and over and over again, and I seriously have better things to do with my time!
So instead of hitting delete from now on, I’m just going to open those puppies up, scroll directly to the bottom of the message and hit ‘unsubscribe’ to end this madness once and for all!
I’ve been doing this as these messages have come through, so I’m slowly gaining some of my time back, and it is SO… SATISFYING!!
Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of good content out there worth subscribing to, for example, some fairly decent blog sites… (hint, hint, hint, hint!), but I seriously suggest evaluating which ones you really need the next time you hit your mailbox! If you head for the delete button before even bothering to read it… why not go that one step further and save your future self the drudgery!
Day 71 was pretty standard other than staying up later to finish editing a vlog and get it uploaded! I really need to fine-tune the process so it doesn’t take soo long, because I don’t want to spend every night staying up late to edit, making it even harder to get up at 3am and start the next day!… Something else to work on…
I hope you’re having a fantastic and productive day today!
Day 64 was a busy work day, the evening just happened to be the only evening during the week that I was going to be able to spend with my partner so I made the most of it!
The rest of the weekday evenings are taken up by work and music lessons, but gotta make time for those in your corner!
I hope you’re having a fantastic and productive day today,
Every morning when I set up an online yoga class, I have to do a google search for the ONE website that I use.
Every morning I think “I should set up a bookmark for that so I don’t have to search for it”, followed by “ohhh that’s not going to fit with the other bookmarks I have and hardly ever use, I’ll clear it out and add it later”.
I never did, until this morning.
It took all of 5 minutes and it will save me plenty more than that not having to search for my chosen yoga website every morning, and being distracted with what bookmarks I did have.
As I was going through them I realised that I had been prioritising other websites that I hardly ever use (e.g. Trade Me), over a site that I used daily, benefited my mental and physical wellbeing, and was directly related to my goals.
I now have my bookmarks bar arranged by order of priority and use, with anything that trails off the end (requiring that extra click on the >> button, being of VERY low importance, and hidden where they can’t distract me from what I SHOULD be using my laptop for if I’m online. Health and wellbeing, writing, researching, and motivating.
Control your environment and what takes your focus!
Have a fantastic day guys, I hope you crush it!
Darren Hardy is an author, keynote speaker and mentor, who focuses on increasing productivity, and other common sticking points for the ambitious.
Yesterday I tuned in to a webinar held by Darren, which identified 3 techniques used by the successful to stay focused and accomplish more. The webinar itself was just over an hour before I finally tuned out, with around the last half of it being the usual “webinar attendees only” special deal for whatever follow-on product the speaker is offering (but we’ll get to that in a bit).
The first and informative half of the webinar was however very useful! He discussed 3 main strategies used by the successful to stay focused and make the most of their time:
- Have a system in place to keep distractions away from them and what they have chosen to focus their time on
- Limit the amount of decisions they have to make in a day, by creating autonomy and routine around the less important functions, and leaving them free to think critically about the important decisions
- Leverage their time, energy and focus for the important things, which will yield the highest return on their invested time, etc.
These things may seem like no-brainers, but that doesn’t mean we are doing them! This is also something Darren touched on. After all, just because we know how to get the summer body we want, it doesn’t mean we will all be strutting confidently in our bikinis next season!
The sales pitch I mentioned earlier, and which always follows a free webinar, was for a 90 day productivity training programme, along with a few other extras. Honestly, what he was offering did actually sound pretty good, but for me, I think the pitch just went on too long, much like any TV infomercial, and I tuned out. However, I’m sure it will be useful for those who purchased it!
He does send daily motivational emails and videos which are free to subscribe to (some motivational, some more sales pitch), so if you’re interested you can check out his website here.
Have FANTASTIC day guys! Go out and crush it!