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Tools and articles to help you plan your future and improve productivity towards your dreams

You're in the right place if...

  • You keep getting off track
  • You need more structure in your life
  • You don't know what's working and what's broken
  • You want to improve your focus
  • You're an obsessive planner seeking more wisdom

Focus based to do list

A PLANNING TOOL

This Google Sheet template is an easy way to digitally keep track of your daily tasks, but with a very special feature. In addition to your tasks, it includes an area to stay mindful of your current focus and priorities so that when something new comes up, you’re always reminded of what you SHOULD be working on. 

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Let's talk about making progress

Once you’re clear on your purpose and current focus, it’s time to get to work. Just because you know where you want to go doesn’t mean you’ll get there. It takes a lot of hard, dedicated work (and a bit of luck) to realize our dreams.

There are two key skills you need to improve to get better at making progress:

  1. Planning
  2. Productivity

 

 

PLANNING

It all starts with having a good planning system. Use your purpose to guide your annual planning. I use the Roadmap for this which was particularly designed for content and client-based businesses. I also use it for my personal life.

At the beginning of each season, I evaluate how everything is going and choose to either continue my current focus or pick a new one. Then at the start of each month, I fill in what I’ll do each week to stay on track.

At the beginning of each week I schedule which tasks I’ll do when and break everything down into smaller, more manageable bits of work in my focus based to do list.

If you struggle with time management, you probably have too many things on your list. This is when prioritization is needed. The Bullseye prioritization tool (coming soon), can help you figure out what you REALLY need to do, and what you really need to let go of.

Ideally, you’ll want to keep 1-2 chunks cleared each day for ‘focused’ work. Give yourself 2-4 hrs for each block and schedule it after a meal (your brain uses a TON of energy), when you tend to find you work the best. For most people, this is first thing in the morning.

Then I just have to stay focused and do the work. Simple, but not easy.

 

 

PRODUCTIVITY

If you’re a knowledge worker who spends most of your day behind a screen, avoiding digital distractions is the #1 best way to stay focused and on track. I wrote an entire article that goes into the details of this, but the basics include:

  • schedule time to check your email and social
  • work in full screen mode with all other tabs minimized
  • keep your phone out of sight and out of reach
  • deactivate all notifications on your computer and phone
  • set an intention to stay focused on your priorities
  • reward yourself for staying focused and completing a task

 

Sometimes, even when we have the best plan, and all the productivity hacks implemented, we still feel stuck. This is usually due to fear.

Fear often disguises itself as perfectionism (fear of letting go), procrastination (fear of failing), and anxiety (fear of the unknown). Fear holds us back and we end up doing nothing instead of something. If this sounds familiar, read this article On Fear and Confidence and work with a mindset coach to help you make real progress towards your dreams.

 

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Articles about progress

Effective to do list

The secret to an effective to do list

Keeping track of your tasks likely either makes you feel completely overwhelmed and anxious, or totally productive and on it, or a combination of both. If you’re the former, it may be that you just have a bad system (or a serious lack of focus). Either way, hopefully this article can help you get your to do list back under control and make you feel like a boss killing it every day.
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The Roadmap planning tool

The best planning tool for content and client based businesses

The Roadmap is the best planning tool to help client and content based small business owners organize EVERYTHING.
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On Fear and Confidence

There is one thing I know for sure about being an entrepreneur (or following any dream for that matter). The difference between success and failure lies in your ability to overcome fear. Everybody fails. Those with the greatest success, often failed the most. Albert Einstein failed his first entrance exam to university. Steve Jobs was famously fired from Apple before being re-hired and inventing the iPod and iPhone, changing everyone’s lives forever. Oprah Winfrey was fired from her first broadcast journalism job after just 6 months. Lady Gaga was cut from her first label. We all fail. It’s a necessary part of the journey. So why does it breed so much fear in us? And more importantly, how the hell can we move on from it? I wanted to launch this new business with an article that epitomized my journey to get here, to realize this dream of mine. And when I thought about what that story might be, I kept coming back to the biggest battle I’ve ever fought in my life: the war on fear.
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Mindful Entrepreneurship

Ways & Meaning is a website designed for mindful entrepreneurs. But what does that mean anyway? And why does it matter? Well let me tell you, mindful entrepreneurship is the act of being intentional about following your dreams. This article is the ultimate guide to understanding this definition, the characteristics of what makes a mindful entrepreneur and the benefits of choosing this path for your business or venture.
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