Day 8 – R U IR? July Productivity Challenge

Your productivity skyrockets when you write things down. Make a list, time it out if necessary, and follow it. You’ll be amazed at how much you accomplish.
This is my morning routine for TOMORROW. I’ve written it out today so that I know what to expect. I have a plan that I am going to work. The plan will not work me.

We love to use Hal Elrod’s “Life SAVERS” as part of our morning routine. These SAVERS can take 60 minutes or 6 minutes. You make your plan and work it.  You can read more about these SAVERS and ways to develop and fine-tune your morning routine here.

We’d love to see your plan for your morning routine. How are you doing developing one and fine-tuning it? Share it with us here!
You can read more here about this Productivity Challenge or the other 4 challenges for the month of July.

July Challenges – R U IR?

R U IR? If so, then great! Grab on to these challenges to push yourself a bit harder this month. If not, well – then grab on to these challenges to push yourself a bit harder this month!

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Commit to one, a couple or all of the following challenges for the month of July! Work on them daily, and share your progress, photos and thoughts with us here and on our Facebook page.

Why Your Morning Routine is The Most Critical Part of Your Day

I’ve always been a morning person. I crave the quiet peacefulness of the early morning. I get excited about the promise of a new day unfolding. I love getting up before the sun, grabbing a cup of coffee, and watching the day come to life.

On most days, I’m actually excited to get out of bed to see the morning. It’s kind of like a kid popping out of bed on Christmas morning…well, maybe not quite that exciting.

How You Can Read 24 Books In 12 Months

How would your life improve if you read 24 books in the next 12 months? You’re already talking about the reasons you can’t, aren’t you? You don’t have time to read, do you? Twenty-four books in a year? That’s just nuts!

Stack of books

I should refer you to this post that talks about making excuses. But I won’t. Well, I guess I just did.

On a more serious note, though, put aside all of the excuses and reasons why you can’t, and consider this question. How would your life improve if you read 24 books in the next 12 months? Think about it.

What did you come up with? Did you think about the people and the places you would learn about? How about the skills that you could learn? Did you think about how you might get to spend time using your imagination?

To Be Productive & Organized in Your Closet – Do This

Once a year, reverse the hangers in your closet. When you wear an article of clothing, replace it with the hanger facing the correct direction.

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At the end of the year, you will know what clothes you haven’t worn in over a year. Take those clothes out and donate to someone less fortunate.

Do this intentionally. Do it to help yourself and someone else.

The Slow Down Challenge by Jeff Goins

I’ve been very stressed out lately at work. Actually, it goes back about 3 months, but these past few weeks have really been taxing on me. If I’m honest about the situation, I’ve completely lost touch with reality. I’ve become a human doing as opposed to a human being. I’ve gotten to the point that I work like a robot trying to get tasks done, just cranking on the task list.

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That’s great for getting a lot of things done, but the problem with this is I miss life. I may be completing an obscene amount of work, but life is just passing by. There is no fulfillment, no joy, no family. Just work.

Accomplish More – Today!

Productivity Tip of the Day:
Did you know that if you have 2 hours to get something done, it will take 2 hours? It’s the law of work expansion. I first heard about it years ago when my kids were little. We naturally drag out work to fill that time we have or are given. I can knock out a blog post in 15 minutes if that’s all I have. Or it can take an hour.
To be better today: set a timer and start checking things off your list. You’ll accomplish more and feel better.

Set a timer to get more done

You are Ridiculously in Control

I was recently listening to Dave Ramsey’s “EntreLeadership” Podcast. On the podcast the host was interviewing Dr. Henry Cloud.


Dr. Cloud is the author of:

When discussing one of those books, Dr. Cloud told the story of visiting with a frustrated CEO. The CEO was upset with the way something was going in his company.

You Have More Time Than You Think

Have you ever used the excuse “I don’t have time for that.” when someone asked you to get involved in something or start something new?

more time and priorities

We often use that phrase as though it’s true. We think we are so busy that we couldn’t possibly add anything else into our life. But the the reality is, it’s not true. In a sense, when we use that phrase, we are lying – not really to the person we are talking – but to ourselves. We have time and we will make time for anything we want to make a priority.