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Fortune Favors the Bold

“Fortes fortuna adiuvat.”  

I happened upon this quote last week and instantly memorized it for future reference.

This week is about being bold.  Going out of my comfort zone; standing out; focusing on my goals; pursuing my goals.

Fortune favors the bold indeed.

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Money Money Money

“Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping.” –Bo Derek

Money.  Such a small word, yet with such a huge impact.

I’ve gotten to the point where I love money and really crave it.  This week, I need to make it.  My three point plan:

  1. Find a job or job lead
  2. Get a Global account
  3. Make a list of 20 things I desire now and visualize them in my life

 

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Breaking Down Your Goals

Now that you have your year and month goals, break them down even further into weekly and daily to-dos.

Sometimes thinking of big goals stops me in my tracks. Not in the energy sense– if the goal matches who you are and what you love, thinking about it will bring a lot of excitement and spark.  It’s immobilizing in the sense that you don’t know where to begin and what to do now.

My example: I want to make $4,000 a month.  This sounds amazingly great and I love this goal.  But in the here and now, how would I get there?  Break it down! What avenues can get me the money?  What skills do I need to learn now/activities do I need to do now to achieve this amount each month?

Today, my breakdown’s allowed me to move closer to my goal: 15 cold calls, Craigslist ads, Constant Contact send outs and a couple emails.

How can you breakdown your goals today?

 

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Planning and the Art of Productivity

I used to love using a planner when I was in school.  I remember getting this brand spanking new calender every year–to record my homework, activities and countdown days until summer.  Since high school ended, I haven’t found a planner system that really work for me…until now hopefully!

I just got a Planner Pad.  It incorporates your goals, your weekly to-dos, your daily to-dos and your appointments all in one.  It starts next week (because you can order one starting every 3 months), and I cannot wait!

What does planning have to do with productivity?  EVERYTHING!  It takes preparation to get what you want and now I’m getting that element.  It better help 😀

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How Not to Be Productive

Today was not one of my finer moments in regards to productivity.  I complied a list of the reasons why in order to motivate myself for tomorrow:

  • Failed to make a to-do list the night before.
  • Hit the snooze button on my phone 10 times this morning…
  • Dropped my pill in the trash can and spent 10 frustrating minutes looking for it (without getting it or my hand caught up in goop).
  • Watched the rain storm approaching and canceled my networking meeting.
  • Stared aimlessly at my computer.
  • Forgot a crucial paper needed to complete a major to-do.
  • Watched old episodes of Survivor.
  • Watched new episodes of Survivor.
  • Got into conversation.

Alas, tomorrow will be different!

 

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Effects of Productivity

I guess I’ve gotten the idea of productivity affirmed in my mind.  Today I was given two major tasks, though neither party knew whether I was qualified or not. First, I was given like 5 million flyers to hand out for a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society race that I’m involved with.  She decided I must know a lot of people to hand them out to (HA!).  Second, I was asked to film a wedding photography company give a talk at Bridal Insider’s Studio, and I need to edit it for both party’s websites.

I must embody productivity…why else would I be given these tasks?  Because I am productivity queen this week, I will accomplish them too.  They are officially on my to-do list 😀

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The Thing is to Get the Work Done

“The thing is to get the work done.” –Dale Carnegie

Getting things done is the name of the game.  Based on your ability to do this, you define your self worth, you get praise in the form of words, money and status, and you build your life.  Why don’t we all get things done?

This week’s theme quote, above, is an ideal I hope to always embody (although as of yet, I’m not the productivity queen).  That’s where affirmations and focus come into play.  This week, instead of daydreaming and non-focus, I’m going to get the work done.

It took 5 hours at Starbucks for me to do well today.  How can you get your work done?

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