Everyone in the military knows the line, “No plan survives first contact,” and likely says it multiple times per week. It originates in knowing that your enemy often has different plans than you expect them to have, but you only discover the fact midway through implementing your plan. The insight, … [Read more...] about What to Do When Life Shatters Your Plans
Because life comes at us quickly and the habits of yesterday often guide what we do today, it’s easy to fall asleep at the wheel on the things that matter to us and make our lives better. (Tweet this.) We fall into a routine and somehow overlook or miss the small things that enrich our … [Read more...] about Are You Asleep at the Wheel on Something That Matters?
Whenever we’re thinking about the day to start something new, we often let the calendar guide our decision about when to get going. “Next week” or “next month” is always when the diet, exercise, budgeting, or creative exploration makes sense to start. And it’s not just the next week or month — … [Read more...] about Why Today Is the Perfect Day to Start Something New
The free planners for April are now available on the Free Planners page. Spring has officially sprung, which comes as much of a surprise to you as it does to me. And it’s time to step into to Quarter 2 – are you ready? Even in our personal lives, April is a month of cleansing. Sweeping behind … [Read more...] about The Free Planners for April 2018 Are Available from Productive Flourishing
The free planners for March are now available on the Free Planners page. Time waits for no one. Yep, March is already upon us, which seems sudden especially considering how long January felt (or was that just me?). So let’s recap; where are you with your projects? Do you have good, consistent … [Read more...] about The Free Planners for March 2018 Are Available from Productive Flourishing
The free planners for February are now available on the Free Planners page. Groundhog Day is February 2nd, and it’s hard to not think about the Bill Murray film of the same name and, thus, relate to the feeling of being in the same constant loop over and over and over. We eat, we sleep, and we … [Read more...] about The Free Planners for February 2018 Are Available from Productive Flourishing
While I love the idea of having a life guided by knowing what we want to be when we grow up, I find that, in practice, it keeps us from getting busy living the life that’s right in front of us. A reader wrote in on this theme, and I thought I’d share what I wrote to her about it. Here’s what she … [Read more...] about What to Do When Your Calling Isn’t Calling You
The majority of email messages that you get can either be easily processed or really aren't worth your attention anyway. This is one of the fundamental principles of Email Triage, and it’s true whether it's our system or any other that you find or create. This principle is obvious upon … [Read more...] about How to Be Brave and Send Email You Don’t Want To
The free planners for January are now available on the Free Planners page. This time of year is great for stepping back and evaluating priorities: the desire to start or grow your business, recommit to your meditation practice, finally ship your Thing, or learn a new language. Our newest free … [Read more...] about The Free Planners for January 2018 Are Available from Productive Flourishing
Yes, a new book! The working title is Start Finishing: How to Go from Idea to Done. It’s a step-by-step approach to help creative workers turn their ideas into projects, weave multiple projects into their schedule, and start finishing the things that matter most, even as their lives and to-do lists … [Read more...] about There’s a New Book on the Way!
The free planners for December are now available on the Free Planners page. Here’s something to consider: what still needs to get done before the end of the year? An even better question to ask: what still needs to get done that you can realistically complete in the first two weeks of December? … [Read more...] about The Free Planners for December 2017 Are Available from Productive Flourishing
The free planners for November are now available on the Free Planners page. Ready, set, holidays! The season of joy can oftentimes feel the exact opposite. Stress and overwhelm tend to take over as project deadlines, in-laws’ flights, and getting gifts for your grandkids (there’s how many now?) … [Read more...] about The Free Planners for November 2017 Are Available from Productive Flourishing