Monday, February 29, 2016

#52ListsProject: Week 8

Greetings from Las Vegas!!

I'll be calling Viva Las Vegas my home for the next week-ish, and hopefully actually taking photos to share with the world. I'm working with the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the upcoming NASCAR race this weekend, which is bound to be a blast. I've never experienced a NASCAR race before, so it will definitely be a unique experience.

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Enough about how I'm spending Spring Break... On to the list!

Week 8: List Your Favorite Quotes
  1. "A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor." 
  2. "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive. And go do it. Because what the world needs is people that have come alive." -Howard Thurman
  3. "Failure to plan on your end does not constitute an emergency one mine."
  4. "Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim." -Nora Ephron
  5. "The struggle is part of the story."
  6. "The most beautiful voice in the world is that of an educated Southern woman." -Winston Churchill
  7. "Spend a little more time trying to make something of yourself and a little less time trying to impress people." -The Breakfast Club
  8. "If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try." -Seth Godin
  9. "Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of the rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify them, or vilify them. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do." -Steve Jobs

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

#52ListsProject: Week 7

Here I am with another late list. But I did put up a solid post earlier this week, and I've actually been working on developing content. So I'll pat myself on the back for that.

Moving along to the list! This one was easy and fun, and a wonderful way remember that you're surrounded by great people!

Week 7: List All the People Who Brighten Your Day. 

  1. Mom & dad (who I don't talk to as much as I should).
  2. My best friends back in Georgia. 
  3. The #OHIOFamily. 
  4. Any human being that serves me food or coffee. 
  5. My CrossFit SEO people.
  6. The Dawgs. 

The list may be short, but it covers all my bases. 
Baseball pun... get it?

Happy Hump Day!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Peace Out, Paper!

Anybody else's Instagram feed always filled with perfectly posed planner photos like this? No? Just me? Okay. Then feel free to move along now.

If you are like me, and this is what your Insta feed looks like constantly, then you probably have a snazzy agenda that you swear by, amiright? Well, I'm here to tell you that it's all a lie. I, too, was once a believer in the importance of a beautiful paper planner. But I have been forever changed.

After many, many years being a complete slave to a paper planner, I've officially ditched it. And I never thought I'd see the day that happened. I was a firm believer that the paper planner was completely necessary to my life. Until I finally realized that, in reality, I was actually wasting my time writing things down when I already had them in my Google Calendar. Thereby wasting time instead of saving it- I think that's the completely opposite thing a planner is supposed to do.  

So in 2016, I made the decision to ditch the paper planner completely. I still carry around a small notebook to take notes in meetings and write to-do lists when I enter full-blown panic mode, but I no longer spend an hour each week ever-so-neatly writing down to-do lists and appointments... Only for me to not even reference it later in the week. 

I'd basically already switched to going all-digital, but was convinced by all those in Bloglandia and Instagram that I was supposed to have a pretty planner that was perfectly organized and color-coded and it was supposed to be "MY ENTIRE LIFE!" I used to declare all of these things as truth until I truly realized how much time I was spending worrying about making sure my planner was perfect. Which is completely ridiculous and counterintuitive.

I also constantly changed the type of planner I was using. Sometimes a planner didn't even make through a whole year before I traded that bad boy in for a different one. The one I ditched the quickest was probably my Simplified Planner. I think that thing caused me more stress than anything else. I also had very high standards for my planners. And I honestly never found one that had everything I wanted. So. I ditched it.

If you're wanting to join the digital revolution, I've got a few simple tips for you to make that transition as easy as possible. Because, let's be honest, moving what you may consider "your entire life" from one place to another is hard. So I've got some step-by-step instructions for you.

1. Utilize Google Calendar. 
I cannot emphasize the usefulness of this enough. It is the easiest way to quickly add things to a calendar, especially while out-and-about. Being able to check my day-to-day calendar on my phone when someone asks about my availability is completely necessary these days. I prefer Google Calendars over simply using iCal, because it's insanely easy to sync it up with iCal and because if you need to check your calendar on a work computer or something, it's easily accessible. And because Outlook calendars suck, but use it if you must. I've written about how I use BusyCal before, and it is still my go-to. I invested $50 into that about 5 years ago and haven't looked back.

2. Find a list-making app that works for your needs. 
And then use it. BusyCal has a list feature that I used to use. Now I've gone back to utilizing Hit List, which is also expensive. But I also invested in that many years ago and have finally found a good way to utilize it. But whatever application you choose to use, make sure it syncs well between your computer and your phone so you've always got it on hand.

3. Carry around a small notebook. 
I primarily use this for meetings and such, because it helps keep you engaged, off your phone, and avoid getting distracted on your computer. I also find this an easy way to reference previous meeting notes, lists, etc. I do still tend to gravitate towards writing quick to-do lists down when I'm in a panic, so having that notebook on me at all times is important for me.

4. Don't be scared. 
If you've got a plan, and you're ready for some change, go for it! It may not be the most effortless switch, and sometimes you may find yourself reverting back to wanting that paper planner, which is fine. Do what works for you. But being able to quickly access tons of information on your phone or computer is vital to today's fast-paced world!

If you need an accountability partner to help you through this, I'm here for you! Email me, comment below, tweet me, I'm there! I've helped multiple people through this process recently, and I've seen it work!

Go get after it.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

#52ListsProject: Week 6

After thinking that I was going to have so much time to blog this week... surprise! I didn't. Or I simply didn't make time. Which is my fault. As usual. But, we're gonna work through this. Because it's Valentines Day and I'm supposed to say relationship-type things like that. So here's a cute photo of what love looks like.

But today I've been super productive. And made some more lists. Because that's what I do. And this is one of those lists.

Week 6: List the Ways You Love to Have Fun.

  1. Traveling
  2. CrossFit
  3. Quality time with friends
  4. Breweries
  5. Eating
  6. Trying new things
  7. Meeting new people
  8. The beach
  9. Planning
  10. Attending sporting events
  11. Online shopping
All of these things are pretty simple. I'm easy to please, and up for anything. I also really enjoy online shopping. So. There you have it. Me and my happy place activities. 

In the meantime, you can find me... Wishing I was here. Like this chick. Chilling. Alone. On a beach. #LivingTheDream 

Weekend Reading

That photo from NASA just blows my mind every time. What a beautiful world we live in. Amiright?! For those wondering, that's a national park in Australia from the sky. *Heart eye emoji*

Happy Sunday, y'all!

Monday, February 8, 2016

#52ListsProject: Week 5

First of all, I would like to sincerely apologize for what this blog has become: a place for lists and rants. This week I should have plenty of time to change that. Woohoo!

But, back to the lists. This is basically a week behind now. My bad. But still relevant.

This list is pretty fun, and what I spend 90% of my time doing: thinking about the future.

Week 5: List What You Would Like Your Life to Look Like in 10 Years.

  1. Married. (Assuming I don't continue along this #ForeverAlone path)
  2. Living in a city I love. 
  3. Doing something I actually love doing. 
  4. Surrounding myself with great people. 
  5. Traveling the world. 
  6. Living a healthy, active lifestyle. (Ideally in the best shape of my life)
  7. Owning a home. (And being stable enough to actually afford it)
10 years is so far away and going from your early 20's to your early 30's is an interesting time. Anything can happen, really. And I'm open for every opportunity that may appear. Because life is too short to not take the chances given to you. You never know what's around the next corner, after all. 

Happy Monday, folks. Go get after it. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Busy, Busy, Busy

I'm about to hop up on my soapbox, and I apologize for that. But after I finally bounced back from my rough couple weeks, it started to become a abundantly clear that my mindset was the root of my issues.

How many times in the past week have you said one, two, or even all of these these things?

"I can't, I'm busy."
"Oh my goodness, I've just been so busy lately."
"I totally forgot, I got busy and it slipped my mind."
"Don't they understand I'm busy?"
"You just don't even understand how busy I've been!"
"I don't have time for that, I've been really busy lately."

You're seeing the common theme here, right? This is what you probably look like:

In the past decade we've somehow started wearing "busy" as badge of honor. With the fast pace of the  world around us and our reliance on technology, we're always "on" and that makes us always "busy." But I'm tired of hearing it.

I'll be the first to admit that people used to preach this to me, and I always thought this was a stupid thing to get upset about. I mean, I've done it herehere, here, and here (to name a few). But in retrospect, when we stop acting like being busy is a burden and learn to appreciate the opportunities that are making us busy, the world around us changes completely.

We're all busy in our own way. We've all got our priorities as well. And those might not always make sense to the people around you. But as long as you're doing something that makes you happy every day, even if it makes you busier-- do it. It's worth it. It makes life worth living. And stop complaining about it.

Nobody that is successful and busy is complaining about it, are they? And success doesn't fall in your lap. You work for it. You keep your wheels moving. You stay busy. 

So instead of creating a pity party for yourself because you're busy, think about why you are. Are these opportunities that you are grateful for? If not, then why are you doing it? Do you get some form of enjoyment out of this? If not, stop doing it. Will doing this help you get further in your career? If not, stop wasting time and think about the future.

I'm not here to say it's all rainbows and butterflies out there. Some things just suck. But you're doing them for some reason or another. So suck it up. Think about the final outcome. And, please, just for me, don't use it as an excuse.

There's 24 hours in a day and we all make time for the things that matter most to us.
Time manage.
Get shit done.
Be this guy.

I've made a promise to myself to stop complaining and to completely avoid using the word "busy" for the next couple of weeks. Because neither of these things are helping me accomplish any goal. If you want something, go after it, and with a vengeance. You won't regret that, I promise you. Will you regret that night you spent whining on the phone to your mom/sister/boyfriend/best friend about something? Maybe not right now, but when you think about the hours wasted complaining instead of doing, you may think about things a little differently.

Even the Washington Post has something to say about this. I'll hop off my soapbox now, but I'll leave you with my favorite quote-- because I think it says all of this in a clear, motivating way:

"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive. And go do it. Because what the world needs is people that have come alive." -Howard Thurman