Welcome to The Journey to Magnificence! This is week four: March 4-10, 2018.
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Last week had a lot of plans up in confetti. My car problems had the most impact on my schedule, and a few things got re-organized.
Since I love organizing, this wasn’t a problem, but it made my inner perfectionist twitch.
Here’s crossing fingers that there won’t be significant confetti this week!
Courses of the Week
- Finish that 5-Day Free Email Course on Stressing Less, which will be available for sign up separate from the regular Inspired List.
- The Women in Publishing Summit
- I grabbed the All-Access Pass so I can watch at my own pace.
- Mindset University
- One video a day
- Monday-Friday track my actions & emotions every 30 minutes when possible
- Fast Track Lab
- One video a day
Sunday, Day 22 – A Smart, Reusable Notebook? Yes Please
This week’s book is The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha.
It’s split into nine secrets to happiness, and Pasricha even encourages making the book interactive by creating seven-day challenges for yourself if you come across something you want to try.
I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing that a lot.
So, I’m a nerd.
I’m a huge nerd.
If you know me in real life, you can attest to the fact that I know Harry Potter trivia insanely well; if you don’t know an actor’s name I can probably provide it, and I geek out over anything organizational in nature.
I live and breathe planning and organization.
While scrolling through Instagram today I came across an ad for something called the Everlast Rocketbook, which is a smart, reusable notebook.
Amazon delivered one to my house within 12 hours of me seeing that ad.
It scans into Evernote (I finally bought premium so I can search in images and PDFs).
I’ll make a note on Day 28 what I think of this thing, but so far it sounds like the best thing since lined paper.
Okay, I’m restarting Mindset University this week. I didn’t watch Module 1 today because there are a few other videos and bonuses that are very long, and not feasible for me to watch during the work week.
So instead I watched a session of Caitlin Pyle’s Mindset Transformation Workshop in which a lot of great things about changing your mindset are imparted to the viewers.
Caitlin and her Mindset University co-founders present actionable steps and the framework for preventing yourself from sliding backward.
My biggest takeaways:
- Procrastination is a symptom of self-doubt.
- You should do the thing even if you think you’re gonna fail. (This sounds familiar.)
- “I don’t know how” is just a lame excuse.
- You can’t do it all on your own. Ask for help.
- Hope is not a strategy.
Really puts into perspective how powerful mindset is.
Monday, Day 23 – My Phone is the Shiny
So I’m going to admit that I didn’t re-watch Module 1 of Mindset University because I’ve already watched it, took notes on it, and printed the companion workbook for it. I was also slightly time-strapped leaving for work.
Instead, I reviewed my notes, the workbook, and started recording my actions and thoughts every 30 minutes (or 60, when I got caught up in things or just lost track of time.)
While the general feeling today was positive, I immediately noticed that I felt acutely aware of how much time I became distracted by my phone.
Forest App for the win, here!
Setting that sucker for 2 hours forced me off the phone and away from distraction. I didn’t want to kill the poor tree.
Here’s a screenshot of this week’s totals:
Women in Publishing Summit
I bought the all-access pass for the Women in Publishing Summit when it was at its lowest price ($47), and man is that paying off. It’s a bit like the WAHS Summit, and I just can’t do that level of attention because of all the attention I have on other WAHS things.
But, I did start watching the videos, one at a time. And if I really do only watch one a day, It’ll take me a whole month to go through them!
In a mad rush to get shit done before going to bed, I hastily worked on email #4 in the 5-Day Email Course on Stress, and it started flowing out!
Just doing it works.
Tuesday, Day 24 – I Need to Use the Sleep
I spent a good swath of today being really active in a particular Facebook Group called Blogging Your Heart. This group so far has been of huge value, providing threads every day for members to share links, posts, pins, etcetera to drive more traffic. I’m really impressed because participating in that landed 7 comments on my article from last year about implementing strong boundaries. 7 comments! That’s more comments on one post than my entire site has garnered in one year. Pretty impressive!
Thoughts of the Day
So at my job I have a whiteboard. I write a “thought of the day” on there most of the time, and have been since I started. I collected those in my work bullet journal, and today I ended up typing them out during a break to use for tweets. A lot of them are actually quite applicable to my worldview (especially when it comes to moving forward, making progress, and being positive) so they would fit right in on my Twitter feed.
The Mindset University package for Work-at-Home School students doesn’t include modules 2-7, so the next thing for me to watch was Module 8: Lasting Happiness.
The main point is that happiness comes from solving problems, which is echoed by Mark Manson. Manson is the author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, which I read last week and loved every bit of it.
The coolest point I got from Module 8 is that you should have small goals and bite-sized pieces to munch on every day, but those small goals should all point towards a big, huge, massive life goal which you will never achieve. The point is to die still having things you want to do.
This is a weird concept.
Work towards never finishing a goal?
Au contraire. Since happiness comes from solving problems, the more problems we have, the happier we are, and if we have this bigger than life goal (problem to solve) that we can never finish we’ll always have a problem to keep us happy.
Feels counterintuitive, but hey, if it works, it works!
Wednesday, Day 25 – It’s Just One of Those Days
Man. Today is just one of those days.
You know. You wake up and spend the day in a kind of haze of meh.
Today was a haze of meh for me. I did some cool things and cool things happened, but…meh. I think part of it is that I need to get more sleep.
ScrawlSchool, which is a platform for teaching moms, is in the beta-testing phase of their 3-day course on blowing stress away! What a great resource! While it’s geared towards moms, I’m beta-ing anyway to give a non-mom perspective.
The closest I’ll get is being a cat mom.
Or a dog mom.
Mindset University has a bonus on shrinking your thought process – basically, make the things you need to do smaller! It seems so simple, but not everyone does this. They see the end-goal, the big vision, the triumph – but not how to actually get there.
You get there by doing the little things. By making your steps into baby steps.
I did manage to work on email #5 in the 5-Day Email Course on Stress tonight, and while I have some ideas I want to know YOUR answers to this:
What’s your biggest question about stress? Let me know in the comments or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Day 26 – Cousins are the Literal Best
They say that cousins are our first friends in life. I have a lot of cousins, but I only regularly see a few (twice a year on holidays) and that’s not good enough for me anymore. My favorite cousin and I have been getting dinner together around once a month for a few months, and it’s one of the best cousin decisions I’ve made!
I feel so much better after spending time with her.
It’s like getting a recharge from family. We talk about everything and nothing, and it’s awesome.
Today was a long day, though, so besides the usual morning writing, nothing happened. I went to bed as soon as I got home!
Friday, Day 27 – End the Week With a Nice, Brutal Massage
This week has been looooooong.
Pretty much the same as yesterday, as soon as I got home I was getting ready for bed.
My back, shoulder, and neck muscles all took a brutal beating in the form of deep-tissue therapeutic massage. I find that it really helps me relax because all the tension from the last couple weeks just drains out.
Complete honesty here.
I sucked at that tracking exercise. The one where I’m supposed to take stock of my actions, feelings, and thoughts ever thirty minutes. Yeah, totally sucked at it.
I’m grading myself at a C-.
The times I did do it (maybe 60% of the time) forced me to think about the last half an hour and really take stock of my mindset at that point in time, which was the point and purpose of the exercise. In those moments, I did have some real clarity.
- I’m on my phone enough for me to feel guilty about it.
- Solution: Use the Forest App more and grow more virtual trees! This is really addictive, for some reason.
- My level of energy and the instances of negative thoughts are inversely related. As I get more tired, I’m more likely to feel negative about a lot of things, even in the workplace.
- Solution: Try to do more of my creative and best work earlier, in the morning, and definitely before 2-3pm. My energy takes a nosedive around there unless I go outside for a few minutes, and only climbs back up a little when I go home.
- The exercise felt a little redundant because I already track what I do in Evernote. But I don’t usually record my feelings and thoughts alongside those, so that was a different take.
- Solution: Keep tracking my actions as usual in Evernote, but pay close attention to my thoughts and feelings when I’m doing things.
Saturday, Day 28 – Get Shit Done
Today is basically get all my shit done day.
That’s because I’m skiing again tomorrow, and my creativity meter will be L-O-W when I get home tomorrow evening.
So here’s what I did today:
- Edited, optimized, and scheduled a post on self-love.
- Edited, optimized, and scheduled THIS post.
- Edited the email course on stress.
- Videos I’ve otherwise neglected because of being busy.
That smart, reusable notebook I was talking about? First thoughts are that it’s literal magic and it’s amazing.
Second thoughts are that 1) there’s a reason I use ultra-fine point pens when writing on regular paper and 2) it’s restrictive to only be able to use 1 kind of pen (the Pilot Frixion pens).
Thankfully the makers of this notebook also make a single-use (real, regular paper instead of re-usable paper), so my next adventure is to buy those notebooks and try them out with my favorite pens.
I’m actually really excited for next week. I’m going to watch the Women in Publishing Summit videos and Fast Track Lab videos whenever I can, but I’m starting the following:
- Jeff Goins’ Intentional Blog
- Gina Horkey’s 7 Days or Less to Branded Website Success
- Jonathan Milligan’s 7 Days to Blog Launch Challenge
Now, I’ve already launched by blog, that much is obvious, but I’m hoping the two 7 day challenges will kick this site into a better tier.
Can I ask you something?
- What have you liked or disliked so far about this series?
- Is there something you want me to talk about more in the context of my Journey to Magnificence?
- What are your biggest questions about stress?
Let me know in the comments or by sending me an email at email@example.com.
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