Along with the essential habits for getting things done, you'll need a dedicated cockpit to keep you focused and organized. There are hundreds of options (in addition to ol' fashioned pen and paper), and I've narrowed it down to a few of my favorites. To make the cut, the tools have to be accessible across platforms and via mobile and desktop devices, have sharing capabilities for teams, and be intuitively simple. Here's an overview of the top four task/project management tools, along with their strengths and weaknesses for easy comparison. (Plus, I'll even share my personal favorite.)
In this episode of The Habit Chef Podcast, you'll learn how to boil down bookstores full of productivity tips into four essential habits for getting things done. Listen in, and you'll learn why it's important to drain your brain every day, how to schedule your weekly review, how to setup your cockpit so you can operate proactively, and how to define and reinforce your daily march.
In 2008, Joe Magnotti and his business partner outsourced themselves to the Philippines, shifting from employees to contract vendors of their former company - an SEO consulting business. Brainstorming ways to retain their best employees in a cyclical industry, the pair developed what's now cited as the best practice for building niche sites online. From $33 in 2010, they earned over $200,000 in 2012 from their niche empire, and as you'll see, that's quite a freedom fund in the Philippines. But for Joe, business success wasn't total freedom. He was still overweight and unhealthy. As he taught me advanced Wordpress development and gave me the courage to "break" things, I also learned how he'd used habits to transform his health. Over the year, I've realized that Joe reminds me of a modern-day Ben Franklin. I wanted to profile Joe to share a real-life example of someone that's enjoying the incredible benefits of implementing a personal habit recipe.
Sometimes I write in response to a question I've been asked. Sometimes I write to explore an idea. And sometimes I write what I need to read. Today would be the latter. If you've read any of my recent monthly reports or listened to the last few podcasts, you know I'm really struggling with food. The old habits that took me to over 200 lbs. are roaring back. The difference is that I see it coming now; it's no longer hidden. Although I haven't had the courage to officially get back on the scale, I know I'm carrying an extra 10-15 lbs. over where I've maintained for the last few years. I also know it's the stress. Several of my projects are peaking in intensity at the same time. I've subtracted all that I can, and my days are still full from 5am to 9pm. So I've decided that I need to learn to make better decisions under these conditions. If you can relate, perhaps this will be useful for you too.
In this episode of The Habit Chef Podcast, we'll learn how decision fatigue is like human kryptonite and how we can use habits to overcome it. Listen in, and you'll learn how we sabotage ourselves without even knowing it, why decision fatigue causes us to procrastinate and make poor decisions, how habits preserve mental energy by allowing us to take action automatically, and how we can setup simple habits to help us make better decisions.
Last year, I served on the team that brought TEDx to Corpus Christi and met dozens of amazing people along the way. Through countless planning meetings, one team member stood out for his incessant energy and positivity. I'd honestly never heard him say he was tired, yet I knew he kept an extreme pace of work and service. Recently, we connected to discuss the power of rituals. I immediately knew I needed to profile Sean to share the carefully crafted rituals he's developed to provide an abundant reservoir of positive energy that allows him to wholeheartedly serve his family, his clients, and his community.
For many years, I operated under the illusion that I could make decisions based on how I felt and was simultaneously frustrated that I wasn’t getting the results I was looking for. I never realized the two were connected. We wait to take action until we feel motivated, and we rely on those feelings to feed our willpower. It’s why we feel like working out after an inspiring movie or eat well for a few meals after visiting with a friend that’s lost weight recently. Then what? We fail at continuing to take action. The feeling doesn’t last. But there's something else that works even better.
In this episode of The Habit Chef Podcast, we'll talk through the importance of doing what you want to be, and the three simple ways to get started today. Listen in, and you'll learn how you can be anything just by doing the actions, how knowing your why helps you reclaim your urgency, why you shouldn't buy things to support a new goal, and how just trying to take a small step makes a big difference.
As modern women, we often feel the need to invent new strategies for dealing with life's struggles and setbacks. This Mother's Day, I want to share the surprising story of the matriarch of our family, my Nana. (June Petty, to the rest of the world.) I'd heard hints of these stories all of my life, but only recently did we sit down to really explore them. As I learn more, I'm stunned by her courage, tenacity, and resilience, and I think you will be too. Whether leaving college to save her sister's position at work or beating breast cancer in 1959, Nana's stories reflect timeless wisdom all of us can apply.