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4:14 PM

Finding Time for the Things That Matter: Resources to Master Your Skills (Part 3)

In part 1 & 2 of this blog series on managing your time and productivity, I discussed the importance of defining your 5-7 most important roles in life, encouraged you to find a system that helps you to manage your daily schedule more effectively and, lastly, gave you tips on how to turn down the mental distraction in your head.

In this 3rd and final post I will direct you to the resources that will help you to further develop the skills necessary to master your time, mind and productivity. By doing so, you will free up time to focus on your health & wellness, while focusing your energies on things that matter most.

(The Resources):
1.) Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life: Train Your Brain to Get More Done in Less Time-Margaret Moore & Paul Hammerness, MD


This book will help you to tame your frenzied mind helping you to gain control over your emotions, sustain attention, curb your impulses, mold information, shift from one task to another and connect the dots

2.) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People-Stephen R. Covey


In this book Covey emphasizes the importance of developing a personal mission statement and staying on track focusing on the things that matter the most to your mission.

3.) The Power of Full Engagement-Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz


This resource stresses the importance of energy management vs. time management. It will teach you how to tap into the 4 sources of energy: emotional, physical, spiritual and mental.

4.) Strength Finder 2.0-Tom Rath


Strength Finder 2.0 was a game changer in my life. When I truly discovered what my strengths were, I was then able to take the necessary action steps to maximize my abilities. When you work form your strengths you are more likely to live a life of impact!

I hope you use these tools to create a life of greater purpose and meaning for you and those around you.

In Strength,

3:29 PM

Your Undivided Attention...The Best Valentine's Day Gift Ever (Part 2)


Photo Credit: Renee Rendler-Kaplan

In part 1 of this blog series, I talked about how to better aim your daily efforts at the things that matter most. The first step is to define your 5-7 most important roles in life. Next, once you define these roles, it’s important to have a system where you can manage your schedule daily to make sure you are focusing on what matters most. If you do not control your time…time will control you. Once you lose it, you can’t get it back. By blocking time and shutting out all other distractions you can begin to focus on the one thing that’s most important in that moment. Remember…NO MULTITASKING!!



Ok…this all sound very easy…right? Wrong!! You have turned off the T.V., phone, computer and are now ready to focus, but you just remembered that you need to pick up the kids from school at 3 pm and you forgot to pick up those ingredients for tonight’s dinner and you need to remember to send a “thank you” card to your sister and…and…and…and the list goes on. So…how do you turn down that distraction in your head?

To be honest with you, this has been one of my biggest struggles. I had an epiphany about a year and a half ago and it was the realization that I don’t really listen to people or focus on any one task well. The noise inside my head drowns out what others are saying to me. Then I noticed that same noise prevented me from focusing on other tasks. I was following my own chaotic mind from one thing to the next without giving any thought to why. Then I thought to myself, how long has this been going on? What have I been missing as a result? Do others know that I’m checked out?


The reality is that this type of mental distraction is, in my opinion, is common to most people. However, just because it’s common does not mean it’s a good thing. I never really figured out why I had become so distracted, but it’s really irrelevant. If I am going to excel at the areas of my life, that are most important to me, I need to be present in the moment.

For example, if my relationship with my wife and kids are important to me what does it say to them if I am checked out and not paying full attention to them when they talking with me? I want to show them I care, but my actions say something different. Right? So…being mindful to the fact you are not paying attention is the first step. The next step is doing something about it. Here are 3 practical things you can begin to do in order to become more present in the moment. Master these things and you will begin to see amazing things happen in your productivity and relationships:

Photo Credit: Krickitt1138

1.) Index Cards: Write down on an index card 3 words that represent how you want to show up in your relationships. By doing this, you will become more mindful in the moment.  For example, my words/phrases are:

·         Engaged/Fully Present

·         Serving

·         Inquisitive

Carry around this card to remind yourself of how you want to show up in your conversations with others.

2.) Deep breathing:  Many times we become so worked up in our minds we just need to slow things down a bit. Learning some deep belly breathing techniques can help you get your mind present and in the moment which will help you to focus on the task or person at hand.

3.) Prayer and/or positive self-talk: As a Christian I find it helpful to take a moment to pray and ask God to give me peace or strength in the moment. I will also practice repeating phrases like “I can focus” or “keep focused because this person is important to me”.


As you go forward into this Valentine’s Day weekend…remember…one of the best gifts you can give the people you love is your undivided attention.

2:14 PM

Fitness,Family,Fun and Faith...Finding the Time for the Things that Matter (Part 1)

Have you ever gone through a day doing stuff to get to the end of that day feeling like you just spent 8 hours spinning your wheels getting nowhere?  Or you checked off that “to do” list and still had the feeling something was missing? Come on…you know what I’m talking about.

The issue might be that you might have been focusing on the wrong things. We are currently in the age of distraction. There are so many demands on our time it’s difficult to figure out what to focus on. We spend our valuable time racing around following other people’s agenda. Don’t get me wrong, some of our to do’s are just things we have to get done. Going to work, feeding our families, helping the kids get their homework done, doing the laundry,  but let’s face it…a lot of what we are doing just ends up being tasks that seem to fill the time void which give us a false sense of accomplishment.

How would it feel if you ended your day feeling you just spent 8 hours enriching your life and the lives of those around you? Think it can’t be done? Think again.

This post is part 1 of a 3 part series on productivity. Time management is a part of productivity, but even with managed time, you can still be doing things that do little to enrich your life and the lives of the people you love and care about.

The first step in stopping the madness is to define your most important roles as a person. For
example, I am a father, husband, gym owner, coach, teacher, friend, son, leader, child of a holy God, fitness freak and the list can go on. The key is to pick about 5-7 roles that are most important to you right now and focus on taking the actions that help you move your life forward in a meaningful way.

If I determine that my role as a husband is important, am I carving out time in my week to connect with my wife? As a developing leader, am I taking time to learn about leadership and using what I learn to help feed those around me? If not, I will ultimately fail in the areas I deem to be important to me.

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The next step is to manage my time accordingly to be able to focus on the actions steps that will help me to have success in the most important areas of my life. One tool I find helpful, in doing this, is my Google Calendar. I color code my day, blocking out time for specific focus. I use to think that multi-tasking worked, but the reality is that NOTHING gets done well when you mulita-task. I now call my focused time “power hours”. If I block time off to read about leadership, I get myself present in the moment and turn off any distractions (Facebook,phone,T.V.) that will get in the way of learning. If I am taking time to talk with my wife, I don’t answer email or watch T.V. and try to talk with her at the same time. Don’t get me wrong…when I first tried to do this, I was terrible at it. I’m still working on this, but the more I practice, the better I get.

Take time this week to identity your most important roles and brainstorm on ways to manage your focused time better. Google Calendar works for me, but you need to find a system that works for you!

Becoming more mindful of what is distracting you, is a great first step. Don’t get frustrated with the process; just keep at it until you master it. Remember…you are a work in progress, so don’t expect perfection. If you stick to the plan you will discover that your life will change for the better!!