Monthly Archives: September 2015

One Bottle At A Time

One Bottle At A Time

One Bottle At A Time

One Bottle At A Time

About 2 years ago, I had been released from the hospital after my life altering surgery. Stairs were a bit of an issue with me still and my good wife was wondering if we still needed such a big house after all of our kids moved out. We decided to look for a smaller home with no stairs. We soon found a perfect house in a good neighborhood and decided to make an offer. Before we knew it we were signing papers and put our home up for sale. It sold quickly as well. We were now faced with the daunting task of moving 20 years worth of stuff to a new place. We faced the prospect that we didn’t need a lot of our stuff and so we sold most everything and decided that we would buy new stuff for the new home from a local furniture retail store. It went well, after posting stuff online at a good price and a good yard sale, we soon were rid of a lot of stuff. We were quite happy and relieved that we could leave the moving of the big stuff to our new purchased furniture. We got some new stuff that we were happy with and it was delivered to our new home. One thing was worrying my wife though. She is a prodigious home canner and had shelves and shelves of preserved food and was worried about moving it. At the time, I couldn’t do much because of physical limitations so a lot of the worrying was left to her. She realized that she didn’t have to move everything in one shot. All she needed to do was move one bottle at a time. By taking this approach she was able to get the bottles all packed up and into boxes that she moved one box at a time with the help of others. She took the same approach when we got to the new house and was able to get the bottled goods to the proper place.
In our own lives, we have to take the same approach. We often have task to do that are too overwhelming to do all at one shot. I watched a seminar this week by the smart guys at Asian Efficiency and they said that you need to break up task into doable 5 minute chunks. I took this approach on something that wasn’t all that hard to do, but it had enough steps that it had been all year and I hadn’t got it done, By chunking it down to small steps, I was done in less than an hour and happy I got it done. Don’t forget the one bottle at a time approach. It can help you get a big and important task done.

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Hang in there!
>Hang in there and I will too.

Be A Liger

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Shasta the Liger

Be A Liger
In July, when the family was in town, we took a trip to the Bean Museum on the
Brigham Young University campus. It is filled with animals that have gone under the skilled hands of a taxidermist. I ran into an old friend, no not a high school classmate, but a stuffed animal from my growing up years, .

Thanks to Napoleon Dynamite, ligers became famous but most of you probably thought it was something that he made up. She was born in 1948 and died in 1972. I am old enough to remember good old Shasta. Her attraction was her uniqueness.
Why am I reminiscing about Shasta? She was unique. The head of a lion and the body of a tiger. She was really a cool animal and we had her at our local zoo.  Preston Idaho is where Napoleon Dynamite lived so maybe he was inspired to draw his killer liger from either seeing her at the Hogle Zoo where she lived before she died or took a trip further south to see her on display.

Sometimes we have problems trying to decide what we are and what are our strengths. Maybe we are trying to shed a specific strength to help us focus on another. But what if both strengths are what make us unique. For example, maybe you are a good photographer and a good writer. Why not combine both strengths in a blog or use it to drive an Instagram account that is tied to your blog. You get the idea. You may have artistic talent that you could leverage to strengthen your story making skills or augment your slide presentation. Take advantage of all of your strengths.

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Hang in there and I will too!

Stay out of the Weeds

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Stay out of the Weeds

 

Have you ever been going down the road, thinking you are doing well and paying attention then suddenly you heard rump rump letting you know that you had strayed from your lane. Or even worse before rumble strips you hit a few weeds on the side of the rod. There are many reasons that this happen but most of it is due to distractions. Distractions on the road can stem from, texting, eating, being sleepy,day dreaming, and fumbling with the radio. I look forward to the technology that will help us avoid the consequences of these distraction. Things like lane assist, proximity braking are just two of the emerging technologies that will no doubt save millions of lives every year.
We would do well to have technology save us from ourselves. Do you find yourself intending to start on something that you thought needed doing and then an hour later finding that you did everything other than the task at hand. Here are some suggestions to help you stay out of the weeds.
Eliminate distractions:

    • Close down browsers/tabs that you find entertaining.
    • Don’t read email first thing.
      • I’ve heard that email is someone else’s agenda for your time and money. Plan your email time out and use GTD principles on processing it.
    • Plan out your day the night before.
    • Identify the three most important things to be done that next day. Identify one of them as your frog. Frog?!? Mark Twain is credited with saying to identify your frog for the day. Eat it first and the rest of the day will seem easier in comparison. Cautionary note. Don’t tel yoour significant other that they are your frog of the day. Even though it may be the most important thing to do today, it i not a favorable comparison and you will have a lot of back tracking to do to get out of trouble!
    • If your boss tries to pile something else on you, tell them what you are working on and if they want you to dump that on work on this new project. It will put the burden on them to see if you should change course.
    • Try a system like the pomodoro method to help you focus.
    • Invest in some sound canceling headphones. What a difference it make to block out noises around you! Here are the ones I like:


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  • Distraction are all around us and will take us off track without warning. Don’t beat yourself, just realize what distracts you and come up with effective strategies to help you get on top of them or even eliminate them. Distraction are my biggest enemy to getting the things done that I want, These suggestions have helped me and I hope thy help you too.
Hang in there and I will too
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All You Got To Do Is Act Naturally

All You Got To Do Is Act Naturally

One of the reasons I started blogging back up is to be accountable. I looked into and committed to do a weight loss program called HMR. It has been good so far, I have lost more than 10 lbs and feel like I am going in the right direction. Does anyone want me to start posting stats again to show you where I’m at. If so let me know and I will work something out. Sorry about not blogging last week, I don’t know what happened, but I am working on not being too hard on myself when I mess up. I hope you will forgive me.
This weeks entry
I love listening too the Beatles. Often when I have my playlist on, Ringo wails out, “All You Got To Do Is Act Naturally.” I think this is great advice. Too often we see people online not being themselves. Usually it’s in a comment section where the commenter has some sort of issue with either the writer or some other commenter. Name calling is usually employed as well as rude and uncallled for remarks. I’m all for venting, but I’m more for being civil.** If you were talking face to face with someone, would you talk the same way to them. Would you call them a vulgar name if you disagreed with what they said? Would you question their parentage, sexual orientation or say a mouthful of vile at them. I think a judge of our character is what we say and do if no one knows who we are. It spills over into the public roadways where we become filled with anger and indignation if someone is not perfect inn their driving. Instead of a gentle tap on the horn, we lay our whole body into it letting the person know that we think they are stupid and shouldn’t be on the road. What helps me is to think of the driver ahead of me as my mom, grandma, brother or sister. I just wouldn’t want to treat them the same way (well maybe in fun).
All I’m suggesting is that
we be genuine*. Too any times we see people not being themselves and I think it ends up hurting ourselves just as much as the person we are laying into. >All you have to do is act naturally.

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Hang in there and I will too!