Friday One Minute of Excitement

Things can change!

Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker.  He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska.  He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset.  For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com

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Leave Organization At Home, Return to Organization at Home

The neat thing about personal systems is that they have a structure and a memory so that when we are away from them and then come back home the order of the system is still there.

(I was wide-awake, but you instantly put me to sleep with the beginning of this post.  How does this personal system has structure and memory stuff have anything to do with being interesting, let alone anything fun?)

OK voice in the ( ), do you believe in ease and comfort?

(Of course!)

Well, I’m talking about personal systems because they can create ease and comfort.

For example, your house is a system.  If you leave a clean house and go on a weeklong trip, when you return it’s still clean.  It doesn’t just make itself dirty during the week you are gone.  Your house retains the order you leave it in.  And coming home from a great trip, this organization gives you a sense of ease and comfort, right?

(Yes, coming home to a clean space is nicer and more relaxing than coming home to a dirty one.  I can just plop down on the couch and reflect on how wonderful my trip was instead of worrying about how dirty the house is.  But Jason, when did you become Mr. Better Homes and Gardens?)

Hey ( ), instead of calling me names, pay attention, this stuff could help you enjoy more peace in your life.  Then you wouldn’t feel so inclined to resort to picking on me.

As I was saying, our personal systems retain the order we put them in as long as they don’t get disrupted or flooded with new information.

(Flood!  What flood?  I’m so confused one minute, I’m snoring because you are waxing boring on this personal system blah, blah, and the next minute you are shouting, “Flood”.)

Let me tell you what I mean by ‘flood’.  Say when you left on your vacation, you left organized by emptying your email box.  However, when you return your email box has ninety new messages in it.   So a flood occurs when a system that you left in order, through external change is flooded with new information while you are gone.

By comparison, when you return home, the furniture in your house will have retained the order you left it in, except possibly for a new layer of dust.

When you are gone, your furniture represents a static system and your email box represents a fluid system.

(Static, fluid, kind of catchy Jason!  But what does this all mean for your readers.)

Glad you asked, ( ).  It means that with a focus on creating organization before you leave home, you can return to organization.  When you return to a clean living space, you can really relax and feel the comforts of home.

Then when you are ready to do something, instead of the laundry on the floor or doing the pile of dishes on the kitchen counter, you can attend to bringing your fluid systems like your email and snail mailbox back into order.  This way your fluid systems get reorganized and not more flooded.

(Makes sense, but why are you so keen on this personal organization stuff anyway, Jason.)

I’m so interested in it because for most of my life I resided in spaces I chose to let become highly disorganized.  Now that I live in a home that I spend time organizing on a daily basis I notice that I’m much more relaxed and happier.  And I’ve found that cleaning and organizing is fairly simple, I just have to choose to take the time to do it consistently.

(Well said…Mr. Better Homes and Gardens!)

Game of the Day

How and when do you organize your static personal systems?

How and when do you organize your fluid personal systems?

How do you like to feel when you return home after being away?

What, if anything, could you do to make organizing before you leave home more fruitful and satisfying for you?

Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker.  He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska.  He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset.  For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com

Four Ways To Work Productively Without Struggling or Being Miserable

An Atypical Writer’s Note: I would love to tell you that I discovered these principles in ancient texts or through my award-winning research studies on working effectively. However, the fact is I discovered them by doing the EXACT OPPOSITE OF EACH ONE. I have changed the names and exaggerated the details of each example in this post for the sake of protecting the identity of the person involved.  (But let me just say his first name might rhyme with mason.)    

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I have come to believe that working productively involves understanding how to work Consistently, Effectively, Efficiently and Joyfully.

Consistently means not working to the point of exhaustion and then being out of commission for a period of time because of fatigue or sickness, but rather working fewer hours, so that you can work in a steady and productive manner.

For example, Stanley’s boss is focused on productivity and doesn’t care what hours his employees choose to work as long as they get their job done.

Stanley wants to show the boss that he’s exceedingly motivated so he chooses to work 75 hours each week for three weeks straight.

Then at the end of the third week, he falls asleep on the way home. Luckily, he only hits a guard rail, throwing his back out.  This injury puts him out of commission for the two weeks he spends recuperating.

Now Stanley’s total amount of work is 225 hours in five weeks, 75 hours each of the first three weeks and zero hours for each of the next two weeks.  In addition, Stanley was only productive for 50 of the hours during each of the weeks he worked.  During, the other 25 hours he felt exhausted, miserable and strongly disliked his job.

So in grand total, Stanley put in 150 productive hours in a five-week period.  One hundred fifty productive hours, divided by the five weeks equals an average of thirty productive hours of work a week over the five-week period.

So, Stanley could have gotten the same amount of productive work done a week if he had worked just thirty hours a week for the five-week period.  He also could have probably avoided an auto accident, damage to his car, throwing his back out, pain, and recovery time.  If Stanley had worked fewer hours each week, he would have also had ample free time to enjoy his life during those five weeks.

Basically, by working less, but working smarter and more consistently, Stanley could have given himself and his boss a just as productive if not more productive five weeks.  In addition, he could have provided himself with a joyful five-week experience versus five weeks of struggle.

Effectively means you apply your focus to the task at hand.

For example, one of the things Gloria loves about having her own business is the freedom to make her own rules.  A few months ago, she was listening to a mystery book on CD while she did the monthly book-keeping for her business.  Gloria took her time because she was enjoying the audio book and finished her book-keeping in two and a half hours.

Although she is great at accounting, Gloria was so engrossed in her audio book that day a few months ago that she is now finding errors in her calculations, errors which are currently costing her many hours of extra time and a great deal of stress to figure out.

Alternatively a few months ago, Gloria could’ve chosen to totally concentrate on the book-keeping without distractions.  By totally focusing, she could have gotten it done and double checked in an hour and half and avoided all the extra time fixing mistakes, time she could have used to read the mystery books she loves.

Efficiently means that you make use of time-saving technology when it is available.  (The following is an extreme example.  There are many more subtle examples in our work environments.)

For example, Tim’s boss asks him to copy fifty pages of text and doesn’t care how this job is done just as long as it’s accurate.  Tim has the choice between doing this job in ten minutes with a copy machine, or spending a whole day copying the pages long hand.

Whichever way Tim chooses, he will do a great job meeting his boss’s specifications.

However, copying by hand takes seven hours and fifty minutes longer than using a copy machine and would be exhausting, tedious and most likely full of struggle.  Plus, Tim would have missed 7 hours and fifty minutes of opportunities to do other work.

Joyfully means striving to be happy as you work.  This is a gift to yourself, as well as those around you.

Susan just doesn’t like end of the month inventory.  Her co-workers know the end of the month is coming because Susan is cranky, angry, and critical for the whole week before inventory.  And on the day of inventory, watch out!   Stay out of Susan’s way!  If one of Susan’s co-workers forgets and makes even the smallest joke within the range of her hearing, the outcome isn’t appealing.

Alternatively, Susan could focus on smiling and laughing on inventory day, as well as the week leading up to it, even though she knows that in the past these times have been tedious and stressful for her.  Then as Susan’s co-workers see her smiling and laughing, they are more likely to smile and laugh, which would empower them all to work as a team to lighten this task.  This jovial atmosphere would probably eventually result in inventory day being less tedious and stressful for Susan.

Game of the Day

What ideas in this blog could you use to make your workday more productive and enjoyable?

How can you begin to use the ideas that you like today?

Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker.  He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska.  He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset.  For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com

Friday One Minute of Excitement

Are you ready to take the first step?

Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker.  He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska.  He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset.  For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com

The Parade of Your Incredible Accomplishments

Have you ever noticed that you can do a great many things well, then do one thing in a way that you determine is wrong, only to end up spending a disproportionate amount of time focused on the one thing you did WRONG?

I sure have!

We can spend hours and even days analyzing questions like: “Why did I do it wrong?”   And “Why am I not good at this?”

Meanwhile, a PARADE OF OUR INCREDIBLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS can float through our lives with us barely noticing.

What would it to be like to focus on our parade of incredible accomplishments, instead of the things we feel we do wrong?

(I ask this question as a man who has spent much time hot on the “What Went Wrong” Trail, “The I Can’t Do It” Trail, and an old special favorite of mine, the “What I did Totally Wrong” Trail.  I can tell you from countless years of experience that these trails are  an especially “SORRY” lot of trails.  I know this because I said, “I’m sorry” an awful lot when I was traversing them.)

After years of being on the “Sorry” trails, it has finally occurred to me, why not follow the parade of my incredible accomplishments towards my dreams instead of getting lost and frustrated on these others trails?  Why not learn to become a highly skilled navigator who is adept at finding this parade route anytime, day or night?

When we focus on becoming highly skilled navigators consistently charting a course towards our parade route, we become much more in tune with the clues pointing towards our accomplishments.  We can begin to catch the scent of our big dreams in the little successes here and there, in the gradual accumulation of our victories.

When we are starting off, this trail of successes and good things might not look like the Macy’s Day Parade.  In fact, it may be so faint that we really need to concentrate to find it.  But keep looking!  This doesn’t mean that our accomplishments aren’t there.  It just means that we are so attuned to focusing on the “Sorry” trails that we haven’t taken the time to fully appreciate or even notice them.

Navigating your way back to the PARADE OF YOUR INCREDIBLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS is simple and fun.  Every time you notice and celebrate something that went well, you discover your parade route.  Every time you savor and focus on your successes, small or large, you take part in your parade.  Each time you delight in the gift you are to the world, you are in the center of your parade.  Every time you savor and focus on how your dreams, the sights and sounds of your parade are with you.

You have the opportunity to rediscover your parade route with fresh eyes each new day.  This is cause for celebration!

Game of the Day

Enjoy finding your way to the PARADE OF YOUR INCREDIBLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS today!

Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker.  He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska.  He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset.  For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com

What Habits Put The Brakes On Your Happiness?

Have you ever been somewhere that you know is really, really good like on vacation or at a party, only to be frustrated that you couldn’t enjoy it because you were so focused on worrying about something?

I sure have!  Fretting about whether I had locked my car doors frequently distracted me at times when I wanted to be having fun.  Or I should say that I LET the profoundly uninteresting experience of worrying about whether or not I had locked my car doors spoil many potentially amazing experiences for me.  (I did this even before I owned a car.  I would worry about whether or not my parents had locked their car doors. Kind of pathetic!)

In thinking about whether or NOT my car doors were locked, I was trying to prevent the possible very hypothetical idea of someone taking stuff from my car or stealing it.   All the while, I was actually inflicting DEFINITE pain and distraction on myself in the present moment.  (From a common sense standpoint, this approach to life didn’t have much common sense.)

Not only was I inflicting pain and distraction on myself in the moment, I was missing the good stuff AND being a drag on others as they were trying to enjoy the moment.  (In fact, I was being a royal party-pooper!)

Now is locking your car doors a good idea?  Yes!  It’s an idea that now with automatic door locks takes a second of attention to implement.

But by walking away from the car and beginning to worry about whether or not I had locked the car doors, I was turning a good idea into A HABIT THAT PUT BRAKES ON MY HAPPINESS.  

My old Did-I-Lock-The-Car-Doors-Worry is what I like to call a REVERSE HAPPINESS HABIT.  A REVERSE HAPPINESS HABIT is a habit that keeps us focused in the opposite direction of our happiness.

The great news is that when we realize the direction that our REVERSE HAPPINESS HABITS are leading us, we can begin to take steps to focus on going in a new direction.

For example, with my car “Did-I-Lock-The-Car-Doors” REVERSE HAPPINESS HABIT (Wow that is a mouth full!), I finally made the rule for myself that I would pay close attention for the seconds when I was locking the doors.  Then when I walked away from the car, I would focus on what I was doing and where I was going, instead of repeatedly badgering myself about whether or not I locked my car doors.  This easy solution took a great deal of discipline to follow when I first implemented it.  But now I lock my cars doors with confidence and move on in the direction of my happiness.  This simple solution makes a world of difference in the quality of my life.

Game of the Day

Do you find that you have a REVERSE HAPPINESS HABIT?

When do you notice it?

How does it distract you when you want to be having fun?

Is there a truth that it’s trying to tell you?   (The truth in my example was, “It’s good to spend a few seconds to focus on locking your car doors.”)

How can you give this truth a little focus and then move back to focusing on having a great time?

Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker.  He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska.  He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset.  For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com

Friday One Minute of Excitement

What can you do today to expand your life?

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Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker.  He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska.  He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset.  For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com.