Hopefully Monday wasn’t too rough and you’re now in the flow of a wonderful new week! Over the last couple of months I have been focusing on how to maximize my productivity throughout the day. It’s a journey and I do not have it all figured out yet. But I have learned several tricks [like my sleeping hack I blogged about last week] that really help, and one of them is having a solid morning routine.
Here’s my schedule starting from the minute that I wake up:
It’s finally fall and I feel like I’m living my best mini-pumpkin overloaded life over here. [But seriously, I just snagged a bag of mini white and orange pumpkins from Tom Thumb…insert *squeal* here].
As we enter into the new season and the start of Q4, my goal-setting and personal development self is operating at an all-time high. I think it also might have something to do with the fact that Rosh Hashana was last week, which is the Jewish New Year for anyone who doesn’t celebrate. 🙂 The New Year always brings out my desire to create new resolutions or at least revisit old ones. [Check out out my 2017 goals and H2 goals.] I plan on writing up my Q4 goals in the near future!
Today I want to chat about some of my favorite podcasts, apps and business leaders that I hope help you in your day to day lives. I am always on the search for the best tools and thought leaders to help me become a more efficient businesswoman and now blogger/influencer.
My Favorite Apps, Podcasts and Business Leaders are listed below.
It was my birthday a few weeks ago, and I think this birthday hit me harder than most. This unshakeable feeling that I’d finally reached the age of “adulthood” came over me. I felt this sudden pressure to have the next 50 years planned out, to be on our 3rd child, to have our retirement plans mapped, and on and on. I used to think that your 20s are a time to figure things out and your 30s are when your grown-up years start. AKA, you know exactly what you’re doing, you are well on your way with your family, etc. Let me just start by saying this: What a crock of $#%@!
Growing, maturing, transforming – these are not concepts solely relegated to your 20s. Where did I get the idea that I had to have EVERYTHING figured out by 31? Why did I suddenly feel like we were supposed to be on child #3, with our lives planned out until retirement? I am not sure why I woke up feeling behind in life, or that all personal evolution had to be completed for the rest of my life. Perhaps it’s social media comparisons. Or maybe the picture in my head telling me what life “should” look like at this point. Either way, when I stopped to think about what was upsetting me, I realized how ridiculous and unfounded it was!
THE GROWTH CONTINUES
While this birthday brought up some funk that I had to deal with, I came out of it in a much better headspace. At the end of the day, I realized several things. You will never stop learning and evolving. There is no specific decade for doing these things – it’s just called life. And when I realized how much I’m still learning about myself and life everyday, it was such a relief. I accepted [for the most part ;)] that I’m not perfect in my 31 years, I don’t know everything and that I never will. That’s what life’s all about – learning as you go and allowing yourself the grace to be imperfect and ever-changing. When I came out of my birthday/life expectation hangover, I remembered how beautiful and wonderful my life is and how everything is unfolding in the perfect time.
THE YEAR TO COME
In the spirit of #LeoSeason [Hello A-Rod & J-Lo – need I say more?], I wanted to share with y’all 7 things I’m looking forward to in the next year:
Today I want to talk about goals, specifically goals for H2 (i.e. in business lingo, half two, or the second half of the year). I think it’s super important to think about what you envision for yourself in the year ahead / what you aspire towards and then get it down on paper. There’s something about writing it down (or typing it out) that makes it more real. There’s always hoopla around goal setting in the self-help / coaching (business or personal) world at the start of the year. However I think that it’s just as noteworthy to pause mid-year, reflect, and goal-set for the remaining months. Mind you, your goals might be the exact same as what you started with in January and that’s totally fine. However my bet is you might have a few tweaks to your list! 😉