People often ask me how I get so much done, and it all boils down to one word: planning.
I’ve just finished a new book, The Life Plan Manifesto, (forthcoming), blogged about taking control of your time by designing your ideal week, and more recently even created a course, 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever. Each of these focuses on the importance of planning.
The voice we should listen to most as we choose a vocation is the voice that we might think we should listen to least, and that is the voice of our own gladness.
What can we do that makes us the gladdest? What can we do that leaves us with the strongest sense of sailing true north and of peace (which is much of what gladness is)?
Is it making things with our hands out of wood or stone, or paint, or canvas? Or is it making something we hope like truth out of words? Or is it making people laugh or weep in a way that cleanses their spirit?
I believe that if it is a thing that makes us truly glad, then it is a good thing and it is our thing and it is the calling voice that we were made to answer with our lives.”
What keeps you going when the going gets tough … when you want to quit and walk off the field? I recently had an experience that made me dig deep and reconnect with my calling. I share it in this episode.
But I’m not alone. Tough times are inevitable for each of us. If you aren’t clear about your calling, you will cave in and quit. This is why it is so important to understand what it is.
As a writer, I have tried just about every word processor ever invented. I started with WordStar, moved on to WordPerfect, then graduated to Microsoft Word. But when I started blogging, everything changed.
Screenshot of My Computer with This Post Displayed in MultiMarkdown Inside of Scrivener
I ultimately learned HTML, but it is certainly not the most natural way to write. I have used a number of “blog processors,” including BlogJet and then MarsEdit. But in the last few years, I have completely converted over to MultiMarkdown.
Some say I’m a gadget-guy. (You know who you are.) I don’t know about that, but I am definitely a tool guy. The right tool can make me more efficient and save hours of my time.
For example, a few years ago, I stumbled on a simple software tool to create beautiful—and elegant—3D book covers (like the one above). Previously, I tried to create these in Photoshop, but I just didn’t have the skills to pull it off.
No New Podcast This Week
For the second week in a row, I’m not posting a new podcast. I came down with laryngitis two weekends ago. It persisted through this past weekend. I didn’t have a voice until Monday. As a result, I was unable to record my show.
I finally broke down and went to the doctor on Saturday. He gave me some strong meds and, thankfully, my voice returned on Monday. This was just in the nick of time, as I had a speaking engagement that same night. All my symptoms are now gone.
This is more information than you need to know, but since you showed up, I felt I owed you an explanation. Thanks again for your patience. I look forward to connecting with you next week. In the meantime, you might want to check out an episode you missed by clicking here.
If this doesn’t inspire you to bless somebody today, I don’t know what will. Thanks to Chris Brogan for sharing it via his Google+ account.
Question: Who’s the biggest tipper you know? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
I’m excited to be speaking at Franklin Tomorrow’s “Breakfast with the Mayor” event.
We’re about 50 percent short of our goal, Dad.” My oldest daughter, Megan, had just called to brief me on our recent new membership campaign for Platform University. It was day four of an eight-day promotion. My heart sank.
Number of New Memberships by Day
I don’t like missing goals. Our campaign target was to add one thousand new members to the site. Based on previous experience, we should have added five hundred members by the end of the fourth day. We were at 256.
In late 2009 I hit burnout. I’d been working sixteen-hour days, six days a week. I was spending hardly anytime with my beautiful wife, or our three children, whom I love more than anything in the world.
I was desperately unfit, unhappy, and becoming unappreciative of the success I had amassed thus far. I realized there and then something had to change.
I am looking forward to speaking at Dan Miller’s Innovate event again. These are always so intimate and powerful. It’s one of my favorite events of the year.