Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Re-thinking The Work Day Schedule (Do we really need 8 hours?)

THIS! This This This This This.

I subscribed to an online magazine of sorts, called Medium. You can sign up for articles/topics that interest you, and then you get updates in your email inbox. I particularly like that it gives estimates at how long a particular read will be.

"3 minute read" or "9 minute read" - it is a fabulous expectation tool which helps me decide if I have time at that moment to take a quick reading break.

The "THIS!" link above makes some great points about how our 8 hour work day really should be made a thing of the past; at least for most careers... Srinivas Rao is the author of the article, and so far, I really appreciate all of what he has written.
"Parkinson’s law states that a task will end up taking the amount of time that we’ve allotted for it. So perhaps it’s possible that everything that happens over the course of an 8 hour work day could happen over the course of a 4 hour work day." ~ Srinivas Rao

These past couple of weeks I've been really focused on reading and discovering "My Why." With two successful real estate transactions done and dusted in September, and looking toward a future of continuing this rewarding experience, I need to know what is going to get me through it when times are lean and mean.

As I'm trying to put a plan together - a routine - good habits... "My Why" becomes important to actually "doing" and not just "researching" and "reading" and sharing things on Facebook.

I've come to a number of conclusions, and one of them that I believe is critical to "My Why" is to write 1,000 words a day. I have not journalled or written on a regular basis since college - and I think many ducks will shut up if I can get back to writing on a consistent basis. Again, Srinivas has written an inspiring article, which I found via Medium - "How Writing 1000 Words a Day Changed My Life."

You see, I don't want to be be a full-time realtor forever... or for even more than a couple years.

I want to work full-ish time (30 hours a week) as a realtor, still make enough to save some money and want to be able to have some Smart Passive Income, along with traveling around the USA for 6 months of the year while performing at Mobile Home/RV parks. To have my backtrack Cabaret Act or me and guitar and/or ukulele is my ideal way to help fund my travels.

So, reading inspiring and creative articles is great - but I have to really set my routine up! Our Real Estate Team, the Vallee Gold Team is putting the team through some fabulous coaching with Verl Workman. He is big on processes and procedures, accountability and measuring results. All good stuff! But... my routine that I'm trying to set up isn't just about Real Estate. 

Maybe I'm biting off more than I can chew...

Verl Workman is also the one, who said in last week's video conference call, that we all need to "Find Your Why." I took him seriously.

It's time to take action (while still reading) on all these great ideas on how best to succeed.

Oh, and I want to read 100 books (at least) next year. I'd be content to finish 12 books before the end of the year. Whoop!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Accountability = Love

When we lie to ourselves... When we don't hold ourselves accountable to what we tell ourselves, it is essentially a lie.
Think on it.

Saturday, August 5, 2017


"If you are persistent, you will get it. If you are consistent, you will keep it."
I started back in Real Estate in the middle of May - and this quote helps keep me focused.

Today I've been researching Teaching English as a Second Language in a foreign country. The desire to run away has been really strong lately.

I found this blog, and this resource to spend time while I wait to go show some more houses.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~Mark Twain

I'm unsettled. Anxious. Curious. Frustrated. Grateful.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Science has proved vs Science is catching up

This is not to disparage science. But I think often that things that we've known (or perhaps I should say believed) for a long time; are now being 'proven' by science, when, in fact, we've known them for a long time.

If it isn't backed by science, does this mean it isn't true?

I am a person of faith. And someone who completely trusts my gut. Truly, it gives me accurate intuition regarding people and who I should trust and who I should hold at arm's length - and I cannot think of a time when it has been wrong. I have no science but my life experience. And my predisposed beliefs about some things affect how I make decisions. I research and find out facts, and then I still will go with my gut. I often am not logical, and I'm okay with that.

I was at a really awesome and dynamic talk by Jeanette Mare', the founder of Ben's Bells.  If you are not aware of Ben's Bells, her story and what this Be Kind movement is doing is worth your time. And worth conversation in a different post.

She talked about how science has proven that Kindness is a better indication of success in the workplace over IQ. (Google it... lots of emotional intelligence articles out there)

Aesop's fable of the The Wind and The Sun proved "Kindness effects more than severity" way back in ancient times.

So... what if some things that are believed but are not proven, and perhaps "P-shaw'd" by science and scientific types have just not been proven - yet?