Tony Robbins says “Repetition is the Mother of Skill”
Jo Barnes says “Energy is the Mother of Productivity!”
I have had a terrible day today.
Coming down off my big trip no doubt, I couldn’t sleep last night and was up listening to podcasts and reading from around 2am until 5am.
My lovely hubby to be let me sleep in from 5 – 9 and when I woke I felt weary but ready for action.
I jumped on my bike (only 1 week left until Ride 4 Kids) and cycled for 90 minutes while – she ashamedly admits – I did not watch productive videos on growing your social media following or improving sales funnels.
I watched 2 episodes of Outlander! I have to say it certainly made the stationary indoor cycling much easier and as I haven’t been on the bike for almost 6 weeks while I’ve been traveling and I just needed to get some time on the saddle!
The rest of the day has kind of gone by in a haze of tiredness.
The cycling coupled with a poor nights sleep, add in a carb heavy lunch and it was sayonara baby.
My to do list went by the wayside and I had an altogether very unproductive day. 😟
Energy is everything.
Without energy you will not function at your best.
Even the smallest little bumps in the road will feel like Mount Everest and your primal brain will talk your more action taking pre-frontal cortex out of everything positive you want to do.
We must do everything we can today to ensure we have maximum energy tomorrow.
Drink plenty of water, eat nutritious foods, exercise enough but not too much and ensure we get enough sleep! (Note to self there).
And if you are someone who struggles with sleep deprivation I have heard that ‘The Sleep Revolution’ by Arianna Huffington is a good read although I have not read myself, so don’t take my word for it.
I’ve just come back from 5 weeks traveling and my good friend Kate said to me, ‘You’re probably feeling a bit discombobulated at the moment’! 🥴
She’s bang on the money, I am indeed feeling a little confused & disconcerted. Primarily because after so long away from any semblance of routine I’m now trying to regain some momentum on my priorities.
However in just 1.5 weeks I am riding 700km’s over 6 days for charity and then 3 short weeks after that we’re moving house and then traveling to Hawaii for the summer. 🏝
So the question is how do you manage your time and your priorities when you’re constantly in a state of flux? Which of course many of us are, whether it’s because of travel, or family responsibilities or external commitments.
It’s very rare these days that any of us have a solid 8 hours a day of focused time to work on the things that are important to us.
Therefore as the very wise Robin Sharma said;
Here’s how I’ve taken that statement and incorporated into my life;
This morning I wrote out very specifically my ‘ideal’ goals for the rest of the year.
This helped me to get clear on what I’m focused on.
Then I simply said – ‘what can I realistically get done in the next 2 weeks to help me move forwards towards my goals?’
I can’t look beyond the next 2 weeks, because my life is in such a state of flux all of the time I can only plan a very short time ahead.
However because I’m now focused on 5 very clear & specific goals for the next 7.5 months I know where my attention needs to be in the next 2 weeks.
Then in 2 weeks from now I’ll review where I’m at and set the targets for the following 2 weeks.
Whether you have 1 hour a day or 10 hours a day to work towards your dreams, the clearer your vision of where you want to be the easier you’ll find it to focus.
I use so many photo apps for FB & Instagram to attempt to make my pics look more artsy and interesting, but when I want to create a meaningful quote or add text to an image Typorama is the cream of the crop!
As someone who hasn’t got a natural eye for a design, any help I can get to create nice looking fonts that work well together and sit beautifully on a self taken background image is welcome.
Canva is great in that it has lots of templates & ready made designs, but it can be quite technical and a bit overwhelming, plus you can’t use it offline. But it is my go to Blog Header designer of choice.
Many other apps are the same in that they can’t be used offline which is a pain if you’re trying to prepare images perhaps during offline travel times (which is pretty frequent for me) for publishing later.
But what I love the most about Typorama is that you pick a photo, type in your text OR use one of their random quotes they have in their library, so if you’re feeling a bit short of inspiration, they’ve got you covered.
Then pick a font ’style’ and away you go.
A beautifully presented text image you can save to your camera roll for later use or you can immediately share to all the main social networks!