I just posted an explanation of how I’m going to use the new LifeFocus System 6.3b cards this year. Read about it on my personal blog at JasonTheodor.com.
I’ve been doing some blog juggling recently. I am slowly moving everything off of the WordPress.com platform and onto my own server. I am still using WordPress software, but I am free to tinker with extras and plugins, and design if I wish.
I have also decided to separate some of the things that I do, instead of aggregate. JasonTheodor.com will be my place for online rambling, thoughts, experiments, announcements, and information about me.
The work on my book, my workshops, lectures, and the like will eventually be moved to ThereIsNoBox.ca.
The LifeFocus™ System will come to life on it’s own website sometime in the new year.
1percent.wordpress.com, my communal link blog, has been moved to 1over100.com (1/100).
Just thought you should know.
In a few days, it will be the Year of the Rat, and the Chinese New Year will commence. I am now prepared to meet this year with great productivity and the getting of things done. The LifeFocus System will be tested and documented fully this year. I have teamed up with 2 industry experts to dissect this system and bring it to life in different ways, so expect more from the new LFS in 2008. (LFS will be the new fancy acronym for Life Focus System. I have dropped the ‘mundane’ and dropped the ‘card’ as they were too negative and too restrictive respectively.)
Here is a sneak peek at the routines I will master.
The first 3 of my Routinizations are about health. The next 2 life goals. The last 5 are related to the work I want to get done for myself. Some of it is business, some of it is pleasure, some of it is mixed. I will be carrying this list in my wallet every day as a reminder of what is important to me, and charting my progress. The simple act of checking a box can be enough of a catalyst, enough of a commitment, to effectively re-program my daily actions. If I remind myself long enough, and affirm my actions, I should have a positive healthy new routine established for 2008 in about 3 or 4 weeks. As always, I’ll keep you posted.
I’m going to cheat this year. That’s not a resolution, that’s a fact. Today is January 1st, 2008, and I usually start my annual attempt at another LifeFocus Card based Routinization cycle. Typically I last until my birthday, which is about 50 days. This year I’m going to aim quite a bit farther and try get enough momentum to last a full trip around the sun.
But not quite yet. I got my computer back on December 31st, 2007. It is now a tabula rasa, which means it will take me a few days to install software, tweak configurations, copy files over, and then update the system. I will also be using some serious back-up software this year!At any rate, this will take some time. So I’m cheating. I’m not going to start my New Year until February 7th: the Chinese New Year. Two-thousand and eight is the Year of the Rat, which is also my birth animal, so it is supposed to be “my year”, or at least have special significance to me.This is my Reboot, my Year of Living Creatively.
I received some excellent feedback on the last iteration of LifeFocus™ Cards, and decided to simplify things quite a bit. 2 Sans Serif fonts, Trade Gothic and Avenir, are used. Arial bold and Arial Narrow can be used in a pinch with the editable PDF files to follow, just in case you don’t actually have the font. I have removed MUNDANE from the name, and replaced it with a little coloured M logo. I have removed the side-splittingly LOL funny joke about patents and pen’s not included. I have replaced the word ‘NOTES’ with a little plus sign (+). And I have removed the coloured background from the Sidebar of Time. Colour has been introduced, and will relate to the type of set offered. I hope to complete v6 sometime in the next week, but I’m about as reliable as a Microsoft operating system when it comes to launching my own projects.
I’m working on a brand new version (v5) of my Mundane LifeFocus™ Card System, which is used to get yourself into a positive routine. I combined that with my 10 Ideas in 10 Minutes™ brainstorming method and came up with these 10 things you can do right now to feel good. As an ode to Daft Punk, I call this list Harder Better Faster Stronger.
1) Pour yourself a glass of water (and drink it)
Most of us have sluggish viscous blood and what little nutrients we put into our bodies crawls around like a dying man in the desert looking for a cell to feed. It’s recommended we all drink 8 Cups of H2O per day. Have one of those now and your body will thank you.
If you get a chance, watch a baby or an animal (or a baby animal) waking up after a nap. They always stretch. Stretching is a healthy and natural way of prepping your body for movement. Without stretching, our muscles get tight and injure easily. I always vow to stretch more after throwing my back out by lifting one of my kids out of the car. Why not be proactive and make yourself more flexible now. Limber, not lumber.
Concentrate on the old in and out (get your mind out of the gutter!) of oxygen in your lungs. Breath deeply and slowly. Most of the time we are distracted and breathing inefficient shallow little breaths (I’m surprised I’m not brain damaged some days). Not only will this give you more energy, but it will also calm you down.
4) Close your eyes for a minute
We all have a million things to do, don’t we? We never give our minds a rest from the go-go-go of BlackBerry devices and email and voicemail and paperwork and errands and… just stop. Give yourself 30 seconds of nothing. Close your eyes, clear your mind, and chill. You might want to turn off your phone.
5) Get up and walk around
The only time I used to ever get up from my desk was when I smoked. Aside from the social benefits (hanging out with other addicts) smoking at least got me to stretch my legs every 20 minutes or so… Since I am now an ex-smoker/anti-smoking natzi I try to think of other excuses to get outside and walk around a bit. Usually it involves getting an expensive coffee. Habits have a way of replacing themselves with other habits.
6) Play your power song
Dig into your iPod/mp3 player and pull out your favourite powersong: you know, the one that pumps you up and gives you sweet sweet loving awesomeness. I know you have one song that you can’t sit still listening to. (Eye of the Tiger is the number one Powersong at NikePlus.com Canada at the moment. It wouldn’t work for me, but to each his/her own.) Find it. Play it. Now.
Oh, yeah, that’s a fun one. But seriously, take a minute and put a few things away. De-clutter, put something in the trash. Set a few things aside for the local thriftshop or garagesale. Dust. Sweep. Water a plant. Don’t spend more than 10 minutes doing this. Now imagine how you’d feel if you did this every day. Oh, you do? Then I guess this one’s more for me… If you’re a clean freak, you can skip this one.
8 ) Write a thank-you note
Open your email application or browser window, and draft a short letter. Just say thank-you to someone for making the effort to create something you just enjoyed. It might be a muffin, it might be a book. What was the last thing you watched, ate, read, surfed, played, touched, listened to, that you appreciated? Chances are whatever it was will have a URL attached to it somewhere. If not look up the publishing company or the distributer, or the service, or the artist. Don’t overlook friends and relatives who did something amazing for you. You will find someone or something to email in a few minutes. Tell them you liked what they did. It’ll make you feel good. Plus you’ll collect karma points.
9) Say I love you
This may seem very similar to #8 on the surface, but it’s not. You say “thank-you” to the barista at Starbucks often, but rarely “I love you” to the people that matter (I’m not implying that the barista doesn’t matter, especially first thing in the morning, but I think you know what I mean). There is no better way to maintain a relationship than to express your feelings. This could be with your partner, your relatives, your friends, your kids, your pets. Tell them you love them. Show them you love them. Send an e-card. Shoot off a text message. Or better yet, call them on the phone right now. When they answer, start singing, “I just called to say I love you”. If you can’t talk long, or don’t have much time, just say, “I’m running into a meeting now but I was just thinking of you and thought you should know that I love you.” Seriously, this is an amazingly simple little device that will turn you into a hero. And hero’s usually feel pretty good, no?
10) Write down one of your big dreams
If you don’t pay attention to your dreams, no one will do it for you. Write down one of your long term goals, something you’ve always wanted to do. Now think of something you can do in the next two minutes that will get you one step (big or small) closer to that goal. For instance, if you want to eventually have a cottage by a peaceful lake then you could: call up your bank and set up an RSP (or 401k) that skims a few bucks off of your paycheck each month. Or you could simply look up nice cottages using Google Image search and print one out to look at… Anything that will keep your mind focused on your goal. Do that once a day and suddenly you’ll be a lot closer than you think.
(This is a sneak peek at the beta of the Mundane LifeFocus™ Card System v5, which will come in completely customizable and editable PDFs for both business-card and index-card sizes.)
Blank 8×11 Mundane LifeFocus™ Cards are now available in the Mundane LifeFocus™ Card System page. Check them out. They may forever change the way you get things done. Or they may just take up more space in your wallet. It’s up to you.
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