I’m a task master. If you ask me to do something, my inclination is to immediately do it. I suppose in some ways this is admirable, but I notice that it keeps me from arranging my day most efficiently. In the middle of one task, I think of a different one and suddenly that one seems more important (even if it’s not). So, then I switch tasks and I repeat this several times a day. Operating this way can make me feel overwhelmed and exhausted.

I had a discussion with my boss about this and we began printing off The Storyline Productivity Schedule and filling it out together each day. This has revolutionized the way my workday goes. Before I even check my email, I have ranked my most important tasks and implemented tiny rewards for each, written down my to-dos, meditated on what obstacles the day might hold, figured out which appointments I have, and given some thought to the things I get to enjoy that day. It makes me feel empowered and opportunistic.

Here are some things that make Storyline different:

-It forces you to work on your most important projects first.

-It forces you to focus on only three important projects per day.

-It reminds you each day of your life theme, so you have a decision filter.

-It kills of mental bugs that cause procrastination.

-It limits the number of appointments you take.

-It builds in rest and reward so your mind recharges and is capable of working harder in the long run.

-It allows open ended work sessions, so the clock works for you rather than you working for the clock.

I love, love, love it.

Give her a try.

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Spread the Love

Most people make Valentine’s about going on a nice date and celebrating their love for a significant other through food, cards, and gifts.

Great. Beautiful. Do that.

But remember when we were kids and Valentine’s Day meant we got to make treats and cards and give them to everyone in our class? And then you would go home with your little card house and open each one (of course, carefully analyzing the pre-chosen message from the person you liked. “Have a ‘Super’ Valentine’s Day” is obviously platonic versus “You’re my kryptonite!”…right?!?), feeling great about life.

I like that better.

So, as our we’re reminded of “love” this month with seas of red and pink and commercials for Kay Jewelers, let’s think of unique ways we can show love to everyone. I know we are all busy people, but here are some small ways you can consider spending your lovely time.

Love your community: Volunteer to cook a meal this month for your local shelter, Catholic Worker, or your neighbors.

–  Love your co-workers: Bring in coffee and donuts to share, write cards, or offer to clean someone’s office.

– Love your parents: Call and thank them for specific things they’ve done for you.

– Love your stranger: Buy the meal of the person behind you in the drive through, dedicate and perform a karaoke song to the guy alone at the bar, or knit something and give it away to someone.

Love that couple who desperately needs a night out: Offer to babysit (for free)

– Love your planet: Buy a plot of rainforest, plant a tree, pick up trash on the highway, build a compost, install energy efficient light bulbs, etc.

– Love the love of your life: Spend a media-free evening together.

Go love and be loved.

ImageMake these adorable Valentine’s banners with:

– Paint

– Pages from old books (or canvas cloth)

– Hemp string

– Paper doilies

-Hot glue gun