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Have You Ever Tried Time Blocking?

Time Blocking is a concept that works for a lot of people, but can be a struggle to get started. This article from The Yarnpreneur Society discusses how to get started with time blocking and offers a great bonus tip!

As the author explains:

While the concept of time blocking is simple, it can be difficult in practice. It requires planning to get the schedule right for you and it requires discipline to stick with it long enough for it to become a routine. I recommend trying it out in small increments at first, so it’s not a shock to your system and current routines.

Her bonus tip explains how to use “buffer blocks” – read the full article How to Time Block Successfully here.

I’ve not tried this method before and plan to start with a 2 hour daily block for content creation. What would be (or is) your first idea for a time block? Share in the comments below.

Are You Letting the Hurdles Keep You From the Finish Line?

Sam Davidson doesn’t waste words. His posts are often short just like this one – The Hurdle is Not The Finish Line.

All too often we do stop once we get past the “hurdle” – I know I can be guilty of this – we lose sight of the real goal.

The hurdles aren’t the point. The finish line is.

Have you ever had stopped short of the finish line after crossing a hurdle?

If you have, next time, set a timer, take a short break to let your mind clear and then get right back to work – meet the goal, don’t just jump the hurdle.

Reading this short post is not going to be a hurdle 😉

I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

Do You Have a Process for Making Decisions?

Mel Robbins is one of my favorite motivators. In her latest post she talks about making decisions.

Sometimes the decisions you make won’t be the right ones, or they WILL be the right ones, but you’re gonna get sh*t on your shoes on your way to the clear path.

She does use curse words in her videos and posts, so if you are bothered by that, she is not your girl. I have no problem with her language and have found her 5 Second Rule to be so amazingly helpful.

The article explains the results of some of the decisions she and her husband have made, and the results of those decisions. Mel has 5 steps to help you improve your own decision making:

  1. Tune into your body wisdom.
  2. Decisions aren’t always made with just intuition, however.
  3. Imagine worst-case scenarios.
  4. Think positive.
  5. Reflect.

I know just last week – before I had read this post – I was pondering alternatives and imagining the worst case scenario really helped to make the decision easier. Read the full post from Mel Robbins here.

Are You Ready To Give Gutenberg a Try?

I have been hearing so much hype about Gutenberg, I wanted to give it a try. The new Word Press Block Editor – as I learned Gutenberg is now called is now the default on new Word Press installs, though you can change it to the Classic Editor. And I have to agree with Colin Newcomer, the author of this tutorial, who said:

While the new block editor does let you do some things that you weren’t previously able to do in WordPress, it’s also not always the most intuitive tool when you first sit down with it.

This article explains very well how to use the block editor, and discusses how to get around some of those shortcomings that currently exist.

I personally found it easy to use, and this article helped me better understand the “blocks” – I’m excited to dig back in.

Full disclosure, this post was created in the classic editor, I have not yet updated this site to 5.0. I have a new domain that I’m playing around a with a bit to learn how to use the Word Press Block Editor formerly know as Gutenberg.

Some of you have themes that already have the block system, have you tried the new Block Editor?

How Do You Know if You Can Self Coach?

I was reading an interesting article from Seth Godin. The premise is that most of us are able to coach ourselves 90% of the time – and that we only need a coach the other 10% of the time.

That basketball coach screaming from the sidelines? There’s no way the player can hear what he’s saying. That’s okay. The shift is happening inside.

Click here to read Seth Godin’s article on self coaching.

But how do you know when you are in the 10%?

When I first started working with a Life Coach, I didn’t really know what I wanted to get from the coaching and at a certain point, my coach cut me loose, nicely, because she was not able to help me go any further, I had to take action on my own.

I had to make decisions and set goals, no longer just talk about these concepts. And I did take action, but it still took me a while – I can be stubborn (just a bit). But I needed the foundation that I built with my coach, and we are still friends to this day, because I knew how important it was that she was willing to tell me something I did not want to hear, but absolutely needed to hear.

These days, I self coach and still reach out to my coach when needed, but Seth is right, it is on a much more limited basis.

So to answer my own question, how do you know when you are in the 10%? If you are asking yourself if you need outside input, that may be a sign, and once you find a coach that you can trust, they will help you know when you need them less. Seth says:

Sooner or later, all motivation is self motivation. And the challenge and opportunity is in finding the external forces that will soon become internal ones.

For me, I needed a coach to build a foundation, you may need a coach to help you reach the finish line, whenever you do, know that getting outside help, will help you help yourself in the future.

As coaches give us the skills to grow, the best we can do is to continue to practice what we have learned.