"The biggest payoffs from making a bucket list don’t come from taking great vacations—vacations are great anyway—but from upgrading life’s more mundane experiences."
“More usually, though, the reason for letting go of a goal is that we’ve evolved away from the goal, or we thought it sounded good at the time and it no longer does.”
"That’s fine," says Fast Company contributor Laura Vanderkam.
Here is a bit of wisdom from Park and Recreation’s Ron Swanson, plus a few tips to help you be more happy and productive today.
- The simple 8-step process to make over your dream schedule-and transform your dream into goals
- The 20-minute exercise to eradicate negative thinking
- 5 tips to stay productive all day long
Have a great day!
“Exciting as it is to cross items off your list, accept this paradox: A good bucket list may grow rather than shrink over time. Because ideally you will grow, rather than shrink over time as well.”
Happy National Dog Day! Here are a few tips for a productive week that will hopefully have you feeling as happy as this guy!
- The 30-minute strategy for creating a successful path to your goals
- 5, like, totally awesome public speaking lessons from college admissions guides to use at work
- 6 simple rituals to reach your potential every day
Have a great week!
“Optimal goals lead us toward who we are and can be in our lives. A life oriented toward optimal goals is not necessarily a stress-free or error-free life, but it is a life that you can look back on at the end of the day or the end of the road with a sense of it having been worth it.”
“Define one or two simple high-level goals that (a) everyone can understand and (b) allow for your team to adjust tactics to achieve them.”
“Setting big goals is exciting, but starting with small boring goals is more likely to lead to success.”
“In every immediate goal there is a wealth of deeper values and hopes that are our long-term goals, if we take the time to look closely. They point directly to what we truly need in the future.”
Here are some tips to help you rock this day:
- How to set goals that will keep you fulfilled and focused.
- To boost productivity, turn your daily goals into a game.
- Increase your productivity with just two questions.
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Here are a few reads that will help you rock your to-do list today:
- 6 secrets of super productive to-do lists
- The best alternative to-do list apps
- Not all to-do’s are created equal
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Innovation expert Kaihan Krippendorff uses hip-hop star Drake’s path to achieving his goal of $25 million by the age of 25 to demonstrate his 30-minute strategy for reaching your goals.
1. After you are gone
This is an outcome you will not achieve in your lifetime but it is the reason you get up and push ahead every day.
Drake Example: To make genre-cracking music that connects emotionally with his audience.
2. The end
This is a picture (or vision) of what you will achieve or what you will become in the long-term, usually 3 to 10 years from now. Define 1 to 3 metrics, and their values, that will tell you that you have achieved your long-term vision.
Drake Example: To be known by Dec. 31, 2016, as one of the greatest musical artists in the world; to be indefinable, with music that crosses genres; to have multiple houses and a private jet.
3. The next chapter (12-18 months)
What must you achieve in the next 12 to 18 months to know you are on the path and by what metrics will you judge that the plot is unfolding as you desire?
Drake Example: To have released by Dec. 31, 2014, one of the biggest albums of the year.
4. Plot actions (12-18 months)
What 3 to 5 actions (or strategic priorities) will you focus on continuously for the next 12 to 18 months to reach this chapter’s conclusion?
Drake Example: Release best album yet; continue improving music and performance; launch successful tour.
5. The first scene (the next 3 months)
What 1 to 5 key metrics will you focus on in the next three months (and who is responsible)?
Drake Example: 15 songs recorded that he thinks are awesome; 120 total hours practiced.
[Drake Image: AP Images]
“Here’s my secret: I practiced everywhere. At bus stops. In line at the grocery store. At work—Using the mouse with my right hand and practicing drills with my left hand. You don’t have to train hardcore for years to become a dancer. But you must be willing to practice and you better be hungry.”
How To Maintain Motivation When Your Goals Are Epic
Companies like Box, TaskRabbit, NASA, and The Huffington Post have such huge missions that there’s no easy way at all to put it on a to-do list. So how do founders and leaders at these places stay motivated? Read on for advice from Aaron Levie, Leah Busque, Arianna Huffington, and more.
While luck may play a small role in the success of Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley’s most famed entrepreneurs, it is their unique mindsets that provide the energy, inspiration, and drive needed to achieve what others simply see as unattainable.
So, what distinguishes these entrepreneurs from the rest of us? The seven tech leaders below shared their personal stories on how they think, live, and work in order to survive the grueling hours, overcome the challenges that others have found insurmountable, and achieve what others have failed to do.
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