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Be Better Today Than You Were Yesterday

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If you recognize my title, it’s because it was step 5 in 5 ways to change your life from negative to positive.  This is the goal that we set for ourselves everyday.  It’s not something that needs to get written down, but something that we just embody.  We set goals for ourselves all the time and the easiest time to do that it on New Year’s Day; however, it is important to set goals each and every day.  Every week there needs to be a goal, even every month.  Success does not happen over night and it takes so much time preparing and beating on your craft in order to be successful.  What are you doing to set yourself up with daily, weekly and monthly goals?

One of my goals I set for this year was to get organized.  This has always been one of my struggles because my mind is all over the place and I sometimes feel as if it is better done this way, but it’s not.  Doing it this way makes you forget more of the important things or the little things that aren’t usually brought up.  It’s very important to write things down.  My wife bought me a planner for Christmas and I had bought her a planner.  The ironic thing is that we bought the planner that we actually wanted, but for the other person.  You see, the mind works differently for everyone and what works for one person, does not necessarily work for another. That’s why there are so many products in the world.  My wife likes just a monthly planner to write whatever it is needed to get done.  I feel as if I have so much to do and I can’t write it all down in one small block.  What I prefer is an hourly planner.  I can schedule time to accomplish everything without feeling overwhelmed or that there isn’t enough time in the day because I can physically see there is enough time.

So this week, I have been using a couple different things to maintain my thoughts.  I’ve been using my wife’s planner for the hourly scheduling of events and we bought something the other day to help write down what to prioritize and anything else that I can squeeze into the schedule to get done.

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I wish it were sticky, but it’s not.  So, I write down the tasks that could take only a few minutes or something I can get done if I manage to make free time and I rip it off and place it in the planner.  That way I always have eyes on the tasks to get done.

As I mentioned before in this post, I am on the quest for knowledge in books and courses and I have worked on both of these items this week.  My wife and I have been going to the book store on a regular basis and there were a couple of books that kept catching my eye at the entrance of the store.  I decided to buy two of them because in order to become an expert in your field, you must learn as much as you possibly can.  I am currently a third of the way through the first book and I know I can finish it in the next couple of days.  They are very broad ideas, but it helps learn more about the field and what should be learnt in greater detail.

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The course I did was a free webinar that explained 3 secrets to improving your audience.  They also used people as example case studies and I wanted to share a bit of one with you.  Mike Kim was a making a 6 figure salary at a fortune 500 company and he began learning about blogging and creating an online presence.  His schedule was very busy and he needed to spend lots of time learning about online tools.  During his commute he would listen to webinars and podcasts to learn as much as he could and spend the 1 hour a day of free time that he had, making a blog and an online presence.  Within 3 years he had earned his 6 figure salary online and decided to leave the Fortune 500 company.  He maximized his time and made sure that he was getting better each and every day.

How do you get better today than you were yesterday?  Simple: Grind, Learn, Organize.  Stop making excuses of being forgetful and not having enough time and make the time you have work.  Organization is not always easy, but if you can master it, you can master anything.

 

Here are some updates about other things in my life:

Friday I had my last get together with my co-workers making it more real that we will be leaving the place we called home for the past 5 years, where we got married and had 2 kids.  Here is the gift I received from my time here:

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Zoe is cutting in 2 more teeth making it very worrysome about the plane ride to Japan.  She has also gotten amazing at standing! Oh, and we found out that she absolutely loves pigs! If you give her a soft pig, her face gets so lit up and she doesn’t know what to do so she screams in excitement and keeps turning her hands and feet! She’s now officially 9 months and getting very big.  28.25 Inches and 19 pounds 3.5 ounces.

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How are you doing on your goals? Please comment below on your progress.

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