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Have an Inspiring Life Everyday
by On April 18, 2013

Saving the best post for laugh. No, this is not a typo… In Part 1 of this Inspiring Life series we discussed 3 Steps to an Inspiring Life, and in Part 2 we covered how we coach ourselves utilizing our Internal Coaching System (ICS). In this last part we dive into what it means to Fill your Daily Laugh Quotient. Science proves that in many instances laughter IS the best medicine. According to Web MD and healthguide.org laughter has been proven to reduce your stress, lower your blood pressure, boost your immune system, improve brain function and protect your heart. The business benefits of laughter are huge as well. It helps connect us to others, such as our clients, co-workers and helps reduce sales resistance.

Most of us understand this concept and often need to be reminded. I have been asked how did I get so funny and I usually reply, “I don’t know, it just came along with my amazing good looks.” Truthfully, I have made it a point over the past many years to consciously follow my own personal 3 step process to bring more laughter in my life and I am happy to share my wisdom with you. These steps comprise what I like to call my Daily Laugh Quotient Checklist and it works like a charm. Follow these steps and you will be well on your way to a inspiring life everyday.

1) Schedule Laughter – Pretty amazing first tip, huh? You are probably taking out your notepad and writing this one down… But, no matter who you are it is always a good idea to find time to laugh. The best times I found to be sure you get some good laughs in are first thing in the morning when you wake up and some time before you go to bed. Book ending your day with some joy and laughter can really create positive momentum in your days and you’ll pleasantly find yourself laughing much more often during the day as a result. Hint: Listening to babies laughing is almost guaranteed to cause joy and laughter.

2) Lose Your “Cool Card” – We all have a metaphorical “cool card” and some of us take ourselves so seriously that our cards are enormous. So of us have been card carrying members of “Too Cool for School University” since puberty. Individuals who live an inspiring life are gifted at taking what they do seriously, but NOT taking themselves seriously. Life is funny and it is important that we consciously look for the funny moments in all the seriousness of the day. Make it a goal to find at least one funny, hilarious or joyful experience in your day.

3) Spend Time with Other FUNny People – If it is true that you become like those you surround yourself with most of the time, then many of you may need to find some new friends. They don’t all have to be comedians, but they do have to have an uplifting view about life. Look for those people who can find laughter and even joy in the mundane or challenging experiences in everyday life. Those are the kind of individuals I love to be around.

I am so grateful for the many years of laughter that has been created by just spending time in the company of some of the funnest and funniest people in my life.

I hope you find joy and laughter in the day to day activities of life, because if you can do that then you will most definitely be on your way to an inspiring life!

Defining Your Keystone Goal Defined
by On February 5, 2013

Over the last few weeks we have had several folks reach out to ask about their Keystone Goal.  Questions have ranged from “What is it?” to “Why is it important?” to “How in the heck do I DO it?”  I LOVE that people are asking.  It shows that the concept is resonating and that folks are interested in improving their lives.  They get that when they have clear, energizing goals, that will help them achieve what they want in business and in life.

In this post, I will attempt to more clearly define the Keystone Goal and where it lies in the big picture of success.  Before we go any further, I HIGHLY recommend that anyone who is curious about the concept of a Keystone Goal pick up a copy of Roger Seip’s Train Your Brain For Success book as he pretty much coined the term Keystone Goal and spends a good amount of text defining it.  Anything you read in this post comes straight from the book.  I’m not trying to get selly-selly by any means, I just want to make sure I give credit where credit is due.

Consider this post a Cliff’s Notes version of his chapter on the Keystone Goal.  If Cliff’s notes were novel-length… (get comfy before you read this one).

Let’s start with the obvious question, “What is a Keystone Goal?”  Stated simply, this is the one goal that, simply by nature of accomplishing it, will support the rest of your goals getting accomplished as well.  The “Keystone” term  actually comes from architecture.  When building an archway, the keystone is the last piece that goes in and supports loads from multiple angles.  Without the keystone, the structure would crumble, but with it, it is virtually indestructible.  For those of you looking for a visual, the observatory deck of the St. Louis Arch is the keystone of that structure.

Or perhaps this image helps as well:

Can you see how if this piece wasn’t in place, the rest of the structure wouldn’t work?  The same theory applies to your Keystone goal.  Without that one accomplishment, the rest of your goals wouldn’t get done.  Well, they might get done at an individual level, but if you are reading this post, just knocking out one tiny goal at a time probably isn’t of major interest to you.

The important thing to remember is that the Keystone isn’t a lone-wolf goal.  It is one of several goals you should have.  It just happens to be the one that ties everything together.  It is NOT some flash-in-the-pan want or an afterthought related to something that would be kinda cool to have or do.  Like all goals, it should provide focus, direction and a sense of urgency.  More on those aspects in Roger’s book.

So let’s talk about why your Keystone Goal is important.  First off, if you haven’t connected with your “Why” or if you are unfamiliar with what that means, STOP and watch this video.  When it comes to setting goals and operating (read: LIVING) in general, it is MUCH more effective to be coming from a place of Why rather than a place of How or What.  This is a topic that has been written on over and over again, but if you don’t have a clear understanding of WHY you are doing something, it really doesn’t matter HOW or WHAT you do.  Your Why provides purpose.  Once you have that clear, the How and What don’t really matter.  If you wanted more than anything to win a bicycle race, would you care if you won by a tire width or 3 bike lengths?  Would you care if you won it in a solo sprint or sliding across the line in a fantastic group crash?  NO!  You won!

The main reason why your keystone goal is important is because when defined and articulated clearly, it serves as the foundation for EVERYTHING you do to move you towards it.  Any time you find yourself questioning yourself, you can ask yourself, “Does this support me accomplishing my Keystone Goal?”  If the answer is no, it’s a great way to “right the ship” and get yourself moving in the right direction.  Your Keystone Goal is the thing that’s going to motivate you to read instead of watch TV or drink a glass of water instead of a Coke.

OK, let’s cut to the chase, How do I establish a Keystone Goal?  Again, I’m pulling this straight from Train Your Brain For Success but there are 5 steps to follow in order to best leverage the power of your Keystone Goal:

1.  Write down your top 6-7 mid-range goals.  A good rule of thumb is to look at what you want/need to accomplish in the next 90 days.  Anything shorter-term than that may not allow enough “oomph”, and anything longer than that can too easily get overwhelming as it is outside what your brain can realistically visualize.

2.  Identify the Keystone.  As you are looking at the goals you wrote down, there should be one of them that kind of trumps the rest.  Your Keystone is that goal.  It’s the one that, by focusing intensely on its accomplishment, you support the majority of your other goals.  In some instances, the Keystone Goal will create the others as a byproduct.  In other cases, your Keystone Goal will require the accomplishment of other goals as a stepping stone to its accomplishment.*  Take a look at your list and find where that is true in one of your goals.  For me, it is tied to a sales number.  Reason being, in order to hit that sales number, I have to accomplish a bunch of stepping stone goals along the way (like # of new coaching clients, # of booked speeches and income needs).

* I pretty much copied this verbatim from the book.

3.  Solidify your WHY.  We already discussed this above, but get hyper-clear on why accomplishing this one particular goal is important to you.  How will you feel when you do it?  How will pursuing it make you better?  What else will I be able to be/do/have once I accomplish this?  Your Keystone Goal will provide incredibly clear answers to these types of questions.

4.  Make it Visual.  You’ve figured out what your Keystone goal is.  GREAT!  Find a visual representation of it and put that somewhere you can see it ALL THE TIME.  Print off your sales number in big numbers, write it on your bathroom mirror, on the bottom of the inside of your windshield; anywhere you KNOW you will see it several times a day.  This forces you to think about your Keystone Goal and helps you visualize your life once you accomplish it.  If your Keystone is a new house, print off the MLS and put it on the fridge.  Some folks call this dream boarding.  Pinterest can be a huge help on this.  If you need help on using that site, call my wife.  She’s an expert (and yes, I’m talking about in the 10,000 hours of experience sense).

5.  Create a supporting ritual.  This is as simple as letting the first words out of your mouth be your Keystone Goal or as complex as 2 hours of affirmations and Power Half Hour exercises.  Get yourself doing SOMETHING that is a
habit of excellence.  It should definitely be something that keeps you motivated about accomplishing your Keystone Goal.

1-3 above are more how to do it, 4 and 5 are more what to do with it.  If you focus on those 5 steps, you should get yourself moving in the right direction VERY quickly.  And remember, your Keystone should be temporary.  What I mean is that once you get good at setting goals and accomplishing them, you’re going to need a better goal to go after.

I trust this has been helpful.  I welcome any comments or questions, I’ll be mindful to answer them ASAP.

BTW, here’s the Visualization for my Keystone.  Enjoy!

 

Heading to India
by On September 7, 2012

by Jana Owen on September 6, 2012

everything.

  • To be more patient in chaotic situations that are not following MY plan (I hear India is wonderful for this).
  • I desire to experience spiritual moments that can only be present when creating the space and time to BE in it….
  • Focus on a deeper understanding of yoga (especially the 8 limbs of yoga) while completing a 200 hour certification
  • See the Dalai Lama
  • Panchakarma is something I have dreamed of for 7 years…I will complete at least a 30 day prescribed regimen, I do hope to cure something I might reveal later in my journey.
  • I want to give my service to a place that will benefit from my presence.
  • Put to rest some exhausted attempts to resolve “Daddy issues”.
  • Though I have decided not to bring a computer, I will be journaling and blogging when I cross paths with a capable internet opportunity. Who knows when and how often this will be. I do hope many of you will follow…..I hope to have some interesting pharmacy technician certification online insights and stories for you.

    I will follow a simple and inspired (and hopefully entertaining) checklist for my blogs such as:

    1. Places Visited (will make links for the geographically challenged)
    2. Best Discovery
    3. Most Enlightened moment
    4. Most frustrated moment
    5. Best purchase
    6. Best view (insert picture here)
    7. Grateful for
    8. Most missed item in the US
    9. Favorite person online masters in pharmacy administration met
    10. What I would like everyone to stop and appreciate for a minute
    11. Biggest tug at the heart moment
    12. Patience level on cialis24pharmacy online a scale of 1-10
    13. Fell in love with….
    14. Realization of what I can live without
    15. What I accepted
    16. Looking forward to
    17. Funniest moment
    18. Reminded me…
    19. Shout out to (someone that has been on my mind)

    Please provide any suggestions of checklist ideas that would be fun and entertaining…I am open to all possibilities.

    And I am requesting that anyone/everyone send me a favorite song to put on my Ipod!! If you should be so kind, I would love to listen during my many train rides. Send to: Jana.owen@deliverfreedom.com

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    Exciting days ahead! Will miss you all! Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. Hopefully, this trip will enlighten me so I can inspire a ripple effect amongst the world!

    ~Namaste

    gratitude in the everyday
    by On September 5, 2012

    Posted August 30th, 2012 at 2:44 pm by Karen from Chookooloonks

    My friend Jyl Pattee wrote a post today about gratitude being the key to a happy life — and I couldn’t agree more.  I’ve mentioned before that I think that gratitude is imperative to finding joy in your life, and for getting through the hard times.  But to be honest, it can be difficult, even for me, to find something new to be grateful for every day.  Can you imagine? Think of the pressure of having to create something new every single day of your life to be thankful for? I’m tired just thinking about it.

    Instead, I admit it: I’m often thankful of the same things over, and over, and over again.  This week, my daughter has returned to school, which means that our lives have returned to the normal routine that flows in our house pretty much every single day for 9 months.  And I have to say, as boring as this sounds, I’m very grateful for routine. I’m grateful for the comfort and sense of stability it provides.  My life might be mundane to most, but it’s my life, and my family, and we’ve worked hard to create the little rituals that bring us peace every day.  For example, I’m grateful for:

    • my morning cup of tea (sweetened over-enthusiastically with honey)
    • turning on my twinkle lights in my office weekday mornings — signifying it’s time to get to work
    • reading the classics to Alex when she gets home from school (this is actually assigned homework from her teacher!)
    • journaling with Alex
    • witnessing Alex’s growing habit of reading in bed to herself before lights-out every night
    • and Friday night movie night

    You see, I’m of the opinion that mundane habits like this — this little rituals that we create for ourselves — are what make for a happy life.  And I hope that this helps my daughter have grateful memories of her childhood, despite how un-extraordinary all of these little events are.

    How about you — what is it about your everyday that you’re grateful for?

     

     

    Post Number One
    by On September 4, 2012

    by Eric Plantenberg on September 3, 2012

    Most people lack energy and focus.

    This isn’t because they are low energy or unfocused by nature… they simply aren’t as clear about WHY they are doing what they are doing, and that can be a huge drain.

    I’m a big fan of clarifying WHY i do things.

    I do what i do because i deeply believe that when one person lives their life in a way that fills them from the inside out, the entire world becomes a brighter place.

    That’s my motive behind creating this site.  To create a space where each week, we can both continue to shine a little brighter from the inside out.   Where energy and focus can become the normal way of things rather than an illusive experience for other people.

    I’m guessing if you are reading this you’ve been to a live event with me, or at least heard about the workshops and retreats i put on.  This is a terrific place for you and me to keep the work that we did in a live class alive and to stay connected with each other.   Fundamentally what’s going to happen on this page is  a discussion that supports you in clarifying what’s most important in your life and how to really live from that place of clarity.  What you can expect to see posted here fall into three categories:

    1. Inspirational/eduction videos.    I love short, powerful videos and will be sharing my favorites and creating some that i hope will be fun and uplifting.
    2. Articles.  Everything from notes on books i’m reading, to experiences i’m learning from, to observations and perspectives i have along the way.  I’ll be using this space to publicly answer a lot of the questions that are sent my way.  And as a vehicle to share with you the things i find most valuable in my world.
    3. Keeping up with my live events. As much as i love the internet, videos, article, and the way they shoot around planet instantaneously; i still believe that the most powerful & transformational human growth happens when people can look each other in the eyes.  So… from time to time you’ll hear about events i’m putting on (new and old) with the intention of making them both available for lots of people to attend (it’s hard to make the event when you don’t know when & where!) and to share the experience as best as possible to those that didn’t make it.

    People that work on themselves, however they do it… fill their heart and soul in a way that get’s better results for them and inspires that rest of us that are anywhere near them.

    Concepts like Passion, Purpose, Vision, Service, Commitment, etc can be foundational to your life’s direction or they can be a cliche that is posted alongside a pretty picture in the office hallway.

    I believe that a community of people that are committed to growing from the inside out will see all sorts of goodness show up in their lives as a by-product of taking the time to go inside of themselves and see what’s really true and important for them.

    In my experience, the end result isn’t really where the fun happens.  The fun happens along the way.

    So… welcome to this site.  I really hope you enjoy this experience as much as you have enjoyed live classes with me.  I know that i’m here to have a blast and to watch the entire world become a little brighter.. from the inside out.  Please leave a post saying ‘hi’ – let me know how you like the videos linked in this post and let your voice shine by suggesting where you would like this discussion to go.

    be free!
    eric

    What do YOU learn the most from Olympians?
    by On August 8, 2012

    by Jana Owen on August 7, 2012

    I had the pleasure and fortune of attending some of the Olympic games last week in London. I’m hooked….I will be attending many more. The energy, activities, culture, comradery, and events were thrilling! But besides that, there is so much to admire about Olympians, and learn from.

    I have asked several people – What do you admire most about Olympic athletes? Most people mentioned the discipline or the belief in their own achievement. But there are SO many things we can learn from these talented athletes.

     

     

    These are a few of things I wanted to take away from the Olympics.

    1. The patience for delayed gratification. I can be impatient with many day to day experiences….but it is a different mindset to be patient with your long term goals. These athletes work most of their lives to compete in something that may take seconds! WOW! Thinking about that makes me feel silly about feeling frustrated when I don’t see the results that I want after dieting for one week! Whatever your long term goals are – be patient with you, and know that it will come. Have a vision, have a plan, and work diligently….it will come.

    2. The power of visualization. My coaching clients will tell you I am adamant about this. The power of the mind to create your reality after creating the vision is astonishing to me. It is extremely important to visualize the outcome of ANY situation worth thinking about. Athletes will tell you over and over….this is something they do on a regular basis. Do you have a meeting with your boss coming up? Visualize how you want to feel after. Do you have a big sale you are trying to achieve? Visualize how you will feel when it is a success….and what that process looks like. VISUALIZE WHAT YOU WANT YOUR LIFE TO LOOK LIKE.

    3. Feeling truly happy for others’ successes. In competitive situations it is easy to be envious, or even self-righteous about losing. We see ‘sore losers’ many times in the Olympics. We have felt envy about a co-workers success (especially when you feel you worked so hard for the same outcome). Sibling rivalries anyone?? Imagine if you could find true authentic gratitude and happiness for someone else’s achievement….imagine how different this world would look! You will get back what you give and sharing ones success is necessary for your successes to be fulfilling or even to come to fruition at all. You can dispute that, but it is what I believe. And it just feels better!

    Thank goodness there is 4 years to plan my trip to Rio! But I will try to remember all the things I observed during these games. We can learn from everyone around us, but especially these marvelous athletes with dreams they are chasing after every single day.

    GO USA!

    The Key to Happiness??
    by On July 25, 2012

    by Jana Owen on July 24, 2012

    As human beings, especially Americans, we are always looking for something to make us happy…

    “If I get this job….then I will be happy”

    “If I lose weight….then I will be happy”

    “If I had more money…..then I will be happy”

    But the truth of the matter is….we are responsible for our own happiness. Your spouse is not responsible, your boss is not responsible, and your kids are DEFINITELY not responsible for your happiness.

    What does your life look like when you are happy? Take a minute and envision what you feel and what is happening when you are happy. You might picture lying on a beach, getting a massage, after sex, or spending time with friends. Chances are you probably have a pleasure oriented contentment – or a hedonic happiness in mind.

    Hedonic happiness is no doubt important for your well being. But what about eudaimonic well-being? Eudaimonia is a greek word commonly translated to happiness; though happiness hardly captures the meaning of this word. According to Aristotle, it is the noblest goal in life. The highest possible potential for your spirit. “Personal growth,” in today’s lingo is now the central concept of eudaimonia, which includes recognizing your true purpose and pushing yourself for new goals and challenges.

    According to Richard J. Davidson, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, “The positive emotion accompanying thoughts that are directed toward meaningful goals is one of the most enduring components of well-being.” Eudaimonia is also good for the body. Women who scored high on psychological tests for it (they were purposefully engaged in life, pursued self-development) weighed less, slept better, and had fewer stress hormones and markers for heart disease than others—including those reporting hedonic happiness—according to a study led by Carol Ryff, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    I found this particularly fascinating when I observed my own journey with personal development. I can honestly say, my happiness increased 100 fold since I began my personal growth journey. It has been painful at times, challenging to say the least, uncomfortable on a regular basis, and seem crazy to some…but I have never been so fulfilled. I love improving my eudaimonic self!

    How can you improve your eudaimonic well being? A few things that might help…

    Make sure you have meaningful goals and a vision for your future

    Aggressive mental care is necessary (what are you feeding your mind, what are you reading, listening to, who are you surrounding yourself with)

    Gratitude – the root of joy – it is a practice, not a given

    Give to others, if you are consistently living a “me me me” life, I will almost bet your eudaimonic well-being needs some TLC.  (I am speaking from experience on this one)

    I challenge you… just for a week – do something every day for your personal happiness – for your eudaimonia. That might look like taking time for you, journaling, seeking out a therapist, actively forgiving someone who has hurt you, apologize for a past mistake, listen to motivating audio in the car, or volunteering at a shelter. Anything that will improve your personal growth is going to improve your eudaimonia.

    I wish you all Happiness!!

    Think You Can't Take A Vacation? The Sound Business Reasons You Really Should
    by On June 26, 2012

    By Patty Azzarello | 06-26-2012 | 9:00 AM

    We know–you’re totally, utterly indispensable to your business. Right? Think again: Here are 10 reasons work is better off without you for a while. Now skeedaddle.

     

    Now that it’s summer, it’s a good time to remind yourself that you should go on a vacation–and not feel guilty about it.

     

    Here are 10 reasons why the business is better off without you for awhile:

     

    1. Going on a vacation shows you are competent. It is proof that you are good at your job because you can manage and plan enough to free up some time in your schedule–and not leave a festering mess in your absence. Not being able to take a vacation for years shows that you and your team are so out of control that you can’t even be gone for a week.

     

    2. No one is impressed if you don’t. Bragging that you have not had a vacation in years or that you have maxed out on vacation days is not scoring points with anyone. If you think your company or your team see it as a super-keen work-ethic, and admires you for it–they don’t.

     

    3. Your team is motivated. When you show by example that you support and allow people to have a life, they will be more motivated to contribute. As long as you don’t send them email every day while you are “on vacation”! Set the expectation you will be generally out of touch. If you can’t stand to let go entirely, arrange 1-2 scheduled check-in points, but don’t just go somewhere else and keep working.

     

    4. Your team gets more productive. When you go away, you give your team a break from doing and worrying about all the things you throw in their way when they are trying to get their work done. After about 2 weeks, they will miss you and need you again, but in the mean time, their productivity will actually go up.

     

    5. Being unavailable helps people develop. Being unreachable for periods of time is actually a very effective technique for developing people. It forces them to step up. If they think they can reach you at all times, they will never bother to think bigger, learn, and take risks–they’ll just ask you. Just be careful not to un-do everything they did in your absence just because it was different than the way you would have done it.

     

    6. You will be more productive. If you step away from the day to day chaos and give your back-of-mind processes a chance to chew on things while you are in a good (or at least different) mood, you’ll think new thoughts. You will solve problems you might not solve if you stay fully engaged at all times.

     

    7. You will prioritize better. Stepping away helps make it clear that some of the things that you thought were vitally important before your vacation don’t actually need to get done after all. When you step away, the difference becomes more clear. The most strategic things re-assert themselves and all the clutter drops several notches in volume.

     

    8. You let other people be “important.” If you refuse to leave ever, you are sending the message that you are the only important person. Giving others the chance to be in charge, make decisions, speak on your behalf and solve problems sends the message that you have confidence in your team. This builds your credibility with your team, your peers, and your management more than pretending that the business can’t live without you for a moment. (Which doesn’t really build your credibility at all.)

     

    9. Your company benefits. Your company prefers people who enjoy their life because they have more positive energy for their work. They are more effective and more productive. People who have interests outside of work also deal with pressures and disappointments in the workplace with more resilience and confidence.

     

    10. You need a break, whether you know it or not!

     

    Finally, if something comes up in your business that you really can’t avoid handling personally, and you need to cancel your vacation, reschedule another one while you are canceling. This will minimize resentment and disappointment, give you something to look forward to–and ensure you don’t get too full of your self-importance, and go too long without a vacation.

    The Anatomy of Results
    by On June 21, 2012

    This TEDx presentation was released several days ago and is already one of the most viewed new TED talks on the internet today.

    Eric Plantenberg breaks down the Anatomy of Results and highlights why some people are able to consistently create terrific results, and why most people do not.

    If you are not familiar with Ted.com – here is a brief overview of their mission as posted on their website.

    Our mission: Spreading ideas.

    We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other. This site, launched in April 2007, is an ever-evolving work in progress, and you’re an important part of it.

    At Freedom Personal Development, we are thrilled to promote Ted.com as we believe that ultimately we share the same purpose: to deliver the Freedom to Choose. Good ideas make that possible. Congratulations to Freedom Personal Development president, Eric Plantenberg, for being invited to share his ideas along side of the planet’s “most inspired thinkers.”

    Please post your comments about his talk on YouTube or this blog.

    Be Free!

    Freedom Personal Development

    The Power of Owning Your Time
    by On June 14, 2012

    Not a whole lot to share this week with regards to my use of the 2-Hour Solution.  We are out in Bend, OR for Strategic Planning so I cleared my calendar.  That being said, I started doing something that didn’t seem like a big deal at the time but in retrospect really helped boost our productivity in these meetings.

    I changed the outgoing message on my office phone to reflect my travel plans (go ahead and check it out) and to let people know that the best way to get a hold of me was via my cell.  Great, now all calls should be coming to my cell.  But I know I will be in meetings most of the mornings, and then again in the afternoons.  And these mornings and afternoons are two hours behind my clients in the Midwest.  Plus, these aren’t exactly the type of meetings that I can jump out of in order to take a call.  I need to focus on these meetings, but I also don’t want to miss a client call! (Can you feel my stress level rising?)

    So here’s what I did, and it’s not rocket science.  Thanks to the genius that is my iPhone, I can change my outgoing message REALLY quickly.  I simply decided when I would make myself available on a daily basis and shared that with anyone who called.  Here’s an example:

    “Hi, you’ve reached Robb, today is Tuesday and I am in Bend, OR attending meetings in the mornings and afternoons.  I’ll be available to return calls from Noon until two o’clock Pacific time so go ahead and leave me a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.  Make it a great day!”

    This week I’ll simply update my outgoing message every morning so I can focus my energy in the mornings and afternoons.  I’m not stressing about who is calling or leaving messages because they know my plans and when they can expect to hear back from me.

    Try this out.  I realize it’s just a little thing, but sometimes that’s all it takes.

    What are the little things you do to every day to be totally clear with your schedule and your time?  Drop a comment below.