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Living, loving and always listening, music will always be my fountain of youth.  I’m the father of four children and quality family time is always my top priority. Also never giving up on the entrepreneurial spirit I’ve always had.  That’s how I found Derek Sivers and his nownownow.com website. This happens to be my now page. Thanks to my favorite podcast and blog by Tim Ferriss, I have found a new person to learn from in Derek

04/08/16 I’ve been busy lately with my new business idea. I’ve made a minuscule about of

progress, with a full time day job and a family of 6 my time is limited. That has a lot to do

with my latest idea. The blog will be called take20today.com. The idea is to take at least 20

minutes per day for some kind of body or mind exercise. All it takes it 20 minutes, and that

can do wonders for busy people like us. I’m currently a Fizzler which is a website dedicated

to teaching people about building an online business.  The next post should be details

about the Bruce Springsteen show I’ll be attending in a week. This will be my first time

seeing the boss and I’m beyond pumped up. I’ll let you know how it went. Also picked up

Guns N Roses tickets today which will be 3 weeks after I attend the Bonnaroo music

festival. Exciting stuff. Stay tuned.

2/2/16 Less than a week retired and dies of a massive heart attack. Life can be unfair.

1/31/16 Wondering why I should wait till retirement to do the things I want. I cant do everything of course. But this I could do, I just may attend my first music festival. The dream begins...Bonnaroo2016

1/19/16 Big changes job wise came the other day. I’ve been working the midnight shift for the last 9 years and was told I would be going to days. Even though I have a lead position, seniority rules. With my seniority of 21 years you would think I could name the shift I wanted to be on. That’s not the case. A person with more seniority decided to go to midnight’s which put me on days. That is great news for my family and I.  The only thing good I have to say about the midnight shift is I never missed any of my kids events. That was the only positive. It aged me, and I never quite felt  100%.

One resolution, I will definitely not give up on, is my problem with procrastinating. Not sure if this really is a problem. Especially being the type of person who never settles or is always looking for something bigger and better. This is something I vowed when I decided to take my current job 21 years. It was not my career of choice. I had dreams of being an on air disc jockey. That happened for about 6 months after I graduated broadcasting school. I couldn’t afford to live on minimum wage so I took a job (my current job) which paid almost 10 times more. I started a disc jockey business doing parties and weddings. I was pretty successful at this for almost 15 years. I’ve always had an ear for the type of music people want to hear at a certain time. I still dabble in it now and then. Anyway I do procrastinate on some things and heres some good advice from Tim Ferriss about the subject.

Personally, I suck at efficiency (doing things quickly). Here’s my coping mechanism and 8-step process for maximizing efficacy (doing the right things):

1) Wake up at least 1 hour before you have to be at a computer screen. E-mail is the mind killer.

2– “If this were the only thing I accomplished today, would I be satisfied with my day?”

– “Will moving this forward make all the other to-do’s unimportant or easier to knock off later?”

5) Look only at the items you’ve answered “yes” to for at least one of these questions.

6) Block out at 2-3 hours to focus on ONE of them for today. Let the rest of the urgent but less important stuff slide. It will still be there tomorrow.

7) TO BE CLEAR: Block out at 2-3 HOURS to focus on ONE of them for today. This is ONE BLOCK OF TIME. Cobbling together 10 minutes here and there to add up to 120 minutes does not work.

8) If you get distracted or start procrastinating, don’t freak out and downward spiral; just gently come back to your ONE to-do.) Make a cup of tea (I like pu-erh) and sit down with a pen/pencil and paper.

3) Write down the 3-5 things — and no more — that are making you most anxious or uncomfortable. They’re often things that have been punted from one day’s to-do list to the next, to the next, to the next, and so on. Most important usually = most uncomfortable, with some chance of rejection or conflict.

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Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task which needs to be accomplished. It is the practice of doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, or carrying out less urgent tasks instead of more urgent ones, thus putting off impending tasks to a later time.

 

1/10/2016 Today I pulled out a deep and meaningful book, Tao te Ching by Stephen Mitchell. I’ll use this book to escape and search for a deeper meaning. The quote that caught my eye today. “Failure is and opportunity, if you blame someone else, there is no end to the blame.”

Finished seasons 1-4 of Game of Thrones. I actually had some time off during the holidays and started the show from the beginning. What a show!

Favorite Blogs

  1. Fourhour workweek-Tim Ferriss has so much great content I find something new everyday.
  2. Dilbert-Scott Adams is a master hypnotist and a terrific writer who’s been predicting Donald Trumps success from the beginning. He is also a master persuader, and claims Donald Trump is far superior in the art of persuasion.
  3. Derek Sivers is brilliant in many different areas and enjoys sharing his infinite wisdom on many different topics. I especially like his notes on the 200  most recent books he has read.

I’ve added some supplements I learned about in The Fourhour Body by Tim Ferriss. The goal is to burn some fat and build a little more muscle. I’ve had 3 fairly decent workouts after I’ve taken the supplements, which include alpha lipoic acid, green tea extract, and a garlic supplement. I started taking a probiotic everyday also which I’ve never done before. Following each workout I’ve noticed I get that sensation where I can feel my metabolism burning. It’s kind of like I have this warmth throughout my body that lasts a little longer than immediately following the workout. I’m not sure if its actually happening but I can feel the fat cells burning and hour or so after I’ve completed the workout. Of course I always feel 100% better and healthier after a workout. My workout is a 3 exercise circuit which includes 15 pullups, 10 bench presses and 25 wide grip pushups. I will do this circuit 3 times in about 25 minutes. It’s quick and I get a great upper body workout. I try to do the circuit 3 days a week. On the in between days I’ll do air squats and triceps kickbacks with a dumbbell.

01/08/16 FATHERLY ADVICE: My 19 year old son broke up with his longtime girlfriend right before Christmas. He never told us while he was home for Holiday break from college. He seemed perfectly fine, but we were a little suspicious when there was no sign of the girlfriend during break. We found out about the split after he went back to school. I sent him a text because I know him, and he probably did not want to discuss it. The text said: “Sorry to hear about the breakup. In my long ago experience with a breakup after a extended relationship, getting through the holidays was the hardest time. You seemed to be OK while you were home. I hope you are OK.  The positive is you’re young with a lot of life experiences sure to come. Love you buddy”  He thanked me for my wise words. I followed with this text: “Maybe we should go to Coachella in April to see Guns and Roses.”  He was all for that. Too bad his mom is not thrilled about the idea.

I’ve meditated a total of 19 1/2 hours since I started using this great app called Calm. The more I practice meditation the better I’m getting at slowing down the mind and practicing mindfulness.

 

01/07/16 Vowed to finish two books I’ve been reading.

The Fourhour Body by Tim Ferris and Mindset by Carol Dweck

Decided to try some supplements learned about in The Fourhour Body. To help burn fat and build muscle.

  1. Garlic supplement
  2. ALA-alpha lipoic acid
  3. Green Tea Extract

Great song I heard driving today: “Bring Me to Life”-Evanescence

01/03/16 Lesson I learned