Find The Magic In Your To Do List

To Do lists are supposed to keep life perfectly organized, right… Yeah, okay. Rarely is life ever perfect. So why do we expect our days to be any different. Every night we sit in bed and map out this epically productive day. For me it looks like me picking my top three things to accomplish, I write out my daily must dos, a few should dos and sometimes I even block schedule. Yeah right, I never block schedule. So not my thing. I am sure y’all do something very similar. We do all of this with the naiveté that I will get it all done. But like, let’s be real… We are setting ourselves up to fail. But what if we didn’t have to fail? What if we instead made magic! So maybe the answer to a fabulously perfect day is to write in pencil with a giant eraser and never be afraid to use it to create magic…

So let’s break this down. So it’s the night before your epic day. You’re sitting in bed and you’re creating your to do list. Now, I try to have a small list of 5 items that I make sure I do everyday. Things like… listen to a podcast, practice yoga, one hour prospecting, spend five minutes with God. Things like that. These are things that I know without I will lose my motivation and happiness. I even have a one-page checklist that details out exactly what that one hour of prospecting looks like. I know it seems like over kill but for me it keeps me on track. You need to do some soul searching and figure out what your list of everyday must dos looks like. What do you need to do to keep the happy alive in your life?

The real meat and potatoes of To Dos are your top three. These are the most important daily nuggets that will bring you one step closer to your goals. These goals may be business related but don’t have to be. To get really clear about what my top three goals are I love using Push Journals. They chunk your goals into three month nuggets and they guide you to whatever area of your life needs the most attention. Maybe it is your career or your spiritual well being or maybe its your relationship. You just need to dig deep and go with whatever it is that is holding you back right now. What needs the most attention. Then you can create your goals. Once you have your goals you can create your daily three that will help you to accomplish those goals. But make sure to keep your daily three small and realistic. Keep them attainable. Push Journal has a fantastic step-by-step guidebook and YouTube video to get you goal setting like a champ. And, y’all, this is in no way an ad for Push Journals. I don’t get paid or get free goodies. I just really freaking love them. They really help keep me focused on my goals and encourage me to really dig deep into my life and hone in on the area that needs the most attention.

So you’ve created your personal Honey Do list, if you will, and you’ve had a good night sleep. It’s the next day. You wake up and do what you can but as the sun comes up you realize it is the perfect day to take the family fishing. But you have this list. You have your everyday must dos to be happy, your powerhouse three and of course your extra little errands and nuggets to get done for the day. So it is kind of a long list. But that fishing hole is really calling your name. What do you do? Well, my love, you make room for magic.

First things first, decide what absolutely must, no and ifs or buts, get done today. Be totally honest with yourself. It doesn’t all need done today. Remember some of those things you do to keep happy can be replaced by a moment of magic. So now that you have your tiny list of non-negotiables, it is time to decide which if anything can wait until tonight while you are laying in bed. Now you have a solid list to work with. Before the rest of the fam wakes up you have to hustle your little butt off to get your must do nows done.

Now that those are checked off I want you to take your big eraser and go to town on everything else. You can keep the things you are going to work on late tonight but everything else must go. If you block schedule, erase it all and fill in those blanks with one simple word… MAGIC. Because that is what you are now doing. You are making magic.

As we journey through this life it is so easy to get caught up in the hustle. We get caught in our checklists and To Do lists and our blocks. But think of all the amazing magical moments we miss out on when we focus only on our lists and blocks. The point is… it is perfectly okay to chuck it all and spend a day fishing or watching the clouds roll by. Those magical moments are what keep life special. So seek the magic and go live it. Your To Do list can wait.

What Did You DO To Make Money Today

I don’t know about y’all but lately I have really been thinking about my finances or lack there of. Unlike many Americans facing the economic fallout, I have a career that truly is dependent upon me. Sure, about 90% of my clients have put the breaks on their real estate dreams. So, yes, I am feeling the pinch. However, my income is completely dependent upon one thing… Me. And one question I am forced to ask myself daily. This is a question I think many around the world need to ask as well. What did I do to make money today?

For many of us this has always been part of ourvdaily focus. Without it we can’t feed our families. I can’t grow professionally. To be totally honest, we fail. So everyday we ask what we did to make money today. However, right now, this isn’t super simple. You may not be working at the moment. Maybe you are working but there your company won’t be giving cost of living raises, promotions or any other kind of money increases that many need to thrive. But none of those options means you can’t continue to make money or more money. So let’s go through a few ways we ALL can make money.

A simple yet not to so simple way is to become a social media influencer. This is actually the perfect time to become an influencer. Marketing companies are moving away from the high-powered influencers with millions of followers and focusing on smaller influencers with a small collection of super fans. They want to see profiles that provide value to their community and are trusted advisors, so to speak. I have under 10k followers on Instagram. In fact, I began getting brands to ask me to sponsor items after gaining just 5k followers. A good friend of mine barely has a thousand followers and she gets paid to sponsor products. If this is an avenue you find interesting and you want to start having IG making you money… DM me and I will give you my secrets. But to start you need to have something to say. Trust me, you have something to say. So get on Instagram, YouTube or TikTok or whatever your favorite social media channel is and say something. Anything. Just be you, share and add value.

Let’s talk about the self-employed. You need to keep working on your business. Think of this as the perfect opportunity to work on all of those projects that you never seem to have time to do. Now you probably have a lot more time to do them… Case point, I am blogging again. And yes, one day this will hopefully make me money. But just like Instagram I have to build a following and say something. So here I am, saying something. What project will you begin? Will you start a blog or create a newsletter? Have a CRM that needs cleaned up? This is a fantastic moment to create a stellar system that fits your work style to manage all of those contacts. Or maybe just start calling each and every contact you have to check in. More than likely your employment will come up and you can casually remind them of what you do. What a great way to connect with your sphere and potential clients. The point of all of these ideas is to inspire you to get creative. Think of as many ways as you can to make money today.

You have to get creative no matter what your career. If you are employed by a company and have been laid off due to COVID-19 you too can still do something to make money everyday. Call your employer and see what you can do today to help the company. Sure, you’ve been laid off and maybe they can’t pay you to help but if you can find a way to provide value to them during this time you can guarantee you will have a job to go back to. Don’t be a fool and think that your job will 100% be given to you once the world goes back to work. Many companies will be hit hard and will continue to feel the pinch long after work resumes. So many people will not have a job to go back to. So make yourself valuable.  Offer to help with social media, sending out a weekly or daily company email newsletter to keep morale up or maybe it is calling every employee to make sure everyone is okay. Every employer has a need right now. Find the solution and be the solution.

In this time it is important to remember that you have to make money. Eventually this cloud will lift and where will you be? What will you be left with? Now it is your mission to be exactly or at least close-ish to where you want to be. You could spend the next month or two or whatever time we have in this temporary normal and watch Tiger King. OR… you could do something. Do something everyday that will make you money.