Jim Woods

Personal Productivity To Help You Live A Better Story

The Challenge All Dreamers and Entrepreneurs Face.

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As entrepreneurs or dreamers we place an unhealthy fixation on how much progress is being made.

When things are going well, life is great.

When things are not going well, life is terrible.

The high-highs and low-lows become the norm.

We have accepted this lie society tells us:  

Current Occupation = Identity+Value+Self-worth. 

Work is we choose to do for a period of time.  

Instead of focusing all of your attention on your occupation, dream or business, don’t forget relationships.

Relationships are much more important than any task, duty or title. 

Whether you just wrote a best seller or work at McDonalds, it doesn’t mean you are more valuable or less valuable as a person.

It just means you connect with people in a different way at the present time. 

Don’t believe the lies. Instead, embrace this truth–you matter.

8 Simple Words That Helped Change My Life Forever

Eight words was all it took to change my life.

“Dad, did you have an awesome day at work?”

I froze in my tracks.

I swallowed hard and arranged the words carefully.

And then I lied to my daughter.

“Yeah, yeah, I did.”

I wish I could have answered her honestly, but I didn’t.

Truth is, I haven’t had an “awesome day” at work in years.

I took the path of least resistance.

I never grew or stretched myself.

I accepted the status quo.

Out of fear of the unknown, I resisted change.

As a result, a part of me died inside each day.

Many times I would justify it under reasons such as being “responsible”.

But sometimes, the best thing to be is a bit irresponsible.

What’s the worst thing that could happen if you jump into the sea of the unknown?

Sure there maybe a few cuts and bruises.

Maybe there will be some gasping for air and a little water in the nose.

But sometimes not knowing burns the soul.

God is much bigger and more powerful than the small box we put Him in.

 

I wrote those words about three months ago before I made the jump into self employment.

I know I’m not alone.

I know millions of you feel this tension.

It could easily be billions.

It’s time to move forward–even if it is just an inch.

It’s time to scream from the rooftops that you are discontent.

Because you know you are.

If you need help, I’d be glad to help or at least point you to someone else who can help.

I’ve heard the expression “never trust a leader without a limp” and I think it’s true.

Trust me, I’ve got my share of bruises and scars. If you need help, shoot me an email.

I’ll do everything I can to help.

Know you’re not alone. Know there is hope.

How To Create A Great Story

Photo by Jens Knudsen (Creative Commons)
Photo by Jens Knudsen (Creative Commons)

There are many, many stories out there.

Stories surround us everywhere–if we just take the time to notice them.

But a great story stands out from the rest.

It becomes a part of you.

It has pieces of your own story within the story.

One example is Cormac McCarthy’s The Road a story about the relationship between a father and a son.

Because of this relationship, if you are a father or a son, the story draws you in closer and connects with you more.

Great stories are personal and connect us to the past, present or future. 

Conflict is another requirement, as there has to be a problem to solve or a challenge to face.

Without conflict, nothing happens and the plot does not move forward.

Great stories require some form of tension.

Tension must include strong emotion such as: life, death, love or loneliness.

Lousy stories bore us.

Why?

Because they don’t connect us to these powerful emotions.

An unclear story causes confusion.

The question must be asked…

What kind of stories are you telling?

What kind of stories are you sharing?

The words you write and stories you tell must be shared or they are not stories–rather they are just internal dialogues in your head.

You have a story to share and I want to help you do it.

I have an awesome course called Write Publish Share coming soon in October!

This course will help you write, publish and share your story.

I’ll take you through the entire process of writing a book and even help you share it with the world.

Want a sneak preview of this course? Just sign up in the red and white pop up box to the right or below and you’ll soon get special access to it!


The 3 Steps You Gotta Take To Achieve Your Dreams, Finish Projects and Actually Get Work Done

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Photo by Eva The Weaver (Creative Commons)

1. Put butt in chair.

2. Turn off wireless on your computer.

3. Do the work. (A timer is optional but HIGHLY recommended just like coffee.)

You already know what work you need to do.

If you’re not sure, do whatever makes the most sense to you.

Stop with the excuses.

Go do it.

 

After you do some work, will you share what you are up to in the comments? I’d love to hear about it!

Productivity for Rule Breakers

I’m a rule breaker at heart. Give me a rule and I’ll tell you why the rule should be broken. Yet I also love productivity—at least the ideas and concepts behind it.

How do I make these two concepts go together? Simple, I break the rules.

You’ve likely heard of the Pomodoro technique where you work in 25 minute increments, take a short break, and then after four sessions of work, take a longer break.

In action, the method could look like this:

Work (25 min)—> Twitter (5 min)—>Work (25 min)—>Facebook (5 min)—> Work (25 min)

But one day I thought to myself, ‘what if I were to change the Pomodoro technique?’ So naturally I then threw out a few of the rules. What if I take a break first? Sure it’s a little weird, but I like having dessert before dinner sometimes.

It’s time to color outside the lines and break a few rules.

Here’s my take on the Pomodoro technique:

Twitter (15 min)—>Work (30 min)—>Facebook (15 min)—>Work (30 min)—>Walk (15 min)

On some days a work session could even look like this:

Twitter (25 min)—>Work (45 min)—>Facebook (20 min)—>Work (45 min)—>Walk (15 min)

To accomplish this, I use a free timer app called Apimac Timer.

Confession time: I was very hesitant to use a timer, because too many boundaries can feel overwhelming.

But the truth is, boundaries are necessary to finish your work. So I limit myself to 45 minutes of social media per day. To accomplish this, I’ve been using StayFocusd, a plugin for Google Chrome that sets a timer on the sites you know are addictive, then blocks them when time is up. You can’t even get onto those websites until the next day.

You can just adjust the time for each session to whatever amount you’d like. Just be sure to do it in smaller increments, don’t randomly jump from 25 minutes to 55 minutes. If even 25 minutes is overwhelming, set the timer for an amount you know you can achieve.

The take away: Don’t compare your specific approach to someone else’s. Just do what you must to get your work done.

 

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