Life or Bucket List Exercise

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What do you want to do or accomplish in your lifetime? This is sometimes called “The Bucket List.” I’m a birder so I prefer “Life List.” Besides, I’d rather focus on life and living it to the fullest than “kicking the bucket” (and the suggested origin of that term is even bleaker). But if you want to create a Bucket List go right ahead. What we are doing is creating a list of all the things we want to do or accomplish before we die.

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Priority Planning Process: A Brief Introduction

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The Priority Planning Process is life changing if honestly used. And I do not make that claim lightly. If you actually use the process — and use it regularly, — you are taking action every day towards your goals. You are also living the life you truly value.

The Priority Planning Process (or P3 as it’s sometimes abbreviated) adapts to your needs and planning style. This is the key. You do not have to change your style or method of planning — beyond making lists. I’m a big fan of flexibility and adaptability. Change is inevitable. (The second law of thermodynamics applies to everything.)

There are three essential steps in the process, and a fourth if you want the optimal psychological boost. But more about the fourth step later.

The Essential Steps to the Priority Planning Process

1. Make a To Do list

— Be certain these are tasks that can be completed in the given amount of time. So “Write dissertation” could go on a list of things to do this year but not for today. Today’s task may be “Write 1000 words of my dissertation first draft.”

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Isolation Is the Dream-killer, Not Your Rotten Attitude

Coyote howling in a rocky meadow of wildflowers

Social isolation damages our success as well as our mental and physical health. And I speak from personal experience. I’m  terrible at networking — online or in person. So please, take just 18 minutes to watch this delightfully inspiring TEDx talk by Barbara Sher about the power of connection — with strangers.

And discover how you can make your dreams come true.

I’m not kidding.

This is not woo-woo. As a matter of fact, Barbara Sher is going to trash-talk “positive thinking.” (And I’m pretty certain she’d have a few things to say about “The Secret” as well. She apparently doesn’t take any nonsensical guff.)

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Try This One Simple Action During the Holidays For a Happier, More Successful New Year

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Ho-ho-ho! Bah Humbug! ‘Tis the season of ups and downs, joys and toys. The holiday season is filled with moments of heightened emotional and physical responses. It knocks us out of our regular routines and challenges us with different skill sets. We have increased interaction with others and more demands on our time and cognitive energy.
Which makes it the ideal time for developing mindful self-awareness and identifying what energizes us and what drains us, physically and psychologically.

Instead of battling the stresses and strains of the holiday season, use them to discover what activities drain your cognitive, physical and emotional energies and which ones recharge you, why, and what you can do to change your response and take back control of your time and your life.

And it only takes two questions — and one simple action.

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How SMART Are Your Goals?

a white owl reminds us to make SMART goals to succeed

Roughly 40% of the population make New Year’s Resolutions. The most popular New Year’s Resolutions (in no particular order) are: lose weight, get in shape, spend less (or save more), and make more money. All worthy aspirations. However, they aren’t SMART goals. And because they aren’t SMART, they are usually dumped within 30 days. If we want to actually achieve our goals, we need to make better. We need to make them SMART goals.

What are SMART Goals?:

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