Grab a pen and paper and go to work

Sometimes you just have to grab a pen and paper and go to work. I think we’ve become so accustomed to using tools that we have forgotten the value and efficiency of a simple pen and paper.

Simple is always better – that’s a fact.

The best approach to building an idea starts with sitting down with a trusty pen and paper or at a Think Table (Like that plug didn’t ya) and sketching out your thoughts and ideas.

A blank canvas or lots of white space provides this place to think different and generate lots of ideas quickly without any restraints. You can also explore other options and variations without any real risks – you can just throw it all out their and start to visualize something amazing.

While complex technology programs are great for putting the finishing touches on something, they’re not the quickest way to start the ideation process.

Here’s the question: Are you making things to difficult by pulling up another program when you could just be sitting down and starting to explore?

There is a simpler way. Try it. Use it. Go.

 

THE SMARTER WAY TO TWEET, SERIOUSLY!

Are you a Buffer fan?

I don’t know if you’ve heard of it or not, but one of my favorite, if not thee favorite Twitter tool out there is Buffer. Buffer is a very easy-to-use, beautiful service that allows you to quickly lineup several tweets at one time – then they are sent out one at a time based on a schedule you setup. Oh, and they are about to release it for Facebook too.

Continue reading

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE: JUMP ON BOARD IT’S GENUIS

If you haven’t checked it out you should. You can actually watch Dreamforce live online here.

Today at Dreamforce salesforce.com chairman and CEO Marc Benioff welcomed some 30,000 or more people to the Social Enterprise, which according to Alex Dayon is considered the business strategy for the next decade of computing that bridges the divide between today’s social customers and the companies that cater to them. Can we say awesome!

Continue reading

STAY ORGANIZED, CAPTURE TASKS, AND GET STUFF DONE WITH ACTION METHOD

Are you having trouble capturing tasks, getting organized, collaborating, and ultimately getting stuff done? Why are you having these problems? Is it you or have you just not found the right tool yet?

About 9 months ago I was having these problems and I couldn’t figure it out. I was pissed off, I had five or six tools all doing different things, and I had notes and papers all over my office causing it to look like a train wreck. I was a total mess and I was not ok with it.

Continue reading

LOVE IT OR I WILL GIVE YOU YOUR MONEY BACK. WAIT, IT’S FREE!

If you’re not already using Evernote it might be something you should try. Really, you should try it. Don’t do this because I told you to, but because it will change your life.

I signed up for it about 2-3 months ago and and it changed my life! Getting things done, staying organized, and making things happen started to become a breeze after using Evernote.

Continue reading

6 TIPS FOR BEING A GOOD FACILITATOR

Have you ever asked what makes a good facilitator? Have you, while facilitating a meeting or a discussion asked, “Am I doing a good job or do I really suck at this”? I can honestly say that I have asked this question several times while leading both meetings and discussions.

Finally I said to myself, “I am going to take the time to find out what makes a good facilitator”. Over the last couple of days I have researched, gathered information, and asked several leaders what makes a good facilitator. With the information, I  put together a few thoughts and tips to help you be a good facilitator.

Continue reading

THE 3 STEP PlAN TO BEAT ANXIETY

Think about the last time you had anxiety about something. Did it help the situation or hurt the situation? I would assume that it didn’t help the situation, but only made it worse. Then afterwards, you were probably either thinking, “what just happened to me” or you were thinking, “that wasn’t so bad, why was I even anxious.”

Source: http://search.creativecommons.org/

The answer to this self reflecting question is that anxiety is something we all face and we must start to develop tactics and strategies for overcoming it – or it wil always beat us.

Continue reading

Process of making decisions

Everyday we make decisions. What is important is the process we take, in making good decisions. One of my mentors today walked me through this process.

  1. What does the bible say.
  2. What would wise council tell me.
  3. When I made similar decisions before what were the outcomes positive/negative.
  4. Is this spirit lead or my pride and ego talking.

THE DAILY DOZEN

Let me tell you something I learned not to long ago that is helping me stay accountable in managing decisions I have made early in my life. I recently posted a quote by John Maxwell that says “successful people make decisions early in life and then manage those decisions the rest of their life.”

I thought to myself this is great, however how do I hold myself accountable to this and keep it in front of me? This is what we call the daily dozen. The daily dozen is 12 important decisions you have made in your life whether it be early in your life or today. Every person’s daily dozen is going to be different. My daily dozen consists of things like have a successful marriage, pray and keep the faith, have a positive winning attitude, communicate, etc.

Now the goal, after you have your daily dozen is to write these either on a flash card or a piece of paper and then place them next to your bed. Then each night before you go to bed, you go down the daily dozen list and say to yourself did I do something today to manage my (daily dozen) and am I better becasue of it?

The next morning when you get up, you read through your daily dozen list and begin the day managing the decisions you have made early in your life.

The goal is that you are managing decisions that you made early in your life to make you a better person or the person God created you to be.

Do you want to be successful in your life (this can be different for every person)? Then start making your daily dozen today, review it, manage it, and make a difference because of it.