This week I’ve been participating in an online productivity course, and while I knew several of the steps and strategies, I gained a few new goodies for my own productivity journey. I’ve been a goal setter for some time. I use affirmations; I know some people scoff at them, but they help me so I use them, scoff away! I’ve had all manner of successes and failures, and know there is so much more to learn. One of the best things I learned in this course is about having a theme and inspiration for each day. While that may sound silly to some people, it was a revelation to me. The other thing that was a revelation was breaking down what your day is worth depending upon the income you would like to generate. Holy cow! That will get you thinking.
Look at it this way (and I am trusting the math of the course here): If you want to make $100,000 with weekends off and six weeks of vacation, and who doesn’t want that, each day of the 231 days of the year that you work is worth $432.90 or $54.11 per hour. Whoa! As a stay at home mom, I haven’t been paid an hourly wage in over two decades. To think of my time as being worth over $50 per hour is eye opening, and while it might take some time to break a few old habits, it makes watching TV and wasting time other ways look much less appealing. This week has been about finishing this course before I head out of town for a few days but still having time to spend with my family and getting our home in order. I know my family can take care of themselves, but I love coming home to clean towels and sheets and a kitchen table without piles, so it’s a gift to me more than it is my family.
If you follow this blog regularly, you know I’m also involved in a creativity boot camp this month, so every day has a built in theme while that is going on, and it amazes me how the boot camp changes my perspective each and every time I participate. I begin to see possibilities everywhere to be more creative. At some point in each boot camp, I’m inspired to cook. This boot camp, I’ve tried several new recipes that have been a hit with my family, the jambalaya pasta, not so much. I’ve made yogurt and bread from the leftover whey of the yogurt making process, and we are only nine days in. Fortunately or unfortunately for my family, I’ll be gone for a bit, so the crazed cooking will subside for a while. I’ve given myself a pedicure for my trip and used a new lavender polish which is out of my nail color comfort zone, and I’ve written a piece of flash fiction that I could not and would not have written before joining these boot camps. Each boot camp pushes me further creatively and gives me new perspective from the new and seasoned participants, and that is where I find the joy.
Both the productivity course and the boot camps change my perspective, and I think we all need that from time to time. Sometimes it’s informative and creative like the things I’m participating in right now. Sometimes it shifts your perceptions like some of my upcoming travel will most assuredly do. Sometimes it breaks you wide open like a friend of mine who is mourning the passing of a loved one and is realizing how much more compassionate she will be toward others in the future who lose a loved one. Hopefully it inspires you to stop, take a breath and reset yourself regardless, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll stop and smell the roses or just admire the daffodils and crocus or make a loaf of bread.
So where are you stuck right now? What seems old and mundane? Is it your routine? Are you in a rut? Find a book, a course or someone to talk to that can inject some new life into your old ways. Find a mentor, a new church to attend, go dancing or eat a cuisine you’ve never tried before. It doesn’t have to be big, just different, and you may find yourself with a new perspective, a new theme and some new inspiration in your own life. Give it a try and let me know how it goes.
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