I'm a Husband. Father of six. Wearer of fedoras. Startup co-founder (with an exit). Nonprofit co-founder. I create content about personal growth in life and leadership. This podcast is about my journey while daring greatly. I want to grow, and I want to take others with me.
If you know me at all, you know I have five (almost six), kids. You know I wear hats and love to be around people. Right now, I’m writing this from my kitchen table, locked in a house with my wife and five kids, and loving it.
As the world has been on lock-down, I’ve been thinking about our time at home. It’s a burden, but can it also be an opportunity? Sure, it’s an opportunity to spend time with family, most of us got that on day one. But, I wonder, is this an opportunity for more?
We tend to think of facts like concrete, a solid foundation. They aren’t. Facts are fluid because our knowledge is always growing and expanding.
“Facts change all the time. Smoking has gone from doctor-recommended to deadly. We used to think the Earth was the center of the universe and that Pluto was a planet. For decades we were convinced that the brontosaurus was a real dinosaur.”
- The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date by Samuel Arbesman
In high school, my small business teacher was an enigma. Before I met him, I noticed him. I would see him in the halls and immediately had assumptions about him. The often severe look on his face, combined with his fast walk and unflinching stare, always made him look serious, intimidating, and a bit scary. Then one summer, out of the blue, he called me at home. That call changed everything.
I have been thinking of renaming my thought leadership channels (Website, YouTube Channel, Personal Podcast) for a while, but I couldn’t find the right phrase. I wanted something to capture the spirit of how I live daily and the aspiration of how I want my life to unfold. This is what I landed on and why.
It's time to think about productivity tactics. These are the tools and approaches used to remain productive. Tactics will be different for every person, so I won't get into specifics. But, I think it's important to outline some categories to give us a framework for our thinking.
A huge part of being productive is building the habits that will help you along the way. Habits are like automated processes that help you to move consistently in the right direction and get things done. If you build the right habits, productivity becomes a natural part of your day and your life.
Today we are considering mindsets related to productivity. How we think about work and the beliefs we hold about getting things done will influence all we do. It's essential to examine our beliefs, test our thoughts, and decide what mindsets we want to live by, not accepting the mindsets that we have by default.
Today I’m looking at my evening routine. I want to think about how much sleep I need and when I need to be in bed. I also want to consider the things that are important to me from Day 1 and the things that give me energy from Day 3 to see what I might incorporate.
Today I'm making a list of all the important things I want to do on a regular basis. This will include things like dates with my wife, important meetings, excersize, etc. Then, once I have a list, I'll put my items into categories to see where I want to spend my time.
Hi, I'm Adam and I'm obsessed with productivity. But, over the last few months, my life has been turned upside down and my productivity has suffered. So, I'm putting myself through this experiment to get back on track, and you can follow along, maybe even getting more productive as well!
Have you ever thought about running experiments on yourself to improve your life? I hadn't either, until now. Now I want to run two-week experiments to see how I can make minor improvements to my life and world. And, you can too.
When was the last time that you thought about your defaults? Do you automatically schedule meetings for one hour? Do you automatically say yes when you shouldn’t? Do you go to lunches, groups, or other meetings that really aren’t helpful for you? Taking time to rethink those defaults in our lives can help us to slow down.
When you were in grade school did you feel busy? How about in middle school, high school or college? Were your busy when single? How about when in a relationship? Were you busy when you had no kids? One kid? Two kids? Busyness fills up the space in our lives that we give to it, and it isn’t real. We don’t have to be busy all the time. We can chose something else. We can choose to slow down!