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prac·tice

verb \ˈprak-təs\

: to do something again and again in order to become better at it

: to do (something) regularly or constantly as an ordinary part of your life

I am proud of myself because I didn’t think I was going to be able to find time to blog today and then I drove by Starbucks and decided to sit and write. Today’s entry is short and sweet but I am practicing making my blog a habit.


hab·it

noun \ˈha-bət\

: a usual way of behaving : something that a person does often in a regular and repeated way

Miracles for the day

1) The amazing friends I have. I had an amazing breakfast and got to play golf with two great friends and made a new friend today. Then I was able to attend break fast for Yom Kippur with wonderful friends that have made me feel like part of their family.

2) The way my children just want to be good at things that are difficult like learning to play an instrument.

3) Sunny September days in the 70’s.

How we spend our “free” time is a choice. “But I don’t have any free time,” you say. We may like to think we don’t, but even the busiest people find time for the things they love.
 
I know from my own experience that when I am productive I feel good, I’m filled with positive energy and optimism. Conversely when I am unproductive I feel badly and my head can fill with self directed frustration. 
 
Our lives are filled with good times and bad. I’ve heard hundreds of stories about great achievements that require focus and discipline. I’ve heard thousands of rationalizations, reasons, and excuses why something didn’t happen. I’ve made my share of them so I include my own achievements and excuses among the group.
 
Every person has their own definition of productivity and it can vary substantially. 
 
Here’s a few examples of things that make me feel energized.
spending time with my family and kids
getting a good night sleep
reading
exercise
eating nutritious food
sharing a client breakthrough
 
What makes you feel productive? Do you know? Make a list of 10 things that fill you with energy and optimism? Once you have that list, figure out how many of them you have time, or can make time for. The goal should be to make the list as long as possible and fit as many items as possible from the list into your life. 
 
My point here is that you have a choice. Knowing what makes you feel good is the first step. Next choose something both important to you and realistic and start a streak. There’s an mobile phone app called “streaks” with a calendar that tracks how many days in a row you’ve done something. Making that checkmark is like a little victory every day.
 
In his book “The Power of Less” Leo Babauta recommends focusing on one thing at a time. Start with one thing and see it through. Most likely everything on the list is important to you but start with one.
 
The longer your streak the better your feel so what are you waiting for? Make your list and START STREAKING TODAY!!!
 
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