Schedule Some Happy

Are you finding yourself in a slump? Daydreaming about spending some time on yourself? Wishing the sun was always shining? SCHEDULE SOME HAPPY!

 

HAPPY

The ultimate most fantastic way to get yourself boosted up a bit is to literally schedule some events or outings for yourself. It doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money, give a lot of time or even break a sweat. Another super fast way to inject some happy is to change up your perspective.

1. Add a lunch date (with yourself) on the calendar and go check out the new deli that just opened up in your neighborhood. If you’re not available to take yourself to lunch today, excuse yourself from the rigors and go grab a coffee. Treat yourself to something you wouldn’t normally order.

2. Pick an upcoming early evening and surprise your spouse, significant other or best friend with a happy hour at that spot that you both love. The reason for it? Just because! Even though the event isn’t today, the happy surge you’ll receive just from planning it will be worthwhile.

3. Call a friend! Send a two line email to someone you haven’t talked to in awhile and just say “I was thinking about you today.” Or if you have even more time, send a piece of snail mail!

4. Light a candle and turn on a playlist you haven’t listened to in awhile. Need a suggestion for some music? Check out some of my playlists or listen along to this one:

(bonus points for actually getting UP and dancing)

5. The last super easy suggestion is to open the blinds in your home / office, go for a quick 10 minutes walk around the block and look for ONE thing you can take a photo of (your toenails crossing the sidewalk crack, a funky leaf on a tree, the corner of a license plate or even a selfie!)

 

What do you suggest to inject some happy into your day? 

My Ideal Reader

Note: this post was a bit difficult to write and finish, which normally isn’t the case for me. Holding my breath while I type!

I’m a self-proclaimed “ass kicker” (although why doesn’t it seem to ever work with my own children?). I am fairly confident in my skills when it comes to motivating, hand-holding and helping people problem solve. I have developed the ability to say no, learned how to menu plan and I know what passion feels like. I also know how to make a difference in the lives of others and am a pretty good multi-tasker. I can sidle up next to someone and say “I’ll help you with that” and together, we rock the project.

Balloon image from Linh Nguyen

Image credit : Linh Nguyen, from Unsplash.com

I have a pretty decent CV, so to speak, of the things I’ve accomplished in my life. I know how to GSD (Get S*** Done) as evidenced in my volunteerism with Room to Read in Singapore, Make a Difference in Delhi and even when I started the Chagrin Valley Mom’s Running Club with Jen back in the day. I am a natural ‘gatherer of people’ and as one of my friends calls it, a collector of vagabonds. I have been mailing pick-me-up notes to friends for years and I have used my (annoying) talent at seeing mistakes and typos to the benefit of others with several editorial projects as well as proofing and editing several books.

I have been weirdly obsessed lately with figuring out a way to really hone in on WHAT it is that I can be known for.

I want to FIND and figure out that set of things that I can capitalize on, learn more about and then spread the knowledge to others. I have recently discovered, that if I could be known for something, it would be my ability to:

1. help women bridge the chasm to their big dream

2. help fund / connect others to impact world change

3. organize a tribe of women who have realized their greatness

Does that sound weird to you? It does to me. I mean, I feel a bit cocky when I write that all out. (We don’t often give ourselves kudos, do we?)  In the process of pulling all of this together, I came up with a profile (of sorts) for what my Ideal Reader might be, here on the blog. In reality though, the term Ideal Reader really just means tribe member. I’ve realized where I want to focus my efforts on for the women that I can impact with my life and what I have to offer.

I’m changing things up over here dramatically in the coming months in terms of how this space LOOKS but it won’t FEEL that differently.  It might mean that you  – my current readers – will identify with some of the bullet points below, or you may not find yourself in any of them. What it hopefully means is that as I work towards really putting my ideas into place, the list below will allow me to have a streamlined focus that allows me to use my greatness and gifts to help others.

My ideal reader is:

  • ready for change
  • not one with a large budget or checking account balance
  • desperate for an end goal
  • a girl (no guys!)
  • already aware of her greatness (in some aspect of her life)
  • not in need of a shrink
  • a badass at heart
  • a current or future friend of mine
  • willing to listen to me
  • actively sharing my vision to always strive for better
  • in need of my help for accountability purposes
  • a sucker for spontaneity
  • in love with freedom and planned organization
  • wanting to learn how to better “do it all”
  • realizing “this is no longer working for me”
  • a fan of women who GSD, volunteer and “have been there”
  • a lover of music
  • able to agree that #1 she doesn’t know how to make the leap #2 just needs a couple of steps up #3 it is time for her to soar and #4 she needs to fly

Ok. I’m breathing now. That was a bit vulnerable to put out there. It always feels so liberating though to finally *say it* though, I think. So I’m doing just that. I welcome feedback and your thoughts on this concept, my goals, and the bullet point list of what I think why my Ideal Reader might be.

Although that’s the last time I’ll call her the Ideal Reader. I think tribe member sounds MUCH more on point, don’t you?

This post was inspired by the Braid course : Dream Customer Catching which starts on June 20th. 

 

Who are you NOT to be

Tracks

Image Credit : Tracks, Andrea Boldizsar

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”
 (quoted in Mr. Carter)
 
 

CoSchedule, 30/30 App and Trello

I have not always been a self-proclaimed expert on to-do lists and productivity. I HAVE however, always been a pen and paper girl, for as long as I can remember. I have kept journals and diaries (thankfully, I had the presence of mind to get rid of most of them that were written during the questionable years of my life). My to-do lists have always been written out because I love the feeling of crossing things off as I complete them.

Lately though, I have had a change of heart. I’m finding that a combination of digital organization, meshed a bit with the old standard of pen and paper is really what works the best for me.

My new best digital organization tools are CoSchedule, 30/30 App and Trello. Let me tell you a little bit about my favorite organizational tools that get me through my day, week in and week out. 

 

Trello organizational tool for digital Naomi Hattaway

 

Trello is hands down, my all-time favorite tool. Not only is it free, but it is entirely customizable so you can really make it visually look the way you want. The lists (i.e. MOVE) function like a binder, with each card (i.e. SCHOOL, VA HOUSE) acting as a divider. Inside each card, you can insert checklists, or a string of comments, even upload files and spreadsheets.

I honestly do not know what I would do without Trello. It is a lifesaver for me and I am consistently encouraging others to use it as well. It is the highest functioning piece of my Egads! coaching business and I’m just a huge gushing fan.

 

CoSchedule

CoSchedule is an AMAZING drag-and-drop editorial calendar for WordPress that puts your blog posts and social media messages on the same schedule. If you don’t blog or use WordPress, then feel free to just skip down, but you’ll do yourself a favor if you DO blog and use WP to read this short review. You know how it’s challenging to figure out which posts are scheduled to go live when, not to mention having to try and adjust those if your plans change? using CoSchedule, you can draft and schedule your blog post AND schedule SIMULTANEOUSLY your social media messages!

The best thing about CoSchedule is that as you drag a post from one date to another, your social media messages move with it. Simply put, write and schedule it once, then move at will with no risk of messing anything up. This is a screenshot of my calendar and everything in green is scheduled, and the little social media icons next to an entry mean that those platforms also have scheduled messages.  Yellow represents my drafts … it’s just such a cool tool.

CoSchedule the drag and drop calendar and social media scheduling tool for WordPress

CoSchedule is only $10/month but they have a free 14 day trial (with full utilization right off the bat). It integrates with WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Buffer, and even Google+ Pages. From their website:

KEY FEATURES

  • Drag-And-Drop Editorial Calendar
  • Schedule Social Media While You Blog
  • Save Time, Grow Traffic
  • Lightweight WordPress Plugin
  • Automated Social Publishing
  • Simple Team Communication
  • All-In-One Publishing Solution
  • No More WordPress Hacking

 

30/30 App for productivity and task management

There is no better task management than the 30/30 App from Binary Hammer. This one works for EVERYONE, whether it’s a student, a homemaker, blogger or executive. While it takes a bit of time to set up on the front end, once you have your various schedules (whether it’s a daily schedule or categorized by task type), it is a super user-friendly tool. Pair it with something like Focus at Will for maximum benefit and watch your time management increase by leaps and bounds. After each time frame (that you have set up) expires, an alarm sounds enabling you to stop work and move on to the next task. In time, you’ll see yourself become more productive and able to complete tasks in the time frame set up.

 

My sweet spot exists with a combination of all three of these products. Trello helps keep my big picture organized. CoSchedule keeps my blogging world running efficiently and 30/30 literally gets me through my day.

Do you have a favorite productivity tool?