How to have a stress-free weekend

Using the power of a REVIEW to stay present and clear

Have you ever been excited for the weekend, but not able to fully “leave” all the stuff you need to get done? I’ve been there. It can be stressful.

I hate to admit this, but I’ve had more than one weekend where it’s Sunday night and I wonder… where did the past couple days go??

The life-changing magic of a “waiting-for” list

5 benefits you'll get by following this simple solution

Do you want more brain space and less stress in your life? Do you want less things to fall through the cracks? I found a simple solution. It’s called a “waiting for” list.

I believe a waiting-for list can change your life. Before using this, my HEAD was jam packed with stuff to remember. Consequently, a lot fell through the cracks.

The Best Legal Pads (Amazon)

In case you didn’t know, I enjoy good pens, pencils, and paper. I also enjoy finding the BEST of everything.

I have lots of fancy gear like this and this, but I also enjoy the simplicity of classic tools. So, when I learned that Jerry Seinfeld uses legal pads (video) and blue Bic pens to write his jokes, I remembered how much I loved my Tops 100-Sheet Legal Pads.

Most legal pads are only 50 sheets and have a thin, floppy backing. Not these. These are the best. The back is made from 80 pt extra-sturdy chipboard, which makes it easy to write on your lap, on the couch, or wherever.

I bought these these BEFORE I saw the video, but recently stumbled on it again and remembered how floppy and cheap standard legal pads are. If you’re in the market for a strong, hefty, and made in the USA writing pad, try these. There are some negative reviews out there but I disagree with them. These are the best pads I’ve ever used and I highly recommend them.

Here’s Seinfeld talking about writing jokes here:

Do you struggle with being easy-to-understand?

5 simple strategies to be a clear communicator

Have you ever been confused when someone is talking? Have you thought, their lips are moving, but I don’t understand anything they’re saying!

Like you, I’ve had my fair share of confusing interactions with people—from afar and up close. It can be draining. You’re not sure if it’s YOU (not smart enough to understand what they’re saying), or if they’re just in another world.

Who cares

Tips to get back on track when you're stuck

Leaders, creatives, and writers like you often get stuck. Frozen. Not sure what to do next. You’re unclear why you’re doing what you’re doing. Your head isn’t in its usual place. You can call it writers block or ‘being unproductive’—but either way—there are common reasons why we get stuck.

Solve your email checking problem once and for all

How to overcome the tendency to check email too much

Do you have the tendency to check your email inbox too often? Do you get moments of anxiety when you haven’t checked for a while, and feel you should be checking right now?

I sometimes feel the urge to check email a few times throughout the day. When my inbox is clear, I’m relaxed and mentally available. So if I can guarantee nothing is waiting for me, I feel less stressed out by giving the ol’ inbox a quick refresh.

16 Lessons You Can Learn From Disney’s 2017 Fireworks Show

Lessons you can learn from the recording and production

Disney has been regarded as a company businesses and organizations can learn from for years. Their commitment to excellence, people, and success provide valuable lessons to both free-agents and Fortune 500 companies. After watching behind-the-scenes footage of their new fireworks show, I couldn’t help but rewatch a few times.

I took my first to Disney World in 2016 and was blown away by the guest-first attitude. I especially enjoyed the fireworks and the show “Wishes.” On February 9, 2017, Disney Parks Blog announced its new firework show “Happily Ever After” will replace “Wishes.” As sad as I am to see Wishes go, I’m looking forward to seeing the new. The announcement video gives us a peak into how the new music was recorded, and how the Disney team works together to make magic possible.

This post highlights 16 things I noticed about the making of Disney’s new firework show. I’m writing this because I love Disney. (I’m not paid or claim to own anything Disney — just sharing some thoughts to encourage you to make great art!)