I love schedules. I think they are fantastic inventions!
I didn’t always like them though.
I used to think they prevented me from being in the flow and allowing the spark of spontaneity.
But as my life becomes more full and my time more precious, I realize how important my schedule is for allowing me to stay present with what’s in front of me.
When I block off chunks of time for specific tasks or to-do’s, it gives me a creative container to focus on that ONE thing, rather than many things.
These creative windows of time allow me to really GSD (get shit done).
My days don’t ‘just happen,’ I design them with intention.
For example: I generally wake up at 4AM these days. My first two hours of waking time I usually devote to my creative writing (like right now as I write this). This is a non-email time for me. I sit, I stretch and breathe, I sip my coffee and I write, based on what comes up or what I need to complete for the week and day ahead.
Then my next creative container is sunrise golf. Usually from 6:30-9ish these days.
Then I get a big 3-hour window of time to enjoy breakfast, coffee and hangout time with Celeste and our son Sauryn.
Then I block off from noon – 5pm for my specific business projects. Each day of the week has a theme for the kinds of projects I focus on within that 5-hour block of time, so that I’m not scattered all over the place everyday. This is key for me.
Within the creative containers I’m scheduling, I allow myself to be in flow with the creative process.
Sometimes I’m not inspired to sit at my desk, so I’ll go for a hike or chip golf balls in the yard while thinking about something.
Other times I’m not inspired to sit on Skype for hours on end, so I do my conference meetings on my cell phone so I can be outside, or sometimes I’m even cleaning the house while on meetings.
The freedom is in the schedule for me.
When I am with Sauryn, I am WITH him.
When I am working on a specific task, I am in it fully.
Whereas, when I let my schedule stay loose, I find myself just floating around, never really accomplishing anything satisfying. Usually at the end of the day, I’ll feel like I didn’t do enough and go to bed kind of disappointed.
I also take real weekends now, which for an at home entrepreneur can be hard because my business mind is always fifty steps ahead of the game.
But I find having that space on weekends to simply be, flow with family and have fun really helps me be more focused and efficient in my week days.
We also do wifi-free Sundays, where we unplug the internet. Those are our favourites!
Schedules give me focus, freedom and a space to be present. I love them!
AND sometimes, my scheduled plan falls apart and something better comes up. I’m always 100% open and flexible to that happening too…
How do schedules support or hinder your creative process? Share below.
While in Mexico a few weeks ago we were sent notice from our landlords that we had to move out of our beautiful home of the last 3-years because they wanted to do a big reno.
At first glance of their notice, we squealed in delight, celebrating that an upgrade was coming (rather than going into fear about not having a home).
When returning from our trip, we started telling friends and acquaintances that we were looking…
Everyone we talked to would say, “Oh no. It’s really hard to find a place.” (which is a story)
Our answer would always be, “No it’s not. We’re really good at it. We know something magical is coming.” (which is also a story)
We are so boxed in and suppressed in our culture this day and age.
Which is silly if you ask me.
Never before have we had more creative freedom to be fully expressed in our lives, to explore any number of paths and to stand fully rooted in our authentic, true-to-ourselves nature.
So why do we stay in this little box we’ve been given?
Just get out of it.
Just punch the ceiling, kick down the walls, climb out and start making new choices.
We are like robots, going through our lives on autopilot.
Doing the same things day in and day out without ever really questioning them.
Never really stopping to ask ourselves, “Is this what I want? Is this how I want to be remembered? Is this who I really am?”
What do you want for yourself and your life?
Who do you want to be in the world and in your relationships?
Are the habits you have and choices you make creating the kind of life and world you want to be living in?
These questions are important and if we don’t give ourselves SPACE in our life to ask them and answer them honestly, then we may remain on autopilot forever.
I was once a very asleep human being.
It wasn’t until I decided to start building my life around my dreams, desires, aspirations and terms that I finally felt like I was alive and living.
Here’s a cool story about saying yes…
The other day, my wife, Celeste and our son, Sauryn and I were on our way back from a couple week adventure in Mexico.
We were exhausted on the final leg of our journey home; a 30 minute ferry ride to Salt Spring Island.
On the boat, we met this sweet lady named Beverly. We struck up a conversation with her and learned that she was just about to begin a lifelong dream journey of her’s; a 9-month pilgrimage around the world.
I also want to say, Beverly is about 76 years old and traveling alone.
Her desire is to experience the world and learn about herself.
She says she feels like a kid and as though her life is only just beginning!
How freaking cool is that!?
After chatting for 30-minutes and really enjoying the connection, Beverly asked us where her and her friend should go eat dinner.
My immediate answer was, “come have dinner at our place.”
She was clearly surprised by my answer, because this is not something too many North Americans do this day and age. But she accepted the invitation and her and her friend Deborah came over around 5:30 for a feast and celebration.
With Celeste’s mom already at our house taking care of our pup while we were away, the 6 of us had an incredibly magical, hilarious and awe-inspiring evening eating great food, drinking wine and sharing many stories from each of our lives.
Saying YES to this experience created an incredible new friendship and a magical memory for all of us.
I can only imagine the adventures Beverley’s yes will take her on over the course of these next 9-months and where your YES will take you, as you cultivate more courage to fully step into everything you want out of life.
What if our words were more powerful than we can imagine?
What if every time we spoke our desires into the world, we set forth a series of synchronistic events to help bring those desires to fruition…?
Your power is in your presence.
Think about it.
When you are projecting outwards into the future, where are you?
Are you in your body?
Are you grounded in what is real?
Are you present to your surroundings.
Are you bringing everything you’ve got to the task at hand?
Everyday I go through the same battle as the alarm goes off at that ungodly hour, well before the sun comes up.
“Stay in bed. Sleep longer.”
“Get up.” “Nooo, just sleep a couple more hours.”
“Get up, this is what you want.”
A very old man went out one day on the land beside his house and began planting fruit trees.
A young man walked by. “What are you doing? the young man asked.
Walking downtown in Victoria yesterday, I met a First Nations man named Willy, panhandling in the streets with his hat sitting in front of him on the ground. With a big smile on his face, he said hi and instead of continuing on my merry way, I stopped and said hello.
The next 20-minutes seriously made my day.
I dropped out of school at 20 to start my first business.
That was 12 years ago.
My 20’s were brutally hard as I tried to figure out how to make it in this world, how to “become a man,” how to offer my gifts, how to run a business properly, how to make my dreams real, how to heal my issues…
All these pursuits added a great deal of weight and stress to my plate.
I made incredibly ungrounded, unintelligent choices with my business, trying to make “big things happen” because I didn’t have the wisdom or patience to allow things to unfold at their own organic pacing.
I sought to prove myself to my family and the world. To make a name for myself.
I had many humbling lessons…
so many epic failures…
and a whole lot of hardship.
Fortunately, I am a stubborn Taurus with a lot of passion and an unwilligness to give up.
But I KNOW my journey could have been easier, more graceful, prosperous and fun.
I was cocky. I wanted to “figure it out on my own.”
I now realize, it would’ve been more beneficial to find mentors, seek out help and guidance from others further along on the path than me, and to adopt a strong desire to learn from everyone.
I believe our 20’s is a time for doing the deep soul-searching kind of work. To discover who we are without our parents and without our peers at school.
My guess is, it would’ve saved me a lot of heartache and strife.
If you’re in your 20’s and “searching” then sign up and show up to each interview.
If you know somebody in this stage of their life, pass the link on and encourage them to go.
This was a very fun interview for me, as I got to share some of the hardships I grew through and how I got through my 20’s stronger and more “Me” than ever.
I’m looking forward to sharing in a conversation with you, after you’ve listened.
If you want something, then go f*%*ing get it.
Visualizing the end result and waiting for the Universe to deliver is not enough to change the world or get results.
Success requires showing up. Day in and day out.
It requires showing up when you don’t want to, when you resist the hell out of it, when you’re hung over, when you’re exhausted and wanna quit or when you’re scared shitless.
Indecision is procrastination…
and indecision is to make the decision to do nothing.
Take a risk, take some action, follow through and do what you say you’re going to or want to do.
There is no harm in trying and failing.
Failure will give you cool scars and stories to tell around the campfire later down the road.
Life is impermanent and so is failure. Both will pass you by and how cool will it be to look back on your life and remember all the things you tried and failed at, as well as the things you actually succeeded at?
You’ll have neither if you stay in that space of indecision though. You’ll just have a bland blur of mediocre memories and nothing all too special to smile at on your death bed. (live a little already)
Given that you’re gonna die, don’t you think you should at least try?
Because it is far better to struggle for a life you aspire to than to struggle in a life you’re dissatisfied with.
This is your adventure, don’t let someone else choose your path for you.
Decide what you want.