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Up to this point, we have determined our goals, and decluttered time and space, as well as recognizing the need to decrease stress through mindfulness. All this is important, but we also must realize that our time and resources are finite. We could live from moment to moment, spending our time and resources on whatever we fancy in the moment only to discover at the end of our lives that we accomplished little or nothing, or we can create a strategic way to utilize time and resources.

 

By having our goals right in front of us, we can look at what it is that we want to accomplish and determine what it is that we will need to do to make this year the year that we make amazing strides towards accomplishing those goals.

 

Write Down Every Task

 

In order to achieve our goals, it helps to write down all the tasks that we want to accomplish in a day and then go through the list and determine what we can do later, we can delegate, or that we can eliminate from our list all together. Discover what that one thing, and your work will be half done.

 

Decide What’s Most Important to Do Today

 

Once we decide what still needs to be done, we determine what one thing would make the biggest difference in accomplishing our biggest scariest goals. For instance, for me, today, I decided that the best use of my time that would get me closer to my biggest goal (starting my own publishing company) was to draft several of my blog posts for several months. I know what I want to put in these posts, so by getting the drafts out of my head and into a document, I have more space in my head to work on other projects. I wouldn’t finish any of them today, but I would make a major push toward getting them ready for publication. Therefore, that one big thing I want done today is to have the first drafts of thirteen different blog posts written.

Other things that I want to do such as starting to create YouTube videos or finish organizing my files, I am putting off until I get several weeks of post drafts written.

 

Make Prioritizing Part of Your Daily Routine

 

I know I cannot finish all thirteen posts that I have ideas for today, so I know that I will have to do put it off until another day. Tomorrow, I will do the same thing. I will find what it is that I need to work on and try to finish. If I don’t finish the blog posts today, I will continue working on that project If finish it, I will move onto the next project I need to do and continue from there.

 

Begin Prioritizing Today

 

What is the one thing that you can do today to push you toward your big goals? Do you need to outline a plan to complete your goals? Do you need to do research? Do you need to determine the projects needed to reach your big goals? Perhaps you just need to break down a specific project into tasks and begin working on it today. Make this year your best year yet by doing the most important things first.

Living Today, The Power of Now

I share other tips like these in my book, Living Today, the Power of Now. Pick up your copy today.

Available on Kindle (free on Kindle Unlimited)

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January 15, 2018

Do you remember in the movie Forest Gump when Forest is sitting at the bus station and is telling about how Lieutenant Dan took over the day to day business of the Bubba Gump Shrimp Business and invested in Apple Computers making Forest a “gazillionaire” giving Forest “one less thing to worry about? If you don’t know this scene, here  is a link to it on YouTube https://youtu.be/SNa4EMUWnAc

Your One Less Thing

Although I cannot offer you a deal like Lieutenant Dan gave Forest, I can offer you a chance to have more than one less thing to worry about. I am offering you some tips on getting rid of clutter in your life.

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Now is a good time to declutter. January is  not only a good month for resolutions, but is a good time to clear out the clutter that we have accumulated over the past year. By getting rid of the things that clutter up our space and time, we can make more room for those things that will improve our lives and create better opportunities. Every day, I have been putting aside some time to deal with one area of clutter.

Here are five different types of clutter that I am clearing away.

Physical Clutter

Right now is a good time to go through every closet, look through every draw, and look under every bed and determine what you should throw out, what you should give away and what you really love and want to keep.

if you bring something out of a space and decide that you are going to get rid of it, put it in a location where it can easily be disposed of.

Since before Christmas, my family has been going through our house and clearing the clutter that we have accumulated over the past year. Anything that we haven’t used during the past year, we decide how much we really want to store it. As much as possible, we try to determine that keeping it probably isn’t in our best interest.

In addition to tossing trash, some of the things we are getting rid of are being recycled. Clothes and household are getting sent to goodwill. Plastic bags are recycled at the grocery store. Recently we discovered an electronics recycling place where we can safely discard old computers, other electronics, and batteries.

Paper Clutter

One of the things that I have done for a number of years is to get rid of as much of it as possible as soon as it hits the door. I go through the mail over the trash can, immediately discarding any junk mail and getting rid of useless mailer inserts.

Some paper however, does accumulate over time and going through it is still necessary. Now is a good time to go through papers that we have accumulated over the past year too, because tax time is here. While we are going through our financial papers in preparation for our taxes, we clear out the paper clutter that regardless of care, invades our files.

Body Clutter

People don’t always think of extra weight from the holidays as clutter, but really it is. the best way to get rid of excess body clutter is to focus on healthy eating and healthy exercise. Drinking plenty of water, especially now in the winter months helps clean toxins from our bodies.

Digital Clutter

The week before Christmas, my laptop that I have had for five years decided it was ready to retire. Because it gave me such good service, I went out and bought a newer version of the same machine. This gave me a good reason to clean out the files I stored on the laptop as I transferred from one to the other. I started by deleting files that I stored because I needed them for various projects, but that I had long since finished. I then deleted older versions of finished projects an\ organized what was left into a usable format.

I then re-examined other files used for projects that I had long abandoned and determined whether I should return to these projects or file-13 them. (delete them to the recycle bin).

In addition, I worked to get rid of emails and other digital files that no longer served me. Because I knew that this process should be a more routine part of my online file management, I determined that I needed attack a certain aspect of digital file for at least fifteen minutes every week.

Emotional Clutter

If you didn’t do it with the good cheer of the Holiday season that just passed, January is a good month to forgive, get rid of stress, and learn to relax. During my last post, I mentioned mindfulness so I am not going to repeat that here, however, it does bear repeating that getting rid of emotional clutter will help improve your health.

Time Clutter

I decided to do a time journal where I write down everything that I do for a week and find those things that I do that waste time and get rid of them. This doesn’t mean that I need to get rid of relaxation time. Last week, we saw thp value of relaxation through mindfulness. What this simply means is that we have to plan relaxation time.

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Clearing away time clutter can open up time that can be used to utilize the action steps suggested in my new book Living Today, the Power of Now. Read the book and then find the area that you feel would make the biggest impact on your day and go from there.

 

What if you only had one day to live? How would you live your life differently?

 

You really do only have one day at any given time, and that day is today. You cannot live in the past. You cannot live in the future. Today is your day to shine.

 

Today, and only today, you have the power of now, and it is strongest when you know that you are on the right path.

 

From Living Today, the Power of Now, discover:

  • Awareness and Focus on the present moment.
  • Tips for obtaining fire starting focus
  • Change bad habits to good habits
  • Creating a Time and a Place to dream
  • What “Don’t Worry” really Means
  • Learn How to Build on Past Experiences
  • Overcome Fear and Find Faith
  • Letting Go of the Past
  • The value of forgiving yourself and others
  • And much more

 

Available now on Amazon Kindle and in print

 

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January 8, 2018

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Stress is a killer. In addition to a healthy diet and getting proper exercise, getting rid of stress is valuable to good health. We can either let it control us or we can control it. One of the ways we can control stress through regular rest and sleep. A second way to control stress is through mindfulness.

Mindfulness is becoming very popular these days. Many sites and apps are available online that show how we can use mindfulness. It is an essential ingredient in yoga and meditation programs. Mindfulness is all about living in the moment and experiencing every aspect of every sense and feeling. By taking the time to stop and observe you will decrease stress and improve your health. Mindfulness comes by becoming aware of what is happening in us and around us at any given moment.

An Easy Way to Incorporate Mindfulness Every Day

One of the ways we can do this is through becoming aware of everything around us by being aware of each one of our senses at a given moment. To do this, we must first stop everything that we are doing and observe first what we feel inside.

Close your eyes and take a few long slow deep breaths. Feel the breath as you breathe in and breathe out. Starting at the tips of your feet and moving upward toward the head, become aware of every part of your body.  Be aware of what you’re touching. Where your body is touching where you are seated. Of the feel of the air in the room upon your skin. Become aware the life-giving force within you and how you are part of the creation.

Now with your eyes still closed, listen to everything around you. What do you hear? Can you hear birds tweeting? Cars and trucks moving in the distance? Someone speaking in the next room?

What do you smell? Move your tongue around your mouth. What do you taste?

Now look around you, really look at your surroundings. What do you see?

Notice how calming this exercise is. Do this exercise from time to time in different locations, and whenever you’re feeling undue stress.

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This concept of the mindfulness can be used when utilizing the actions suggested in my new book Living Today, the Power of Now. Read the book and then find the area that you feel would make the biggest impact on your day and go from there.

What if you only had one day to live? How would you live your life differently?

How many days at a time can you live? You really do only have one day at any given time, and that day is today. You cannot live in the past. You cannot live in the future. Today is your day to shine.

Today, and only today, you have the power of now, and it is strongest when you know that you are on the right path.

From Living Today, the Power of Now, discover:

  • Awareness and Focus on the present moment.
  • Tips for obtaining fire starting focus
  • Change bad habits to good habits
  • Creating a Time and a Place to dream
  • What “Don’t Worry” really Means
  • Learn How to Build on Past Experiences
  • Overcome Fear and Find Faith
  • Letting Go of the Past
  • The value of forgiving yourself and others
  • And much more

Available now on Amazon Kindle and in print

Living Today, The Power of Now

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January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

2017 was a good year for me. What it good for you?

Another Year has passed and another one is now beginning. If you looked at your resolutions from last January one, would you have made any progress toward the dreams and goals that you had then?

Some people say that they gave up on resolutions because they were too ambitious and they weren’t able to keep up with them. The way I see it, we shouldn’t give up one our dreams. For Christmas this year I got a bulletin board that says “Don’t give up your Day dream”. I really believe that. Don’t quit just because things get difficult. Who hasn’t heard the phrase “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail?” It’s true, you know. It is also true that plans don’t always go as we plan them, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t make those plans. Plans can be adjusted. They are not made in stone. Take some time to analyze the plans you made and adjust them to where they are possible to reach, but difficult at the same time. During the past month, I spent some concerted effort making plans for the next year. I intend to make 2018, my best year yet.

Look (or Create if you don’t have any) Over Long Term Goals

I have several long term goals that I have worked on for several years now.

The first one was to be a published author. I am a published author ten times now and have drafts of several other books already in the wings, so I guess I can cross become a published author off the “to do” list. Except for the new NaNoWriMo project that I do every year, I am not going to start anything new this year. The biggest thing I need to do as an author is to market and sell books.

I do however, have a related long term goal. That goal is to create my own publishing company to include other authors. I started some planning for this last year, but this got bogged down while I was working on the business plan. As I see it, the business, Jerjoboch Publications, will have to become a corporation, but for now, since I am the business’s only “full time” employee, I will stick to keeping it a sole proprietorship.

A third goal that I am looking at is the fact that a number of years ago, I wanted to have been in all fifty states. I have been in 36 states, but have not been in: Hawaii, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

A final goal is to improve my health over the next year. This means better nutrition and more exercise. This is sort of a family goal because my husband and daughter would also like to do this.

Determine This Year’s Goals

On the long term goal of developing Jerjoboch Publications, I will focus on developing marketing and sales online and off line and live speaking engagements. A big part of developing this goal will be to build up online and off line marketing presence as well as making a more concerted effort at becoming a speaker.

On the long term goal of going to all fifty states, find a trip related to speaking engagements (or two) above where I can have a working vacation in either the northwest or in the New England states.

On long term goal of improving health, keep a journal about how I am taking care of my health on a daily basis starting with eating healthier meals when at home and doing yoga as well as measuring how much I am drinking water.

Determine January’s Goals Based on This Year’s Goals

This month, my goal to develop my publishing business will be to take on daily goals of reaching out to other authors, libraries, bookstores, chambers of commerce, and conventions concerning buying my books and allowing me to speak before their crowds. The templates are already written all I have to do is adapt them to the specific recipient. I will also maintain this blog every week throughout the year and promote a different book per month. This month the book is Living Today, The Power of Now.

My goal to go to every state will be explored by looking for locations that I can go which will help fulfill the first goal to get speaking gigs at chambers of commerce and in conferences.

My goal to improve heath will involve keeping a journal of the meals that I am eating, of the exercise that I am doing, and the water that I am drinking.

Determine Weekly Projects and Daily Tasks for January 2018

I am not going into the details of weekly and daily goals except to say that the weekly projects are sections of the monthly goals. The daily tasks are actions taken to complete the weekly projects.

There you have it, my major goals for the year. What major goals would you like to accomplish over the upcoming year?


December 23, 2017

My Christmas Gift to You

I did this last year and I decided to make this an annual event. Here it is, Cygnet’s Annual Christmas gifts to all of my readers. Pick up your copy now and book you choose OR You can pick ALL of the titles below for free from midnight December 22, 2017 until midnight Christmas Day 2017! You don’t have to wait until Christmas Day to open your gifts either. Start reading today! Enjoy!

 

Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag

Jonathan Mayford wants to join the Patriot Cause because he wants to prove that he’s a man. Despite his parents’ misgivings, they allow him to join his father’s privateer, the American Elizabeth.

Jonathan befriends an old sea cook, Finis Henderson who teaches him about the sea. Later, he also becomes friend with a young African American boy.

Jonathan’s young friend, James Forten, though born a freedman, does not realize what freedom means until he experiences it as a privateer. He, also, did not realize the treachery of slavery until sees individuals of his own color in chains on the auction block.

The relationship that takes Jonathan from boyhood to manhood began when he met the red-headed Lowri Howell, a daughter of Welsh nobleman. Jonathan dreams of the day that he will become worthy of her affections. He hoped that in winning this war, he might have a chance at capturing her heart, his greatest prize of all.

Both Jonathan and James discover fighting in the war is not what makes a man. They learn that becoming a real man requires integrity and character.

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Book V of the Locket Saga: In the Shadow of the Mill Pond

B) In the Shadow of the Millpond

Fifteen-year-old Lacey Mayford has been infatuated with Matthew since she was a little girl. Matthew, a half-breed Indian, doesn’t see her as anything more than a little girl cousin. How can she convince him that she is growing into a beautiful young woman he should consider?

In the frontier town near the turn of the century, Matthew Thorton is blamed for Luther Hannibal’s murder after an altercation with Luther over stolen furs. Lacey defends Matthew with the help of a teacher, Felix Grackle. They look into other suspects who could have killed Luther Hannibal. Matthew’s father Luke and his best friend Jacque Pierre are looking for the person responsible for stealing the furs. They believe the thief might have something to do with Luther Hannibal’s murder.

Will Lacey be able to clear Matthew’s name? Will Luke and Jacque Pierre find the man who stole the furs? Will the vigilantes stop the Whiskey Rebellion without bloodshed? The truth is far more sinister than anyone could imagine.

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Book VI of the Locket Saga: The Anvil

Robert McCray dreamed of the day when he would marry Lillian O’Hare. He went north with his father, Uncle Luke, and Cousin Isaac to Northwestern Pennsylvania. He built a shed behind the cabin to set up his blacksmith shop. The only tool that he needed was the anvil. Little did he know that in a matter of hours, all his dreams would come crashing down.

Judith Campbell was the eldest of Duncan Campbell’s three daughters. After her father lost his farm in a rigged land grab, he decided to take up the US government’s offer to Revolutionary War veterans to settle on lands at no cost in unsettled parts of the country. Duncan and his family become neighbors to the Thorton and McCray families. There the three families bind together to survive the hardships of the wilderness. What does the future hold for Robert and Judith?

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Living Today, The Power of Now

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What if you only had one day to live? How would you live your life differently?

You really do only have one day at any given time, and that day is today. You cannot live in the past. You cannot live in the future. Today is your day to shine.

Today, and only today, you have the power of now, and it is strongest when you know that you are on the right path.

From Living Today, the Power of Now, discover:

  • Awareness and Focus on the present moment.
  • Tips for obtaining fire starting focus
  • Change bad habits to good habits
  • Creating a Time and a Place to dream
  • What “Don’t Worry” really Means
  • Learn How to Build on Past Experiences
  • Overcome Fear and Find Faith
  • Letting Go of the Past
  • The value of forgiving yourself and others
  • And much more

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072WFW3HZ

 

Write a Book and Ignite Your Business

Are you a business owner looking for surefire way to get the edge over your competition? Thanks to social media, the advertising world is changing. People can connect with you and your products like never before. They want to see the face behind the product. In addition, people want to know what is in it for them. They don’t care about the features so much as they want to know how what you do will benefit them. Writing a Book related to your business opens doors like nothing else can.

 

Writing a book can help you:

  • Offer more than just your business card to your high end clients
  • Demonstrate to your clients that you are an expert in your industry
  • Go places you would never have dreamed of going
  • Provide numerous chances for free publicity and even publicity that pays you!
  • Find the ultimate marketing tool!

No longer is it necessary to send your book out to a traditional publisher to publish your books. You don’t have to depend on vanity presses either. Today, it is possible to publish using a system called self-publishing where you do the work of writing your book then prepare it for publication, have copies printed using print on demand technology, then market the book yourself. This book not only tells you why you should write a book to ignite your business, but it gives you a step-by-step guide that shows you how to go through the self-publishing process from an author who has been through the process numerous times.

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What Would I Like in Return?

What do I want in return? I am not asking for anything. I am not asking for your email address or anything like that. As I said, this was a Christmas gift to you.

Share this post If you would like to give me something in return, you don’t have to, but I would love if you would Share this post on your Twitter or Facebook page.

A Review on Kindle Also, after you have finished reading, I would really appreciate  if you took the time to  return to the page where you picked up the book(s) and offer me a good review of the books you read and enjoyed. That would be better than any other Christmas gift or card you could give me.

I wish you a Very Merry Christmas

And a Happy, Happy New Year!


December 18, 2017

Tis the Season

How is Christmas shaping up for you this year? When we think about Christmas, we think about all of the gifts that we have to buy, the decorating, taking children to visit Santa, Christmas programs and getting together with family and friends to enjoy time together. Even among believers, people offer the babe in the manger a slight nod as we continue with our busy schedules.

 

In churches, the birth of Jesus is limited to a few carols, and a pageant displaying the story where angels, shepherds, animals, and three wise men all converge on the infant. The story sadly stops there with everyone kneeling to worship the young child.

 

At the same time, every year, this same peaceful manger scene is fought against in courts all over the country. What kind of power could this scene have that it causes some to be drawn to it, and at the same time causes others to be repelled, and yet the majority dismiss so easily?

 

The Angels, shepherds, the wise men knew what others do not understand. They knew that this event demonstrated that God loved them enough to give his best to his creation.

This story did not begin at the manger. We learn in the Bible in the book of Genesis that God created the heavens and the earth. We learn that in six days he created everything that is on the earth. His greatest creation, mankind, was made in God’s own image.

Then mankind turned his back on God and decided to do things his own way. They thought that they could live up to God’s standard without him or that they could somehow win God’s approval through their actions. This misunderstanding of truth continues today.

 

In the Beginning

There are times when we realize that we need God, but for some reason we think that we can fix our own problems or that we have to do something in our own efforts, but that isn’t God’s way. God wants us to need him and his ways. He wants the best for each of us and this is why he chose to give us Jesus who was not only made in his image, but was literally a chip off the old block.

This story did not end at the manger, either. After the angels went back to heaven, the shepherds and animals went back to their fields and the wise men returned to their countries, Jesus lived his life here on earth by giving in the same manner that his father had given him. He gave health to sick and life to the dead. He made the blind to see and deaf to hear. He then gave his own life on the cross so that he could also free us from sin. He never asks us to give up sin first, he became our sin instead. With that his life on earth was finished. All we have to do is believe in his resurrection, and share his gift with those around us.

Let’s Just All Agree to Get Along

During this Christmas season, let’s put aside our differences. Let’s share God’s gift of love with everyone we know, even people we don’t like. For the Love of God and for the rest of the year let’s forget about all of the fighting over religion and politics

Let’s give the gift of Peace on Earth, Good Will to Man! 

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