February 17, 2017

I want what I want, when I want it.

Hate all that email?  Me too!
I want it, but not Now.
I hate all the interruptions with stuff that can easily wait until later.

I want what I want, when I want it.
So I finally decided to do something about it.

I set up a Label called "1. Read Later"
and Filter everything I get on a recurring basis
(newsletters, notifications, meetups, blah, blah, blah)
to automatically skip my Inbox and go directly to Archive
with the label 1. Read Later.

Now I'm just never bothered during my Golden Hours
with the trivia I just do not need to know about Now.
Ah! The Peace!

At the end of the day,
I click on the filter called 1. Read Later
and easily deal with all the stuff.

I even put an event on my calendar for 5:30 pm to Read Later!

Sure there are apps to Read Later, but this method is automatic.

February 15, 2017

ToBeWise, the app, gets a podcast

A good friend, Greg Voisen, has done over 600 podcasts over the years, featuring authors whose recent books have a mind/body/soul/self-help theme, and they are all featured on his website at InsidePersonalGrowth.com. Every once in a while he does one on a software product in that same realm, and so, just last week, it became my turn!

This was my first podcast about ToBeWise, so it can only get better!

Check it out at this link on SoundCloud:

Feedback/suggestions much appreciated...

January 26, 2017

Checklist advances to Version 7.5

1.  Extensive use of Data Validation dropdown selections reduces typing and improves the mobile experience.
2.  New simplified score system makes it easy for users to make changes without getting into the formula specifics. Custom function programmed by our Bejing China resource.
3.  High score last 7 days, and Average score last 7 days, for extra motivation.
4.  Updated document.

January 20, 2017

Good Words

"My journey with you has been an amazing learning experience which I enjoy and value.  You are a consummate professional and I appreciate our relationship."

These were the words that greeted me in this morning's email, from a coaching client who is a CFO and on the board of directors of a public company. I've been working with him for about six months.

It's always great to know that I'm helping someone.


(speaking of Good Words, 
check out my new software product ToBeWise 

January 1, 2017

Set for Maximum Productivity

Setup for Maximum Productivity: monster 65 inch Samsung monitor driven by MacBook Pro via HDMI cable, wireless Magic Keyboard, wireless Magic Trackpad, and wireless Magic Mouse. 

On the monitor, top left, clockwise:
1. Business Plan
2. Email
3. "The System" (my not-so-secret weapon... see This Link.)
4. Calendar
5. YouTube video of calming seascapes.
(Not shown: YouTube calming classical music)

Also noteworthy are the Baffin down booties... gotta keep the feet warm!  :)

Update: 1/2/2017 - Using the MacBook Pro for the on-screen video and the background music seems to diminish the responsiveness of the Mac, so I offloaded the video to a nearby iPad, and the audio to a nearby iPhone 6 (without SIM card) not being used for testing. This made a major difference.

Of course, my iPhone 7 is also close at hand, and is running ToBeWise Pro, giving me great motivational/inspirational notifications every hour, along with a reminder to Breathe. Smile. Move around. See http://ToBeWise.co

December 30, 2016

Version 7 of "The System" has big New Year upgrade

Continuously improved for the last 2 years, Version 7 is now available:

1. Extensive use of personalized drop-down lists for fast data entry without using keyboard. This improvement makes the System much easier on mobile devices.

2. Additional Details column with custom drop-down lists for more granular analysis.

3. Additional "Hidden" rows for multiple entries (see Sales, Prod Dev., etc)

4. Total Productive Time calculation added.

5. Many cosmetic changes, to highlight most productive activities, the Purpose and the Score.

Shown is the complete daily checklist I'm currently using (shown as of 11AM today). My Score for the last couple of days has been over 80,000. I'm still shooting for 100,000, but I want to achieve it without stress. 

Note the photo of my son and daughter, who I think of as my inspiration for wanting to do the best I can. And speaking of "doing my best", that is a phrase borrowed with great appreciation from Marshall Goldsmith. Just saying those words to myself adds extra power to my actions. Try it!

December 20, 2016

Ask and you shall receive

Steve Jobs video clip on why it is so important to Ask!
It's all about having the courage to risk failure, rejection, etc.
And taking Action!

December 13, 2016

ToBeWise: there's an app for that. Free!

If only there were an app that would start us on the path of Success in Life and in Business...
That thought has occupied my mind for a long time, starting 31 years ago. For much of the past year, I've been working on just such a thing, and as of just a couple of days ago, it's now available for iPhone/iPad users, in the App Store.

I call it ToBeWise, because, well, it's the best name I came up with, after considering a lot of others. The name describes the Result you will achieve by using the app: wisdom.

the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight. 

Imagine if you had that ability... pretty cool, right? The big challenge with having wisdom is that it takes a lot to Time to develop it, a lot of knowledge and experience just doesn't happen overnight, and most people just never develop enough of it to truly succeed in Life and Business.

You'd have to read tons of books, and have lots of years of major and varied life and business experiences, and then pull them all together to build your understanding to the level that it all became common sense to you, and from then on you could think and act in ways that would appear to others to be simply effortless insight... as if everything you did were easy and right on point.

If only there were a way to take a short cut through all the reading and study and get the basics internalized without effort. If only there were a way to channel the most successful and intelligent people who ever lived...  if only there were an app for that!  Well, there is!  

Start at ToBeWise.co and follow the simple system of 2 minutes in the morning and 2 minutes at night. Easy. Simple. Highly effective. Free.

December 1, 2016

Stop it!

“I know it was your idea, but it was my idea to use your idea.” 

The benefit of stopping certain negative behaviors can be far greater than all the positive ones combined. The following bad habits create challenges in interactions with others. CEOs often wrongly attribute their successes to these habits.

Promoting my value

Adding too much value:  Needing to add our two cents to every discussion.

Claiming credit that we do not deserve: The most annoying way to overestimate our contributions to any success.

Passing judgment: The need to rate others and impose our standards on them.

Starting with "No," "But," or "However": These negative qualifiers say to everyone, "I'm right, You're wrong."

Making destructive comments: The needless sarcasms and cutting remarks that we think make us sound sharp and witty.

Overusing emotions

Speaking when angry: Using emotional volatility as a management tool.

Negativity: "Let me explain why that won't work": The need to share our negative thoughts even when we were not asked.

Clinging to the past: The need to deflect blame away from ourselves and onto events and people from our past.

Making excuses: The need to reposition our annoying behavior as a permanent fixture so people excuse us for it.

Playing favorites: Failing to see that we are treating someone unfairly.

Empowering the Ego

An excessive need to be Me: Reframing faults as virtues because they're who we are.

Passing the buck: The need to blame everyone but ourselves.

Refusing to express regret: The inability to take responsibility for our actions, admit we're wrong, or recognize how our actions affect others.

Winning too much: The need to win at all costs and in all situations - when it matters, when it doesn't, and when it's totally beside the point.

Telling the world how smart you are: The need to show people we're smarter than they think we are.

Upholding boundaries

Withholding information:  Refusing to share information with others to maintain an advantage over them.

Failing to give proper recognition: The inability to praise and reward.

Not listening: Passive-aggressive form of disrespect for colleagues.

Failing to express gratitude:  Bad manners, plain and simple.

Punishing the messenger: Attacking the innocent who are only trying to help.

Adapted from a post by Marshall Goldsmith ("To help others develop, start with yourself.")

October 31, 2016

Effective Board Meetings

Board meetings. Jean de La Rochebrochard shares advice on how to run effective board meetings.  Kima Ventures

Some of the suggestions seem to be too much work, and too much to cover in the time allowed, but there are a couple of good takeaways in here.

Now think about your meetings with your advisor/mentor. Why, and how, should they be any different?