This has been a transition week. I’ve taken time to refocus on the best use of my time and the daily priorities that will get me towards my number one goal, which at the moment is finding a publisher for my motivational self-help book I wrote over the summer.

As part of the process, I’ve decided that reaching out to successful authors in the space is the best use of my time, which is why I’ve started contacting Amazon’s top one hundred authors in the field. My goal this week is to contact all of them, at least all who have contact information. Once the top one hundred have been contact, I’ll contact more.

I’ve also got a list of publishers in the field. Even though I could wait for my agent to contact them, I’ve decided to be proactive and help the process along by working my network. Once I’ve received a few contacts and suggestions, I’ll start reaching out to them as well.

The other action to push forward towards that goal is to continue guest blogging on highly visible sites. I submitted a new article proposal for Lifehack, so I expect that to be approved within the next week to ten days. I’ve also emailed some contacts at the Huffington Post. This week, I’ll shoot for Forbes.

Second to my goal of getting a publisher, is to finish my time travel book. I have a week off in a couple of weeks, and I’m hoping to get at least another 80 or so pages done during that time. If I can finish the first draft that will be even better.

For the following week, I’m made a few changes to weekly goals, the main change is my goal to contact 100 self-help authors. I’ll keep the others the same.

For my new place this week, I visited a couple of different places and restaurants in Osaka Japan on Sunday. I also visited the newly renovated International Marketplace in Waikiki, both of which I enjoyed.  

I took a look at Snapchat for the new app, but I didn’t spend nearly enough on it. I will give a better discussion next week. I’ve been planning on contact John Lee Dumas of Eofire through Snapchat for his mentoring sessions.

I finished fifteen hours of a twenty-hour audiobook, The Success Principles by Jack Canfield. I'm not finished with the book, but I will say that while there is a great deal of great stuff in 
The Success Principles,  I am not a believer in the Law of Attraction. I don't believe in the magic of the Secret. What I do believe is that belief is the first step because without it, there is no action. It's the action that creates success, not merely belief. 

I grew up with many people who believed that faith was all that was needed to succeed. They stayed poor, and many became disillusioned. The simple fact is that faith leads to  action. The action is what allows for success to manifest, not the universe conspiring to match your belief. 

I also started reading Invasion by Sean Platt and Johnny B Truant. I listened to 7 podcasts, Episodes 1414-1420 of Eofire. I’m excited about another week. I’ll see you again October 3rd.  

Audiobook in progress 
The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

Book in progress Invasion by Sean Platt and Johnny B Truant

Podcasts
EoFire Episodes 1414-1420

Goals for the week of September 16th are listed below.
  • Write 20 pages of my own work (14 pages of my time travel book & 6 blog post pages).
  • Listen 1 hour per day of education business videos
  • Write 1 blog post (this post).
  • Come up 4 good pitches for blogs posts
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speaker.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet 1 new person.
  • Contact 100 self-help authors.
  • Reading 1 chapter of fiction per day.
  • Finish listening to 1 audiobook.
  • Listen to 7 motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to 1 new place on the island (hiking, beaches, etc).
  • Try 1 new web or mobile application for increased productivity.
  • Complete 20 reps with focused breathing and form for my new core/ab workout routines for Mon/Wed/Fri.
 
 
Some weeks are a cut above the rest. This past week in Japan is one of them. I was fortunate to meet many wonderful new people. I traveled to Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Hyogo, and several other smaller prefectures in the Kansai area of Japan. I ate wonderful food and friends, family, and gracious people. I plan on doing it again next year.

I mentioned last week my focus will be on the appreciation of life as well as recuperation. I accomplished that. I also attended a very respectful and solemn funeral anniversary ceremony, which was rich in Japanese tradition and culture. It was more a celebration of life than a mournful event.   

I visited the Hiroshima Dome and monument to those who died in the atomic bomb blast over seven decades ago that punctuated the end of World War II.

I toured the Children’s Monument of Peace, and felt the gracious reception of everyone around me on through the Twitterverse. One of those people was famed fashion influence and humanitarian Simonetta Lein. She was kind enough to offer me the opportunity to write a post on peace from Hiroshima, which I did, and host it on her charity wall. The post will go live Monday September 20th. Watch for it on my Twitter feed and my newsletter

I'll also write a post on tips for traveling to Japan for her as well in the coming weeks, and I will go more in depth on my visit and the terrific places to eat and visit. 

This week marks three months on my journey of self-discovery. This upcoming week will be a mind shift and opportunity to reevaluate and refocus. I’m grateful and excited for my current path, and I know more exciting things will follow. I’ve met wonderful people and expanded my network of like-minded people. I’ve accomplished many of my weekly goals during that time, but I’m more excited about the journey. I’m hoping you will join me along for the ride.

Audiobook 
None.

Book 
The Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle

Podcasts
None

Goals for the week of September 19th are listed below.
  • Write 20 pages of my own work (17 pages of my time travel book & 3 blog post pages).
  • Listen 1 hour per day of education business videos
  • Write 1 blog post (this post).
  • Come up 4 good pitches for blogs posts
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speaker.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet 1 new person.
  • Reading 1 chapter of fiction per day.
  • Finish listening to 1 audiobook.
  • Listen to 7 motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to 1 new place on the island (hiking, beaches, etc).
  • Try 1 new web or mobile application for increased productivity.
  • Complete 20 reps with focused breathing and form for my new core/ab workout routines for Mon/Wed/Fri.
 
 
I hope I’m providing value to those who read these posts. The goal is to use my own progress, trials, and victories to help others avoid potential pitfalls and find possible solutions for those who seek their own passion, happiness, and vision of success. Your feedback is valuable, so feel free to reach out and give it.

Week twelve in my journey gave me additional insights into some challenges I’ve been having. On my flight to Tokyo, I was reading the Atlantis Gene on my Kindle App for iPhone and realized a feature change in the Kindle app had a psychological impact on my reading behavior.

The app used to give me an estimated length of time to completion. Now, it just gives me page numbers and percent complete. The prior feature was very helpful and gave me additional motivation when my mind started to drift. Without it, reading has been more of a struggle.

The whole point of my reading goal was to become a better writer, increase my attention span, and benefit from the improved focus that reading brings. Given my challenges the past few weeks, it’s clear I can benefit from those aspects. As such, I’ve decided to apply more effort and be more purposeful with that aspect of my action plan.

This week, I met my goal of reading as a result of my plane ride. I read 30 chapters, but I’m still not complete. I’ll finish it this week while I’m in Japan.

Through most of this post, I was at the Narita Airport at a different terminal than my last visit, so this counts as my new place, but I also went to a few new stores in Waikiki before I left. Next week, I’ll have tons of places I’ll talk about. I’m currently in a hotel in Kyoto at the moment.

I also tried several apps and web programs, but I didn’t spend enough time with them to comment. I did upgrade to the premium version of Myspeed, which I fully intend to use. It allows me to use the feature on external devices, but I need to learn how to implement that feature.

I didn’t complete an audiobook this week, but I’ll remedy that upon my return to Hawaii. I’ll keep it on my goals list for the week, but given my current stay in Japan, I’m not sure it will happen this week and is not a priority. Thoughtful contemplation and rejuvenation is my priority for the trip.

I did finish my podcast goal. I listened to with eleven episodes, most of them EoFire with John Lee Dumas. If you’ve been following my Twitter feed, you know how much I love the show. If you haven’t started listening, now is the time to start.

I must admit I struggled this week and felt unfocused. Part of that has been that I’ve been so focused on marketing and social media it’s been a challenge to regain focus once I get started. That combined with an upcoming international trip contributed to that feeling.

I’ve been networking hard on Twitter, and it’s been paying off. I’ve started to develop wonderful relationships and earned fabulous comments, like those from Shark Tank entrepreneur, Lori Lite, who congratulated me on my life and book series in response to my recent interview by Misfit Entrepreneur.  

Still, my priority tasks have suffered, so I will redouble my focus on the neglected writing and other goals. At the moment, I am intent on finding a publisher for my book. My marketing has been squarely focused on pushing my guest blogging platform. It’s been successful thus far based on feedback and other metrics, but I need to get more focused and dig deeper to insure success.

The marketing and Twitter activity convinced me I must get religious about using the Pareto Principle and Pomodoro Technique. I’ve been glossing over much of it. I’ve also realized it’s best for me not to worry so much about my early morning routine, as much as it could be helpful. My day job makes doing anything other than my morning exercises impractical. I’m not getting up at four or five in the morning. I get up early enough as it is, and I should focus on my routine after I get home. That’s where I’ve been falling short.

I always strive to meditate and nap half an hour, then get started on my routine, but I’ve been hopping on the computer before or after the meditation and nap, which has been the problem. This past week was especially challenging.   

In spite of those challenges, I completed my exercises, and made Twitter author and business connections.  I’ll keep my goals the same as next week, but with a renewed focus (next week) on my after work routine. This week I have no work. I’m going to recuperate as much as possible while I visit family. If I get nothing done, that’s just fine with me. It’s time to take one of those pauses and take stock of what’s important: family, friends, and life.

Audiobook
None.

Reading the Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle
Podcasts
EoFire Episodes #274-281
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe 579-580
The True Performance Show by Ziglar Episodes 416



Goals for the week of September 12th are listed below.
  • Write 20 pages of my own work (17 pages of my time travel book & 3 blog post pages).
  • Listen 1 hour per day of education business videos
  • Write 1 blog post (this post).
  • Come up 4 good pitches for blogs posts
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speaker.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet 1 new person.
  • Reading 1 chapter of fiction per day.
  • Finish listening to 1 audiobook.
  • Listen to 7 motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to 1 new place on the island (hiking, beaches, etc).
  • Try 1 new web or mobile application for increased productivity.
  • Complete 20 reps with focused breathing and form for my new core/ab workout routines for Mon/Wed/Fri.
 
 
I had great successes and a few disappointments during week 11 on my journey. I’ll start with the disappointments, which included missing a few of my goals. I’m still working on reading the book I’ve been on for over a month. I didn’t write much fiction, though I did write a little, I also missed one of the days of doing extra ab exercises and one day of reading my books. 

Getting up an extra 20 minutes in the morning was an epic fail. It wasn’t nearly enough time to get in the flow of writing fiction and it only lasted two days, so I’ll look at the best time allotment while working, which is probably between 4-5:30 given my schedule.

That said, I accomplished a lot. I went one week without any television, but I’ve decided I’ll allow myself television on the weekends and use weekdays to focus on my priorities. I used the extra time primarily for promoting.

I’m pleased to say my interview with Misfit Entrepreneur, Dave Lukas, dropped on Monday and was a huge success. It’s been received well. I also wrote an unexpected blog post on hurricane preparedness, which went viral.

The article is part of the reason why I didn’t make it to any new places this week, that combined with the two hurricane near misses. It was the promotion though that led to me dropping the ball on that front.

Numerous meteorologists in the field shared the article, including Justin Cruz and others. It was a great collaboration with Juanita Aguerrebere, local personality and co-owner of Aquahunters. She did the awesome info-graphics and gifs.

That new article comes on the heels of fantastic reception of my second Lifehack article published the prior week on value. I received high praise from famous investigative reporter, Jerry Mitchell, who shared the article on Twitter.

I now have three articles that I hope to leverage for promotion of my book. The feedback I’ve gotten is much better than anticipated, though I know I still have tremendous room for growth, which actually makes me more excited.

I finished all my other goals in the list, including listening to an audiobook. This time, it was The Elements of Style. You know you’re a writer when you listen to The Elements of Style in your car on the way home from a movie. I watched Nerve. I loved it. It reminded me a bit of the Running Man with Arnold Schwarzenegger in a social media sort of way. Elements of Style, though, not so much. It’s definitely a book you should read instead of hear in a car. Much of the nuance was lost, especially the parts about comma usage.

More interviews are on their way, as are more blog posts. I’ll also be flying to Japan next Saturday, so that will be my new place for the next two weeks. I have more fun things happening. I’ve also been sorting through a ton of apps and software, though none sufficiently enough to include them for discussion for this week.

I managed to listen to 24 podcasts, and write about ten pages, all related to my two podcasts. I actually ended up with less word count on my time-travel book, as I did more editing than writing.

Next week’s goals are listed below.

Audiobook
The Elements of Style by William Strunk

Reading the Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle

Podcasts
EoFire Episodes #164-173 & 1382-1383, & 1406-1413
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe Episodes 577-578
The True Performance Show by Ziglar Episodes 414-415

Goals for the week of September 5th are listed below.
  • Write 20 pages of my own work (17 pages of my time travel book & 3 blog post pages).
  • Listen 1 hour per day of education business videos
  • Write 1 blog post (this post).
  • Come up 4 Good pitches for blogs posts
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speaker.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet 1 new person.
  • Reading 1 chapter of fiction per day.
  • Finish listening to 1 audiobook.
  • Listen to 7 motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to 1 new place on the island (hiking, beaches, etc).
  • Try 1 new web or mobile application for increased productivity.
  • Complete 20 reps with focused breathing and form for my new core/ab workout routines for Mon/Wed/Fri.
 
 
It’s hard to believe that it’s already week ten on my journey. I’m just under twenty percent in, and I’ve realized I need to adjust my strategy and take my own advice.

For the longest time, I’ve been doing weekly reflections. I’ve had daily tasks, but the focus on the weekly goals instead of daily goals has been a hindrance. Starting this week, I will be doing daily reflections instead of weekly ones. A comment from one of the earlier weeks pointed in that direction, and it was spot on.

I was listening to the lastest episode of EoFire, and the special guest, JB Glossinger,  was talking about his book and limiting key goals to no more than six. I think I have fewer than that, but my focus has been scattered with all the promotion, so I need to get more strict with my routines. I'm also going to build out my master systems document that I have in place to supercharge my systems and habits.

I’ve also decided that fiction writing should always be my primary goal every day. I’ve resisted getting up significantly earlier because I already get up early, so I’ve decided to meet myself halfway. I’ll set my daily writing task at 25 minutes, which should yield two pages per day. I’ve now decided that I will wake up 5:30 instead of 5:50, and do my writing just before my short morning workout routine. This will allow me to hit my primary goal every single day.

I’ll be targeting a 9:30 PM finish time instead of 10:00, though it usually runs forty-five minutes over. I’ll knock out the writing in the morning, and my others daily tasks, namely promoting and improving my skill through learning, will come later in the afternoon.

I will also need to sacrifice television time. This week, my goal is to replace my average 90 minutes of television with 1 hour of focused business learning, and thirty minutes of promoting and organizing. I could probably cut out television altogether, but I don’t want to.

I love science fiction, so moving forward, I think my goal will be to replace television during weekdays and allow myself 1 hour of television each weekend day, with the exception of this week, since I’ll go cold turkey. I’ll be taking a trip in a couple of weeks, so it’s a good time to kick in a better habit. 



My two hours of television on the weekend, once I get back, will be limited to my scifi shows. There’s a time travel show coming up along with the new Star Trek series, so I’m definitely going to watch those. With a 20 episode year, usually shorter, that will allow me a five show a year to indulge, plus movies.

I do have more amazing news this week. The first is that Lifehack published my second article. I’ve gotten great feedback about it already. 



The other great news is that I’ve been given the opportunity to be one of the GOES-R educators that will watch the launch of the GOES-R satellite live from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral Florida, November 4th.

I’ve registered, and I’ll be there at the launch, as a well as a two-day teacher training on the program. I was actually involved in the GOES-R program prior to teaching, so it’s an exciting opportunity to get reacquainted with old friends and the program.

I went to several new places this week, all stores and restaurants. I ate at a crab joint, Cracking Kitchen, a new Target store in Kailua, and TJ Max in Ward Center. Nothing too exciting, but I did enjoy eating at the crab place.

I did go hiking, but I haven’t been to a new hike in a while. I went to Pillbox this afternoon, and you can check my Twitter or Instagram feed if you want to see the pics.

I tried several new applications this week including the Vango, which is an app to sell your artwork. I don’t really have any artwork to sell, but the selection looks great. If you’re an artist looking for exposure on your artwork, I highly recommend it.

I’ve also plugged into several intro mastermind groups and intro videos including Russels Brunson’s ClickFunnels, and Stu’s Tribe. I’ve decided to pull the trigger on ClickFunnels, which will be in about two to four weeks. The cost is a cool grand, but it hits what I’ve been trying to do with monetizing my website for a while. I’ll let you know how it goes.

For my goals, I basically missed the writing goal of 20 pages, getting a response from an author and business person, as well as watching the blogging video course. I completed everything else, except the reading a chapter day, though I did read every day.

This week, I’m making a few changes to my goals. I’m holding most of the items the same, but increasing my educational business video watching to one per day. I’m also adding a daily reflection instead of weekly reflection.

The audiobook I finished was How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie. It was dated, but still very useful. I started on Elements of Style, but gave up after the first chapter, which was mainly about comma usage. It’s a short book, so I may finish it in the next week or two regardless. 



I’ve listed my completed podcasts below, 22 in all, well above my goal of seven. I’m still working on the Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle.

Exciting things are coming down the pike, including a free PDF, which 
you can now download from Payloadz here. I’ll see you next week. Until then, feel free to shoot me an email and give me all the suggestions you like on what you want me to include in upcoming weeks, both on my blog and tools for my readers. 

Audiobook
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Reading the Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle

Podcasts
EoFire Episodes #152-163 & 1400-1405
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe 576
The True Performance Show by Ziglar Episodes 411-413

Goals for the week of August 29nd are listed below.
  • Write 20 pages of my own work (14 pages of my time travel book & 6 blog post pages).
  • Listen 1 hour per day of education business videos
  • Write 1 blog post (this post).
  • Come up 4 Good pitches for blogs posts
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speaker.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet 1 new person.
  • Reading 1 chapter of fiction per day.
  • Finish listening to 1 audiobook.
  • Listen to 7 motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to 1 new place on the island (hiking, beaches, etc).
  • Try 1 new web or mobile application for increased productivity.
  • Complete 20 reps with focused breathing and form for my new core/ab workout routines for Mon/Wed/Fri.
  • Reflect daily on daily goals
  • Write 25 minutes every morning from 5:30 AM. 
 
 
“Do. Or do not. There is no try,” as Yoda would say. With that, week #9 is in the bag, and so is my second Lifehack article, which was edited and approved for publication. It should be live around August 29th, but I’ll post an update once it is. If you haven’t read my first article, now would be the time to do it. It’s continuing to get great feedback.

I’ve also finished a free seven page PDF, which I’ll be giving to select people who download it. I’ll post more details once it’s ready. It’s a motivational and actionable document and is currently being edited and formatted.

In addition to those two items, I also wrote last week’s blog post, which brings my total weekly writing to 19 pages, just shy of my goal of 20. I didn’t, however, write anything in my upcoming book, but that will change this week, as I’m taking ten days off from Lifehack to work on my book.

I’ve also shifted into promo mode for my book, meaning I hunting for advance feedback and reviews. I’ll tap into my network of reviewers, and should be finished contacted them by midweek.

My writing goal for the upcoming week is 20 pages again, 2 pages per day of science fiction, plus my blog post and a few extra for good measure. I have decided though, that I’m going to drop my website’s guest blog goal completely. I’m just not seeing the value in it anymore, so I’ll focus on my own blog posts and guest posts that I write as opposed to seeking to hosting other writers posts. I won’t completely exclude it if I’m approached, but it’s no longer a priority.

For my new productivity tool, I joined Clickbank University and powered through 15 videos up to week three of the 8-12 week course. I have to wait to take the rest, so I’ll finally be able to get to more Seriousbloggers Only videos this upcoming week.

I also used the CRM tool Nimble. So far, I haven’t seen the benefit as of yet, but I think that’s more a function of my social media habits than the effectiveness of the tool itself. I’ll update you more as I go.

For my one new place, I went to Bubbies Ice Cream in Hawaii Kai. I sampled three different versions of mochi ice cream, pistachio, sakura (cherry blossom), and peanut butter chocolate. All of them were delicious.  

I didn’t get any new feedback from authors outside of Twitter, but I did speak with the host of the MisFit Entrepreneur podcast, who interviewed me on Friday. It’s was a tremendous interview. We dug deep. It should be out mid-October, and I’ll post a link once it’s live.

I’m still working on finishing the Atlantis Gene, which is a real shame, but I did read daily and completed my one audiobook, On Writing, by Stephen King. It was absolutely brilliant. I also listened to 26 podcasts of Eofire. Yes, I'm on fire with Eofire!

Finally, I met several new people when I went hiking on Saturday, including workers at Bubbies Ice Cream. All-in-all, it was another amazing week with several new milestones, additional feedback and publicity for my current and upcoming works. How was your week?


Podcasts
EoFire Episodes #141-151 & 1384-1399

Audiobook
On Writing by Stephen King

Reading the Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle

Goals for the week of August 22nd are listed below.
  • Write 20 pages of my own work (14 pages of my time travel book & 6 blog post pages).
  • Finish 1 unit of Jon Morrow’s Guestblogging course
  • Write 1 blog post (this post).
  • Upload 1 guest blog post.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speaker.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet 1 new person.
  • Reading 1 chapter of fiction per day.
  • Finish listening to 1 audiobook.
  • Listen to 7 motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to 1 new place on the island (hiking, beaches, etc).
  • Try 1 new web or mobile application for increased productivity.
  • Complete 20 reps with focused breathing and form for my new core/ab workout routines for Mon/Wed/Fri.
 
 
Ever had the crushing weight of something heavy knock you down? That’s how I felt this week. It’s time to take my own advice and implement the 80/20 rule. I’m dropping ghostwriting completely so I can focus on what matters: Fiction and blog writing. Working a day job just doesn’t allow much fluff.

My Lifehack article continued to explode. My agent will be seeking out publishers in early September for my latest book, so I’ll focus on getting at least two more Lifehack articles published to use as a platform to pitch publishers. I filed for an extension of my next Lifehack article, but I already wrote the first draft. I’ll submit it for review in the next few days.

I spent a ridiculous amount of time researching website design and SEO. I’ve decided it’s time to make additional changes to my website. Hi res photos slow down the site, so I need to search for a solution to that problem. I’ll hold back on additional photos until it's solved.

I’m also debating on whether to transition to Squarespace, Wordpress, or hire a professional to tidy up my site. I’ve gotten some quotes, but I need to do more research and decide on the direction of various aspects of the site before I commit to another large change. In the meantime, I’ll focus on a few tweaks to make my site load faster.

For my weekly goals, I did write the rough draft of the article, but I wrote nothing else besides the post (and this one). That’s got to change. I’ll take the advice of one of my commenters and focus on daily goals, then just add them up at the end of the week. I’ll target two pages of fiction per day. That will get my time travel book done in three months, though, I’m hoping to having done sooner.   

I completed the audiobook The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ Demarco. I agreed with some but not all of the material. A good read, but some caution is warranted. I took issue with the first section of the book, but the remainder put it in better context.   

I met my goal of completed podcasts, and I’ll be interviewed for my own this coming Friday. I’ll provide a link for that episode once it’s available. Still reading the Atlantis Gene. Reading has taken a backseat to research on education, but I still read every day.

I didn’t receive any new business or author contacts this week aside from Twitter. I didn’t go to any new place, aside from a few stores, but I did go hiking yesterday at Koko Head (not the stairs, but the ridge overlooking Hanauma Bay). It was beautiful.
I finished my extra ab exercises, and I’m seeing modest changes in definition.

I tried a new software program, Myspeed. It’s amazing! I held off trying it until I got a new computer, which I did this week. I’m currently on the seven day free trial. It’s $29.99 after that, but I will save time and is well worth it. It allows you to speed up embedded videos to 3x the speed and has smaller increment options. The time I spend watching embedded videos for research makes the software a no brainer. Youtube has an option to speed things up, but not for offsite embedded videos. The only drawback is that that it requires Firefox and there’s no mobile option in the basic version (Premier offers mobile but is 99.99).

I’ve listed my upcoming weekly goals below. If you haven’t started your own journey, I highly recommend it. Life’s too short to let it pass you by.

Podcasts
EoFire Episodes #132-140

Audiobook
The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ Demarco

Reading the Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle

Goals for the week of August 14th are listed below.
  • Write 20 pages of my own work (14 pages of my time travel book & 6 blog post pages).
  • Finish 1 units of Jon Morrow’s Guestblogging course
  • Write 1 blog post (this post).
  • Upload 1 guest blog post.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speaker.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet 1 new person.
  • Reading 1 chapter of fiction per day.
  • Finish listening to 1 audiobook.
  • Listen to 7 motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to 1 new place on the island (hiking, beaches, etc).
  • Try 1 new web or mobile application for increased productivity.
  • Complete 20 reps with focused breathing and form for my new core/ab workout routines for Mon/Wed/Fri.
 
 
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Week seven in my 52 week journey was fraught with more amazing triumphs and a few disappointing misses. My writing goal was another miss, but I’ve come to peace with the idea that it’s better to focus on the task at hand, which in this case was polishing the final draft of my latest book and turning it into my agent, which I did.

I’m even more excited by the feedback from beta readers, my mother included, and editors who read the final final draft (hopefully). I thought I was done, but then I started editing it more. One redundant word elimination led to another.

I must admit, it’s the most heavily edited work I’ve ever completed, at least on my end. I owe that almost entirely to Smartblogger’s editing tips, a shockingly phenomenal post. That will have to be the new website productivity tip of the week because I didn’t get to another other’s mentioned in my prior post.

In addition to my new book, my Lifehack article, 52 Lies You Must Ignore to Become Filthy Rich, went live! I spent the better half of the week promoting it, which more than paid off. It’s gone viral. After working my existing network on Twitter, the feedback started rolling in.

The article was shared by John Lee Dumas of EoFire, which you may recognize if you’ve been paying attention to the weekly podcasts I’ve been listening to. It was also shared Michael Okuda, the graphics designer of Star Trek, writer Michael Moran & more. Actress Lizza Monet Morales read the article, shared it, and told me, “Thanks for writing fierce content that challenge us all to put aside the myths & keep rising!!”

As part of that success, I was contacted by Dave M. Lukas, host of the podcast Misfit Entrepreneurs. He wants to interview me August 19th, and I’ll let you know when the podcast  will go live. I’ll count that as a win for my goals on getting responses from successful business people.

On the writer front, I received two personal emails, one from science fiction author Vaughn Heppner, and the other, Christopher Nuttall. In response to my question on what’s required for creative success, Christopher Nuttall said, “I’d say ‘Hard Work,’ to be honest. Having the dream is one thing, but you have to work hard to make it real.” To that, I’d have to agree. I will add, though, that it’s possible to streamline that hard work by working smart. One of the tips I expound upon in my upcoming book.

You can read Vaughn Heppner’s exclusive quote in my email newsletter if you’re a subscriber. I haven’t released the prior quotes by Brian Tracy or A.G. Riddle. I’m saving those for my upcoming book. Speaking of A.G. Riddle, I feel bad not finishing his book, which I’d hope to finish weeks ago. Still, I read every day, even if just a little.

For my other goals, I did my extra ab workouts. I listed to over 17 podcast episodes (that’s a huge win), and I finished the audiobook, Scientific Advertising, which if I’m being honest, I found a bit outdated. Still, it had some good nuggets of wisdom.

I met several new people in the course of my weekly activities, but not in a real substantive way. On balance, I’d say this past week was a huge success. I’ve already written the headline for my next Lifehack post. I’m keeping it close to the vest, but let’s just say I’m borrowing the theme from a famous Zig Ziglar quote: "You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want."

My goals for this week are listed below. I’m paring down my writing goal again, but included in that is today’s blog post as well as the rough draft for my next Lifehack article. I’ll have two solid weeks to dedicate most of my writing to the time travel book. I forgot to mention, I did an additional 18 pages of ghostwriting this past week. And I’ll do another 20 this week as well.

I missed hiking again because of remnants from another tropical storm. I did manage to visit several new places, including Liliha Bakery, which is surprising I haven’t been there already in the 22 years I’ve lived in Honolulu. I also visited the Honolulu Coffee Company’s new location, which occupies the former building of the Hard Rock Cafe.  

That’s it for this week. I’d love to hear your thoughts on my Lifehack article and this week’s blog post, so drop my line and feel free to leave a comment.

Podcasts
EoFire Episodes #119-131
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe Episode #574-575
The True Performance Show by Ziglar Episodes 409-410

Audiobook
Scientific Advertising

Reading the Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle

Goals for the week of August 7th are listed below.
  • Write 20 pages of my own work (15 blog pages & 5 pages of my time travel book).
  • Finish 1 units of Jon Morrow’s Guestblogging course
  • Write 1 blog post (this post).
  • Upload 1 guest blog post.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speaker.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet 1 new person.
  • Complete reading 1 fiction book.
  • Finish listening to 1 audiobook.
  • Listen to 7 motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to 1 new place on the island (hiking, beaches, etc).
  • Try 1 new web or mobile application for increased productivity.
  • Complete 20 reps with focused breathing and form for my new core/ab workout routines for Mon/Wed/Fri.
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Another great week is in the books. Like last week, I didn’t hit my writing goal; this time it was because I got back my latest draft from the editor and spent more than half the week pounding away at the third draft, which I completed and submitted for a final proofing late last night. Once I get it back, I’ll send it to my agent Peter Miller.

For this weeks new place, I went to my new school, where I’ll be teaching this school year. A great school overlooking Kaneohe Bay. I also went to a few consignment shops in Waikiki. The weather was uncooperative for hiking this week, but I’m hoping to have some more hiking action Saturday.

The new app/software I looked at was another course on Seriousbloggersonly, the money funnel course. I’ll take another course this week. I started a one month trial of King of Copy by Craig Garber. I’ll give an update on what I thought of the site next week. Both are focused on SEO and web traffic as well as copywriting.

I finishedThe E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber as well as listened to 13 podcasts listed at the bottom. I also did my extra ab exercises. I met several new people. I didn’t write or upload any guest blog posts, though I have a couple in the works, and one more in the works I added today.

I’m still working on the same book, the Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle, which brings me to my next goal. I was contacted by two authors this week. One of them was A.G. Riddle himself! I was thrilled that he responded, and have a nice personal quote I’ve added to the book. I was also contacted by Lindsay Buroker, author of the best-selling cyberpunk Dragon Blood Collection. I now have three personal quotes, two by the aforementioned and one by motivational guru and author of Eat That Frog, Brian Tracy, who’ve provided personal quotes, which will be in my book.

I wrote 18.5 pages of ghostwriting and 3 pages of my blog, but zero for my science fiction book. My goal for next week I’ll hold at 33 pages. I’ve listed my next week’s goals below, which are the same as last week.

Audiobook completed
The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber

Reading the Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle

Podcasts
EoFire Episodes #111-118
The True Performance Show by Ziglar Episodes 407-408
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe Episode #573
The KickAss Life with David Wood Episode #32
The Tim Ferriss Show Episode #1

Goals for the week of July 31st are listed below.
  • Write 33 pages of my own work (On my current scifi time-travel book).
  • Finish 1 units of Jon Morrow’s Guestblogging course
  • Write 1 blog post (this post).
  • Upload 1 guest blog post.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speaker.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet 1 new person.
  • Complete reading 1 fiction book.
  • Finish listening to 1 audiobook.
  • Listen to 7 motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to 1 new place on the island (hiking, beaches, etc).
  • Try 1 new web or mobile application for increased productivity.
  • Complete 20 reps with focused breathing and form for my new core/ab workout routines for Mon/Wed/Fri.
 
 
As I write, Tropical Storm Darby is flooding much of the area where I live. I’m being pounded with heavy lightning and thunder.

My weekend was hampered by the storm, which contributed to some of the reason why I didn’t complete all of my goals. The bigger reason I only wrote 2 pages, instead of my goal of 155, is that I chose to focus on editing the second draft, which went out to my editor Tuesday, and finishing Jon Morrow’s guest blogging course.

I completed all the remaining 30+ units, and I’m thrilled to say that I’m now a Jon Morrow Guestblogger graduate. Yay!

In addition, Lifehack greenlit my article, which has gone through the editing phase, which means they will schedule a time for publication shortly.

I’ll provide updates once I know more and have a specific publication date. My agent is planning on putting out a press release, and I’ll heavily promote it as well.

It was far more important for me to push forward on the editing of my latest book and building the platform to promote it. That said, I’m excited about the outcome even if I didn’t meet my writing goal.

For my other goals, I finished the audiobook,the Magic of Thinking Big, by David Schwartz.

I listened to three podcasts, mentioned below. I read everyday, but I’m still working on the same book. I didn’t get any emails from well known speakers or authors, outside of Twitter, but I did reach out to over thirty different famous authors, speakers, and businessmen.

My big wins for the week were finishing the blogging course, continuing my additional ab workouts, as well as my new things. I also count my editing a win.

I wanted to go hiking, but I had to settle for visiting a few new stores, The Aloha Cafe, being one of them, pictured below.

For my new app or program, I worked on Jon Morrow’s Serious Bloggers Only suite of courses. I love it so far! More updates to follow.

My summer is now over. I go back to work on Tuesday, and I'll get students the following week. I consider it a very successful summer. I was hoping to finish writing 2 books, but 1 and a third books is still a great accomplishment, not to mention the soon to be published article in Lifehack and my recent appearance in Wikipedia (in the bottom credits for my vog article).

Due to my updated schedule, my new goal for writing this week is 33 pages (time travel book) plus my my blog post and any required ghostwriting. I don’t have a blogging page goal just yet, but I’ll set one next week. My next big goal will be to finish my second book of the year by the end of six weeks, September 3rd, right before my an upcoming trip to Japan. Next week’s goals are listed below.


Audiobook completed
The Magic of Thinking Big

Reading the Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle

Podcasts
The Brian Buffini Show Episodes 4-5
MWF Motivation Episode 6

Goals for the week of July 10th are listed below.

  • Write 33 pages of my own work (On my current scifi time-travel book).
  • Finish 1 units of Jon Morrow’s Serious Bloggers Only course
  • Write 1 blog post (this post).
  • Upload 1 guest blog post.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful entrepreneur or speaker.
  • Get a response from at least 1 successful scifi or fantasy author.
  • Meet 1 new person.
  • Complete reading 1 fiction book.
  • Finish listening to 1 audiobook.
  • Listen to 7 motivation podcast episodes.
  • Go to 1 new place on the island (hiking, beaches, etc).
  • Try 1 new web or mobile application for increased productivity.
  • Complete 20 reps with focused breathing and form for my new core/ab workout routines for Mon/Wed/Fri.
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