The Spark

Motivation is the spark that lights the fire of knowledge and fuels the engine of accomplishments.  It maximizes and maintains momentum.”  ~ Zig Ziglar

Today is the fourth of July.  I think sparklers are appropriate and this quote just nails it for me today.  For my walk today, I selected two podcasts to listen to – Organizing Mindfully and The Ziglar Show – Motivation & Inspiration to Fuel your LIfe.  The OM podcast featured an interview with David Allen which was really good and provided some good information.  Primarily I walked away from that interview with a sense that you need a place for everything and that you don’t have to be perfect all the time.  In other words, a creative mess is okay as long as you can clean up quickly.  That is a simplistic summary but I did get it and understand that as we create we often make a mess and that is okay but once that process is over we get back on track.  That actually sounds good to me.   However, the podcast that really got me excited was the Zig Ziglar one which I found this morning before my walk.  I’m looking at all types of resources out there to get me motivated and excited about my July project.  The episode I listened to was #320  titled “The most life changing thing you’ll ever encounter.”  It was really about positive self-talk and the importance of doing that daily, both morning and night.  I know from experience that this works but I have not done this consistently or really monitored the impact of a daily ritual of positive self-talk.  I’m going to do it this month and as soon as I got home from my walk I looked at the Ziglar website and signed up for the self-talk cards.  I know this may seem hokey but I’ve always done hokey and have benefited from it.  I think there is really something to this positive self-talk and frankly I’m really motivated and my engine is fueled!  I’m truly grateful for that and that I’ve ignited that spark again.  Happy 4th of July!


Organize Mindfully


Organize Mindfully — those are two words that individually resonate with me and together they are definitely intriguing.  I have been feeling somewhat unmotivated and that is not something I am comfortable with.  I like being energized around an idea or concept or project or something that gets me excited and enthusiastic but the last week or so I just have not been feeling that.  I have given it thought and tried to reconcile with the feeling but in truth, I like to feel excited about getting things done.  There are lots of things going on right now and all of those influence the way I feel.  One is the weather and the heat does impact my energy.   We have had several days over 100 degrees and lounging around in a cool house sounds more appealing than running around getting things done!  I’ve also been somewhat slack on using my Motivated Moms app which helps me keep the house clean and organized, and most importantly, my eating and meal planning has gone by the wayside and my digestive track feels it big time.  I think that could have something to do with my energy level too!   It is not busyness I seek but a feeling of creating an environment that is comfortable and allows space for creativity.

So, today, as I was getting ready for my morning walk, I decided to check out some different podcasts and looked at the Top Charts for Podcasts on my phone.  I looked at quite a few but two stood out for me.  The first one was Organize Mindfully (hence today’s title), and the other was Getting Things Done.  I am familiar with David Allen’s Getting Things Done concepts and have his book.  I tried to use it when I worked but wasn’t able to be consistent with it.  The idea of organizing is something I like and I always feel I am in a perpetual state of organization!  So I decided to listen to an episode from each of these podcasts as I walked.   And as a result,  I found was my project for July — organizing!  And I’m excited… which feels really good.  Following is a recap from the podcasts I listened to this morning.

  • Organize Mindfully – Be Inspired to bring organization into your life.  This is a twice a week podcast hosted by Mark Dillon who interviews organizing experts and designers as well as mindfulness experts like Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg.  I was intrigued by this idea of mindful organization as I am not seeking out organizing in a robotic way or seeking perfection and living life by a checklist.  And mindfulness is something I aspire to and practice meditation pretty consistently to become more mindful.  The first episode I listened to was called 002-Simplify your life and embrace your true self with Jennifer Ford Berry.  It was an interested 32 minute interview and the main concept I came away with was to have a vision of what you want your result to look like.  I equate that to Steven Covey’s “have the end in mind,” which helps provide direction and structure to whatever you are taking on.    I checked out Jennifer’s website and looked at some of her products.  She does have a new book on inner clutter which I think is an important concept and that one needs to work on both inner and outer clutter to really get organized.  She also focuses on the concept that organizing is liberating and ultimately can result in more energy and creativity.
  • Getting Things Done – GTD.  This podcast had a more business focus and is designed to support listeners at every stage of their GTD practice.  The episode I listened to was 05-Daily Habits with Charles Duhigg broadcast on June 17, 2015.  The episode was 25 minutes and the main thing that stuck with me was the idea that little things done consistently, good or bad, will have a huge impact. Charles Duhigg is a reporter for the New York Times and also the author of a book titled “The Power of Habit.”   Charles used the example of deciding between a salad and a hamburger everyday and that if  you consistently choose the hamburger for 365 days, it definitely makes a difference.  I know this concept is true but to hear it discussed, and to give more thought to it, it is something I will use as I make decision and prepare plans.  They used the concept with the idea of money, saving and or spending which is probably easier to grasp.  There was a lot of discussion about habits in general and the idea of routinizing things that you want to do consistently.  This made me think of my Motivated Mom’s App which helps with housework and other household chores.  He identified a trigger, a routine, and a reward as part of habit formation.   I visited his website to get more information and there is a lot of  free resource material he has offered on his site.  I’m definitely going to see if his book is in the library and also review his free materials.

I didn’t start out today thinking I was going to find my project for July, but I am glad I did.  It was just what I needed and now I feel really motivated about the month and I look forward to some of the things I will learn, or relearn this month.  This month my focus will be on learning about the concepts of organizing through listening to podcasts, reading books, and searching for information on the internet.  I would like to incorporate new habits as I go along so that at the end of the month I have a clear vision of how I want my home organized and a plan of action to make it happen!