Friday Fab Four

Friday Fab FourHip, hip hooray for a short week! I know I should not complain because of August…and California but will the rain please.just.stop?

I found these four articles to be more interesting than most…you know the drill!

1- Game of Thrones Ratings are Falling~Kirsten Acuna <gee, i wonder why>

2-Inbox Zero vs Inbox 5,000~Joe Pinsker <which one are you? I don’t like to have unread emails>

3- The Main Differences between Tylenol, Advil, Aleve & Aspirin-Erin Brodwin <this gave me a headache>

4- How Company Culture Affects HR~Jeff Fermin <can’t have one without the other>

Friday Fab Four

dondraperfabfourHappy long weekend Friday! In honor of the end of Mad Men…I threw in a couple of articles I read this week about Mad Men! Enjoy.

1. Coke Did Not Pay for Its Mad Men Role–E.J. Schultz {That’s a lot of free promotion}

2. Jon Hamm Talks About the Mad Men Series Finale–Dave Itzkoff {priceless, so long Don Draper}

3. Uber, but for Putting Gas in Your Car–Ben Popper {sign me up! I miss full service gas stations}

4. The Single Most Important Quote for Every Entrepreneur to Remember–Thomas KouloPoulos {I’ve never liked being on the sidelines}

Friday Fab Four

IMG_6128Wow, another Friday is upon us! I hope you had a great week…I certainly did.  Here are four articles that I read this week and thought you might like them as well! Have a great weekend.

1. What Sets Lebron James Truly Apart? His Mind.–Bob Rotella {love this, I’m a huge believer in this process}

2. This One Trait Can Make or Break Your Business–Jacob Shriar {I would argue that transparency can make or break your life as well}

3. What is Generation Z, and What Does It Want?–Jeremy Finch {I’m raising one!}

4. The Deadliest Jobs In America–Bloomberg Business {fascinating data and a really cool way to present the data}

My Obsession with Paper Planners

The Passion Planner

The Passion Planner

I love technology.  I’m an Apple disciple…pretty sure I have owned every iPhone, the first one is still my favorite.  Technology makes my life easier, helps me run a business and for the most part, it helps me stay sane.  However…I am a self professed paper nerd.

Can I tell you how happy paper makes me…stationery, note cards, business cards, journals…and planners.  You may recall that I love a handwritten note and feel that it is definitely a lost art…one that I know is making a comeback!

I use Sunrise and fantastical for my digital calendars but I still love writing down appointments in a paper planner.  I take the planner with me and I use a planner for…wait for it…planning!

In the past, I’ve used boring planners from an office store, because I thought those were the best planners for my job.  Last year, I discovered the Day Designer planner.  I really like this planner and used it for a year.  There were many details about this planner that I enjoyed using, like an area for daily gratitude, a to-do list next to my day and in the front of the planner is an area to write down dreams and plans for the year.  This is a great planner and it’s stylish.  However…for me, it is very bulky.

Last month I went on the ‘find a new planner’ quest.  I know…it’s May, not January but the Day Designer has different times of the year that they start and I got the Aug-Jul planner…so I had to decide to get another one or try something new.

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The Passion Planner

Enter the Passion Planner! This planner had everything I liked about my previous planner but it comes in two sizes and it’s more sophisticated looking…black leather vs gold polka dots. It also has a section in the front for detailing your passions and making plans to achieve your goals.  It has a week view instead of a day view, which was important to me, and it has a great space for doodling or making notes.  I LOVE this planner.  Plus…I could buy an undated planner which helped me in my mid-year need for a new planner.  There’s still a space for daily gratitude and a great to-do list. I can’t believe that after all these years, I have finally found the perfect planner for me.  {I even bought one for the Hubs}

If you are unhappy with your current planner or want to upgrade…I highly recommend checking out the Passion Planner.  They ship quickly too.

Do you have a favorite planner? Let me know in the comments!

 

Friday Fab Four

IMG_6128Another Friday is here! I felt like this particular Friday would never get here.  I hope you had a productive week and are ready for a relaxing weekend.  Don’t forget, Mom’s Day is Sunday.  Here are the four best articles I read this week!

1. You have 8 Billions Dollars. You Want to do As Much Good as Possible. What do you do?–Dylan Matthews {a fascinating read about philanthropy}

2. How to Make Money Doing What You Love–Elizabeth Segran {a thousand times yes}

3. Did this Woman Predict Mad Men’s Ending Two Years Ago?–Ben Collins {I am not ready for it to end no matter how it ends}

4.How to Be the Most Effective Version of Yourself–Allison Stadd {check out Kate’s the spark notebook….I can’t wait to get mine!}

**Bonus in honor of Mom: The Most Important Leadership Lessons You Can Only Learn from Mom–Lolly Daskal

Put Down Your Phone

FullSizeRenderTrust me, my family and friends won’t believe the title of this blog post…I have a hard time putting my phone down.  But even I admit that there are times when we need to unplug.

Two weeks ago, I was so lucky to attend the Hozier concert in Tulsa.  The concert was at the Brady Theater which is one of my favorite music venues.  It’s intimate and the sound is great.  My good friend Whitney secured us great tickets which put us about 30 rows back but dead center with Hozier himself. He was amazing in person.  I took a few pictures of him but for the most part, I put away my phone and just listened to his amazing voice.

As I was swaying to the music and singing along, (sorry to the folks sitting near me) I was amazed at how many people were more concerned with their phones.  Either taking photos of Hozier or selfies or videos of the concert (is that legal?) or just texting -snapchatting- tweeting-instagramming.  We were in the same room as Hozier, people pay attention! 

This advice isn’t just great for concerts…it’s great for dinner tables, sporting events, car rides, conferences…wherever you find yourself with another human being who is doing something amazing…put down your phone and take it all in.

Friday Fab Four

IMG_6128Happy first day of May! Can you believe May is already here?  We are 1/4 of the way through the year…scary.  Here are the four best articles I read this week and thought you would like them as well.  We are home this weekend and I plan to plant flowers, visit the farmers market, hit the trail and relax. Have a wonderful weekend.

1. You Are Not Your Job–Alyson Madrigan {hard to remember sometimes, but very true}

2. Avoid Regret with a Weekly Work/Life Check-In–Brandon Kidwell {wow, this one got to me}

3. Simple Rules for Healthy Eating–Aaron E. Carroll {not rocket science but a good reminder}

4. Casting Early Presidential Vote through Facebook by Clicking ‘Unfollow’–Nick Corasaniti {It’s about that time where many voice opinions on facebook that you don’t want to see!}