Productive Saturday Mornings

As I do every Saturday morning, I review some 300+ digital publications, blogs, newsletters & videos to which I subscribe. Most have been received in my email throughout the prior week. Upon receipt, I quickly skim and bookmark articles and information I find to be of interest and thus, worth reading with the understanding of learning, as opposed to a quick glance.

I am very focused on maintaining work/life balance, but I firmly believe there are things that can/should be done during some down time that could prove beneficial as the daily grind continues. They key is to maintain balance. With that in mind, I have found my Saturday mornings to be quite productive and worth my attention. A grind of a different kind but with similar productivity goals around success.

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This morning I came across an article about goals that I found particularly interesting. Although, as I’m passionate about personal branding as well as self-promotion, I have a somewhat different perspective about this article. Here’s a snapshot of that article:

Why You Should Keep Your Big Career Goals a Secret from Your Friends

In any event, the article maintains that while it’s natural and oh so tempting to want to announce big goals, it’s smarter to keep them to yourself. In a 2009 experiment at New York University, 163 subjects were given a difficult work project and forty-five minutes to spend on it. Half the subjects were told to announce their goals, while half were told to keep quiet.

The subjects who announced their goals quit after only an average of thirty-three minutes, and reported feeling satisfied with their work. Those who kept their mouths shut, however, worked the entire forty-five minutes, and remained strongly motivated. (In fact, when the experiment ended, they wanted to keep working.)

Telling others about your big goals makes them less likely to happen, because it creates an unconscious payoff— tricking our brains into thinking we’ve already accomplished the goal. Keeping our big goals to ourselves is one of the smartest goals we can set.

Well, I’m not sure I completely agree as I’ve been taught to enlist the help of others, and especially those close to me to help move me toward achieving my goals. What also stands out in my mind is to make certain others have a stake in the goal. How does/can it benefit them if my goals are achieved? I also recall an emphasis being put on working toward common goals with others. After all, two heads are better than one, right?

“If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” – Zig Ziglar

Golden Rules of Goal Setting

Have you thought about what you want to be doing in five years’ time? Are you clear about what your main objective at work is at the moment? Do you know what you want to have achieved by the end of today?

If you want to succeed, you need to set goals. Without goals you lack focus and direction. Goal setting not only allows you to take control of your life’s direction; it also provides you a benchmark for determining whether you are actually succeeding. Think about it: having a million dollars in the bank is only proof of success if one of your goals is to amass riches. If your goal is to practice acts of charity, then keeping the money for yourself is suddenly contrary to how you would define success.

To accomplish your goals, however, you need to know how to set them. You can’t simply say, “I want” and expect it to happen. Goal setting is a process that starts with careful consideration of what you want to achieve and ends with a lot of hard work to actually do it. In between, there are some very well-defined steps that transcend the specifics of each goal. Knowing these steps will allow you to formulate goals that you can accomplish.

Read more and watch the video at

7 Ways to Turn Your Dreams into Reality

Dreams without action is a world of make believe. Consider the following:

  • 96 percent of college professors believe they have above average teaching skills.
  • 50 percent of high school students believe they will attend law school, medical school or grad school.
  • Time magazine asked in a survey, “Are you in the top 1% of wage earners?” Nineteen percent said yes! And 36 percent expected to be.


Personally, I believe the best way to turn dreams into reality is to keep front and center the reason(s) why I started in the first place.

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Reading for Information AND for Motivation & Inspiration

For those close to me, it’s a given to know that I’m an avid reader as I’m a sponge for new ideas and motivation & inspiration to make those ideas (and dreams) come true.

So, I always have a book or two on my desk that I’m reading or about to read for the first time. I also keep several other books that I have already read but I may be referring to them as inspiration and/or reference to a project.

It is all a process. Develop whatever process that works best for you!

Currently on my desk…

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One More Thing (or 12 more things!)

12 Ways to Be More Productive on the Weekends

  • Use different skills than you use during the week.
  • Don’t try to do it all.
  • Kick into gear first thing in the morning.
  • Give your mind a break.
  • Catch up on sleep.
  • Hone a skill for the job you want.
  • Write a guest post for a publication.
  • Pick at least one obligation-free day.
  • If you choose to work, set a time limit.
  • Declutter your living spaces.
  • Volunteer.
  • Do something fun on Sunday night.

Credit to: Lindsay Kolowich Cox 

Have a great day. Make it happen. Make it count!