Productivity Princess

princessI wrote this article for Ms. In the Biz about being more productive.

6 Tips to Better Productivity

Read it. Learn from it. Talk to me about it.

Or don’t. It’s up to you.

Just Ask

I had a cool thing happen this week.

I met with this community who I want to learn from. I learned how much it would cost to learn from them and knew I couldn’t afford it right now. They have a scholarship program. I applied. I got a hefty scholarship with a payment plan to make it possible to afford to learn from them. I was so excited.

I told a friend of mine about the opportunity and his first response was, “I’m jealous. I want to do that.”

I told him he should do it, too. He said he didn’t know how. I said, “Just ask.

That was the only difference between him and me. I asked.

I saw something I wanted and I simply asked.

There have been a few instances in my life in which people say they wish they could do whatever it is I’m doing. And I tell them if they really want to, they absolutely should. And they say they don’t know how. So I tell them to just ask. Google it. Send an email. Find a mentor. Read books about it.

Whatever it is, just ask how you can make it a reality. The answer is out there. I promise.

I apply this to my own goals and career constantly. I’m a believer that the universe supplies exactly what you ask for, so you need to be clear about what you want. If you don’t have a clear goal, you can’t be sure how all the pieces in your life fit together and serve you. And whatever you want may not come your way because you’re not actively asking for it.

Don’t spend your precious energy wishing you could do something your heart desires. Find out how to do it. And the best way to find out?

Yep. You guessed it. Just ask.

Somethings Gotta Give

And I’m not talking about the classic movie. I’m talking about the phrase for life.

Obviously, I love working out. I discuss it on here regularly. But the past week or so, I’ve been terrible about it. I don’t even want to tell you the number of times I’ve gone to the gym compared to how often I was going at this time last month.

But here’s why. It’s the end of the year. I’m in LA for only a few more days before I head home for the holidays. I’m trying to continue to do a few last shows while wrapping up several projects while also continuing the major campaign for my web series we’re going to begin filming in early 2014 (Called The Other Client List).

And I’ve learned that when you’re taking on so much- especially when it all reaches a crunch time like it is right now- something’s gotta give. And for me, that’s been working out in the mornings. I was terrible about it last week. And my motivation is low for it right now. I’m still forcing myself to do it- because it’s sooooo good for my mind and body- but it’s a struggle.

And some days, I just don’t flippin’ make it.

And that’s ok. Because everything is a flux. And as long as I am being productive and happy with what I’m doing (and making sure I’m still staying healthy and not just excusing laziness) then it’s all good.

For now.

Besides, New Year is around the corner. Perfect time to reset. And get back into a better routine.