Thursday, January 1, 2015
                                      Winter Edition 272
Russell R. Shippee
Author, Speaker, Navigator

"Stop whatever you're doing for a moment and ask yourself: Am I afraid of death because I won't be able to do this anymore?"

- Marcus Aurelius

"The problem with someday thinking is a year from now you'll wish you'd started today."  

- unknown      


"I want to put a ding in the universe"


-Steve Jobs


"I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it."


-Jonathan Winters 




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Why, why in the world would I send you a newsletter on January 1st at 5AM?

Well, some of you will be up and reading it. Some of you, when you do open it, will  have a few quiet moments to reflect. Some of you will have already done the work, file or delete it and get another cup of coffee.

If you don't want to read it today save it for another day.

If you have not downloaded the 13 Keys (see below), NOW is the time to do it. If you have, but haven't done the work, NOW is time to do it.

OK, if you don't have time or don't want to tackle the 13 Keys then just go to number 13, Habits, and read it. You might be inspired for 2015.

The last two weeks, in spite of Christmas and Hanukkah, I was able to wrap up and finish some goals.  I hope you were able to do the same. If not, worry not, today starts a new year.

You'll want to focus on the article. The first step is a big deal and a fun one. Take your 2015 calendar (if you have not already done so), and block out all of the vacation time you have planned.  Yes, first is to schedule your time off.

Once you have the excitement of blocking off your fun time, you can then schedule your work time. We have to plan vacations so why not plan our work, also?

Remember, there are no unrealistic goals, only unrealistic deadlines.


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It's time.  It's time to take the time to review the year so that you can then move forward with a clean slate.

The newsletter of 12-11-14 had an article, YOU TOO.  In it I talked about jotting down your goals. Some of you may have actually done that.  In reality most of you did not.

Christmas and Hanukkah are over. While we waited for New Year's Eve, we realize the year is over. Right now is a quiet time for most.  Let's use the quiet time to our advantage to make this year our BEST YEAR EVER.

We'll focus on TO DO or NOT TO DO.

TO DO we have to have time and space. That means taking the time to focus on the NOT TO DO so that we have time for the TO DO.

Here is the course...   the questions to be answered:

Let GO
    what no longer serves me?
    what is better done by someone else?
    what no longer needs to be done?
    what clutter do I need to get rid of?
        regrets    I play over in my mind daily
        grudges  I play over in my mind daily
        getting back at, getting even with
    What physical clutter do I need to give away or throw away?

        physical 'stuff' on your desk, work area, and closets are distracting. Elimination of this stuff is freeing and empowering

        Do you remember the feeling of cleaning the top of your work surface and feeling great? A clean work service makes you feel like you are in control, like you have time and space.  

If you have done the above you have:
    forgiven yourself
    forgiven others

    made a list of things you will no longer do

    made a list of physical clutter to eliminate
        New Years Day is a great time to do that


Now you should feel great, relieved, and have more energy with which to tackle 2015.

First step:

    take your calendar and cross out your vacation time
        Yes, first plan your vacation and time away from work. Then you know the time available to work and how much time you have to work.

Second Step:

    Goals     (goals is a separate article)

Third Step:
    Schedule the Goal(s)

    A goal without a time line is a wish that rarely gets done.

For today, work on the letting go. Letting go emotionally as well as physically.   That's enough for today.  One step at a time.  More to follow. 

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