I often talk here and other places about why most of us wish to be more productive. It is usually a "who" that is part of the answer. I recently had a chance to go to NY and see my family for the first time in almost two years. Not only was it relaxing but recharging. In that visit I met a Sister that I have only had a chance to speak with over the phone or WhatApp. We all need fuel in this life. For many of us, our loved ones can help us fill up the tank. I hope we each get a chance to connect with those that are important to us over the coming weeks. The last almost two years has taught us all one lesson. Today is real. The conversation you have with someone today is real. What happened yesterday is a "racket" we create to mask our hurt. Thank you all for being part of TBT. Over the coming days stay tuned for news I have to share with you. I'm excited.
I was asked recently about setting up a family calendar so everyone could stay in touch with each other. It was so long ago since our family broached this topic, that I had to go back and think about it. My response is focused around those of us that have google emails and calendars. I know there are outlook, yahoo, apple and others out there. but this is strictly gmail users.
The responses are in two camps:
Create a unique email address ( A calendar is created with each gmail account creation.). It could be something like "WilsonFamllyX@gmail.com
Sharing your current calendars with your household.
Some Pros and Cons for each
Unique One Calendar
One unified spot.
Sharing is visible for all.
Personal Calendars stay intact.
Google's two factor authentication system means someone and someone's account (like a YouTube or device) has to be constantly validate the users and where they wish to view the calendar.
Creates a new set of tasks for the family members to integrate the calendar into to tools and devices that they use.
Creates another group of tasks on how often each person accesses the calendar. Some of us use calendars more constantly than others.
Sharing our current calendar
Easy to share (Go to your current calendar on a browser, invite the family member, and give them privileges).
Doesn't impact your google set up.
Can create redundant entries. If you have a big family it could be weird to see five instances of "date night."
All may have to be in the same system for full functionality. I'll admit, I haven't tried with someone outside of Google. I know this can be done in each ecosystem. Microsoft and outlook do it quite easily for those on the same platform.
The frequency of accessing the calendar can still be issue if others look at it more regularly.
I've dabbled in some other systems in the way back past. One that we tried was called Cozi Family Organizer. It was cool, but it was trying to replace my entire system and it having my whole family on one productivity system wasn't good for me (nor them). I use a tool called Notion for Content Creation and some database management. You can link your calendar in the views, but to me that defeats the purpose. Notion is great for collaboration. There is a new tool called Craft that purports to be a dashboard of our entire system. I haven't delved deep in that one yet so make sure you subscribe to the YouTube channel and I will do a video on that in the future. Have an awesome weekend and take care of you and yours. -WW
When I was younger, I used to drive with my music on and up. I used to put together systems that had complex amplifiers and speakers. Playing my favorites and all type of music helped me get a vast appreciation (I also learned all of NYC) of all genres and how it energizes me. I remember some friends laughing when I would play rock or N.W.A. Today is the first day where I don't have a meeting, flight, emergency, or "Big Rock" task since 2019. I decided to drive with no agenda and listen to music.
The lady at Starbucks called me "Mr. Winston" four times. The lady at store in which I procured my libations, carded me until I pulled down my mask. She laughed and said "Forget it.". We both smiled at each other and it felt great. I drove with the music on "Shuffle" as I saw people in a good mood. People were letting others in traffic in a courteous manner that is atypical of Georgia afternoon drivers.
I'm thankful for this moment. If I've uttered a word (or a text) to you, I'm grateful for the moments we've shared. I've always been sensitive and sometimes that is an ability that I've taken for granted. Today feeling the air and people is good. Take care of yourself and your community.
As I write this, I saw the Ahmed Arbery result. Like everyone, I will process. I should feel something more visceral, but I do feel it. I pray for his family, and all of us. We have healing to do.
John 13 verse 14:
Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.
I have focused my life with the the value of “Creativity” at the center of everything I do. I’m so honored to share part of my journey in this article. I’m thankful to my friend Dan Guyton for sharing my name with the interviewers and magazine. With all the things (and people) who to put us in a box, we must continue to be ourselves at all times. You may not know who is watching so keep being you and push and grind every day. My heart is filled today and I'm inspired to keep pushing. Click here for the article.
This week I’ve challenged myself each day to reach out to someone I haven’t connected with in some time. I’ve found that connecting with people is energizing for me. I always ask them “How can I help you?”. The reality is they help me every time. Finding time in my life is always about creating margin for those that are important. Why do wish to be more effective? It may be for some significant milestone, but behind the milestone is usually someone. Someone you love or a human being you care for is the key to our true success. Let’s not wait until the “right” time. Let’s make time tomorrow. Carve out fifteen minutes and give someone a buzz.
I hoped you have a great weekend planned. Usually I have plans to get some big important things completed to move my business and my creative projects forward. This weekend is an opportunity to do what I typically do throughout the week, attend meetings. One meeting is focused around my love, writing. Another one is around something i know a little bit about, investments. The things that is energizing about these experiences are that the people I will be with know more about the subjects than I could by myself or just reading. It helps to challenge my thoughts on both subjects deeply. I feel thankful to be renewed by these friends and growing friendships. Next weekend I will binge some show ('Y, the last man is calling me.). What is one way you can invest in yourself or others this weekend? Take care of yourself by growing in a way creates personal excitement.
I was watching a video called “Equal Opportunity? Different starting lines.” On YouTube. In the video this coach guy. lines up dozens of young people in one line with the objective of them racing to him to win a $100.00 bill. He then asks them a series of questions. In each question if it is true they take a step forward. Here are some of the questions:
- Did you grow up in a two parent home?
- Did you have tutor for classes in school (I was surprised about how many did versus how many didn’t. I don’t know anyone that had one)?
- Did you have to help your parents with bills?
- Did you have ever worry about your cell phone being turned off?
- Have you ever worried about where your next meal was coming from?
There were many more and as it went on, The amount of young people that were toward the back were mostly brown and black. I could see their faces while the others laughed and giggled as they were several steps ahead. There were a few that stood at the front that looked back and I hoped understood.
Family (that’s you), this is the reason why I’m into personal productivity. I needed some way to win my own race. This allows us to determine our own success. So if it’s sales, writing, business, or your own endeavor you own the parameters of the finish line. In my own mind, this plus the grace of God are the reasons for my life. For me and maybe for you, our goals and milestones we do are not only to help our loved ones but it may have deeper meaning. It may help us catch up and more importantly to ensure the ones we love aren’t in the back
In most email programs there are ways to filter emails. In gmail there are labels and the ability to filter messages effectively. On a computer browser (I think you can do this on the gmail app and android) just go to the upper right corner and there is a FLAG pointing right (or "…”) like icon (it may look different depending on your computer.) and it will say “Filter messages like these” and then you can either delete, archive, or put a label on the email type. Remember to check or highlight the email first. It will then not crowd your inbox. In Outlook, there are icon(s) on the top ribbon that says “Rules / Alerts”. Remember you must highlight a message first. Then you can send the messages to specific folders or delete the highlighted message. The reason why I use this on these platforms is not to get rid of emails, but to segment my productivity system and minimize solicitation messages in my face. I will then schedule my day to look at them at a time that is good for me. In order to have an effective system, our goals is to create time for us to be mindful, minimize distractions, and find time for our loved ones. I know these tips apply mostly personal while some companies mandate employees check emails all the time. I hate those policies. Once we are distracted (with anything) it is difficult to get re-engaged in important work.
Bonus Tip #1: In IOS (Apple) disable notifications on your emails. "Favorite" people that are important to you in your contacts. You will see them, but not the deluge of messages we all receive.
Bonus Tip #2: If you use Gmail, at some point over years, you may get a message about getting close to the cap of 15G. This will get there even faster if people are sharing videos or files though Google’s “Drive” platform. A fast way to free up space is to go into your sent folder and delete messages there. If you are like me, sent messages over the years can accumulate.
If I can help you in any other way send me a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave/text me a message at 470 357-7213 and I will get back with you.
Look for “THE PRODUCTIVITY HOUR WITH WW” coming this fall.
“Your time is your life.” -WW
Annual MRI day is complete. My scans showed no difference from the last one. My neurologist told me I was the "poster child" for dealing with one's health after the initial diagnosis. I thought to myself, "God has a calling for me bigger than this. He is clearing the field of distractions by putting this here before me.". Every day I might have been numbing myself to this calling by letting the stimuli of the world fog the clear horizon of the future. It's getting clearer family. Let's clear the field, prepare the battlefield, and take up instruments of loving one another every minute for the rest of our days. The below message was before the appointment but sums up feeling of hope and love!