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So there are a few million hilarious memes about how Mondays suck and, as funny as they are, I just can’t say I agree with any of them. Monday is the best day of the week because you’re starting your week with a blank slate*. The week can be anything you want it to be!
This is an exciting proposition, this week you can work towards a raise or building a happier business. You can finish that project that you’ve been meaning to do for way too long (if you’re me it’s been a couple years…), you can start writing that book you’ve always wanted to write or you can even just bring your wife flowers for no damn reason.
This week can be anything you want it to be.
But, just in case you still are cranky about Mondays try watching this video and not smiling as you kick off your day (singing along is highly recommended):
*The caveat here is that I run my own business so my schedule is more flexible than most. But having a full-time job does not mean you can’t treat all your time away from work as a blank slate. Or even some things within your work!
Okay, so “writing a column to me” isn’t exactly true – chalk it up to a millennial’s sense of entitlement that I phrased it that way.
But, in less than a week I’ll be the big 3-0 and, aside from the general feelings of ‘getting old,’ I’m trying to be thoughtful at this time. Fortunately Wil Schroter has (at least) a two-part series on this, the read is worth it – check it out:
Want to see some random pictures of me on a regular basis? Yup, Tony is on Dailybooth! http://dailybooth.com/tjkimberly/
Are you a Project Starter? Do you want to be a Project Finisher?
The folks over at Harvard Business Review have written a great little article on the type of people who are great at beginning projects but terrible at finishing them. I happen to be a shining example of this type of person so they really struck home with me.
Heide Grant Halverson (the author) did a good job of showcasing just how a simple mindset change from focusing on what’s been done (to-date thinking) to focusing on what is left to be done (to-go thinking) can really help us move projects forward to completion.
I really like the psychological trickery here but I’d like to go one step further to say that I’ve been nice & lucky with next-step thinking in order to keep myself from seeing a mountain of work left to do and getting overwhelmed I find that focusing on the next 1-3 tasks really keeps me going.
Do you have any great ideas, tips or tricks to keep yourself motivated to see a project through to completion? Drop them here in the comments!
For Christmas I decided to do something a little more special for my wife (and a little bit for me). I had been looking at some classic pieces of furniture to liven up the house but without any luck. I’m a generally stingy person so instead of looking in antique shops I was perusing Craigslist for some good deals. I’d had my eye on an old style liquor cabinet or maybe even a radio. I wouldn’t have even thought of the radio if my Mom hadn’t had my Dad’s old radio restored for him a few years back – it’s a beautiful 1940’s Philco table-top model that still plays any music you can find on the AM band (mostly radio-disney, but that’s another story).
After a month of searching I finally found a radio with a grainy picture of a Philco radio with a style I thought I liked. I sent an email and waited a week but with no response. I sent another one and waited 2 weeks but no response. I was almost ready to give up but I just couldn’t find anything else I liked on Craigslist so I sent a last ditch email that said
Subject: Need Christmas cash?
Love your radio on Craigslist! I’m in XXXXXXX Kansas and I have cash, I’d love to come by tomorrow and check it out/pick it up.
Call me on my cell at XXX.XXX.XXXX.
And it worked! He had been out of town until then so he wasn’t responding to emails, I drove to his place and picked it up just a couple days later.
1948 Philco 1262 Radio and Phonograph
Not long after Christmas I even found a really cool original magazine ad from the mid 1940s advertising the very same radio! We’re planning to frame it and mount it above the radio. Erin and I are looking forward to listening to some old radio broadcasts, perhaps off our friend’s website oldbroadcasts.com. Until then, I’ll be taking this thing apart and piecing it back together with fresh parts!
A couple weeks ago Erin (my fiancee) and I were able to sneak away for a little day trip out of town. We really didn’t have time to go far but we wanted to see something new so I did some researching.
I remember a friend’s father saying that the trip to Atchison was a beautiful one and there were some pretty cool sights. After some research I settled on a plan, told Erin to mark most of her afternoon off the calendar and relax.
We hopped in the car about 1 in the afternoon after Erin’s hair appointment and headed North. The drive was nice because we took the relatively small highways and it was far enough we felt like we were getting somewhere but not so far we got tired of driving!
It was an hour and 15 minute trip one way to our tasty lunch at Paolucci’s off 3rd street. After that we went for a walk down by the river and enjoyed the pleasant weather, the nice view and the Memorial.
We went to leave Atchison but on the way out of town we came across the Atchison Santa Fe Depot Visitors Center & Museum. On a whim we stopped and found a really cool Santa Fe train museum there!
The museum was all outside and with all the cool old trains we had to get the requisite conductor looking photos.