So you’re interested in productivity hacking, eh?
You’ve thought deeply about your goals, planned them out and committed to an ambitious schedule…
…you’ve broken down your intimidating projects into small tasks that you can apply a strategy like The Tomato Timer Technique to…
...and you’ve successfully started and stuck with some new, productive daily disciplines by "Wedging" easy win targets into your daily routine.
So what’s next? What can you do now to take your productivity skills to the next level?
Are you ready for this monumental productivity game changer? You are? Awesome!
Alright...here’s the big secret:
Is the camera lens an intimidating beast you struggle to be yourself in front of?
Does the thought of being judged by public onlookers or your online viewership paralyze you from even setting up your camera?
Is that camera anxiety manifesting itself as an unnatural version of yourself as soon as you press record?
If so, this camera shyness is keeping you from expressing your unique voice to the fast growing online space of YouTube and social media. Your views are a valuable contribution to moving the zeitgeist in the right direction, but you’ll never have a voice if you can’t overcome the fear of sharing your digital self.
I still suffer from these red light challenges myself, but through my own experimentation, I’ve developed a set of 5 exercises to help dissolve camera anxiety so I can post my perspectives to those who care to listen:
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…
Papa Tomato, Mama Tomato and Toddler Tomato were all walking down the street...
...until, poor Toddler Tomato started to lag behind...
...and much to Mama Tomato’s horror, frustrated Papa Tomato ran back to little, tiny Toddler Tomato, smacked him over the head and said:
Now, I admit, that’s a pretty awful joke for several reasons (tomato child abuse being at the top of the list)...
If you’re like me, you're probably ashamed to admit how slow you read...
...years of lackluster reading rates have likely prevented you from cultivating the reading habits you know you NEED to thrive in our increasingly competitive world.
In my case, crappy reading speeds have even created periodic, negative emotional feedback loops of mental overwhelm that lead to me avoiding books instead of jumping into them with excitement each day.
Just admit it friends, YOU...ARE...LAZY!
“Excuse me! WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY?!?!”
Well actually...the truth is...we’re all lazy!
You wouldn’t be here if your ancestors hadn’t evolved some proclivity for idleness in their daily lives.
Laziness Is A Biological Survival Strategy
Look, we’re biologically programmed for laziness...it’s nature’s solution to the harsh energy balance problem we faced as hunter-gatherers thriving across the many stimulatively complex wild landscapes that make up our world.
Have you ever desired to become KICKASS at some, seemingly out of reach skill?
I know that I have...with many things.
And when I start to think of each, INTIMIDATING goal that I've set for myself (lately I'm obsessed with becoming a skilled acrobatic-yogi, a high-level aikido practitioner, and a successful online entrepreneur), sometimes I become overwhelmed with the feeling that these goals might be too lofty for me to achieve.
This often paralyzes me from even getting started or straight up quitting before I get too far along with them.
But recently, one of the most important, high-level skill sets I've set for myself is, believe it or not...
...becoming a persuasive, entertaining and engaging writer.
"Why a writer" you ask?
Well, just take a second to think how valuable it would be if you had the ability to produce compelling articles, captivating stories or convey thought provoking ideas clearly that resonated with readers in a meaningful way...that'd almost be like having a superpower, wouldn't it?Read on...
It’s been 1 year now since I sold virtually all of my possessions back in Houston, save a trusty old chevy pickup…
…and 3 weeks since I left New Orleans to start a lifestyle and entrepreneurial experiment in Eastern Europe.
One of the greatest secrets that I discovered over the past year is that minimizing your possessions to the bare minimum not only saves you money and lowers your baseline stress levels, but gives you the freedom to take your life anywhere, at anytime you choose!
In the fall of 2014, I felt like I spent my days confined to a cage. My fate felt fixed and I was completely disempowered to make any attempt to escape. Let me explain.
In September 2014, I was a 3rd year petroleum geologist working for the oil giant British Petroleum (BP).
The initial ego-high of making six-figures, receiving great retirement benefits and working on multi-million dollar oil-wells had lost its luster and I started to realize that my future would be full of volatile oil prices, chronically high stress levels and monotonous daily routines...