Time to START!

by AB@AspiringBlogger.com

Dad is Learning Giveaway - Jon Acuff - Jon

I won a book in a giveaway from DadisLearning.com!!!

I want to start off by thanking my fellow Texan blogger, Jon, for sending me a copy of Jon Acuff’s new book, “START.”. I’m not sure if Jon (blogger) was influenced by the author’s name, but I have heard it’s an excellent book, so I’m really pumped about reading it. I’ve included a link below if you’d like to pick up a copy for yourself! Also, if you’re not reading Jon’ s blog (DadisLearning.com) then you are really missing out. Thanks again, Jon (blogger), you’re awesome!

Other News

  • I’ve been added to the list of top blogs over at Money Crashers. I’m all the way down at 583 right now, but I can only go up from there!

START

As you can see, there’s a lot of good stuff going on right now. Combined with the house buying/moving/etc, a lot of positive things are happening both online and offline. Taking the momentum that’s built up and making it work for me is something I need to START doing…but how?

  • START turning on my blogging computer more often
  • START reaching out to bloggers about guest posts
  • START writing more articles ahead of time so I’m not rushed at the last minute
  • START seeking out more online communities to become a part of
  • START consistently commenting on all the blogs/forums/websites I read and enjoy on a daily/weekly basis
  • START submitting my articles to blog carnivals (even though I host one, I don’t submit any right now….arg!)

How?

In the near future I’ll have some new systems and routines setup that should help me achieve my goals of getting things moving. Here are just a few:

  • Dedicated office space  in the new house – my desk won’t be out in the middle of the dining room anymore – YAY! I’ll also be able to put up my whiteboard, and have the rest of my space organized so I can be more efficient (hopefully) than I am now.
  • Reduced work commitment – I think I’ve reached a lull in some of the deadlines for work, so I should have a little more breathing room and less work for the next few months
  • Increased automation – I used to put everything into Microsoft OneNote to track my posts, ideas, outlines, etc. Once I bought my MacBook Air I realized I’d have to make a switch. I’ve gone through a lot of different products (using MS Word Mac’s version of OneNote, TextEdit, Wunderlist, etc) but I think I’ve finally found the solution – Evernote! I’ve been organizing more of my thoughts in here, upcoming posts, my schedule for posting, etc. I’m really liking it so far, so hopefully I keep this up.

While I haven’t read “Start” yet, just the title – “START. Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, Do Work That Matters” says a lot. If I want to escape average (my job) I need to START getting things done. I don’t have to be perfect, I just have to make sure that I START! I’m sure I’m missing about 99.5% of the plot of the book, so I’ll update you once I read it – but for now, I’m going with the idea that “if I start getting things done, good will follow”. That’s all from me, now get out there and START something!

What is it that you need to START? Have you been procrastinating on something? Let me know in the comments!

AB

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Jon M June 4, 2013 at 7:31 am

Thanks for the ‘shout out’ AB! I think START is a great book. It really has me thinking and gave me the motivation to tackle the busiest part of the year. Sounds like you have some awesome plans for the coming months and for your new home. Keep up the great work!

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AB@AspiringBlogger.com June 6, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Thanks Jon! I’m looking forward to the book, it may just take a few days before I have time to START reading it!
AB

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Martin June 19, 2013 at 7:34 pm

AB, is the book about investing or more about personal management? Your goals are quite impressive and challenging, but I bet you will handle them greatly. I like your START of moving to your own space. I did it a few years ago and it works. A lot of distraction and family tension is gone. Right now we need a bigger house so i can have my own office and not just a corner in the living room.

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AB@AspiringBlogger.com June 20, 2013 at 8:50 pm

I’m still at the beginning of the book…whoops! But I think it’s more about getting out there and getting things moving vs investing. I’m really happy to have my own space again – it definitely makes me more productive! Thanks for stopping by!
AB

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