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Monday Motivation :: Better Than Speed!


Monday MotivationSummer’s almost wrapped up… I’ve already dropped about $450 on school supplies & clothes (and I’m not done yet), and the anticipation is building… I’m about to have all three kids in school for the first time e.v.e.r. and did I mention the fact that I’m a little excited about that?!?!

Anyway, the excitement of my upcoming freedom is really fueling my motivational level these days - which includes biting off more than I can chew. Hmmm… perhaps I should start “Totally Over-committed Tuesday” as well?!

So what the heck is Monday Motivation, anyway?

Step 1 - let us know what you are going to get done today (your to-do list, so to speak).

Step 2 - put it in a comment below or a post on your own site.

Step 3 - let us know what will motivate you to get it done - a reward, consequences, or whatever you need to think that will ensure you do what you say you are going to do. I’ve found that the public announcement and accountability is a particularly great motivator, but throw down consequences if you really need a kick in the pants to get stuff done (that’s the ‘better than speed’ part)!

Today before I go to sleep I will:

  1. Clean out my inbox of 228 emails :roll:
  2. Write a post for Inspired Business Growth
  3. Wrap up my new template tweaks that Randa Clay and I are working on

If I don’t get all of this done before I go to bed tonight, I will go without coffee for a week (this is one I have had to do before, and I find it to be particularly terrifying.)

So what are you going to get done today?

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    On August 20th, 2007 at 3:29 pm, Courtney said:

    Today I’m going to:

    1. Post to Web Writing Info ( and Mom Needs a Clone (

    2. Spend some quality time with my girls.

    3. Finish 10 pages on my copy writing ebook

    4. Check into several key forums to network with peers and clients

    5. Go to bed early! - although that probably won’t happen! :)

    On August 20th, 2007 at 4:34 pm, Glen Allsopp said:

    For some reason I have just started getting hooked on coffee, I used to hate it. Good luck getting the tasks done:

    I will

    Write one post about digg for VC
    Write on post about blogging for Clickalite
    Sort out my MyBlogLog accounts.

    Remember its 11:30 pm here though so I will run into tuesday ;)

    On August 20th, 2007 at 4:40 pm, swirlingnotions said:

    I’m trying to streamline my to-do lists (uh-oh, is that a to-do in itself?) now that I have a little peanut around needing attention. So these are my MAIN to-do’s this week:

    * Cull through the blogs and forums I’ve been researching (thanks to your e-course!) to create a master lists of ones I’d like to really dig into and join the community for the long haul (yes, this is one :-)).

    * Find someone I can hire on an hourly, on-call basis to help me with the ‘techy’ side of my blog . . . specifically SEO, social bookmarking and newsfeeds — along with a bit of design as needed. Any suggestions?

    If I don’t succeed by the end of the week I won’t touch the chocolate bar on the counter.


    On August 20th, 2007 at 7:27 pm, lornadoone said:

    To swirlingnotions: I often put “make a to-do list” as the first item on my to-do list. Then I get to cross it off right away!

    As for me, I have a couple of things I need to get done:

    1. Write letter to self for blog post
    2. Bid on jobs

    This doesn’t seem like much, but they’re both things that are going to take quite a bit of time.

    On August 20th, 2007 at 7:52 pm, derek said:

    I never made my official list for today but I was able to accomplish the things I had set out to do today:

    1. Two new posts for blogs.
    2. Outline notes for post tomorrow.
    3. Clean out email Inbox.
    4. Home in time for dinner with family.
    5. Play time with the kids.

    I like Lorna’s suggestion of adding the creation of the to-do list to the list, as I have a tendency to keep the list in my head and that makes it too easy to ignore certain tasks.

    On August 22nd, 2007 at 5:45 pm, Deano said:

    Hey Wendy,
    as your monday motivation often ends up with a donation to Kiva I thought that this may be of interest to you.

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