Friday, January 13, 2012


Take a second to ask yourself a few questions. Have you ever said the following statements?

 "nothing is going right for me"
"why does this always happen to me"
"I can never do anything right"
"I never seem to get things right"
"this is way too hard"

If you are guilty of saying one of the above statements or "sort of" guilty, not only are you part of the vast majority of the country, but this blog may even help you! 

At times, life chooses to mix you a fine cocktail containing,

 1 ounce complication
2 ounces difficulty
1.5 ounces confusion
1 splash of chaos

Each individual's cocktail differs slightly in ingredients but all tend to have a commonality in the solution. During these moments in life mentioned above, we as complicated, complex, and intricate human beings forget our ability to SIMPLIFY.

I am not asking you to rid yourself of all material possessions, make your house out of mud and sticks, or wear clothes made out of recycled newspaper. Though, If you wish to do any or all of these things more power to you and I would love to hear how that is working out for you!

What I am actually asking you to do are two very easy and useful things.

1. Make Lists
2. Use Acronyms

1. Making Lists: Keeping lists are extremely useful for giving ourselves the credit that we deserve for the progress that we make. Most of the time the steps we make in the right direction are never acknowledged and easily forgotten.

"Giving credit where credit is due is a very rewarding habit to form. It's rewards are inestimable."
- Loretta Young

Lists are our memory. If it is not necessary to use the free parking spots up at our memory bank, than don't! Writing it down will free up some of the obligation and worry to remember tasks, events, and people for extended periods of time.


Use your technology of choice, such as, an Ipad, Iphone, Droid, or if you are still living in the stone age, a pad of paper and set alarms to complete tasks or use the "to do list apps".

*YouTime Coaching's Recommended Pick*

For those of you who have the new Iphone or Ipad use the "Reminders" application that comes loaded on the device.
This application is perfect to use for 3 reasons.

1. Extremely easy and clear to navigate
2. Tracks how many tasks you have completed to date
3. Tracks what days you have completed the tasks

This lets you know what days you may be more productive!

Another exercise involving a list that can have a great impact on your daily life is call, "Eliminating Time Wasters". 
How this works:
Write down the things you have to do tomorrow in 3 columns.

Column 1 (high priority) - "Must Do"
 Column 2 (mild priority) - "Should Do"
Column 3 (low priority) - "Could Do"

This simple activity brings everything back to childhood, WHEN IT WAS SIMPLE.
If you do your chores, then you can go out and play!

Try both these "List" activities in the next coming week and share with me on my Blog, Facebook, or Twitter how it worked out!

1. Acronyms: These are just another tiny tool that packs a powerful punch to help make things that are sometimes hard to understand or remember quite easy. 
The first acronym I want you to put in your head is, K.I.S.S.

Answering questions such as, "Why do I keep going back to my old eating habits?", "Why do I always end up alone?", or "Why am I always tired?" can be managed far greater when you take the first step and remind yourself of, "K.I.S.S".

If you take a step back from the situation, observe who the players are, and what the outcome of the situation actually means to you, you will have an easier and simpler way of understanding things.

Constantly repeat in your mind "K.I.S.S." when you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. Most likely you have not been obeying this rule if you are already stressed and anxious.

Acronyms and Setting Goals

Almost 50% of people make New Year's Resolutions,
yet 90% fail to reach those goals!

An acronym that will make you one step closer to being a master goal setter and achieving success is, S.M.A.R.T.

I challenge you...

Create a goal, contact YouTime Coaching through email, Facebook, or Twitter and we will work through the S.M.A.R.T. method of goal setting to get your on the path to fulfilling your first goal of the New Year!

Check out this link for useful information on the S.M.A.R.T. method:

SMART Goal Setting


Unknown said...

This has been an extremely useful post Jon. Sometimes without even realizing it things get hectic and complicated. When you're in that hectic position you sometimes lose the ability to remove yourself from the situation. Using the K.I.S.S. method as you described is such a great way to rethink things. Thanks for the great post!

Lindsay Wolf said...

Wonderful post Jon! Such useful info to have on hand.