The Freedom to Move Toward Your Goals– Daily Quote

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We are creatures of habit, comforted by familiar routines, and driven by homeostatic responses to maintain equilibrium. The world changes, we change, and what once brought a sense of security stops working. We must question our beliefs, values, goals, duties, obligations, hobbies, commitments, possessions, and even our relationships, when they don’t deliver.

How do we handle old stuff? How do we release what no longer holds value, as we reach for the new, the improved and updated, and the innovative?  Items received as gifts can create feelings of guilt when we contemplate disposing of them. Things we grew up with, cause nostalgia to rear its ugly head. Then there are the hard decisions. We bought the perfect piece they guaranteed would change our life until it didn’t. Dumping the item means admitting we made a mistake.

We carry baggage, burdens collected through the years we can’t seem to relinquish. My grandmother said we should use it up, wear it out, or pass it along. If something is not helping you move forward and attain your goals, it is hindering your progress. Letting reminders of the past go takes strength, as we struggle to summon the courage to face a brighter future.

What weight are you carrying that is holding you back?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2020 Daily Writing Challenge – January 9

2020 Daily Writing Challenge

Writing is like driving at night in the fog.
You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
– E. L. Doctorow

Today is Day 9 of the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday?  If you didn’t, that’s okay, start today. Don’t let excuses get in your way. You don’t need an entire hour, an office, or fancy software to write.  They say the average person can type 40 words per minute. That means five minutes can yield 200 words.

You can use a pen and paper, a note-taking app on your phone, or an old school typewriter. You don’t have to wake at 4am, instead, carve out a few minutes during your lunch hour, while waiting at the doctor’s office, or in your favorite coffee shop.

Give it a try and let us know how you did in the comments below.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The Daily Work of Doing – Daily Quote

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The experts disagree on how many works Leonardo created. There are generally fifteen paintings experts agree were done by Leonardo along with and a handful of others that are disputed. It is believed there are many more works that have been lost through the years or remain unidentified. Then there are his manuscripts. Volumes of notebooks filled with his writing span the whole of his adult life.

Learning and understanding are important, but nothing exists without doing. It is a slow steady process. The work we do every day adds up to a legacy. The act of doing keeps us alive.

What will you do today?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2020 Daily Writing Challenge – January 8

2020 Daily Writing Challenge

Writing is like driving at night in the fog.
You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
– E. L. Doctorow

Today is Day 8 of the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday?  If you didn’t, that’s okay, start today. Don’t let excuses get in your way. You don’t need an entire hour, an office, or fancy software to write.  They say the average person can type 40 words per minute. That means five minutes can yield 200 words.

You can use a pen and paper, a note-taking app on your phone, or an old school typewriter. You don’t have to wake at 4am, instead, carve out a few minutes during your lunch hour, while waiting at the doctor’s office, or in your favorite coffee shop.

Give it a try and let us know how you did in the comments below.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Avoiding Traffic Jams and Connecting with the Fast Lane – Daily Quote

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I drive in the fast lane. The open road beacons, I shift through the gears, ready for an exhilarating ride, when traffic slows, and I find myself in bumper to bumper, not-getting-anywhere-soon, gridlock. Thankfully, rush hour is predictable, and I try to arrange my schedule to avoid those times whenever it is possible. I plot and plan my daily commute and my weekly errands. I see no reason to spend forty minutes on a trip I can finish in twenty by leaving earlier, or waiting for a better window.

My overall strategy is to complete every task with a similar methodology. If I notice the internet connection bogs down between six and ten, I opt to upload files at a different time. When I write, and the words are flowing, I continue writing past my scheduled stopping point. For group projects, I ensure communications with other team members sets clear expectations and deadlines.  Reducing wait times, eliminating the need to make corrections, or rework jobs helps keep me from feeling frantic. Using those wasted hours in more productive pursuits means I accomplish more, reduce my stress, and maybe discover a few more minutes for sleep.

What traffic jams are slowing your progress?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2020 Daily Writing Challenge – January 7

2020 Daily Writing Challenge

Writing is like driving at night in the fog.
You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
– E. L. Doctorow

Today is Day 7 of the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday?  If you didn’t, that’s okay, start today. Don’t let excuses get in your way. You don’t need an entire hour, an office, or fancy software to write.  They say the average person can type 40 words per minute. That means five minutes can yield 200 words.

You can use a pen and paper, a note-taking app on your phone, or an old school typewriter. You don’t have to wake at 4am, instead, carve out a few minutes during your lunch hour, while waiting at the doctor’s office, or in your favorite coffee shop.

Give it a try and let us know how you did in the comments below.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Focus on the Big Picture to Fuel Your Day – Daily Quote

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It lies on the horizon. Shrouded in mist, more of a mirage than anything real. Yet, when I squint, the fog falls away, and my imagination conjures missing details, adding color, definition, and clarity. It seems incredibly distant. It mocks me, hovering tantalizingly beyond my reach. The universe is fickle and refuses to divulge the roadmap. There are no instructions, no listicles of the exact steps to take, no hint of a path, or any sign anyone has ever passed this way before.

Inaction is not my friend. I cradle my ephemeral vision in kid gloves, protecting its fragile existence as I shoulder the impossible, and set to work. Obstacles arise, and I discover my own insecurities created the hurdle I must navigate. Facing unfounded worries, paralyzing fear, and self-destructive thought patterns, I stumble forward with relentless determination.

There are mountains to move, valleys to cross, and rivers to ford. My friends call me crazy, but I am prepared for the challenge. The long hours lead to unexpected discoveries. The difficult work imparts a sense of satisfaction, and it fuels my resolve. When I look up from my task, I imagine my goal is closer.

Do you see your dream on the horizon?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2020 Daily Writing Challenge – January 6

2020 Daily Writing Challenge

Writing is like driving at night in the fog.
You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
– E. L. Doctorow

Today is Day 6 of the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday?  If you didn’t, that’s okay, start today. Don’t let excuses get in your way. You don’t need an entire hour, an office, or fancy software to write.  They say the average person can type 40 words per minute. That means five minutes can yield 200 words.

You can use a pen and paper, a note-taking app on your phone, or an old school typewriter. You don’t have to wake at 4am, instead, carve out a few minutes during your lunch hour, while waiting at the doctor’s office, or in your favorite coffee shop.

Give it a try and let us know how you did in the comments below.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Setting A Structure Tailored for Success – Daily Quote

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I have a Sunday ritual. Sometimes I carve an hour from a lazy afternoon, or as I watch a movie in the evening. The crucial point is, I never sleep until I finish, even if it means sitting in bed to plot my schedule. Turning the page on my calendar, I begin front-loading my week. Front-loading is placing my most important, time-sensitive, deadline-driven, most hated, or least fun chores on Monday and Tuesday.

I treat these two days as my crunch times. While my coworkers’ transition from their weekend, I close my door, hit the ground running, and eat those nasty frogs. I focus on completing my project, but I don’t push beyond my peak productivity levels. When I feel myself fading, I allow myself to switch to another task, or I take a break. Depending on the size and complexity of the assignment, it may leak into the latter part of the week. But my goal is to accomplish the bulk of the job, as soon as it is feasible.

Tasks assigned to Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday have less significance, and I often have nothing listed on Friday.  This approach allows me to meet my deadlines with a polished presentation and absorb unexpected setbacks and emergencies. The big payoff happens when I complete my work sooner than I thought possible. In these found hours, I can launch new initiatives, develop pet projects, or reward myself, and coast into the weekend without guilt.

How do you organize your workweek?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2020 Daily Writing Challenge – January 5

2020 Daily Writing Challenge

Writing is like driving at night in the fog.
You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
– E. L. Doctorow

Today is Day 5 of the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday?  If you didn’t, that’s okay, start today. Don’t let excuses get in your way. You don’t need an entire hour, an office, or fancy software to write.  They say the average person can type 40 words per minute. That means five minutes can yield 200 words.

You can use a pen and paper, a note-taking app on your phone, or an old school typewriter. You don’t have to wake at 4am, instead, carve out a few minutes during your lunch hour, while waiting at the doctor’s office, or in your favorite coffee shop.

Give it a try and let us know how you did in the comments below.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer