I am getting ahead of myself. A little bit. Because v1.0 of the Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook isn’t even done yet.
But my most recent customer of the book expressed interest in a physical copy. That’s all I needed to know!
As to when the book will be ready, and what format (paperback, hardcover, or both), I can only speculate. But this is my primary area of focus this year, especially for the next quarter (ending June). So, you can bet it will be top of mind for me.
Don’t forget – by the time you’ve read this, there probably won’t be much time left (or there may not be any time left) to take advantage of the heavily discounted pre-order offer. If you’ve been sitting on the fence, just know that it’s the most painful place to sit. Say yes to standing on my shoulders and seeing further. Or say no.
I’ve shared about creating completion before, but the concept may seem mercurial if you don’t know what it’s supposed to look like.
Today, I wanted to share about a few things I’ve completed… today. Why should you care about what I’m up to? You shouldn’t.
Rather, you should look at this post as though you were looking into a mirror to uncover incompletion in your life, and to identify what actions you can take to restore wholeness and integrity in your life.
Here are five things I completed today.
I Contributed to Sahakarini
Which isn’t to say this will be the last time I will be contributing to underprivileged children in South America and related projects.
To be transparent with you, I was experiencing some financial difficulty throughout year one of the two-year leadership program I’m still amid. As result, I wasn’t immediately able to contribute the full amount to Sahakarini I had originally collected.
But I kept track of every cent, making small donations to the cause as I was able, fulfilling on promises I’d originally made in 2021. Finally, today, I’m fully caught up.
This is not to draw attention to my humanitarian efforts. I don’t own a non-profit, and the main way I give back is by raising funds and making donations out of my own pocket (so, buy my products – it’s good for humanity 😉).
But I do value transparency, which is why you can see the full amount my team and I have raised and donated to the cause here.
I Paid a Friend Back
The leadership program I referenced earlier is split up into quarters, and each quarter is full of upheaval, change, and discovery.
Most quarters, I join friends at an Airbnb, preferably at a nearby but desirable destination for a weekend (because the leadership program dedicates one weekend per quarter completing the last and starting the new).
I ended up owing a bit of money to a friend for an extra night’s stay on one such weekend, which I finally paid off today.
Not owing any money sure feels good (all that’s left now is my consolidated debt).
I Created 2 ARTiculate Posts
As I’ve shared before, I am the host of an initiative called ARTiculate with The Indie YYC. Generally, I produce two posts per month around which (provocative) community discussions can take place.
These are often created in the moment, but today, I managed to batch two posts, which I have already scheduled in our content queue.
If you’d like to follow along, then be sure to follow The Indie YYC on Facebook or Instagram.
I Invoiced 2 Clients
I honestly don’t know why it’s taken me so long to do this. I could have invoiced both at the beginning of the month. But to be fair, 2023 has been quite explosive out of the gate.
I can’t quite say I’m on top of everything now, but it does feel good to get a few things off my plate. Using ClickUp to manage my to-do list helps.
I Completed One Section of the Forthcoming Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook
I’m promising something big with the forthcoming Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook. If you missed my update about it, you can read about it here.
I don’t have a ton of new content to produce for this endeavor, but there is a great deal to do in terms of collating relevant content, reviewing it, editing it, and formatting it for the new book.
Today, I compiled, added, and edited all relevant sections from The Music Entrepreneur Companion Guide. One down, not too sure how many more to go, but a good start, nevertheless.
I Completed This Blog Post
Obviously, or you wouldn’t be reading it…
But in case you didn’t know, I am blogging daily again. I expect to be able to transition into podcasting more instead of just writing, but writing is enjoyable to me, and it’s fun to be able to write on topics you (yes, you – not me) care about.
If there’s something you’d like me to cover in a future post, just let me know.
I’m aware that there are more loose ends and open loops to complete in my life, and I intend to identify all or as many as possible, bringing completion to each.
I have found organizing my desktop and sending projects to “later” or “never” files very cathartic and much needed besides. I know for certain that email is going to be another great place to look (although I am resisting it) …
What could you complete in 2023 that you’ve been holding onto? What actions do you see to take now? What could be possible for you if you spent time each week completing the past?
I’m proud to announce a brand-new resource for all my favorite human beings out there – independent artists, creatives, creators, executives, and entrepreneurs – it’s called the Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook.
Over the years, I’ve published 44 songs, seven books, dozens of eBooks, thousands of blog posts and articles, hundreds of podcast episodes, and hundreds of videos too. And somehow, I still have time left over for web and graphic design, artist coaching, book reading, and intensive leadership programs.
Nowadays, I easily write 15,000 to 20,000 words per week and I’m nowhere near done.
(And I’m not even all that old yet! At least, that’s what I like to tell myself…)
How the hell?!
Exactly. That’s what people ask me when they learn that keeping up with even half my schedule would feel like Navy SEALs training to them (in no way am I comparing myself to a Navy SEAL, just so we’re clear… 😉).
Well, I can tell you right now it didn’t happen in a vacuum. I used systems, mental models, processes, procedures, protocols, checklists, tools, automation, virtual assistants… virtually anything and everything I could get my hands on to squeeze the most out of my days, weeks, months, and years.
Not everything I’ve tried has worked let alone stuck. But that’s exactly what you should expect from anyone who’s created a resource like this – they have real world, applied knowledge and skill in setting themselves up to be as productive as they can possibly be. And they’ve personally produced a body of work that demonstrates their claims.
I’m not here to tell you how awesome I am or how much I can get done in a day, though. This new resource was created for you.
Over the years, I’ve written and shared extensively on the topics of productivity, performance, and profits. And to make this as high value a resource as it can possibly be, I’ve personally hand selected, reviewed, and edited all the content found in this must-have resource.
Wait… Isn’t This Supposed to be a “Blackbook?”
Right, by definition, blackbooks are supposed to contain everything one has ever created on a topic.
Trust me when I say, though, that you’re not missing anything. Some of the content I’ve published on the topic isn’t even that good, and I don’t even follow the methodologies espoused anymore.
If it’s value adding and has the potential to help you, I left it in. If it was just word salad masquerading as advice, I left it out.