Give Yourself An Hour A Day

There are so many different things I want to learn and try but there just isn’t enough time in the day to do it all. I often find myself laying in bed at night not wanting to go to sleep because there was still something I wanted to finish, watch or learn. This is a battle I will always lose; there is never enough time. I know I won’t be on my deathbed and say I wish I slept more, instead I’m more likely to follow Jack Donaghy’s lead and say, “I wish I’d worked more.” Is there anyway to combat this issue? Maybe with baby steps. I’ve decided to give myself an hour a day to focus on something different that I want to do. Most of us can find an hour out of the day where you aren’t slammed with things you have to do or with other commitments taking up your time. If this is really something your passionate about or obsessed with you too can find a free hour pretty easily.

You don’t have to think about this the same way I am, as just a way to do more in the day. You can also use the hour a day concept to change careers or focus on a passion. Gary Vaynerchuk has said “A lot of work can be accomplished between 10pm and 2am.” So just start off and give yourself an hour a day, focus on it and see where it goes.

At least you still got your birthday suit.

At least you still got your birthday suit.

The 2014 St. Louis Craft Beer Week kicked off on Saturday, July 26th with the third annual Midwest Belgian Beer Fest at the Moto Museum. I took the Amtrak out there in the morning from Chicago and of course I took my GoPro with me. I made a quick video with the footage I shot. There are also a couple shots in this that were taken on a Nikon, you may notice them on an upcoming episode of the Hop Cast. Overall, it was a great festival with some amazing beers, brewers and friends. Thanks St. Louis! 

In episode 244 of the Hop CastBrad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder open up two different American Pale Ales. One is in a can from Illinois and one is a bomber for Colorado. First up, Brad and Ken open up the Spiteful Brewing Alley Time, this 6 % ABV APA is brewed with Pilsen Malt and a single addition of Simcoe hops. Spiteful recently started canning and this was one of the first ones to hit the shelves. Next up is the FOCOllaboration, the #6 in New Belgium’s Hop Kitchen series. For this 6.7 % ABV APA, New Belgium teamed up with the hometown hop heroes at Odell to brew a FOrt COllins collaboration. This is a new great series from New Belgium and is worth following along with as new ones are released.

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Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.

Chuck Close

So Shiny!

I’m a bit jealous of the people that can stay reasonably focused all day when they are working on something. My focus is often all over the place, jumping from one project to another, dealing with clients and issues that arise. For the most part, that’s just the day to day tribulations of being the boss.

I can handle the split focus alright but for me the worst distraction is when new projects come in or when new ideas come to me. I love new ideas. They are shiny, exciting, and fun! I can’t wait to get started on new projects or ideas when they come in. Those old projects or jobs become boring in comparison to the shiny new jobs. I’ll often get obsessed about something new and everything else gets pushed to the side. Really this is the worst way to work and I’m doing my best to not get distracted by the shiny new stuff.

To really succeed and get things done, you have to stick to something, plug away at it and finish it before moving on. Good ideas take time. Great ideas take even more time.

Coming up with new ideas isn’t something I’m lacking but what I’m trying to do is ask myself “is this the best use of my time,” “could I finish something else rather than starting something new?” Typically the answer will always be yes, so an even better question is “Can I afford that time investment and will it impact what else I’m working on.” This allows me to jump on this new idea if everything else is in a good place and something else won’t suffer.

I’ll still get distracted often, that’s not going to stop but reigning it in is key. Also, I’m slowly learning how not to be pulled away towards that shiny new project until after my old projects are completed or I have the time to start something new and shiny.

The Naxxramas expansion is out and Jake has gotten rather obsessed with Hearthstone.

The Naxxramas expansion is out and Jake has gotten rather obsessed with Hearthstone.

Allergies Are Not A Weakness!

Allergies Are Not A Weakness!

Cute Girl

Cute Girl

Orianna

Orianna

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