Tuesday at 2:00pm with Russ

Time today for a simple CHECK UP.


Please answer the following questions to yourself in complete honesty:


#1) How do you FEEL today? Are you tired? Weary? Worn out? Or do you feel pretty good today?

#2) When was your last DAY OFF? Whether it was a focused sabbath day or just a relaxing day away from work? When was it? What did you do?

#3) When was the last time you did something PHYSICALLY to push yourself? Exercise, stretching, a long walk/run, just something physical that was challenging?

#4) When was the last time you took time to simple find SPACE? Time to pray, journal, read the Bible, think, dream? When was it and how long did you have?

#5) When was the last time you spent time with people that were LIFE GIVING? People that fill you up more than they take from you. What did you do?

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Tuesday at 2:00pm with Russ

Thanks for your notes and comments in response to my "BAD TRAVEL DAY" note last week. If you missed in, HERE IT IS.

Thanks as well to those that sent in a PRODUCTIVITY TIP. I won't post them all here, but I'll add a couple each week. If you'd like to send me your greatest PRODUCTIVITY TIP in just a few words, I'll be happy to share them. EMAIL ME

We're talking about PRODUCTIVITY and the importance of it in our lives.

Tim Challies writes in his book Do More Better (A Practical Guide to Productivity) that there are a number of things that rob us of our productivity. He describes them like this:

#1) LAZINESS

Proverbs talks about the sluggard in all of us and we relate easily with this. If we want to figure out a way to get out of doing something, this often comes easily. It's part of our nature. For many of us, we don't have to look very far to realize that the only person to blame for our lack of productivity is ourselves and our simple desire to be lazy.

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Tuesday at 2:00pm with Russ

Have you ever had one of those "Bad Travel Days"?

I had one this past weekend. I was returning from 9 days in Latin America, and went to the airport to catch a very routine flight (a trip that I have made many, many times).

I'm told the flight was cancelled. I wasn't given a good reason, but the simple reality was that I would have to reschedule. I travel a lot, and I've learned that I have 2 responses: First, I can get angry and even explosive, which doesn't do anyone any good or Second, I can take a deep breathe and realize that it's out of my hands and work together for the best outcome. I chose the second approach (I'm learning!)

I was scheduled for a later flight, and was then able to spend about 12 hours at a hotel catching up on sleep, catching up on some communication and even getting a nap. It wasn't so bad.

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Tuesday at 2:00pm with Russ

It's Tuesday at 2:00pm! (PST Time: I live and work from Los Angeles)

This past week I helped host a Non-Profit Roundtable Workshop that focused an PROBLEM SOLVING and PERSONAL PRODUCTIVITY. It got me thinking about how I manage my "leadership life", so I thought we could take some time to learn together and encourage each other with productivity lessons we've learned over time.

I love the answer to this question:  Why is personal productivity important?

"Because it allows you to either accomplish more things int he same amount of time, or accomplish the same amount of things in less time (whichever is more important for you). It also gives you the feeling of being in control of your own time and by extension, of your own life."

When I search for help with personal productivity, I'm overwhelmed by the amount of information there is: tips, tools, apps, ideas.  It's a little crazy.

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Tuesday at 2:00pm with Russ

It's Tuesday at 2:00pm! (PST Time: I live and work from Los Angeles)

We've been talking about MORNING ROUTINES for a number of weeks. CLICK HERE to read the previous posts. We've talked about "SPACE""MORNING PAPERS""LECTIO DIVINA" and just the value of a MORNING ROUTINE.

Today we're talking about COFFEE.

When I began asking you to share your morning routines, one of the constants that was shared was the role of COFFEE in our morning routines. I resonate with this, so today I want to share some things that others have shared.

First, if you're a NON-COFFEE DRINKER, I have a nice blog post here for you to read instead: "13 THINGS ONLY PEOPLE WHO DON'T DRINK COFFEE WILL UNDERSTAND". There are people like you all over, and I don't want you to feel left out. Read and enjoy.

However, just to be fair, he's a post from Lifehack entitled: "14 THINGS ONLY COFFEE DRINKERS WOULD UNDERSTAND".


Now, back to COFFEE.

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Tuesday at 2:00pm with Russ

It's Tuesday at 2:00pm! (PST Time: I live and work from Los Angeles)

I'm going to talk about Morning Routine for a couple more weeks then we'll move on.  It's day #11 for me, and I wish I could say that the last week was amazing, but it wasn't. Lot's of interruptions, lack of discipline, and excuses. However, I did work my routine more than the week before.  This is a new week and I've had a great 2 days including some time with Morning Papers and some simply exercise, stretching and prayer.  Don't get caught up in it... Just try to take some time each day.


2 things, then I want to share about a spiritual discipline that is really good.


#1) Next week, I'm talking about COFFEE. For some of you, just that word makes you begin to salivate. For others, it does nothing for you.  If Coffee is a part of your morning routine, tell me what about the experience of coffee is most significant.  Just send me a note HERE and I'll share them with others.

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Tuesday at 2:00pm with Russ

It's Tuesday at 2:00pm! (PST Time: I live and work from Los Angeles)

What are MORNING PAPERS? (or PAGES)

Last week I shared a little of my Morning Routine for this month. I'm on day #4. How are you doing with yours? If you're willing to share your routine with me, please SEND IT TO ME.

A number of you asked me what "Morning Papers" is all about. Today, I want to share just a few thoughts about this. I'm still learning, but it's been something that I've done for a while, but I'm trying to do it more regularly now.

The idea of "Morning Pages" comes from a book called "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron.  I heard about this practice from a number of people, and then researched where it came from and what Cameron recommends. 

I'm going to share with you a couple of things that have helped me with this, but you can also watch this video from a blogger named Shelby who really details the practice fully. This is an 18-minute video, but it's really good. Watch it HERE

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Tuesday at 2:00pm with Russ

It's Tuesday at 2:00pm! (PST Time: I live and work from Los Angeles)


Thank you again for sharing your thoughts and engaging on this Morning Routine Conversation.

This past week I had a unique opportunity to get some "SPACE". I participated in an experience called The Rogue Journey   CLICK HERE FOR INFO

I won't share the details of this incredible experience, but I encourage you to check out their website and information. It was a much-needed 3 days in the mountains of Colorado.

I think the thing that I appreciated the most was the extra SPACE that was provided to me. I've just come off of a pretty heavy season of travel, some high-engaging events and just a busy number of weeks. I needed this SPACE to process, to recharge and to begin to look forward.  I walked away from this time more committed to figure out this Morning Routine that we're talking about, and I'm committed to continue to learn from so many of you that have shared your thoughts, ideas and experiences.

I'm reading through a book that has become a constant companion over the past few years, "EAT, MOVE, SLEEP" by Tom Rath.  CLICK HERE    I use the book as a simple way to learn, to remember, and to keep moving in the right direction. I realize how important these 3 things are to me: How I eat, movement throughout the day, and getting enough sleep.

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