June 7, 2013
Barbara Winter's Joyfully Jobless News
Dear Barbara,
Innovation is what you get when you get up from behind your desk and go and see where ideas and people lead you.
~Richard Branson

In This Issue
Little Lists of Big Ideas
A Great Addition to Your To Do List
More Weekend Fun
Barbara Online
Buon Viaggio Blog
The theme this month is
Inspiration Galore
One of my weekly rituals occurs on Sunday evening when I sit down to plan my coming week. This usually involves a notepad with one list for business and another for personal activities. It's a classic To Do List.


I've been thinking of renaming it, however, since Ken Robert mentioned on Facebook that he calls his I Promise To Myself List. On the same day he posted that,  Steven Pressfield wrote about Henry Miller's Eleven Commandments. This list is more about work commitments than it is about things needing to be done.


As Pressfield pointed out, "His commandments would work equally well for a diet, training for a triathlon, starting a new business or planning to invade (or decamp from)

Afghanistan." Here's what Miller included:

  1. Work on one thing at a time until finished.
  2. Start no more new books, add no new material to Black Spring.
  3. Don't be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in hand.
  4. Work according to Program and not according to mood. Stop at the appointed time!
  5. When you can't create you can work.
  6. Cement a little every day, rather than add new fertilizers.
  7. Keep human! See people, go places, drink if you feel like it.
  8. Don't be a draught-horse! Work with pleasure only.
  9. Discard the Program when you feel like it-but go back to it the next day. Concentrate. Narrow down. Exclude.
  10. Forget the books you want to write. Think only of the book you are writing.
  11. Write first and always. Painting, music, friends, cinema, all these come afterwards.
Challenging list, isn't it?


Do a Google search on Effective List making and you'll find thousands of articles and blogs like Penelope Loves Lists to help you organize your activities. They all seem to echo the old proverb, "Faintest ink is better than brightest memory."


It seems to me, however, that too many such lists are monuments to drudgery and dreaded tasks. While nobody is immune from some of these activities, it also makes sense to include lists in a journal or a digital file that inspire, challenge and delight.


Here's a list I made of Ten Ways to Take Care of the Boss

  1. Make friends with people who like themselves.
  2. Learn what is and what is not controllable in my life.
  3. Explore the world. Keep expanding all personal boundaries.
  4. Learn something new-often.
  5. Learn to ask for what I want.
  6. Always have an exciting plan under construction.
  7. Don't do everything at the same time every day.
  8. Hang out with happy, successful people.
  9. Be a masterful problem solver.
  10. Give people a break.

As useful as lists can be for keeping us on track, they also can be a handy business tool. Tip sheets, focused lists of good ideas, have all sorts of uses in promoting  both products and services in a friendly way. 


Go ahead and create your own little lists of big ideas and put them to work for you. As Doris Saatchi pointed out, "Pure space filled with thoughts, rather than things, is good for the soul."


In the noisy household where I grew up, my mother would sometimes yell, "Quiet! I can't hear myself think."  In case you haven't noticed, the world has grown considerably noisier and that can make it difficult to hear our own ideas or figure out what to do with them.


That's where Terri Belford and I can help. Join us for Mastermind Magic: Overcoming Obstacles and Maintaining Momentum and you'll have a lively, but quiet, space in which to create your own Success Map. 


This event is open to just 8 people so if it's a fit for you, don't delay in letting us know you want to participate. This time around, Mastermind Magic will be held in Denver on August 9, 10 and 11


Since this announcement is going out to thousands of people today, dithering is not recommended. Get all the details by clicking on the link below and if it looks like a perfect fit for you, jump on board.


Mastermind Magic

Happily, the Joyfully Jobless Weekends are about to resume and I'll be heading to some places I've never been before to share my most popular seminars.  


On Friday evening we begin with Establish Yourself as an Expert. That's followed on Saturday morning with Making a Living Without a Job and winds down in the afternoon with How To Support Your Wanderlust.

These weekends are designed to help you learn a lot for not a lot of money. In fact, these prices will not be around in 2014.

If you're in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Triangle area, you can join us on June 28 & 29. If you aren't in that area, this could make a fine little road trip for you and a friend.

Get all the details here: Joyfully Jobless Weekend  


Buon Viaggio,


Barbara Winter

Barbara Winter 


P.S. On occasion, I may receive a commission or compensation when you participate or purchase a product or service I recommend. That being said, I strive to always offer useful content and resources in each issue of Joyfully Jobless News.
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