21 Day Productivity Challenge: Day 6

Today’s challenge might be a difficult one for some, but it is definitely key to being more productive. The challenge: wake up early for the next 7 days. Now early can be subjective, as one person’s definition of early is different from another’s.

Let me tell you my waking up early story. For the longest time, for years I would say, I could not for the life of me get up early and I barely go up in enough time to make it to work on time. It was a real struggle. Then one night, I found myself with a severe case of insomnia, I could not sleep for the life of me. This insomnia lasted for a few days, sleep was a very elusive thing during that time. Well, to combat the insomnia, I started doing things, working on things, productive types of things to make the time pass faster. I accomplished so much during those sleepless nights and what was even better was that I liked how productive I had become. When sleep returned to me, I most certainly wanted to keep that productivity momentum going. Since I had become accustomed to the early morning hours and the quiet that comes with it, I decided to start setting my alarm for 4am. It was a very difficult thing at first, but my body soon got use to the early mornings, so much so that my body now craves less sleep so that I am able to accomplish more than I could imagine in one day. Now I am not saying that in the next 7 days you will be able to wake up naturally, that will take a little bit of time, but this way you will be able to see the results you are able to get by getting up just a little bit early.

It is important to remember that when you get up early to start the day, for the first 20 to 40 minutes, you must move, be and keep active. Without this movement, you will fail to stay engaged with the work that you have to do.

So that is today’s challenge. See you tomorrow for the next challenge.

xoxo, laportsia

21 Day Productivity Challenge: Day 3

Today’s challenge is to create and start a to do/task journal. This is very important in getting things done. There is no need to go out and buy a fancy journal, a simple, plain notebook will do. I previously used the bullet journal system, but have since perfected it and created my own system that works best for me. If you have goals and things that need to get done, writing them down helps to manifest their completion. Use the journal over the course of the challenge and you will see how much more productive you become.

If you are interested in the journal system that I created, go on over to www.lovegirlpink.com under 21 Day Challenge for your free download.

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See you tomorrow for the next challenge.

xoxo, laportsia

21 Day Productivity Challenge: Day 2

Now that you’ve defined your purpose; your why. It’s time to solidify that purpose and write it down. Write down your purpose but then go one step further, and here is the challenge, create three goals that are aligned with your purpose. These goals will be the motivation that will spring you forward into action. Now don’t just write down anything, these goals must be sustainable. I utilize a very simply formula when I create my goals called SMART, which stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Reasonable, and Time bound. This formula has helped me tremendously transform my goals into action and it can do the same for you.

So, there’s the challenge for today, come back tomorrow for the next challenge.

xoxo, laportsia

21 Day Productivity Challenge

21 day challenge

Today begins my 21 days to productivity challenge. I wanted to do this challenge to not only increase my productivity but to also see where I was getting hung up in regards to productivity. So for the next 21 days I will post a challenge to complete that will help in the attainment of a higher level of productivity. I hope you will join me in this challenge. Even if you are already highly productive, it does not hurt to revisit and get a gentle reminder of all the task driven actions you need to take to get and stay productive.

Ok, here we go.

Today’s challenge: Define your purpose; your passion; your ultimate why.

This might seem like a simply task, but it can be a heavy task to complete. It will be important to dig deep on this one because your purpose, your passion, your why; that is the reason we wake up in the morning and should be the reason behind everything that we do. So pull out a pen or pencil or Evernote or Notes on your phone and figure out what defines the life you desire to live.

See you tomorrow for the next challenge.

xoxo, laportsia

Passionate Living at 42

This week is my birthday week and I have no idea how I will celebrate it. I didn’t think about, just didn’t realize that it was coming. I’ve been so head down in work and my business that it didn’t occur to me that I should be celebrating. Not that 42 is some big accomplishment for most people but for me it is the greatest gift I could have received, as is every birthday that I celebrate. But I feel as if this particular birthday in this particular year is a bit more special. It is the realization of where my life is now, remembering where I’ve been, and the anticipation of where this life is taking me. I realize that it is our obligation, our duty to live a life well-lived; a life with passion and purpose and if we do not know what that passion or purpose is, we also have the responsibility to search it out. For so many birthdays I lived life on the edge of spontaneity, nothing was concrete, nothing certain. I lived in an unknown void. But luckily I grew out of that void and discovered the passion and purpose that has brought me to today, to this particular birthday, where everything I am, everything I’ve built up until now is something very special. I celebrate my successes in my business, why can I not celebrate the life that is me. So, what will I do this birthday? Well, I’ve decided, whatever I want to do as long as it’s a celebration!

xoxo, laportsia

New Adventures, New Business

Finding my passion was something that eluded me for so long. I was never sure which direction to go and what I really wanted out of life. Then one day I took a long hard look at the path I was on and decided that it just was not for me and something needed to change. I changed, I experimented with a number of different paths thinking these were the right paths for me. I went back to school to obtain a Master’s degree but after finally deciding on a program, I knew it was not for me. Then I read the book that literally put me on the path that I am on now. #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso. The book not only inspired me to want to start my own business but put me on the path that I was sure I was meant to walk down. If you haven’t read this book, it is a must for anyone wanting to live a passion filled life. I took so much from it that I immediately started devouring all types of content on starting my own business. Now this was not the first time that I had attempted to start my own business. My first adventure into business ownership was in my early twenties, but then I did not have the wherewithal to work hard and strive for business success because everyone and everything around me said that that was not how it was done. I gave it up. But that early passion for having my own business never went away and followed me all the way to now where I not only find myself with one business but now two. The decision to start a new business adventure was one driven by a need and desire to live my ideal life on my own terms. I wanted a life of my own choosing. I manifested the courage to put myself out on a new adventure fraught with uncertainty because the opportunity to help others resonates very strongly with me and brings me joy like I’ve never known. I made the decision, came up with a name, and built a website. And love girl pink media was born. My main goal for this business is to empower women, give them the necessary inspiration and tools they need to live a passion filled life of their own choosing. Sure, there are a million coaches out there for business, career and personal development; how does my business stand out from the rest? It stands out because I have my own unique techniques for empowering women, my individual knowledge and experiences of the past forty-one years gives me an edge and an advantage. Do I purport to having all the answers? Absolutely not, but I guarantee that I will find the answer if you ask. Nevertheless, I took the leap of faith because it fills me with nothing but satisfaction to help another. As I continue to grow both of my businesses, I know that determination is my cornerstone to this passionate life.

xoxo, laportsia