Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity


I’m not a huge reader but one thing I’ve learned is that most successfull people tend to read one or more books per month. I’m trying to get in the habit of reading more. Currently I’m reading the book Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen. It’s all about how to organize things in such a way that you can always get stuff done.

I currently have this book in my Kindle app. which makes it easy for me to read from my smartphone or tablet. I find is a great way to get reading in since anytime I have a free moment I can just pick up my device and read. The Kindle app is great because you can stop on one device and pick up where you left off on another. I’m about 35% into this book and so far is been really good. If you need help getting things organized them check it out.

One thing I find is that’s it’s very difficult to focus on my online business while maintaining a full-time job at the same time. My hope is that once I can get some better habits in place I will be able to increase my productivity which will aid in my path to my success.

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Premiere Date Set For 4th Season of Person Of Interest

Person of InterestCBS has just announced its fall premier schedule and my favorite TV show, Person of Interest,  is scheduled to return on Tuesday, September 23 at 10:00pm EDT.  I am anxious to see where they will take the show this season after the big ending of season 3.

Now that the main characters are on the run from Decima it will be interesting to see how the show will be now that those who are normally on the hunt are now the ones being hunted.  Will Finch, Reese, Shaw, and Root be able to stay under Samaritan’s radar?  I can’t wait to find out.

The way the show mixes technology, government, and rouge vigilantes keeps it very exciting for me.  I also enjoy the various characters and how each of them are unique but come together in various ways.  I think the writers do an excellent job with this show.

You can catch clips and some of the full episodes here:

Does anyone else out there enjoy this show as much as I do?  Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

Burning The Midnight Oil

Burning the midnight oilSo I’m up late again burning the midnight oil.  Why?  Because that’s what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.  You will use every minute you can to focus on your business and execute your plan to reach and meet your goals.  My goals include getting out of debt, being able to work my own schedule, and having the freedom to travel when I wish.  If any of this sounds appealing to you then reach out to me.  I love helping people reach their goals.  I would love to take some time to chat with you about where you are at in life and see how I can help you  be successful.

I am now associated with several online endeavors that are putting me on the path to success and I would love to share them with you.  One opportunity will help you get into your own business for free  however the window will be closing on this soon so contact me now if you would like to get in on this.    It will be a great way to jump-start your career online.

Will Rising Star Really Rise to the Top?


As I’m writing this it’s five minutes until a new reality show called Rising Star is about to premiere on ABC. Is a new singing competition which is not new. What is new about this show is that it’s live and you the viewer get to participate in the voting. As contestants sing they do so on front of this huge wall of screens. People at home using the Rising Star app will vote yes or no for the performer as they are singing. If the contestant gets enough votes the wall will rise and the performer moves on. If enough votes are not received them the wall stays down and its the end of the road for the performer.

What’s interesting to me will be how well the interactive app works and if this new element will cause this show to “rise to the top”. I installed the app on my tablet earlier and about one minute before the show began I got an alert in my notifications bar. This certainly seems promising,

So the show has just started. I’ll be posting my thoughts as the show progresses. Stay tuned for updates.

What Is Musubi?

Spam Musubi

So I have some network marketing friends and today saw them posting about some food called Musubi (moo-soo-bee).  Apparently it’s big in Hawaii and so I was curious and wanted to find out what it was all about.

I turn to my good friend Google and I discover that Musubi consists of a fried slice of spam on rice pressed together to form a small block.  This is then wrapped with a strip of seaweed.  It’s typically eaten as a sandwich.  Apparently it’s a popular snack food in Hawaii.

While researching Musubi I found out that Hawaiians consume more Spam than any other population in the world.  Who knew?  This was a new fact for me.  I would have never thought of Spam being so big in Hawaii.

I also found out that Spam was originally called “Hormel Spiced Ham”.  Apparently no one liked this name so they had a contest at a New Year’s Even party with a $100 prize for someone to come up with a new name.  The new name, SPAM, was conceived by Kenneth Daigneau who won the contest.  Kenneth was an actor and brother of the then Hormel vice president, Ralph Daigeau.

I’ve always wondered how SPAM had come about.  Well, now I know.  And I’ve also learned how popular SPAM is in Hawaii.  Now I have something to look forward to when I get to visit beautiful Hawaii.  It’s one of the things I will do when I travel there with the money I’ve earned from my online business.

Have a great day!

Late Night Local Streaming Billiards

So it’s 2am and I’m working on my online business and some how I clicked on one of those Facebook trending headlines talking about how Nest had bought Dropcam.  Neither of these companies had I heard of before, but apparently Nest is a Google-owned company that offers some home automation type stuff.  Things like controlling your thermostat and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  It looks like Dropcam offers “plug and play” web cams which looks pretty cool.  So I’m on the Dropcam website checking on their cams and find they have a directory of live web cams on their site.  While browsing I just happen to come upon the stream of a local billiards club we have here in Greensboro.  So I’m sitting here watching someone practice their shots.  I had heard of this place before but now I can sit here and look in on what’s going on.

So that’s tonight distraction.  Now it’s time to get back to work to marketing my online business.

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Will You Switch to AT&T to get the New Amazon Fire Phone?

Amazon Fire PhoneSo Amazon has just made its step into the mobile phone arena wit the unveiling of the Amazon Fire Phone.  I’m very much interested in the mobile devices right now because it’s time for me to upgrade to a new phone.  I’m currently using a Samsung Galaxy Nexus which has now become about extinct by mobile phone standards.  The Nexus was the first phone to come out with Google’s Android 4.0 and was it just happened to come out around the time I was last due a phone upgrade.  So after evaluating all the choices I settled on the Nexus and have not regretted it.

Due to the age of my Nexus, it’s having trouble handling all the new apps I put on it so I’m really anxious to upgrade to a new phone.  I was due an upgrade back in February and was very much hoping that Samsung’s Galaxy S5 would be the phone I would get, but after seeing the specs. it just was not quite on part with what myself and many others hoped it would be.  Sure it’s a great phone and would be much better than what I have right now, but since I only upgrade every couple of years (like 2 – 3) then I want something that is going to last.

I then set my sights on the rumors that Samsung would be coming out with a premium phone that would be a follow-up to the S5.  It has been referred to as the “S5 Prime” and more recently as the “Galaxy F”.  According to rumors this phone will have the specs. that I’m looking for in my next phone.   I’ve been watching the news feeds daily in order to get an idea of when this new Samsung phone will release.  Some reports were saying end of June while others are now saying it might be September.  I really don’t want to wait until September for my next phone but I don’t want to settle for less than I had hoped for either.  Such a dilemma for a techno-geek like me.

Yesterday, out of the blue, I found out about Amazon releasing this new “Fire Phone”.  Since I had been keeping tabs on the mobile phone news I was really surprised that I had not heard about this before.  I don’t know if I had just missed it on the rumor chain or if Amazon just did a very good job at keeping this under wraps.  I mean it doesn’t surprise me that Amazon would try to enter the mobile phone market.  They have been pushing their tablets for a while now so edging into the mobile arena makes sense in many ways.

The Fire Phone has two main features that they are promoting which helps it stand above the rest of the current devices.  First, the Fire Phone has something called dynamic perspective.  This new feature which I don’t think exists on any other phone to date, allows you to view things on your phone in a way we’ve never seen before.  It gives you a sort of 3D view to photos, images, and stuff on your phone.  Just by tilting or turning your phone the perspective of what you see will change.   I think dynamic perspective is a cool feature, but I’m wondering how practical it will be.  Right now it just seems to be more hype to sell the phone then something that will really be useful everyday.

The other feature of this phone that Amazon is pushing is something called “Firefly”.  By pressing the Firefly button you can use your phone to instantly identify printed web and email addresses.  It can recognize phone numbers, QR codes, artwork, and millions of items.  You can identify songs, TV shows, products that you take a photo of, etc.  To me this sounds very much like Google’s Goggles app.  That app. would allow you to take a photo of a product or place and it would perform a Google search for it to tell you more about it.  It sounds like Amazon has done the same thing but taken it to a whole new level to make it easier for consumer use.

The specs. on this phone are not that bad.  I don’t think it’s as good overall as the S5 is but the Fire phone is certainly a contender and has certainly given me another option to look at in my search for my next great smartphone.  Amazon is also throwing in one year of their Prime service to sweeten the deal.  This gives you access to their streaming videos, music, and allows you to “borrow” e-books from the Kindle store.  You also give free two-day shipping on many Amazon products with the Prime service.  It certainly is a bonus for anyone wanting this phone.

The big issue for me is that Amazon’s new phone  is exclusively available through AT&T.  I currently have my service with Verizon Wireless.  I’ve been a long-time Verizon customer and so the question comes down to is this new phone worth the hassle of switching to AT&T.  I’ve had many customer service issues with AT&T in the past when I was one of their customers.  So far I’ve never had any major issues with Verizon.  I’m quite happy with Verizon and their coverage so I’m not really motivated to move away.  I’m also not one that likes to get locked in to a certain company’s products.  Like the Apple and their iPhone, Amazon seems to be trying to provide a one-stop provide everything experience.  I’ve not used Amazon’s fire operating system yet, so it will be interesting to see how easy it will be to install other apps. on their phone.  If I want to get my music from say, Google, instead of Amazon, will their be any issues doing this?  I’ll be watching the reviews to see how this shakes out.

It’s great to see some other competition enter the smartphone sector.  I will be watching carefully to see how Amazon stands up against the big players like Apple, Samsung, and Google.

In the mean time I will be weighing my options and watching the latest news feeds to see if I can determine what my next phone would be.  I would love to hear your feedback about this?  Would you switch to AT&T for this new Fire phone?  Comment below and leave me your thoughts.

Let Me Help You Earn An Extra Income This Month

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