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A key element to living a successful life is reducing the stress that you experience. If you have been a Drive Planning Member for long you will recognize the theme of automation. This continues to weigh on my mind as something that we need to continually emphasize.

 

automation

[aw-tuhmey-shuh n]

noun

  1. the technique, method, or system of operating or controlling a process by highly automatic means, as by electronic devices, reducing human intervention to a minimum.
  2. a mechanical device, operated electronically, that functions automatically, without continuous input from an operator.
  3. act or process of automating.
  4. the state of being automated.

 

In other words, we want to remove our own ability to sabotage ourselves from the things that we most want in life. As part of living intentionally; we can pre-determine our outcomes simply by establishing systems around the actions which we know are best for us. I have discussed this topic at The Life You Can Afford to Live in a previous post Scheduling Your Success.

Most often our own ability to sabotage our success is through poor planning. Our own laziness or simply a lack of preparedness undermines us achieving what we really desire. So, with that in mind, I want to encourage you to automate as many facets of your life as possible. This post will explore a few ideas; there are certainly others. Let us know about some of your own suggestions or personal wins in this area on our social media channels; Facebook and twitter.

Below are some of the ways that I recommend automating your life so that you do more, waste less and live a more meaningful life.

Giving

Giving is a very personal decision. One that sometimes requires us to be prayerful or at minimum thoughtful. It’s for that reason that for years I have spoken negatively of automated giving. Today’s busyness has made me change my tune regarding this matter. Deciding to give isn’t less spiritual or obedient if its planned in advance. So, I say go ahead and establish automated drafts towards the church or charity of your choosing. This will ensure that a ballgame or any unexpected event doesn’t de-rail your plan for giving.

 

Saving

Most of our members do a great job in this area. We have consistently taught to establish a Wealth Coordination Account (WCA) as the initial recipient for all savings. If this isn’t something that you have completed; Let’s make it happen!

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The WCA is the first place to direct a minimum of 15% of your income. This simple automation sets you up for years of success. It ensures that your own fleeting desires do not inadvertently interfere with your Hopes and Dreams.

We will now be encouraging you to create a more detailed savings plan to include future expenses;

Including:

  • Vacations
  • Classes
  • Personal Growth Areas
  • Holidays
  • Date Nights

This is all designed around creating a plan for spending. Living the life that you desire, not a reactionary life.

If you need direction in this area, please contact your Drive Planning Consultant or join my Coaching for Life Program to provide you step by step guidance.

 

Income

Work life is generally one of the things that creates a great deal of stress and frankly interrupts most of these other areas of life. What if you could create a scenario that automated your income; possibly even making it such to forget about the stress of your W-2 JOB! Working with us at Drive Planning or participating with me directly in my New Coaching Program we can construct a plan to just that; create Cash Flow for you through investments like Real Estate, Portfolio or other Private Investments. Even if you don’t have a great deal of money there are still options to explore like Rental Arbitrage or Affiliate Programs. This will allow you to focus more on living and less on stressful work. Between my wife and I we still stay busy but we operate several businesses which allows for unique levels of freedom to operate them on our terms from wherever we are located.

 

Living

Most of our members are well established in the first two areas of Giving and Saving. This is where I believe that we can really transform our time and overall quality of life. Jackie and I have spent a lot of time and consideration in this area; automating our daily life. As two very goal oriented professionals involved in numerous charitable organizations and businesses time is of the essence. I want to share with you a few things that…. Well, mostly she has taught me!

Health

Create automation around your health products, doctor visits and even how you schedule prevention techniques. Here are a few to consider:

Utilize Amazon Prime, Instacart or any delivery service to routinely deliver your vitamins, personal toiletries, air filters or the food necessary to be healthy (more to come about that). Place these things on your calendar as to do’s and automate them to arrive without wasted time at the store. Ex:  Look ahead and determine when you will be traveling for business or pleasure and schedule taking Airborne 5 days in advance of your trip. This simple planned technique will virtually ensure that you do not get sick while traveling and ultimately diminish your impact or lifestyle. Ex: Schedule air filters to arrive every three months (the suggested time to change them). Ex: Schedule toilet paper to arrive periodically (Something you should never run out of) Ex: Have Dollar Shave Club deliver razors at the predetermined time.

 

Food

Every parent knows the dread of the 5:30pm or 6pm hour. That dreaded question, “What’s for dinner?” We have found that Blue Apron is our preferred way of automating this area of our life. Each week or at the frequency of your choosing you can have every meal (every ingredient to prepare such meal) delivered to your doorstep. It costs slightly less than $10 per meal and there is no wasted time or ingredients. Most importantly the meals are brilliant! Dishes we wouldn’t ordinarily create on our own. Here are a few examples: Cumin-Crusted Pork, Tangelo & Honey Glazed Salmon, Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf and even the best hamburger I’ve ever eaten. This level of automation means you are always prepared for that dreaded question and you avoid costly and unhealthy restaurant meals.

 

Fitness

This may be a stretch because it isn’t true automation. However, I’d say that any effort towards pre=planning is a step in the right direction.

Plan your events for the year. Go ahead and pre-pay, pre-register for fitness classes, races etc for the entire year. Having already committed to them and paid will reduce/eliminate the wiggling out of them that often happens. Having them planned will also motivate you between events to keep training as you approach event time. Most events will also send you a recommended training schedule to be fully prepared. It’s like having a personal trainer!

 

Personal Time

Schedule and begin establishing a plan for paying for these nights out, vacations etc. in advance. Easily accomplished when put into the personal spending plan. One where the money is systematically/automatically transferred months in advance of the intended time. Beyond paying for these ahead of time and avoiding debt you will also find that the quality of your overall experiences will improve. Most of the improvement is due to the advanced planning/intentionality allowing you time to focus on your spouse or significant others Love Language.

 

These are just a few ideas that we have implemented to create an automated approach towards our life. We have found that typically this keeps us focused on the BIG Picture and less bogged down in the details. Allow me to encourage you to look for additional ways to automate areas of your life that will help you to lead the life you desire and do it with less stress. Maybe you won’t establish all of these at once but over time with an intentional approach towards automation you will begin to see that you are doing more, wasting less and creating a more meaningful life.

As you uncover ideas that work well, share them with us on Facebook or twitter.

 

 

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As we emerge from this Global Pandemic it has left many people changed whether for the better or worse remains to be seen. Any time there is a traumatic experience regardless of the type of tragedy or unfortunate event the most important measure is often times how you respond to such an event.
This Covid-19 outbreak was particularly harmful due to the many ramifications; health, financial and emotional trauma are likely the three most common categories. In the balance of this post I want to share with you the most common responses which need to be dealt with but you can’t stay there very long. If you stay in these stages too long it will become far to tiresome and will ultimately crush your spirit and resolve. 
I hope that you are able to take the Action Items to heart and put them to work for you, your family and business life. Because Action Changes Everything!

There is no time for:

🙅🏼 Denial

🙅🏼 Anger

🙅🏼 Blaming

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Take Action:

✅ Get Honest w/ Yourself

✅ Discipline Yourself

✅ Get Help / Create a Team

✅ Define What is Important and Unimportant

✅ Make a List: Assets & Liabilities

✅ Inventory Your Time and Skills

✅ Make Hard Decisions

✅ Get Everyone on The Same Page

Thank you for checking out this Action Plan for you, your family and business as we make progress in distancing ourselves from this time period. Tough times build character but I certainly recognize that they can test your limits. If you ever want assistance or to simply discuss anything please know that i am here fro you. Feel free to connect with me through any of the social media pages or contact information listed here.

Adulting 101

March 19, 2020 — Leave a comment
A Pandemic? Really? Quarantined… with the entire family? Oh come on! Strange events have led many of us to have more free time than normal. 
As per our normal MO, at Drive Planning and The Life You Can Afford to Live, we seek ways to increase productivity and a better life. We wanted to share with you some ideas that will prove more valuable than binging on Netflix, although there will likely still be plenty of time for your favorite series and more.
You’ve probably heard the millennial jokes and maybe even experienced some of the basic things that kids from the 90’s to now, do not know. So, while we have a few minutes let’s take time to educate on some of the basic adult tasks that we take for granted.
We call it Adulting 101!

 

• Adulting 101 •

 

Here are a few topics to consider but certainly not the only topics. Allow these ideas to get you thinking about other fun ways to educate and spend some meaningful time having fun.

Financials
  • Write a check
  • Balance a checking account
  • Open a Savings Account on-line
  • Create a budget
  • What are Stocks and Bonds?
  • Find Real Estate for Sale
  • What is Debt?
  • How Interest Works
  • Something They Love That Could Be a Side Hustle
  • How to File Tax Forms
  • Pay Bills
Life
  • Scan Old Photographs
  • Drive a Manual Transmission Vehicle
  • Start a Blog
  • Set up E-Mail/ Unsubscribe from Spam
  • Prepare a Meal/Cook
  • Book a Vacation
  • Write a Letter/Old School Snail Mail
  • Send a Fax
  • Clean a Room
  • Play Cards
  • How to Introduce yourself to a Stranger
  • Create a Resume
  • Create a BucketList/With steps needed to get started
  • How to Search for a Job
  • How to Start a Business
  • Share Old Music with Them
  • Roller Skate
  • Check The Oil in a Car
  • To Do Laundry
  • Schedule a Dr./Dentist Appointment

 

We recognize this isn’t an exhaustive list of potential adulting tasks. This list will get you started towards a good education but what we’ve seen so far is that it will get you laughing and communicating with each other. When the attention spans begin to wane well there are plenty of good shows to watch! You could even watch some funny classics from our day….. Fletch, Ferris Bueller, Friends.

The lists can go on forever!

 

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