“Meeting her is like the coolest thing ever. And my 14-year-old daughter’s going, ‘Oh my god, you met Julie Andrews, that is so cool!’ We were so happy to meet, finally. She’s such a funny, sassy, witty woman that we wanted to sit down and just talk for the rest of the world.” - Emma Thompson
I wanted to help you create explosive productivity so you get big things done (and make your life matter). Here are 21 tips to get you to your best productivity.
#1. Check email in the afternoon so you protect the peak energy hours of your mornings for your best work.
#2. Stop waiting for perfect conditions to launch a great project. Immediate action fuels a positive feedback loop that drives even more action.
#3. Remember that big, brave goals release energy. So set them clearly and then revisit them every morning for 5 minutes.
#4. Mess creates stress (I learned this from tennis icon Andre Agassi who said he wouldn’t let anyone touch his tennis bag because if it got disorganized, he’d get distracted). So clean out the clutter in your office to get more done.
#5. Sell your TV. You’re just watching other people get successful versus doing the things that will get you to your dreams.
#6. Say goodbye to the energy vampires in your life (the negative souls who steal your enthusiasm).
#7. Run routines. When I studied the creative lives of massively productive people like Stephen King, John Grisham and Thomas Edison, I discovered they follow strict daily routines. (i.e., when they would get up, when they would start work, when they would exercise and when they would relax). Peak productivity’s not about luck. It’s about devotion.
#8. Get up at 5 am. Win the battle of the bed. Put mind over mattress. This habit alone will strengthen your willpower so it serves you more dutifully in the key areas of your life.
#9. Don’t do so many meetings. (I’ve trained the employees of our FORTUNE 500 clients on exactly how to do this – including having the few meetings they now do standing up – and it’s created breakthrough results for them).
#10. Don’t say yes to every request. Most of us have a deep need to be liked. That translates into us saying yes to everything – which is the end of your elite productivity.
#11. Outsource everything you can’t be BIW (Best in the World) at. Focus only on activities within what I call “Your Picasso Zone”.
#12. Stop multi-tasking. New research confirms that all the distractions invading our lives are rewiring the way our brains work (and drop our IQ by 5 points!). Be one of the rare-air few who develops the mental and physical discipline to have a mono-maniacal focus on one thing for many hours. (It’s all about practice).
#13. Get fit like Madonna. Getting to your absolute best physical condition will create explosive energy, renew your focus and multiply your creativity.
#14. Workout 2X a day. This is just one of the little-known productivity tactics that I’ll walk you through in my new online training program YOUR PRODUCTIVITY UNLEASHED (details at the end of this post) but here’s the key: exercise is one of the greatest productivity tools in the world. So do 20 minutes first thing in the morning and then another workout around 6 or 7 pm to set you up for wow in the evening.
#15. Drink more water. When you’re dehydrated, you’ll have far less energy. And get less done.
#16. Work in 90 minute blocks with 10 minute intervals to recover and refuel (another game-changing move I personally use to do my best work).
#17. Write a Stop Doing List. Every productive person obsessively sets To Do Lists. But those who play at world-class also record what they commit to stop doing. Steve Jobs said that what made Apple Apple was not so much what they chose to build but all the projects they chose to ignore.
#18. Use your commute time. If you’re commuting 30 minutes each way every day – get this: at the end of a year, you’ve spent 6 weeks of 8 hour days in your car. I encourage you to use that time to listen to fantastic books on audio + excellent podcasts and valuable learning programs. Remember, the fastest way to double your income is to triple your rate of learning.
#19. Be a contrarian. Why buy your groceries at the time the store is busiest? Why go to movies on the most popular nights? Why hit the gym when the gym’s completely full? Do things at off-peak hours and you’ll save so many of them.
#20. Get things right the first time. Most people are wildly distracted these days. And so they make mistakes. To unleash your productivity, become one of the special performers who have the mindset of doing what it takes to get it flawless first. This saves you days of having to fix problems.
#21. Get lost. Don’t be so available to everyone. I often spend hours at a time in the cafeteria of a university close to our headquarters. I turn off my devices and think, create, plan and write. Zero interruptions. Pure focus. Massive results.
I truly hope these 21 productivity tips have been valuable to you. Stay productive.
also known as why Ashley is a hot mess of emotions after episode 12 and it will take her a good two weeks to recover
sooo I know I’m not the only person besides themselves after this episode but I just had to get these really important thoughts out. I’ve finally gathered myself after this klayley goodness in this episode so now I can fully express how I feel about that transpired tonight and it’s implications.
I’ll start with the first half of their argument which might seem less significant compared to the rest but it’s still super interesting because that whole beginning of the argument was about what defines Klaus and Hayley’s dynamic…control.
Klaus and Hayley have always been two very dominant people who do not like to give up that much control to the other. The first half of their argument is all about that. Klaus wants to control Hayley and Hayley is not having it. He didn’t even think about discussing it calmly with Hayley. Off the bat Klaus came at Hayley’s neck like he was the one running the klopley show which makes sense given Klaus’s zeal to protect Hayley and the baby and his massive ego. Hayley on the other hand wants to have a real conversation about it. She wants to discuss it, Klaus wants to tell her it’s stupid and she’s not doing it. I really appreciate how Hayley handled Klaus initially. She didn’t go full bitch on him right away. I think she knew where his concern was coming from, since she had/still had some of her own so she didn’t see his initial words as a threat to her own sense of control, only as the reaction of a concerned father so she tries to rationalize with Klaus, she brings up Finn and the benefits of the marriage to Jackson even if she has to divulge her secret to him. She’s thinking about how it’s good thing even if it’s risky and Klaus is thinking even it it’s good it’s still not worth the risk.
I loved Klaus’s face when she said she trusts Jackson, he’s like so done with her words. He looks at her and sighs and turns his head like “ I know she did not just say she trusts her werewolf fiance over me, I know she didn’t, what is life I can’t deal with this madness” Klaus was SO DONE with the notion of her trusting Jackson. He was like how dare you hahaha it tickled me because klaus is so narcissistic and I loved it because he really wants her to trust him, he really wants to be that guy for her, the one she has unwavering trust in especially when it comes to their daughter which is a whole meta in in itself tbh. Her statement about trusting Jackson and having the werewolf army to protect Hope really hurt him, especially his ego, which is why he so fervently declared how he himself can protect their daughter. The way he said she doesn’t need a wolf army does something to me because it’s klaus reacting to feeling like Hayley doesn’t think he can get the job done. Klaus knows the benefits of a werewolf army, he knows it completely which is why he’s down for the wedding and why he wants the wolves himself BUT in that moment he don’t give a damn about a werewolf army, can’t nobody protect his baby girl better than he can. He’s the most powerful being on the planet and he can do what it takes to keep them all safe, he needs to feel that way right now, especially since things are really falling apart. i think Klaus was trying to convince Hayley and himself there but that’s just a personal klaus observation. In Klaus’s mind Hayley is so desperate to do this ritual knowing the risk because she doesn’t think they can get the job done without it, she needs jackson in her corner and those wolves and to Klaus it’s a slight because to him all they need his him,she needs to trust his judgement, she needs to trust him to handle his family, she needs to trust him to keep her and their daughter safe, over anything else Hayley and Hope just need him *sobs*
Hayley is not seeing it that way tho. She thinks this is her chance to get her baby back. She doesn’t not trust or believe in Klaus. she’s just a mother who misses her child and wants her back and she’s willing to consider any option to do so and this current option seems like a good plan because to her Jackson is a good guy. She wants to take the risk because she’s desperate, not because she doesn’t trust Klaus. That’s when she first starts to get angry with him. He’s making a lot of sense but he’s completely shutting down a real option for both of them and she doesn’t like it. She’s not even asking him to drop all his concerns completely or not voice them, she’s just asking him to not make this a one sided discussion, for him to not just look at his own perspective but her’s too and really weigh the pros and cons with her so they can make a decision. Instead he’s basically telling her that her feelings on the matter don’t even warrant a real discussion, they don’t warrant any consideration. he even point blank tells her that no other opinion matters in this situation other than his and that’s when she really get’s angry. now he’s not just a concerned father, he’s a shit co-parent and a stubborn asshole and he’s blatantly taking her control from her, he’s taking her own personal control over her actions away from her and he’s trying to take her control as a mother away from her and Hayley is not having that shit. Klaus wants her to bow down to his will and in typical Hayley fashion she out right refuses to do so. I like how she didn’t try to beg or rationalize with him after he ordered her to call off the wedding. She went all throwback Hayley on him and was like no one controls me, especially not you and she’s so right because Klaus has NEVER been able to gain a single ounce of control over Hayley no matter how hard he tries, he only controls her when she lets him and it drives him nuts because he’s still not used to it even though it’s been a thing with her for a while now.
How he handles her going against his will is interesting tho. It’s always been interesting. It’s never made Klaus angry, frustrated yes but never angry, and it still doesn’t which is why the next part of their exchange is so awesome. Hayley is done, she’s like goodbye come holla at me when you wanna really talk about this then she goes off about how she not about to let him tell her what she can and can not do concerning her daughter. Her use of her instead of ours and his correcting her is important here okay. If you watch him he reaches out to touch her when he says our daughter. Like he’s not trying to grab her harshly at all in fact he’s doing the opposite. I think it’s interesting he tried to initiate that physical contact with her there. clearly she’s mad and she’s going off and his instinct is to reach out to her to her, to touch her to comfort and calm her but he pulls back and she moves. He is hesitant to initiate intimate physical contact with her and she is not open to it. This is important for later. When he’s unable to touch her and she continues with her anger completely ignoring him saying our daughter he looks almost exasperated, he get’s genuinely frustrated but not at her or her attitude but frustrated that he can’t get through to her like he wants to. He’s frustrated that she can’t see that they they are in this together right now and he’s only trying to protect what they share the only way he knows how. in his mind he’s not only protecting Hope he’s protecting her as well, because he doesn’t just not trust jackson not keep their secret safe, he also doesn’t trust Jackson’s general intentions with her, he thinks Jackson is playing with her emotionally, manipulating her, he thinks Jackson is using her for his own gains and that would hurt her and she could potentially be in danger herself because of him. He doesn’t want Hayley to be hurt and he doesn’t want hope to be at risk and that’s ultimately what he wants her to understand even if his method of conveying that sucks. He’s not trying to just run her life, he’s trying to do what he thinks is best for them,the three of them. and it’s that idea that sets Hayley off and finally makes her get out what she been holding on her chest all this time
it’s why I enjoyed this fight so much because they both got out some feelings they have kept hidden from each other. It’s two different types of feelings they are expressing to each other but it’s still somethings that neither one of them wanted to say before but the overwhelming nature of what they are currently facing with their daughter and the intensity of their fight draws it out of them. In Klaus’s mind it’s the three of them. It’s him Hayley and Hope against the world basically. They are a unit and they are supposed to stick together, face the trials together, they both share in the responsibility for handling what’s going on and their daughter’s life and while it’s great that Klaus has that view of them, he needs to see them as a unit, and that they have a shared responsibility, for Hayley that’s a difficult thing to buy into at the moment, because it’s basically saying his problems are her problems, his decisions are her decisions and for her that’s not the case and it’s never really been the case. Like she says herself there is no US in this situation, it’s HIM. It’s Klaus and then there is her and Hope. She and Hope are currently the victims of Klaus’s fucked up life. I’m glad she finally said it because I know she been feeling this way for a while now. She was just a young woman trying to find her place in the world who suddenly gets thrust into motherhood and this hectic life when she finds out she’s pregnant with this notorious psycho’s baby. She was just an expectant mother who couldn’t wait to meet her baby girl and hold her in her arms when her child was ripped from her arms and her life as she knew it was stolen from her because her daughter’s father has a psycho mother. she was just a hopeful mother finally getting over the grief of loosing her child when she learns that not only is his father that tried to kill her and her baby before back from the dead but so is is his mother who wants her child dead and so his his brother with a axe to grind and he might also have an aunt lurking in the shadows to steal her child from her. All these things in her life have happened because of him. She has resented Klaus for a while now and she needed to get it off her chest once and for all.
I like how Klaus just took her rant tho. Like he tried to argue with her at first when she brought up Finn and his mom. He was like I will handle that. He understands her frustration but he want’s her to know he can handle his screwed up family but then she hits him with a real hard truth that even he knows and he can’t say nothing. Hayley calls him what he his, the notorious hybrid killer with a 1000 years worth of enemies that will always be a threat to her child. He can’t say nothing back because it’s true, he knows it true and it eats away at him every day. Then comes the final blow, she looks him dead in the eyes and tells him that it’s him, he’s the threat and his face is just
it hurts, it hurts me and it hurts him so much and he tries to keep it together but it’s all in his eyes that she’s hurt him. In the way they widen and just stare at her. It’s like all the life suddenly got drained out of him. He’s taken back that she actually said but he’s not shocked. He doesn’t look at her like omg I can’t believe you would say this or feel this way. He looks at her like wow you really said it, you really do feel this way, it is true that I’m the threat here. He’s still relatively collected tho at this point. she’s just really hurt him and she’s still going in on him with no sign of stopping, she calls him paranoid and once again says he can’t see that this can help. Klaus knows he’s paranoid. He accepts that about himself but he thinks his paranoia is a strength to him, not a weakness. That’s why when she yells at him when will it end he finally looses the composure he was trying to maintain while she was going off on him. To Klaus his paranoia will never end because that’s how he protects himself, that’s how he protects his family, that’s part of his strength, trusting makes you weak and he refuses to leave himself vulnerable in that way. all he’s trying to do is show her that there is no risk that is worth Hope or her and he’s had it with her making it seem like he’s the bad guy here, that he’s not doing whatever it takes to bring their daughter home when he is.
So he brings up his father. Which is the a testament of how far he’s willing to let his paranoia take him for Hope. He killed Ansel because the risk of him knowing was too great. His paranoia would not let him trust Ansel even though he wanted to. It was his greatest sacrifice as a father outside of giving up hope and it was made because of the very thing she is lambasting him about right now. He expects Hayley to understand that because she knows how it feels to long for a parent, how it feels to grow up missing a part of yourself they way they both did not knowing their birth parents. Hayley should take Klaus’s murder of his father and ending his only chance to ever know that part of him he’s always wanted to know as a testament of his commitment to protecting their child. She’s supposed to take that as a reason to put unwavering faith in Klaus and as a reason to value his paranoia not despise it. He thinks it’s his trump card to her criticism. He’s like should I remind you of what I’m willing to do for our child. but Klaus makes a mistake, a mistake he’s made with Hayley in the past. Hayley is well aware of all of those things about his father and I don’t think she has ever been mad he did it, but Hayley knows how to read Klaus like a book. She knows that even if he wants to delude himself and other people into thinking something he can’t fool her. She knows the real reason he killed his father. The reason he wants to conveniently omit to make her forget about her criticisms and bend to his will.
This part is omgggg everything because if you notice this is when Hayley gets the most emotional during the entire exchange and I find that so interesting. She’s upset the whole time but it’s not until this moment that she finally gets on the verge of tears, her eyes hadn’t watered that entire time even though her voice broke on occasion. All of a sudden all these really intense and real emotions come out of her and she boldly challenges him on his real motives for killing his father while she’s starting to basically come undone. Her entire tone changes with him. She’s no longer raising her voice or angry, she’s completely calm and yet really emotional. She’s looks him dead in the eyes while she’s about to freaking cry and then actually invades his space when she calls him out on being so terrified of letting someone, anyone in. Hayley knows Klaus is deathly afraid of letting people in. He’s afraid of love, he’s afraid to care, he’s afraid of intense emotions. He hides behind paranoia, mistrust, and anger when it’s really his intense fear of having people affect him in a way that is beyond his control that really drives his actions. It’s part of what made him kill his father and she knows it but listen to what she says tho…she said someone, anyone.
31. You just want to dig your nails on his back and bite his neck.
You just want to dig your nails on his back and bite his neck, but you can’t do that. He’ll never let you do that.
Because heroes and villains don’t just have sex with each other.
Barry Allen aka The Flash has sabotaged your plans since you moved to Central City. Strangely though, he never turned you in.
Most recently he had begun to shamelessly flirt with you in order to get your guard down and ruin your fun.
Lately though, it wasn’t about destroying the city and causing people grief, it was about seeing him the only way that you could, causing problems.
You had been hit with the particle accelerator energy when you were in town visiting your friends and it gave you the power to control all elements on Earth. A true powerful meta human.
“Iris! Wake up!” You said to the girl locked behind bars.
“Y/N. What are you doing?” She asked holding the back of head where you had hit her to knock her unconscious.
“Barry will be here soon, I need you to be a good girl and stay here. I’ll be on the roof.” You smirked at her.
“You’re crazy.” Iris retorted.
“Iris, you do not call a woman in love crazy. Rude.” You said and began to walk to the door.
“You are not in love with him.” She said loud enough for you to hear. That insult actually stung.
“Iris dear, do you know how easy it is for me to just kill you here and now? How I won’t break a sweat burning your body so no one will ever recognize you. But I’m not stupid, I won’t kill you, we used to be friends remember? Besides, Barry will never forgive me if I hurt you, I know he loves you.” You said that last part to yourself. You didn’t wait for her answer because you ran to the roof sensing he was near.
“Hello my love.” You said.
“Hey there trouble maker.” He said but this time he didn’t smile, this time he said it in a cold distant tone.
“I thought you weren’t going to come.” You stepped closer and closer to him until you were standing less than a foot away from him. “She’s fine love, I didn’t kill her.” You reassurance earned you a nearly visible smirk.
“Why did you take her?” He asked.
“Because I knew you would come and find me…you always do.” You responded hooking your arm around his neck and pecking him lightly on his cheek.
He gripped your wrist but not hard enough to hurt you, it just seemed like he was keeping it there. As if making sure you would never let go.
“You know you could help so many people with your powers, save so many lives.” His look was sincere, he was so flawless.
“No one would save mine if they had this power.” You were practically clinging on to him now, your lips so close to his neck you felt the goosebumps run up his body.
“I would.” That answer was enough to make you weak at the knees. You propped yourself up and kissed him full on the lips.
He didn’t pull back though, in fact, he kissed back. That first kiss, of course to you wasn’t enough, you wanted more but as you moved in for another one you felt your wrist being handcuffed to a pole on the roof and when you looked up at him hurt he ran downstairs.
Of course, to Iris. You sighed and looked to the horizon as the red streak moved further and further away.
You didn’t notice when the tears blurred your vision blocking the red lighting that once again approached your location until you felt warm lips on yours and your hand being released from the cuffs.
“I’m back.” He said in a dorky smile and picked you up and ran to what you assumed to be his apartment. He placed you on the bed and immediately attacked your neck.
“And Iris?” You asked in case she was here in the apartment with him.
“With Joe.” He pushed you back on the bed and hovered over you unzipping the leather suit.
“Are you trying to trick me again?” You asked.
“I would never flirt with anyone I didn’t like. Trust me.” He kissed you long and hard once again.
Let’s just that if Barry didn’t have regenerate powers, he would be getting a lot of questions at work.
You didn’t have that luck though, because when you woke up you were covered in hickies.
McSpirk as mermen who randomly have the power to be transported to any habitable ocean on any planet: as a group. I think you might have some fun with this.
Oh my God. I love this and I can’t do it justice.
Jim’s tail matches his eyes. Bright blue, maybe almost dolphin-like. He’s most excited about exploring new seas. New planets, new people. Awesome. Bones is more reserved. His tail greenish, and his skin dotted with scars, either from battles, from being nearly captured, or from saving Jim’s ass all the time. Either way, he doesn’t enjoy being transported into strange seas at all. Spock with a black tail though, I dig it. Frequently made fun of his pointy ears by Jim and Bones. He likes to study different mermaid species when they interact with each other, and is most interested in their cultures.
They don’t really belong anywhere because they transport to different oceans a lot. Spock and Bones like to build decent shelters out of seaweed, debris from humans/aliens, rocks etc. Jim could honestly just sleep on the ocean floor and be fine, but he does like to be dragged into the safety of his friends’ shelter.
Accidentally ending up in sweet water and they have no idea how to deal. It tastes gross, the fish taste gross, everything is different, and this is barely an ocean. It feels more like a lake, and there are actual humans near the coastline. “We should go talk to them,” Jim says. “Last time you talked to human beings you drowned them.” Spock points out, reaching out for Jim’s tail to stop him, but Jim approaches them anyway. Bones cursing and stopping Jim, but both Jim and Spock are ultimately curious enough to approach these humans, so Bones obliges.
Naturally the humans on the shore freak out and run for their lives, which honestly makes Jim very upset because he didn’t mean to do anyone any harm. “Humans are afraid of what they don’t know,” Spock says, sliding an arm around Jim’s shoulder.
They try to make shelter but there’s very little useful material around so they curl up together in the soft sand. The water isn’t even cold, it’s pretty warm. Jim traces a finger over the scars on Bones’ chest, The ugly bite wounds of aggressive dolphins still present on his otherwise flawless tail. “You save our lives a lot,” Spock points out, and Bones hums. “Someone’s gotta do it,” he replies, a grin on his lips.
But then Bones gets captured by the same humans who fled earlier. One moment he’s there, swimming near the shore with Jim and Spock gathering supplies as well. The next he’s just dragged out of the water with a net like he’s some sort of animal. Jim and Spock freak out and swim after the speedboat, though they’re unable to get their Bones back. Without Bones there, they can’t even teleport to the next planet.
Spock paces (or swims) back and forth while Jim freaks out. “We can’t leave without him. We need to get ourselves captured, too,” Spock says, eventually, and it’s an odd solution coming from an otherwise reserved Spock. It’s also the only solution to get near Bones, hopefully, but they don’t have anything other than hope. So when they see the same boat floating around again, they both swim up to the shore and get themselves captured. It’s horrible, and painful, and the men are rough and disrespectful.
They’re separated from each other and kept in these tiny dark tanks and Jim is absolutely terrified, but also dedicated to finding his boys again. He only sees them again a few days later (or so he thinks, but it could’ve been weeks). Bones looks angrier than usual, Spock more jittery, and Jim’s mostly starving. But the water is bright blue, there are many different fish and so many humans, and they’re all applauding. It’s great. Jim hugs his boys tightly, not letting go for the longest time. “We need to get out of here,” Bones says, slowly pulling away from their embrace. Jim doesn’t understand why, because there’s food for days, fish to study, people who love them - until he swims into a glass wall and he stares in awe at the humans looking up at them through some sort of tunnel. Spock swims up to him. “We’re in Seaworld.”
Jim is the only one who sort of enjoys it, but the shine wears off really quick. Initially, being loved by so many is great. But they hurt Bones for not complying to their ridiculous training schedule. They don’t always feed Spock and get really mad when Jim shares his dinner. And for some reason, they can’t seem to teleport out.
Until Jim meets Uhura, who is beautiful and smart and kind, and together with her he works on a plan to get them out. In the middle of the night, she and this guy named Scotty drag them out of their tanks and into their truck, and they drive them towards the nearest ocean.
“Better not return to earth any time soon,” Uhura says after she’s helped them into the water. Still, not really an ocean, but a lake is still a significant upgrade from before. “Not planning on it,” Spock says, thanking her for her assistance.
“Why did you get yourselves captured in the first place?” Bones asks later, when they’re away from the coast, to an unknown ocean, with salt water and no humans in sight. Maybe they could stay here for a little while. “To save your ass,” Jim points out, and Spock finishes. “Someone’s gotta do it.”