Make mindfulness your superpower

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The power of mindfulness: the secret is out

On a previous episode of the show, I said, “If you’re meditating and practicing mindfulness, you’ve got the superpower of focused attention.”

It looks like I’m not the only one who thinks so.

Today, I came across an entertaining and informative animation on YouTube – Why Mindfulness is a Superpower.

It’s just a couple of minutes long, but it covers mindfulness pretty well.

I’ve been to a few conferences over the past few months and I was paying attention… to how distracted most people are.

Some of the attendees at these conferences paid hundreds of dollars to attend so they could get better at what they do for a living. Yet, during every presentation, I saw most people checking their phones or surfing the Internet or checking emails.

So many wasted opportunities for growth. It was really sad to watch.

We could keep this mindfulness-as-a-productivity-superpower a secret and use it to gain a huge advantage over the distracted masses.

But we won’t.

Because, as the late Benjamin Parker once told the future Spiderman, “With great power comes great responsibility.”

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Going mobile – get out there and touch the world

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Get out of the house for a better life

Ever since I started getting out of the house, things have gotten a lot more interesting.

One way I can get more done while being out and about is by “going mobile”.

I mentioned this yesterday, but I often stop at coffee shops after work instead of heading straight home. I’ve started using a Chromebook laptop for these stops and it’s working out pretty well.

The Chromebook solution

The Chromebook is an inexpensive laptop that runs the Chrome browser as its operating system. Mine has 4 GB of RAM and it’s pretty fast.

Most of the work I need to do on the computer, I can do on the Chromebook. For example,  I can use Evernote on the web for writing.

However, there is some software I have loaded on my Mac that I can’t replace with websites and apps on the Chromebook. Luckily, I discovered the FREE Chrome Remote Desktop plugin.

This plugin lets me access my Mac remotely using the Chromebook.

And, if my Chromebook is lost, stolen, or destroyed, it’s not the end of the world. Nothing is saved locally on the laptop and it isn’t crazy expensive, like the Mac.

However, I do regret that I didn’t buy the 14-inch version.


This is the 14-inch version (affiliate link).

I really enjoy going out more each evening. I’m getting my other work done and I get to meet some interesting people and discover some interesting new places.

So, my simple advice for changing your life is, get out of the house.

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Shake up your routine for better performance

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Try caffeinating your performance

Are you stuck in a creative rut? Are you looking for a way to get motivated and get more done?

Recently, I realized it was time to work on my productivity and performance. So, I decided to shake things up and change up my daily routine.

Now, instead of going straight home from work, I’ll usually head to a coffee shop to do some writing or work on the podcast.

Maybe it’s the coffee, but I feel a lot more energized than if I did this at home.

And you never know who you might meet at a coffee shop.

My creative kit

I’m experimenting with the process. I recently bought an inexpensive Chromebook laptop (affiliate link) for these coffee shop excursions, so I’m leaving the MacBook Pro at home.

Every morning, I toss the Chromebook, some notebooks, and several gel pens into my canvas bag and head out the door.

This keeps things simple. The Chromebook runs for about ten hours when it’s fully charged, so I don’t have to worry about finding an outlet.

I can use the laptop to write show notes in WordPress for the podcast. If I want to do some writing or capture ideas, I can use Evernote in the browser. All the basic formatting I need for writing is right there. Easy.

Some days, I go analog and use one or two pens and one of the notebooks. I find it easier to do creative writing with pen and paper than a computer. And no electricity or wifi is required.

Bottom line, this simple change-up in my daily routine has helped me reset and re-engage with the creative process.

Why not try it and let me know if it works for you?

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Get back to work – deep work

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Is your work getting you where you want to go?

I’ve been pretty mindful for the last few months and I’m getting a lot done. However, I’m not really making much progress with my side hustle.

Yesterday on the show, I mentioned I hadn’t sold a shirt on Merch by Amazon – not a single one – after two months.

I got some great feedback yesterday on why my shirts aren’t selling. It’s up to me to take that feedback and get to work.

I remember being a lot more focused and productive right after I read Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World (affiliate link).

Cal Newport, a productivity superstar, wrote this amazing book.

This really makes me question whether I’m really being productive if I’m not achieving my side-hustle goal.

I read the book back in March. Maybe it’s time I look it over again to get back on track.

If you’re looking for a big productivity boost, I can’t recommend Deep Work enough.

But, don’t just read it. You’ve got to work it!


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The Productivity Straight Talk Podcast – you need this!

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Productivity Straight Talk is exactly what it says it is

Amber De La Garza is The Productivity Specialist. Her podcast is called Productivity Straight Talk. And that’s exactly what you get on her show.

There isn’t an entrepreneur on the planet who wouldn’t benefit from better productivity.

I met Amber at Podcast Movement and she impressed me right away. She is a no-nonsense, focused, yet very friendly person.

You know how sometimes you meet someone and you can tell they’re going to be very successful?

That’s Amber.

Her show intro says:

“She is passionate, direct, and sometimes a little sarcastic, but always gives you what you need to succeed in business.”

Let’s get to it.

The show is entertaining, well produced, and it’s exactly what the title says it is: straight talk about productivity for entrepreneurs.

Although she’s only been doing the show for a few months, she’s already had some fantastic guests on the show, such as best-selling author Steve Scott.

And, her solo shows are also excellent. With over 15 years experience in real estate management, training, and coaching, Amber knows what she’s talking about. She has a passion to help overwhelmed entrepreneurs succeed.

So, there’s not much else I need to say. You know you need to be more productive. Amber can show you how.

Check out Productivity Straight Talk today!

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Click bait is making us dummer

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You have to have original thoughts to succeed

If you find yourself reading and sharing click bait, I’m going to ask you to do something for me.

It’s a small thing, but it will make a big difference in your life.

Stop it! Just, stop it!

I came across a Quora answer today by Simon Trevor who explains what click bait is:

“News outlets need headlines that will get people to click on it. They make money from you reading their articles and viewing ads. They make money by selling trending news.

“And 99% of the time, there is nothing to write about. So they make click bait headlines with minimal evidence that will get (people) to constantly view their articles.”

Now, this isn’t really true of all or even most news outlets. However, you should be critical of everything you read – click bait or not.

I see so many people who share this junk on social media – especially Facebook. Sometimes, these click bait stories are their prime source of information.

Which is beyond sad.

People see so many of these stories, they become hypnotized by it. It’s scary to see how easily so many people can be made to believe almost anything.

If you listen to this podcast, I’ll assume you’re trying to improve your life. Maybe you want to start a business or be more creative or more productive – whatever.

If you cut this junk out of your reading diet and become a more critical reader, I promise you’ll find it easier to start thinking for yourself.

And that’s a big step in the right direction for anyone who wants to be more successful. Or, just a better person.

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The mindfulness epidemic is out of control!

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Mindfulness must be stopped, they say…

No matter how good or positive a message is, there’s always someone who just sees the dark clouds.

Mindfulness is popular and catching on with a lot of people. It’s getting a lot of press.

I’ve been practicing it for several months and it’s done wonders for me. I’m much more productive and I’m enjoying simple life experiences more.

I’m sad to report I’m seeing bad press about the practice. Some writers feel it is being sold as a magic elixir that will solve all your problems overnight. Others feel is it somehow harmful or bad for you.

Mindfulness is really nothing more than being in the moment so you can truly experience the moment to its fullest.

Many of us have become more and more distracted in our lives.  This prevents many of us from engaging in our relationships. Some of us try to get more done by multitasking, only to find we aren’t getting anything done.

How it helps me

Mindfulness made a huge difference in my life as soon as I started practicing it. This show is a good example.

My schedule is hectic. I don’t have much free time, but by being mindful I’m able to produce a daily podcast in addition to everything else.

Mindfulness didn’t fix all my life’s problems. I don’t see anyone suggesting this. But that doesn’t stop some writers from declaring it’s the new snake oil.

If you’re considering mindful practices, keep an open mind and try it.

Maybe the keeping an open mind part is challenging for some people – especially skeptics.

In any event, it is currently legal in all 50 states and in most countries. You’ve got nothing to lose except distractions and lots of wasted opportunities.

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How to be more creative with a simple weekly ritual

Peaches can make you more creative

Being mindful while running errands

We’re all looking for that elusive, secret formula for being more creative.

If you’re more creative, maybe you can write that best-selling novel or develop that killer business idea.

Here’s my secret formula:

  1. Get up at a reasonable hour on Saturday morning
  2. Mindfully run your errands (i.e. don’t multitask. Focus on doing the errands)
  3. Discover a new place (or two) while you’re running your errands
  4. Don’t try to force creativity or ideas – just be receptive if and when they come

This ritual works wonders for me.

The Saturday morning ritual

I got up at 8:00 – 6:30 or 7:00 would have been better.

My first stop was a local diner for breakfast. There were lots of people to observe. Please note: Don’t be that creepy guy staring at the customers.

I ran out of podcasts on my podcast player, so I searched through the Apple Podcasts list of popular shows and downloaded a couple of shows I’ve never listened to.

The first show was political; I didn’t finish it.

Next up was Very Bad Wizards where the hosts discussed the David Lynch film Mulholland Drive.

Now THAT’S more like it.

Later, while driving through town, which is Roanoke, TX, I came across the Roanoke Farmers Market. Rather than just drive by, I decided to park the car and check it out.

That’s how the whole mindfulness “being in the moment” thing works. You have to experience stuff.

Tomatoes at the Roanoke Farmers Market

It’s a tiny farmers market as farmers markets go. But it was a lot of fun to check out the goods and talk to the vendors.

Honey for sale at the Roanoke, TX Farmers Market

Next, I walked across the street to the Brew Junkie Coffee House. I’ve always wanted to try French press coffee. I asked the barista for a recommendation and he did not disappoint. The coffee was outstanding.

From there, I went to Collected: Keller, a comic book store not too far away. You never know what you’ll discover in a comic book store. I ended up getting a free Sheena, Queen of the Jungle comic. They were free because one of their customers paid for all the issues so they could give them away.

My last stop was an office supply store. I need business cards to take with me to Podcast Movement next week. Things got a little bumpy there, but I’ll be able to pick up the cards tomorrow.

So, I completed my errands and tried a few new things – the farmers market, the French press coffee, and the Very Bad Wizards podcast.

And, I was mindful while running these errands.

But, the whole point of this exercise was to see if it would help me develop some good, creative ideas.

Well, did it work?

In a word: yup.

I had lots of great ideas. As a matter of fact, I had to make the stop for business cards because I came up with an idea I’m pretty excited about.

You’ll hear more about that later.

Okay, now you’ve heard about my creative ritual. Maybe it isn’t free, but it’s sure effective. Why not give it a try?

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Mindfulness practice: No more excuses!

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Are you avoiding mindfulness?

One of the best reasons to practice mindfulness is because it can help you be more productive.

So, why don’t more entrepreneurs and side hustlers practice mindfulness?

I came across an interesting article about this. Here’s the link:

Stop Making These 4 Common Excuses and Boost Your Productivity

The writer of this article says “mindfulness misconceptions” prevent people from trying mindfulness.

She has an interesting list of misconceptions. My favorite misconception (excuse) on the list is number 3: “I need silence.”

Some people think they can only practice mindfulness in a quiet place. But she offers some interesting advice:

“Instead of trying to tune out the noise, tune in to your responses to the noise.”

She’s right, of course. You can practice mindfulness just about anywhere and anytime.

I’ll even take this a step further and say those noisy and stressful times are the BEST times for practicing mindfulness.

Go out there and get dirty in the real world and learn how to approach challenging situations calmly and clearly.

Then, you’ll be ready for the challenging situations you’ll encounter as a successful entrepreneur.

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My mindfulness entrepreneur status report

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It’s my 90th show!

This is episode 90 of the Meditate with Mitch show, so I thought it was time for my “Entrepreneur Status Report”.

Mindfulness practices give me more focus. As a result, I’m a lot more productive. I have to be because I’m doing a LOT.

My job

I’m a technical writer for a software company. We’ve got a new release coming out soon, so we’re very busy. And it can be intense. Meditation is a life-saver.

I’m up early and out of the house by 5:30. I get home around 6:30, so I don’t have a lot of time to work on my projects.

My podcast

My podcast is a daily show and each show takes about an hour to create and upload.

That leaves me about 2 hours or so each evening to work on money-making tasks. Not a lot, so I have to stay motivated, organized, and focused.

Print on demand

I’m finishing up some Photoshop training so I can produce some decent designs to put on shirts and other merchandise. I finished a few designs and hope to start uploading them this weekend.

I’ll be selling shirts on Amazon and several other print on demand websites. I can’t wait to see how this goes.

This is something I did a few years ago. I made some decent money on Zazzle one Christmas season.

Affiliate marketing

I’m making a little money (very little) putting an occasional Amazon affiliate link in my show notes. If you buy something using one of those links, it doesn’t cost you extra and I get a small commission.

To all of you who click and buy – thank you!

My physical products

I’m really excited about developing, manufacturing, and selling physical products that I design. However, I recently learned the product I really want to sell may require a two-year manufacturing lead time.

At first, I was pretty discouraged. Two years? That’s a long time to wait before I can sell my first product.

So, plan B is to develop related products I can sell in the meantime. And I’ve come up with some interesting ideas. And, I’m going to a trade show related to my product. I’m hoping to get other product ideas and make some good connections at the event.

When I’ve got some products to sell, I’ll let you know.

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