How have I written 6 books in the last 7 years? (New one comes out this fall!)
Being really tall helps, but more than my amazing height, becoming productive has been a process of learning how to use a few simple tools.
I use Evernote to capture my ideas.
I use a stopwatch app to focus on one thing for 60-120 minutes.
I use a big notepad on a stand to plot out ideas without being chained to my desk.
I use a variety of tools to knock out my day, but the one I use the most is my calendar.
About six years ago I got tired of my years just sort of happening to me. Without a plan, the weeks would just march by one by one without anything really changing. I felt stuck.
During that season, I heard that a young entrepreneur I knew who had started a calendar company. Unlike other calendars, this one was massive. It’s 25″ x 36″ which means I’d have three feet to work out my days. It was beautifully designed. And it was available in both paper and dry erase.
I personally used that calendar for years and years. I recommended it to so many people that eventually it just made sense to partner with my friend and design my own.
We only print 1,000 each year and we’re almost sold out.
Best of all, you can save 20% today. Just enter code “DoOver” at check out.
If you’re ready for a big year, get a big calendar.
(Google “meme” if you don’t know what that is or ask the person closest to you who has their nose pierced.)
I want to see hilarious memes that capture the best of Do Over and the best of pop culture.
Here are two examples:
Please note in the first one, that it wasn’t directly about Do Over but was more about hating your job. That works, too.
The book is about rescuing Monday so if your meme doesn’t specifically mention Do Over, but instead focuses on a career situation, that’s cool too. You can also place Do Over in a popular scene from a movie or TV show. Last year, someone used Do Over as the boombox John Cusack was raising in Say Anything for example. (You can buy a copy of the book right here!)
What books will two lucky winners win? These:
I’m running the contest myself and feel like 7 days is plenty of time to enter.
You can enter as often as you like.
How do you enter? Do two things:
1. Post your meme on social media and tag me so I see it. (I’m @JonAcuff on Twitter and Instagram.)
2. Email it to Ashley at Acuff.me
On Thursday, January 19th, I’ll post the best entries on my blog and let you pick the winner.
Ready to meme?
Or do you feel like “ain’t nobody got time for that?”
Up to you really.
Here’s to Do Over moments. Here’s to libraries. Here’s to doing something funny with a photo of Kermit the Frog.
The bad news is that people who tell you “a job is just a job” are lying to you. Working for the weekend and living for vacation are terrible ways to go through life. Screw TGIF. (The lifestyle, not the restaurant. I am no enemy of mozzarella sticks.)
The reality is, your job is more than just your job. It’s how you are going to spend 40-60 hours every week for 40-60 years.
Hooray for positive, encouraging openings to blog posts!
But wait, there’s good news.
The good news is you can enjoy your job. You can have fun at work. You can find purpose and passion and change the world.
The secret is simple, “Find something you love so much you’d do it for free and then get so good at it that people pay you a lot to do it.”
That’s all you have to do and if you’ll dare try, you’ll send me a tweet like the one I got last week.
Do you know what I love about that? We’re not seeing the shiny “after” or the final product. We’re seeing the glimmer.
I love the glimmer.
The glimmer is that quiet question you hear late at night that says, “What if?” The glimmer is that fragment of a thought from the third grade you who still believes there’s more to life. The glimmer is possibility and potential.
Do you know why most people are on their phones so much? They’re afraid of the glimmer.
If you can distract yourself with your phone, you don’t have to admit that last year you said next year and nothing actually changed. If you can watch enough TV or make your life loud enough the still voice of hope can’t challenge you.
This is why at red lights we grab for our phones so desperately.
Are you done running?
Are you ready to dream again and dare again and try again?
The paperback version of my latest New York Times Bestseller Do Over comes out today.
I think it will help you so much I even put together a free 7-part video series for everyone who buys a copy before January 13. (After you buy the paperback, click here to get the video series!)
The only people who should read it are people who will have a job the next 40 years.
If that’s not you, carry on about your day.
But, if you’re ready to admit the glimmer, if you’re ready to make more money at work and have more fun, I’ve got something you need to read.
According to Gallup, 70% of people don’t like their job.
Did that statistic shock you? Is your mouth still agape with unbelief? I doubt it. The idea of hating your job is so commonplace these days that the people who love what they do for a living stick out like sore thumbs.
Statistically speaking, most of you reading this right now don’t like your job, and I think that sucks. I believe enjoying what you do for a living matters because anything you do for 40-60 hours every week for 40-60 years of your life matters.
So what do you do if you don’t like your job? Complain about it to anyone who will listen? Suck it up and clock in every Monday morning hoping your eventual retirement will be worth it? Quit the rat race and move to the woods of Northern Maine to see how long you can survive on Ramen and baked beans?
Those are all options, but I’ve got what I think is a better idea. Seven ideas, actually, and they look something like this:
1. Figure out which of the four major transitions your career is currently in.
2. Discover which of the four investments your career needs most right now.
3. Develop your relationships.
4. Hone your skills.
5. Work on your character.
6. Increase your hustle.
7. Add it all together.
It’s hard to lay these ideas out in a blog post, so I laid them out in a free video series I put together called “7 ways to love your job.” The video series is free, but it’s only available to folks who pre-order the soft cover version of Do Over by January 3, 2017.
What’s Do Over? I’m glad you asked!
I wrote Do Over to help people just like you rescue Mondays, reinvent your work, and never get stuck. It was published in April 2015 but it is re-releasing in soft cover on January 3rd. Seth Godin called it “…the best career book ever written,” and comedian Jim Gaffigan said it was “funny, insightful and well written.”
So if you don’t like your job and you’d rather not eat beans in a tent north of Bangor, here’s my offer to you: pre-order Do Over before January 3nd and you’ll not only get the “best career book ever written,” you’ll also get my 7-day video series on how to love your job. (Just order at any retailer and fill out this quick form!)
And for those of you who DO love what you do for a living? Pre-order Do Over as a gift for a friend! You’ll be able to send them the book and access link when they become available, and we’ll even send you a PDF certificate you can print out before Christmas to give to them to let them know that a gift is coming.
I’m so excited for you to check out this video series, but you’ve only got until next January 3, 2017, to pre-order Do Over and get access.
How do you get the bonus video series on these ideas when it releases in January? Just follow these two easy steps and I’ll send you the whole series on January 3rd so that you can have an awesome 2017!
STEP 1 – Pre-order the paperback using one of the following links