Do Over

The one tool I use everyday.

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.

Click here to order.

Do Over

I need your help today for a hilarious reason.

A week ago, I announced I was holding a meme contest for the paperback launch of Do Over. (You can buy a copy right here.)

The two winners would receive an awesome stack of books from Penguin.

I thought I’d get a few entries and then ask you to vote on the three best.

That was a dumb expectation.

You sent in hundreds of entries. There are so many amazing Do Over memes that we had to create a quick survey to tally the results.

That’s where you come in.

Will you please take a few minutes and vote on your favorite meme? The survey will be open for 48 hours. (It closes Saturday morning at 10AM Central.)

Here’s the link.

If you made one of these memes, tell your friends to vote for you!

Are you ready for some hilarious memes?

Click here!

Do Over

You’ve only got 14 hours left.

Have you ever dreaded Sunday night because it reminded you that Monday morning was coming?

Have you ever looked at the clock expecting it to be noon and it’s only 10AM because your work day is dragging?

Have you ever felt like one week of vacation wasn’t enough because it took you that long to even shake off work?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, it’s time to read Do Over.

And not someday, today.

Why?

Because I made a 7 part video series you get for free if you order before midnight.

Best of all, it’s only $11 right now.

Enjoying your job is worth $11. (Probably even $15, but let’s not get carried away.)

The free 7 part video series disappears in a few hours.

Don’t miss it and don’t spend another week dreading work.

Order Do Over today and then fill out this form for your free videos.

Do Over

Win a free library from Penguin Books!

Win a free library from Penguin Books!

One of my goals in life is to have a home library so big that I need one of those rolling ladders to get around.

Will I sing from the top? We’ll see. I’m not ruling anything out.

If you like books too, I’ve got some exciting news.

I want to help start your library by giving you 11 different books from Penguin, my publisher!

I handpicked books from their insane collection and will be picking two winners this Thursday. How do you win?

Create the best meme about the Do Over paperback.

(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.

Do Over

The tweet I want you to send me next year.

I have some good news and some bad news.

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?

I am.

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.

It’s called Do Over.

And it’s time to start yours today.

Hustle

Please don’t send me this email next week

The 30 Days of Hustle and the 90 Days of Business Hustle close tonight.

I’m reminding you of this because last year we had so many people email us after the January 2016 course had closed that we launched another round the following month.

This year we won’t be doing that. In fact, both of these courses will be closed until at least May 2017.

This is it, today’s the last day as they both close at midnight PT tonight.

For business-related goals, join the 90 Days of Business Hustle at one of three levels: Content, Community or Coaching.

For all other goals, join the 30 Days of Hustle at one of three levels: Quick, Premier, or All Access.

You’ve got nothing to lose because both courses come with a 30-day money back guarantee. I know you’re going to love them.

Hope to see you on the inside!