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Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Your Daily Routine
Monday, September 13, 2021
Shortcut on iPhone Home Screen
I use EZchecklist™ on my laptop most of the time, but it sure comes in handy on my iPhone too. However, it's a lot of poking around to open the Drive app, then go looking for my EZchecklist™ file and then open it.
So I finally got around to adding a "shortcut" to it on my home screen.
It's much easier now! And it's easier, then I'll use it more, and if I use it more then I'll build good habits faster.
Saturday, September 11, 2021
Your Daily Agenda
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Import Bitcoin price into EZchecklist™
The formula for any cell where you want to store the current Bitcoin price.
To capture the current price of the Standard and Poor 500 Index:
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
The Most Important Habit
"The most important habit is choosing the right habit to work on."
It sounds good, but it falls short.
In my estimation, the most important habit is to begin every day with the resolve to work on your habits, and to do that, you open your EZchecklist™ and start checking off the habits as you do them.
EZchecklist™ is "the mother of all good habits". If you start your day this way, and check in on your EZchecklist™ a couple of times during the day, and one last time before bed, you will surely build bulletproof habits quickly.
Sunday, April 11, 2021
The Wisdom of Habits
You should be far more concerned with your current trajectory than with your current results.
You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.
Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you want to become!
Self-control is a short-term strategy, not a long-term one.
Imagine changing just one word: You don't "have" to. You get to.
Never miss twice. If I miss one day, I try to get back into it as quickly as possible.
Until you work as hard as those you admire, don't explain away their success as luck.
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
The EZchecklist™ Update, March 2021
The EZchecklist™ Update, March 2021
"all the news that's worth checking"
Here's what happened in the past month:
The most powerful thing you can do. Costs nothing; makes everything easier. There was a time when I had to consciously practice smiling and even tracked it in my EZchecklist™ but now it is a true, unthinking, life changing habit. A highly recommended read.
We can't be super athletes like 7-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady, but we can learn a thing or two from him. Sleep, for instance. It's the foundation of having a great day.
EZchecklist™ is not a common To Do List, but it seems to want to have an integrated To Do list. See how this can work for you to simplify your life and get more "stuff" done.
That voice in your head is normal, until it isn't, and then it gets in the way of moving on with your life. That's what this book is about. Read my take, and my experiences, with the chatter going on upstairs.
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Sunday, February 28, 2021
Chatter: that voice in your head
You're not alone...
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Integrated To Do List
EZchecklist™ was intended to be much more than a simple To Do List. It was intended to be more of a To Be checklist. That is, if we simply listed the behaviors of the person we want to be, and then we focused on doing those things, we would succeed wildly.
However, there's still the real world of stuff we have To Do, and they never really found a way to be included in EZchecklist™.
So, in the latest experiment to recognize the need for a To Do list, check out how it's integrated at the end of the Take Action section. Notice that To Do items are not scored, just listed as the background noise of real life. There is no reward for doing the mundane stuff of life.
You can add this feature yourself by inserting a row below the last activity in your Take Action section. You can list all the To Do items in the one cell and double click to open the list, or create separate rows for each To Do item and make all of them a Group. The second approach will work better when using EZchecklist™ on your phone.
How are you keeping your To Do List now?
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
The Science of Smiling
What's better than a facelift, is contagious, free, and makes you feel better?
The answer, of course, is a smile.
There’s great power in our smiles. Even though they’re often hidden by a mask right now, we might want to consider smiling anyway.
Smiles not only lift others’ spirits, they have overall benefits for our brain and body health. Science reveals why.
With each grin, a little party happens in our heads, caused by the release of both neurotransmitters and neuropeptides in our brains.
Neurotransmitters such as dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin are released each time a smile flashes across our faces. These brain chemicals aid in calming our nervous systems by lowering heart rate and blood pressure, and this is a very good thing.
Dopamine gives the brain energy, motivation, a rush, and is necessary for habit change.
The endorphins secreted in response to a smile reduce our perception of pain and trigger a positive, euphoric feeling in our bodies.
Serotonin plays many different roles and controls our over-all moods. It can be thought of as a confidence molecule and flows when we feel significant.
The discovery of neuropeptides was important as it allowed science to connect the workings of the mind with the processes of the body.
Among other things, neuropeptides tell our bodies whether we are happy, sad, angry, depressed, or excited. When we smile, the neuropeptides tell the body we are happy.
Smiling improves our immune function by reducing stress and cortisol levels in our bodies.
Cortisol is the hormone secreted in response to stress, and high levels of cortisol are hard on our bodies and inhibit our immune systems. One study found that smiling helps the body produce more white blood cells, which fight illness.
One experiment showed that participants with elevated heart rates had their rate return to normal more quickly when they smiled.
Smiling involving the eyes activates the orbitofrontal cortex, the region of your brain that processes sensory rewards. This suggests that your brain feels rewarded when you smile or see a smile; it could be a great diet strategy.
When we are smiling, we even perceive other people’s faces differently, and will tend to see a smile on even seemingly neutral faces.
When we are smiling others tend to perceive us differently. Smiling faces are deemed to be more attractive.
People with smiling faces are judged by others to be, not only more attractive, but more confident, reliable, relaxed and sincere.
If you’ve nothing to smile about, smile anyway. The adage of fake it until you make it is true here, because even fake smiles have benefits.
The feedback from the skeletal muscles involved in making a smile tells your body to release hormones and neuropeptides. Research showed that even fake smiles lower our heart rates and ease stress.
People who frequently smile genuinely tend to live longer. They tend to stay married longer, live healthier, and have higher levels of physical and emotional well being.
Smiles are contagious, as most people can’t help but smile back at a smiling face. When we look at a smiling face, our brain coaxes us to return the favor.
This creates a symbiotic relationship allowing both people to release feel-good chemicals in the brain, activating our reward centers, making us more attractive, healthier, and more resilient.
Research found that when people were asked to frown while looking at the picture of the smiling face, they could not as they mimicked the smile unless they really focused.
The simple act of a smile can transform you and the world around you.
According to Thich Nhat Hahn, “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
Smile! Let the party begin.
The Gesture of Maximum Leverage - this is the story of how I discovered the magic of smiling, way back in 2003, before science figured it out.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Sleep Like Tom Brady
If you can't Be Tom Brady, at least You can sleep like him...
There’s no doubt that Tom Brady is doing something right.
At 43, Brady won his seventh Super Bowl and earned his fifth Super Bowl MVP title (a league record for both) after his Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
Brady credits his longevity and success to his strict health and wellness regimen, the TB12 Method, which he co-created with his longtime trainer Alex Guerrero.
One of the key components in Brady’s plan is his sleep routine.
Brady said in his 2017 book, “The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance” that he sticks to a 9 p.m. bedtime and he wakes up at 6 a.m. (for nine hours of sleep).
Here’s what else is in Brady’s sleep routine, according to his book.
No eating too close to bedtime
Brady makes sure he doesn’t eat anything too late in order to give his food time digest before he goes to sleep. He also avoids alcohol and caffeine, which research has linked to sleep disruption.
“The last thing I eat at night is dinner—and if I ever eat dessert, I try to do it after lunch, so the excess sugar won’t keep me up at night,” Brady said in his book.
No exercise before bed either
Brady likes to get his workouts in early.
“If you exercise at night, make sure it’s two to three hours before you go to sleep, since you don’t want to overstimulate your body and brain,” he wrote.
Brady said he turns off all his electronic devices a half hour before bedtime to avoid distractions. His wife, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, doesn’t even allow cell phones near the bed when they sleep, according to the book, and their bedroom has no TV.
A cool bedroom
For Brady, the ideal sleeping temperature is around 65 degrees Fahrenheit. “I like my room cool, dark, and as quiet as possible to make sure I get a great night’s sleep,” he said in the book.
Additionally, though he did not say whether he uses it himself, Brady said in his book that ”contaminants like animal dander and dust can interfere with proper breathing and sleep,” and suggested putting a plant in the bedroom to filter out carbon monoxide and pump more oxygen into the room.
A negative ion generator (on Amazon for about $30), is another option, according to Brady, who wrote that it can enhance respiratory function, filter out indoor air pollutants and guard against mold and bacteria. However, while some studies have shown that negative ions can clean indoor air, the heath benefits relating to humans need to be further verified.
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
The EZchecklist™ Update, February 2021
The EZchecklist™ Update, February 2021
"all the news that's worth checking"
Here's what's happened in the past month:
1. Powerful Morning Soundtrack
I always thought that a wake-up motivational soundtrack would be a good thing, but I had no idea how good until I actually took action and created one! Check out what I've come up with so far, and make your own.
Valentine's Day is coming, and thoughts turn to love, and what could be better than loving your new found superpower for creating the person you want to be! Click the link and check out what EZchecklist™ love looks like.
3. Groups feature eliminates visual noise
One of the more important fundamentals of building an effective checklist is to keep the list short and simple. When it starts to get long, say around 10 items, it's time to break it up into shorter groups. Check out this new feature that lets you do just that. And it's fun! This feature can be retro-fitted to you version. Let me know if you want help... I'm here for you!
If you haven't checked it out lately, click the link and get up to date on all the good stuff.
My Powerful Morning Playlist
❤️ Love the love ❤️
"Love makes the world go 'round" as the saying goes. Well, I'm pretty sure it was going around before love was invented by Madison Avenue advertising executives, but it's powerful stuff, love is. And sitting here all alone in Covid enforced isolation, the only real love we get is from happy users, like you.
So recently I thought I'd load all the user reviews into a word cloud generator and see what the love looks like, and here it is:
Just in time for Valentine's day, right? If you have been using EZchecklist™ for a while since your user review and have found even more stuff to love about it, and you would like to update your review with even more love, go for it... send me an email at mm@DBLM.com.
You guys are the best.
PS: Read some user reviews... Here!
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Groups feature helps reduce visual noise
Let's take a look at the Prepare Well step. Click on the plus sign + to the far left of the Prepare Well button, and we get the details of what this user has decided are the activities that will prepare them for the best day possible:
The new Groups feature allows a minimalist look at the overall structure of the app. To reveal and hide the contents of each element, it's just a single click on the +/- symbol in the far left margin.
Use the Groups feature to reduce the "noise" in your checklist, the less distracted your focus becomes and the more productive you will become.
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
The Absolute Importance of Sleep
Saturday, January 2, 2021
Powerful Morning Soundtrack
I've been experimenting with a YouTube playlist to be started when I wake up. Highly motivational content, music, etc.
Click the image to see what I'm currently using.
While these are YouTube videos, it's not about the visuals, just the soundtrack, so I can be listening while going about my other morning rituals like making coffee, getting dressed, etc.
This is good stuff. Self hypnosis, self programming. Way better than random junk on facebook, instagram, etc.
What is the playlist of your mornings, if any?
It's your life, you get to choose your soundtrack instead of that monkey mind going on in your head.
EZchecklist™ Update, January 2021
The EZchecklist™ Update, January 2021
"all the news that's worth checking"
Welcome to the first day of the first month of the first year of rest of your life! It's a time for New Year's resolutions for many, and if they are like most people, the resolutions will be broken and forgotten within days. But not for users of EZchecklist™ because we have a system for making reality happen the way we want.
Here's what's happened in the past month:
Nobody meets face to face anymore, so Zoom meetings are the norm. But have you noticed how some people do it right while many others seem like a train wreck? You can bet the ones who do it right have prepared well. We gave this some thought and came up with this Video Meeting Checklist. Show how professional you can be. Use the checklist.
2. Your Words Create Your Reality
Rethinking the words we use for the activities in the checklist can make all the difference in the world to be more motivational and inspirational. Check out this post, for sure.
3. Visual storytelling: a new logo for EZchecklist™
After 5+ years of focusing on building the EZchecklist™ product, we're finally getting around to thinking about a logo. If you're reading this, you have already seen it, but you might want to read more about this. Click the link.
4. Integrating ToBeWise™ with EZchecklist™
EZchecklist was built before ToBeWise, which came 2 years later, but they are both under continuous development. ToBeWise™ is all about how you think and the fast track way to get the wisdom of the ages. EZchecklist™ is all about applying what you know into consistent, powerful Action. Read more at the link.
5. Powerful Morning Soundtrack
What are your thoughts first thing in the morning, as you go about your morning rituals. Are they all over the place, like monkey mind, or are they powerful and prepare you for a powerful, perfect day? Check the link and start on this excellent method for getting the best from life and business.
6. Lots of other improvements too numerous to mention.
Formulas were made simpler, faster, and redundancies were eliminated. Cosmetic fixes galore. If you find something you want improved, just email, text, or set an appointment.
Make this your best year ever. Use EZchecklist™ as your superpower for success in Life and Business. We are here to help you!
Integrating ToBeWise™ into EZchecklist™
EZchecklist™ is all about taking Action, of course. However action without right Thinking is chaos. That's why you have the app ToBeWise™.
This is how I integrate ToBeWise™ into my EZchecklist™ every day...
When I am into one of my first activities of the day, in the past called "Meditate" and now called "Build a Beautiful Mind" I reserve a section of that time to select a subject of interest, and let the quotes scroll on by at a leisurely pace. When I see a quote that grabs me, I'll tap it and Favorite it, and continue to scroll. I reserve about 5 minutes for this. Here's the note for this activity:
I'll do this same process as part of my Unwind Rituals in the evening before sleep. Again, for about 5 minutes.
I've been using this app for about 4 years, and I'm still amazed at some of the things I'm still learning! There are 177 different subjects that you can choose so you will always find something worthwhile and timely.
Visual storytelling: with a logo
Your words create your reality
In tune with the New Year, and thinking of resolutions, I was taking some time to improve my EZchecklist™ and got to thinking about the third item in my list: Meditate. It struck me as something that was flat, without a good motivating visual.
Do I really want to just meditate, or do I want something more. Actually what I want is the result of meditation. Just meditating is not very motivational. Meditating is the what. I need the why.
I'm assuming we are all familiar with Simon Sinek's classic TED talk "Start with Why". It is almost a cliché among product development startup founders who are so obsessed with what they are building that the have a difficult time expressing why are doing it. The communicate very clearly how the thing works, but not at all clearly why someone would want to use it.
A very good friend of mine, George Walther, wrote a book about 20 years ago called "What you say is what you get" that clearly explains that the words we use create our reality. Many books have followed his in this same vein.
So, putting the why into my meditate action item on my checklist, and coupling it with words chosen to create what I'm really trying to achieve with meditating, I came up with "Build a Beautiful Mind" which, to me, is so much more motivational than simply "Meditate".
Now, when I get to that time in my morning, I look forward to Building a Beautiful Mind. What could be better than that?
This was a great start at improving my EZchecklist™ and I'm looking forward to going through the rest of the list to make similar improvements.
Let me know how you are making continuous improvements to your list.