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How many times have you wasted time, money, and gas, doubling back to the grocery store for something you forgot? Or, received a quick call on the way home from work to pick up a few items and gotten them wrong?

This usually happens because you’ve entrusted the list to memory. The obvious solution is you need a written list. Better yet, having a master grocery list has distinct advantageous. With a master list you can quickly skim and check off the items you need. It’s quick, easy, and will prompt you to remember items you might not otherwise remember. You can also leave it on the kitchen counter and check off items as you run out or think of them. You can download a rather comprehensive free master grocery list by clicking here.

Also, we’re very excited to share that we’ve included a grocery list in the new 7 Minute Planner App. The beauty of the app is it’s always with you and pre-populated with an extensive list of common items. It’s incredibly fast and easy to navigate. When you want to add an item just click one of the broad categories, such as vegetables. Then click the specific item from the category. You can also enter your own items, if they don’t appear on one of our pre-populated lists.

As if that wasn’t enough, you can create multiple lists. For example, may be you want to a list for an upcoming special dinner, party, or a dish you frequently make. Once you generate a list, each item has a circle next to it that you can click to check off items as you find them in the store. Say goodbye to written lists and forgotten items. Grocery shopping has never been so easy with the 7 Minute Planner App.

This is only ONE feature of the new 7 Minute Planner App. At the time of writing this the app is in beta testing for iOS devices (iPhones and iPads) and is expected to release in early December 2015. You are not going to want to miss this. Enter your name and email address below and will notify you the moment it hits the app store. Don’t get left behind.

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November 3, my wife and I dined outdoors in the romantic ambiance of Venice, Italy.  We then strolled to a live performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in a church from the 1500’s. It was our 25th anniversary and just one spectacular day in the midst of a two-week tour of Italy.

We’re not affluent people. We’re pastors in a church of about eighty people in worship. We have a son in college and a daughter at home working and saving for school. Our cars are used. We shop sales. We watch money closely. Don’t get me wrong—Our lifestyle is quite comfortable. We lack nothing.  This trip seemed impossible though. I was wrong and should have know better. Why? Because nothing is impossible when you set goals.

Watch my short video from the courtyard of our villa hotel we stayed in, overlooking the city of Florence, to hear how our amazing trip was a result of my wife secretly setting a goal and surprising me.

 So what is possible when you set goals?

Virtually anything. Let me offer some examples from my 2015 new year’s resolutions. (I know…Boo Hoo Hiss! Who actually does those? Well, I do and after reading this post, I hope if you are skeptical, you’ll reconsider.)

This past year I enjoyed some fantastic successes. Read these and think about the possibilities for your life.

Financial--

Replaced one third of my income with online income. In an uncertain economy, I’ve longed to diversify my income. This year, I replaced one-third through writing and marketing online. I feel more financially secure. How do you want your income to change?

Created a product launch that generated over $10,000. The most income I ever generated online before was about $3,000. I wanted to see if I could create a five-figure sale. This game-changing achievement would require me to work in new ways, i.e. working with a team, generating a massive amounts of content, leveraging social media, etc. The result, I authored a sale for a company that exceeded $13,000. What would be a game changing goal for you?

Personal—

Made my personal blog mobile friendly. Two years ago, I switched our church blog to a mobile friendly format, but failed to renovate my own blog, ThePracticalDisciple. I felt a horrid sense of failure while this lingered on my unfinished task list. In February, I put that guilt to rest via a goal. What unfinished task haunts you?

MY MOST IMPORTANT GOAL IN 2015--Visit my parents quarterly. This goal may not seem like much. However, it’s the most significant goal I achieved. Why? My father was in a nursing home suffering from the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s. I live nine hours away. It’s painful to be far from family while they suffer. Each time I left, I would think, “There is every possibility this will be the last time I see my dad. I need to come more often.” September 11 this year, my father died from a massive stroke. Four days later, along with my wife, I had the honor to officiate his funeral. Because of my goal, I had seen my father at least five different times in the month’s prior. Consequently, I had a heart of gratitude rather than regret. Who do you want to spend more time with so that you do not have regrets?

Church/Professional--

Incorporate drama at least twice at my church. I love acting and have even landed some leads in local theatre.  Sadly, I have minimally applied these gifts in my church. I way exceeded my initial goal.  I orchestrated a twelve part series of dramatic monologues for our weekly Wednesday program. I performed four of these myself. People loved it and I had a blast. What gifts that give you great joy are you waiting to exercise ‘someday’?

What surprised me

What’s amazing is that I accomplished all of these during one of my hardest years ever. I won’t go into everything that went wrong, but my dad’s death, a church financial crisis, and a painful legal battle all transpired while I was accomplishing these goals.

These aren't even all of my goals from 2015.  I have a few other successes and some miserable failures. I wouldn’t have had these successes though without risking failure.

The moral of the story—If you don’t possess clear goals and aren’t daily acting toward them, your life is a shadow of what it could be.

Where to go from here?

Start thinking about goals for 2016 and make it the best year ever. I hope you noticed that my goals span different areas of my life. You want goals that are professional and personal. You may want to include goals that will benefit you physically and relationally as well.

What I did wrong and why you don’t have to make my mistake?

One of my enormous mistakes was to not review my goals enough. Therefore, some got neglected.  I look forward to the new 7 Minute Life Daily Planner App. It makes acting daily extraordinarily easy. A few clicks and you can add items from your goals directly into your 5 before 11 list.

Even if you don’t have the application, create goals, review them weekly, act on them daily, and almost anything is possible. Perhaps, you have an Italian tour in your future. Or, may be something even better!

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DON’T HIT THE SKIP BUTTON WHEN SETTING UP YOUR PROFILE

If you happen to hit the skip button your phone isn’t going to lock-up, explode, or wipe out all your data.  But here’s why you absolutely positively don’t want to skip completing the profile exercises.

Your profile is the essential foundation for delivering high value into your life. Profile sections on social media and other platforms are intended for other people to look at to get to know about you. This is NOT what the profile section is for in the Daily Planner App.

Your profile section isn't a bio.  Your profile is a tool to shape your choices, your life, and generate joy. It’s a manifesto for becoming the best version of yourself.  It's the key to redesigning who you will become in the next 90 days.

Here's the other reason it's SOOOO important not to skip the work of completing your profile -- Most people think life would get better, if they could just get more done. This is a lie if you aren’t clear on what’s most important to you. You discover this by getting clear about your priorities, purpose, and what you love most in your profile setup.

If you don’t take the profile seriously, you might get more done using the app, but odds are you’ll just be more efficient at fulfilling other people’s expectations. Meanwhile, you'll neglect what matters most to you. Why? Because you will not have defined what is most important to you. It's so important.  I  urge you...

DON’T STOP AT JUST COMPLETING YOUR PROFILE
INTERNALIZE IT

You want to completely internalize your profile, so it drives your choices and I will tell you how. First, let me tell you what happens if you don’t.

Every 90 days I used to thoughtfully figure out my purpose, priorities, and goals, but neglected them in my daily planner. This resulted in getting more done using my planner. However (and this is a huge however) I found myself feeling guilty and unfulfilled 90 days later when I failed to make any significant progress on my goals. Sometimes I couldn’t even remember all of my goals. Consequently, I was constantly living in differed joy.

GOOD NEWS!  This can all change for you, IF you do this one simple thing–
For at least one week after completing your purpose, priorities, and goals, read them out loud everyday. Does that sound  strange to you? Overcome the resistance and do it anyways. Here’s the deal -- If you can’t readily voice your purpose, priorities, and goals, how can they shape your life on a daily basis?

The bottom line is your profile section is where you get clarity on what is the highest and best use of your time.  Your commitment to taking this work seriously will define the limits of the rest of your time management.

KEY TAKE AWAYS

1. Complete your profile so it can shape your choices.
2. Read your profile out loud for at least one week or until you don’t have to look at it to know what it says.

You’ve probably exited numerous meetings thinking, “That was a complete waste of my time.” Our new Daily Planner App is going to put an end to that. We’ve included a deceptively powerful meeting planner feature anyone can use to transform meaningless meetings into strategic steps forward. Supercharge your next meeting using these two questions from the app's meeting planner...

What is the desired outcome?

Be crystal clear on the outcomes your wanting BEFORE you enter the meeting. Too many meetings have a vague agenda of discussion. For example, I'm a pastor who staff's our evangelism committee. Many members come with a general intention of discussing evangelism. I came to our last meeting expecting the following outcomes and got them:

  • Dates decided for our next two events
  • Permission to setup and pay for a Soundcloud account for podcasting
  • Get feedback on the latest brochure mock-up
  • Set a budget cap on promotional items being purchased
  • A list of ideas for what to give first time guests in a gift bag
  • Permission and feedback on placing a welcome counter in our entry way

Several common outcomes to consider are: decisions to be made, actions to be taken, deadlines, permissions given, and responsibilities to be assigned. The latter two outcomes bring us to the next Planner App question which is critical.

Who needs to be involved?
Keep meetings as small. Some companies actual limit meeting sizes. Including someone unnecessarily removes them from other work and can breed resentment. No one likes sitting through a meeting they didn’t need attend. So, who are the critical people you must have? If someone only needs to be at part of the meeting, let them attend for just the time they need to. For example, our church treasurer comes just long enough to give her report and get action from us on items needing approval. Then she leaves.

Action steps
Always complete a meeting knowing what actions are to be taken, by whom, and by when. Many times people decide something in a meeting like, “We need to push out more posts on social media.” Everyone heartily agrees, but then not so much as a tweet goes out. Why? No one was assigned it and the action step was vaguely defined.

A better decision would be, “Steve will post once daily to Facebook and three times to Twitter for the next two weeks starting on Friday.

Apple corporation assigns a “DRI”, Directly Responsible Person, to every project component or task. That person’s name appears next to any item on the agenda for which they are responsible. Having a DRI also limits confusion and prevents people from duplicating work unnecessarily.

Applying these principles:
First, write down three to five measurable outcomes you want to happen.
Second, Make a list of who needs to be there. If the group has already been formed, consider who does't not need to attend. See if they can be excused.

Lastly, write the words “action steps” and bring this piece of paper with you to the meeting. Record any action steps needed after the meeting along with the RDI and deadline for those actions.

About this crazy cool powerful app coming out…
Imagine for a moment you didn’t need to lug this paper in with you to the meeting, but had on your phone a few fill in the blank prompts. Along with the prompts, you could at the push of a button add the action steps to a 5 before 11 list (five highly value actions you’ll complete before 11 a.m.) or to an unfinished task list. Imagine being able to scroll back rapidly to prior meetings to review what was suppose to happen, rather than digging through files or piles on your desks to find the notes. Imagine how productive meetings would become just by taking these simple actions steps and always having that information in the palm of your hand.

That’s the power the new 7 Minute Life Daily Planner app is going to give you. And this is only ONE feature. At the time of writing this the app is in beta testing for iOs devices (iPhones and iPads) and is expected to release in December 2015. You are not going to want to miss this. Enter your name and email address below and will notify you the moment it hits the app store. Don’t get left behind.

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