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Journey: Challenge

Challenge of the Journey

Working while you’re at work, while you want to sleep, while you want to go have fun, while you want to simply relax is part of what I, and others need to work through in order to get from where we are to where we want to be.

What defines us is how we handle our deepest struggles in front of others and within ourselves.

(I said that)

Our world goes 24/7. Life doesn’t rise and fall on what day it is, life does not have regard for the car that just cut you off, and life will not stop hurting you no matter how much you cry. I’ve gone through a few challenges the last few weeks. I’m acquiring more responsibility at work and in my personal life. If I let it, life would swallow me up and spit me out.

But I have a ‘special’ finger for Life.

So my journey starts here. In these words. From working full time at night 3 to 4 days a week, 12 hours a night to working 2 to 3 days a week, still 12 hours a night. My focus is on making enough money to get to a part time position within my job. Why? It’s not because I hate what I do. It’s not because I’m super rich. It’s not because I’m working 4 other jobs. I want to reduce my time as an employee so I can become my own boss. (Insert Robert Kawasaki’s Quadrant)

Cashflow Quadrant

Again, WHY?

The lifestyle I choose is flexible. To do what I want, when I want to do it, how I want to do it.

What about vacation time? Can’t I just get time off from work?

Tim off in my mind, is just a myth. The reasons we need ‘time off’ or ‘vacation’ is because our daily lives are out of our control, or we let them get that way and we want to take a break from our daily grind. Just because everyone else is doing it doesn’t mean you or I have to do it too. I want a life where I enjoy the challenge of my work without having an agitated supervisor hanging over my head.

Insanity defined is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. I’m breaking the mold by working while I’m on the job. I’m breaking the mold by not watching TV. I’m breaking the mold by investing in business ideas instead of booze and movies. I’m breaking the mold by being more excited by personal development, business ideas, and entrepreneurship than Football or Basketball.

So my daily schedule looks kinda like this.

Monday: Starting at 8 am

  • 8am – 3pm Sleep
  • 3pm – 4:30pm exercise, eat, meditate and shower
  • 4:30pm – 5:30pm make calls, reply to messages via social media
  • 5:30pm – 6:15pm cook dinner, pack, drive to work
  • 7pm – 7:30am (the next day) Work at the hospital
  • 10pm – 5:30am (Monday into Tuesday, work at work) work on prospecting, website, social media, business, education
  • 7:30am – 8am drive home
  • 8am – 3pm sleep

This is a typical work day. Do I follow this type of schedule as written? No, there are gaps between activities and overlap that needs to be there. My schedule needs to be planned/rigid but flexible enough so if I miss something I can continue on. I don’t have time enough to not be doing something to move life forward. Not only do I need to plan like you see above, but the start of my week doesn’t exist. I work 24/7. My weeks run into each other. Sometimes I work 4 days in a row with only one or two days off and run right into another 3 days of work.

Many might ask why I limit myself with this kind of schedule. Why don’t I just move to a day job. Why can’t I just find something else to do?

Answer: I could. In all honesty I HATE working during the day doing what I do. I feel groggy and my mind isn’t clear, supervisors are constantly asking why I’m not staring at my patient like a hawk, and everyone else’s agenda is being forced on me.

I want my day, my way. If I have to schedule every minute of every day out, so be it. As long as I get farther away from having a boss and closer to being at home or on the road the better off I’ll be.

So here it is, what am I doing? Money can be made in more than one way. Ever ask who owns the business you work for? What about the land that the building sits on? What products are you using at work? What are you buying at the store? All of these things are available to you to own and sell. The hard part is pulling the trigger and doing it.

I’m currently working on:

  • Real estate management – my townhouse that I rent
  • Amazon online store – in the process of setting this up and learning about it
  • Network Marketing/Direct Selling business – yes this is a viable way of making money stop being a negative bitch about it
  • Job – everyone aims to get a ‘good job’. Fair enough.
  • Driving with Uber
  • You could also say this website and social media are to make money but I have yet to monetize any of it

If you have questions about any of these money makers feel free to reach out to me. Most of these are in the start phase and I am NOT an expert, but I am an action taker.

How long will it take me to move from full time to part time? My goal is September 1st 2016. I may not be part time exactly on that day, but I’m looking for the financial signs that I’ll need to be able to ask for the part time status at that point.

What have I done in the last week: Mad the decision to build an Amazon store, Driven for Uber and scheduled more drives, prospected and list building, networking, phone calls and more tasks that are important but I don’t want to mention everything. What’s your idea of success? Mine is the idea that I’ll be able to leave my job, work for myself, and have a nice bundle of cash waiting for me in my bank account.

I’ll be posting more later, I hope you enjoyed this and will join me on my journey!

 

Jay

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Successful Day Sleeping

Successful Sleeping: During the DAY

Day sleeping can be extremely tricky. I know, I’ve been doing it for the last 5 years. This doesn’t make me an expert, it simply means I’ve paid attention to what has worked and what hasn’t worked.

What happens when you search for help with day sleeping? You come up with a ton of articles that tell you how horrible it is to work night shift. How horrible it is for your body, how horrible the effects are, how horrible how horrible how horrible that damn advice is!

I understand people do studies on how our sleep affects our lives but I’m not finding overwhelming studies on solutions to make day sleeping more effective. To keep people from having poor health effects. Why is there so much negative writing about night shift when we so desperately need people to work through the night?

I’m a 100% believer that you can work night shift, with no bad health problems, make money, stay healthy, and be successful (maybe more successful than others?).

Why do I think this?

I’ve gone through various phases of night shift. From standing up and sleeping, to running full steam through a 12 hour shift, to struggling to stay focused, to overeating just to stay away, to being even keeled and feeling like a normal person.

What I’ve done during the normal feeling was simple.

  • I got as much sleep as I could during the day (7 to 8 hours depending on how far away from home you are)
  • I drink coffee up to 2 hours before my shift ended (I’m not as sensitive to caffeine usually 4+ hours is safe)
  • I drink plenty of water and eat food that fills me up and is tasty and satisfying (Click Here for Recipes)
  • I have a sleeping time routine (if you don’t know what I mean go here)
  • I supplement my diet with vitamins
  • I meditate, exercise, read and educate myself every day (fire up your brain, it wakes you up)
  • I put positive thoughts into my mind so there is NO room for negativity
  • I break up my days into 4 parts so I can plan my sleep/wake schedule appropriately (click here for more)

How do I feel? Really great. I didn’t feel the need to over eat, or drink tons of coffee. Life being life I wasn’t able to hold this for more than a few weeks, but if you never have some sort of struggle then I’m sure you live alone in the woods.

Above I’ve outlined how I’ve stayed healthy, and productive but what about being successful? Currently I’m working on this website, next I’ll be working on another online business, after that I have a rental house that produces some income, I’m a driver with Uber and I hold a full time job. Not to mention that during the night and my drive home I listen to things that increase my knowledge, or learn about something specific. I say that night shift can be more successful because we can fit years of schooling in during our down time at work. If you aren’t I feel like you’re wasting your time. You have a golden opportunity to improve yourself, improve others around you and enrich the lives of your family members.

Take Away: I’m not passionate about my work because it’s my life’s purpose. I’m passionate about my life because I continually work on my path. I never give up when challenges come up, and failure is just another way to say try again!

Coming Soon: I’ll be documenting my journey to part time work. I’m figuring out in real time how to make passive income so I can increase my income while working less. Stay Tuned!

– Your NightShift Guide Jay

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Positive Mind and Negative Mind

To Be Positive or To Be Negative, that is the Question!

I’m a believer that the status of your life goes in one of two directions. It either goes in a positive direction or a negative direction.

++Positive++ !VS! –Negative–

You either live with love and joy in your life or you live with loneliness and longing. Either you are sad or happy, you are either tired or energetic.

Yes I realize we can have a mixture or emotions, but think for a minute. Were you ever happy and sad at the same time? I’m not talking about one after the other, I’m saying have you ever been crying with anguish while laughing at a hilarious joke?

N O (not me or anyone I know of)

So what does a negative mind look like?

The negative attitude will knock you down. It will show you scarcity rather then abundance. Negative minds will look to pull you away from the light. They will suck the life energy from you. Negative minds halt your life. People aren’t generally negative on purpose. Most can’t help it because they’re reacting to their environment rather than responding to it. I even do this. Yep, I said it. When I get caught off guard, or I get amp’d up I can spout some negative emotions and thoughts with the best of them. It’s part of being human, so we might as well accept it.

Don’t despair, you can get past it!

Whether you work night shift or you work a regular day shift schedule you need to commit to personal growth. John Maxwell recently wrote a book called The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth. What’s it about? Conscious self improvement, self education and growth. Although it’s not a mind blowing non fiction book it drives the point home that any growth you experience throughout your life will be accidental unless you take the reigns and consciously work on it.

Here’s the point. Unless you are consciously monitoring your positive and negative emotion fluctuations, you will forever be caught within the a roller coaster, causing yourself to be inconsistent. Your mindset, or attitude, will rapidly change therefore throwing off your perspective. Being in constant flip-flop mode you’ll forever miss opportunity for improvement, accelerating your life, and improving yourself to become a person of significance. This is where the average person call’s a successful person ‘lucky’. Uhh no. They’ve been successful because they are more consistent and emotionally aware. They are able to see beneficial opportunities first, and take immediate advantage.

Be a Student of yourself. It’s a life long journey, but do you really want to be right where you are 5, 10, 20 years from now? Maybe that’s your fear and negative mind talking..

 

Your NightShift Guide -Jay

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Night Shift: Kick ASS Here –>

Kick Ass Living the Night Shift Life

Insights from Your NightShift Guide:

Living a night shift lifestyle is difficult, but not impossible. In fact it can be really good for some people. I might be one of those people, then again I might not. What I do know, I feel like I’m starting to kick some ass.

I’ve written a lot about what you should be doing with yourself. Personal development, meditation, exercise, preparation and the list goes on…

Yet..

I was thinking about the current direction of this blog and decided that I needed to share some insights from previous posts. So I chose 3 of my posts and gave them a small twist.

READ ON!!!


Circumnavigating Reasons and Excuses:

Being tired is simply an excuse for not getting things done that were planned. I’ve experienced days when I haven’t had any sleep (20+ hours awake), hit my bed, and even with my best intentions I neglected to either get up on time or follow through on my plans. I’ve also experienced normal days when I wasn’t tired at all yet I still neglected my  plans. Plan with the best intentions and then fall flat onto the bed. Yes, I’ve been there all too many times. Yet the thing that bugs me most are my college years, when I had to run because I was part of a team. Exhausted from school and clinicals or not I made it through without dying. Some might give the excuse that I was younger then, I didn’t have a family, I didn’t have a job etc. True, but I would have run 65 miles a week regardless because I was committed. I didn’t quit because I wasn’t living through my emotions I was living through my purpose. I didn’t realize it then but my purpose was to better myself so I could be at my best for my team. I was committed to them and therefore had a higher purpose that stuck me to my task, running. What’s the difference between emotion and a purpose? Emotions come and go, they are fleeting, random, and usually don’t cooperate with how you want to feel. A strong purpose is rock solid. It will help to hold you to your word regardless of your feelings, and will allow you to act the same regardless of the circumstances. Tired or not you will get up and run or exercise or zumba or eat right because you have a rock steady purpose. I’ll have more about actually writing a strong purpose statement later. For now do your own research and find out what works for you.


Punching Giant Gorilla in Face!

When I start to learn a new skill I usually have a lot of trouble at the start. It’s against who I am at the point and my Gorilla will be angry when I try to change. It’ll take me a lot of practice and patience to learn something new, to cultivate a new habit, or maybe change a bad habit. It’s taken me years to cultivate some habits and I’m actually still working on getting rid of some that don’t serve me. It becomes a lot more difficult when you work nights because you add in the constant exhaustion and change of schedule. How does one get around this? Build a foundation of rock, not sand. WTF does that mean?! There are basics that need to be mastered in every situation. Breaking down and identifying these steps will set you on the right path. Example: If you want to read more you know it takes time to read. So set aside time every day and put it in a reminder or schedule. Somewhere you can see it every day. Have a quiet spot, no electronics or family around, and keep your book there. Find topics that interest you to keep you anxious to read more. Do it every day. Reward yourself for keeping a set schedule. There are other ways to help keep the habit strong but if you keep it simple and cultivate consistency you will eventually look back to see the results pile up. Remember, the Gorilla won’t like change. You will fall down, fail, and struggle. It’s OK!! The difference between people who whip their Gorilla into shape and the ones that don’t is their resolve to keep trying. They don’t give up, they improve, they tweak, and they get better. Good example of purpose. (religious twist not intended)


Fostering a Positive Mindset and Perspective while Exhausted

This is easier said than done. I don’t know anyone who is happy when they are exhausted. What, you ask, does it take to cultivate such a wonderful attitude toward others and yourself when exhausted? I can tell you firmly that beer or wine is NOT the answer. The answer lies in your daily routine. Every day, go to sleep with a positive thought. Every day, wake up with a positive thought. Every day, decide to live with purpose not emotion. Every day, remind yourself of your purpose. Every day, decide to be happy. Every day, take control of your actions. Every day, be grateful. I wake up on the wrong side of the bed, A LOT. I don’t always go to sleep with happy ideas bouncing in my brain. In fact I’m not always nice to the people around me. What I just wrote above is probably bullshit right? Nope. The difference is when I feel myself go into a negative state, someone says something negative about my attitude, or I realize what I’m saying is hurtful I make an immediate mental shift. I force my brain to think and be happy. How? Practice. Every Day. I wan’t to be a pleasant and loving person. My daily purpose is to bring a smile to others faces, to let them know I care deeply about them. It brings me joy to know someone is happy because I gave them a few encouraging or kind words. Again with the purpose thing! The real idea here is that we need to practice an be patient. With minutes we can do so little, but over time we can accomplish anything.


Week From Hell vs Personal Growth

When hell in a hand basket comes knocking, keep your personal growth material as close as you can. Read whenever you can, write, yoga in a parking lot, meditate for a minute at a time, jog in place to get your heart pumping, walk stairs etc. The idea is to counteract all the craziness with your material and training no matter when, where or how you do it. Always, always, always keep in mind that everything is temporary and nothing will ever stay the way it is. Even if it’s really horrible at the time it will always get better. Think of the hard days as rocks you need to climb over. When you finally get past them you become a different, stronger, wiser person. With consistent work, a resilient attitude, and strong material to keep your mind on track you can forge through those terrible times. When I’m up against the wall I take a deep breath. I relax, refocus and concentrate on the idea that this too shall pass. I decide what to do next and immediately take action. I keep my mind here and now. If it get’s harder I ask for help. Never underestimate the power of help. Sometimes it’s hard to ask but once you do a big wave of relief washes over you like a cool drink on a hot summer day. With the help of others I move to finish the task at hand. When it’s time to relax that’s exactly what I do. Even if it’s 5 minutes I enjoy it. Step by step I master my surroundings, and so can you. Let’s review: 1: deep breath, 2: relax, refocus, and concentrate on the task at hand 3: decide what to do and take immediate action 4: ask for help 5: finish and enjoy your break 6: repeat and kick ass.


End of The Line

There you go. Three things to help you kick some ASS living a Night Shift life. I hope you enjoy these and if you have any examples of crazy days you got through feel free to post your reflections below. Even if you just want to tell your story feel free to let it rip.

Your NightShift Guide -Jay

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NightShift Time

Night Shift Time: Priceless

Working Night Shift You Realize How Valuable Time Really is.

Time. The most valuable commodity in the world. You can’t keep it, you can’t slow it down, you can’t stop it, you can’t save it, and you can’t manage it.

People who primarily work during the day are used to knowing their expectations, when they can do things and are able to plan ahead. They know months before that they will in fact be awake at this time, and they will not be fighting exhaustion.

People who primarily work nights are a different story. Not only do we work through the night, but we can’t do anything productive until business opens, generally at 8 am or much later. This becomes a problem due to the unknown factors that can really wear us down.

Work might be insanely busy which may cause us to fall asleep prematurely while waiting for something to open. Maybe we sleep through our alarm only to find out we’ve slept past closing time. Our moods also negatively effect how we interact with people, and will hurt our chances of getting positive interactions with others and possibly (if networking) effective business connections.

I understand these are issues most can get around easily. What about running businesses while holding a night shift job? When do you get to work on those? What happens when 4 days of your week are already packed with 14 hours of work, 7 hours of sleep and only leaving 3 free hours to be awake, eat, exercise, be with family, running errands, helping around the house, fixing your car and more and more and more.

On our days off! That’s the key! Only do our businesses on our days off! Nope, wrong. Sorry that won’t cut it. Although… depending on your schedule and sleeping habits, you can have an average potential of 63 free hours to work on anything personal! Yes! This is awesome, right? Sorry… I’ve also done work only on days off, and I’ll to tell you, if you don’t work on your business on work days, you still won’t get to far. Aka you lose your momentum and thought process during the work week.

Without constant, consistent work and growth you’ll never build anything of real significance. I’m speaking directly from personal experience. I’ve tried only doing work on my days off. It worked until I went back to work. Then I started over, spending 1 or 2 hours just going through the work I had already done just to get back into my groove.

So what’s the NightShift Solution?

If you want to build something plan ahead to build every day. No matter what. Commit to the growth you know you’ll need. It’s always more work than first anticipated, but it’s worth it. It is all worth it.

Your NightShift Guid -Jay

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