Dee’s Key Notes (August 2020)

“Help Me Help You!” 

A quick 4-3-2-1 safe and socially distant note from your friend, writer, and Realtor, Dee. Let’s dive right in. It’s already mid-August and I think we need some homemade lemonade, don’t you? Below are a few tips and recipes. Also, in this month’s DKN, I’ve wrapped up all 21 of those yummy frog-eating tips for you. So, say goodbye to your little frog, stop procrastinating, and finish that project you’ve been putting off or working on but just can’t seem to wrap up. I know, I know, I’m gonna miss those frogs too. But we can always come back to this post and revisit them. 

4 things to know about making lemonade

  1. Ya gotta pick the right lemons. Look for a little squishy but still firm. 
  2. Check the color. The brighter the yellow, the better. 
  3. Select smooth-skinned lemons rather than the rough or soggy ones. 
  4. Size isn’t too important though smaller lemons tend to give more juice.

To make lemonade, you’ll need 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 4-5 lemons) and 4-5 cups icy water, and your choice of sweetener (simple syrup or ¾ – 1 cup granulated sugar or more). To get the most juice out of your lemons roll them on a cutting board while pressing it down. Cut the lemon in half and then juice lemons with lemon juicer or you can equally squeeze with your hands. Add to a measuring cup. Then pour into a pitcher, followed by water and simple syrup to taste. If using granulated sugar add sugar, mix with lemon juice, then add water last. Stir to fully combine. Slice lemon and add sliced to the pitcher. Refrigerate until ready to be used. 

Source: Immaculate Bites blog. For more lemonade recipes (like mango, pineapple, or strawberry yum!), go here. Also, if you want to make your own simple syrup, go here.  

3 summaries of the 21 frog-eating ways to help you focus on that important task or project you’ve wanted to start—or finish. (You know the one.)

Just pick one, start to eat, and keep going!

The first 7 ways to eat that frog!

1.  Set the table: Decide exactly what you want. Clarity is essential. Write out your goals and objectives before you begin.
2.  Plan every day in advance: Think on paper. Every minute you spend in planning can save you five or ten minutes in execution.
3.  Apply the 80/20 Rule to everything: Twenty percent of your activities will account for 80 percent of your results. Always concentrate your efforts on that top 20 percent.
4.  Consider the consequences: Your most important tasks and priorities are those that can have the most serious consequences, positive or negative, on your life or work. Focus on these above all else.
5.  Practice creative procrastination: Since you can’t do everything, you must learn to deliberately put off those tasks that are of low value so that you have enough time to do the few things that really count.
6.  Use the ABCDE Method continually: Before you begin work on a list of tasks, take a few moments to organize them by value and priority so you can be sure of working on your most important activities.
7.  Focus on key result areas: Identify those results that you absolutely, positively have to get to do your job well, and work on them all day long. 

The next 7 ways to eat that frog!

8.  Apply the Law of Three: Identify the three things you do in your work that account for 90 percent of your contribution, and focus on getting them done before anything else. You will then have more time for your family and personal life.
9.  Prepare thoroughly before you begin: Have everything you need at hand before you start. Assemble all the papers, information, tools, work materials, and numbers you might require so that you can get started and keep going.
10.  Take it one oil barrel at a time: You can accomplish the biggest and most complicated job if you just complete it one step at a time.
11.  Upgrade your key skills: The more knowledgeable and skilled you become at your key tasks, the faster you start them and the sooner you get them done. Determine exactly what it is that you are very good at doing, or could be very good at, and throw your whole heart into doing those specific things very, very well.
12.  Identify your key constraints: Determine the bottlenecks or choke points, internal or external, that set the speed at which you achieve your most important goals, and focus on alleviating them.
13.  Put the pressure on yourself: Imagine that you have to leave town for a month, and work as if you had to get your major task completed before you left.
14.  Motivate yourself into action: Be your own cheerleader. Look for the good in every situation. Focus on the solution rather than the problem. Always be optimistic and constructive. 

The last 7 ways to eat that frog!

15.  Technology is a terrible master: Take back your time from enslaving technological addictions. Learn to often turn devices off and leave them off.
16.  Technology is a wonderful servant: Use your technological tools to confront yourself with what is most important and protect yourself from what is least important.
17.  Focus your attention: Stop the interruptions and distractions that interfere with completing your most important tasks.
18.  Slice and dice the task: Break large, complex tasks down into bite-sized pieces, and then do just one small part of the task to get started.
19.  Create large chunks of time: Organize your days around large blocks of time so you can concentrate for extended periods on your most important tasks.
20.  Develop a sense of urgency: Make a habit of moving fast on your key tasks. Become known as a person who does things quickly and well.
21.  Single handle every task: Set clear priorities, start immediately on your most important task, and then work without stopping until the job is 100 percent complete. This is the real key to high performance and maximum personal productivity. 

*Source: Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy

2 bunches of ideas to improve your home while you’re staying at home 

  1. Inside DIY ideas: Bring in new colors, paint a room, a piece of furniture, or cabinets. Rearrange artwork or photos or move them from room to room. Rearrange furniture to make a space feel different and fresh. Change hardware pulls and knobs in your kitchen or bath. 
  2. Outside DIY ideas: Pressure wash patios and walks and lay mulch or pine straw to freshen beds and gardens. Increase curb appeal by replacing house numbers and light fixtures. Paint your front door to add a new pop of color. Edge borders, install planter beds, or assemble a fire pit. 

1 quote by a famous person

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. ” 

― Leo Tolstoy

Be safe, stay well, and enjoy some lemonade. 

2 Replies to “Dee’s Key Notes (August 2020)”

  1. Hope you & family are well. House is painted. Garden produced tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, squash & green peppers. My lemon tree continues to thrive! Think of younn hmm often. Gsil

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