I’m back after performing a spectacular face plant…

Many of you have expressed concern over the fact that I have been out of commission for quite a while. I thank you for your interest and really appreciate the fact that I was missed.

I actually took a face plant…


Have you ever experienced a time in your life where you just felt like removing yourself from the day-to-day happenings? Perhaps you have gone through a crisis, or there are pending concerns about the future or you are overworked. Your interest in your business, your friends and your activities has waned and you just feel like crawling into a cave and disappearing for a while. You have lost your appetite for social gatherings, hobbies and anything that involves interaction with others. (You do not however seem to lose your appetite for food or drink!).

It is a time when all your fears and emotions are intensified; thoughts of past failures and defeats rise to the surface and you would prefer to stay in bed for the better part of the day.

That is where I have been. You shrinks out there (amateur and otherwise) might think that I was depressed and you could be correct. Although I did not want to do anything or go anywhere, there was still a sliver of anticipation and hope for the future. Some part of me actually enjoyed this journey for it forced me to slow down and remove myself from the daily rat race. That allowed me to go back to basics and reanalyze my future, my business and my life. As a result, you will see a noticeable change in this newsletter, the website and the program offerings for the rest of the year. And maybe when we meet or interact, you will notice a change in me. We can only wish…

Not everyone has the luxury to take a face plant for many months. Responsibilities, obligations, finances and relationships will be affected. I am so lucky to have the support of my husband, Mike, and my family and friends who helped me through this journey. Mike was happy to eat hot dogs (his favorite food) and reduce his shopping habits (which were not excessive to begin with). He also purported (as all good husbands should) to understand my feelings and emotions although there were many puzzled looks at times.

During this time of introspection I asked and answered the following questions:

  1. Who am I?
  2. Where am I now?
  3. Where do I want to go?
  4. How will I get there?
  5. How will I be productive?

I realized that in any aspect of your life, your business and your sanity depends on having and updating the answers to these questions on a regular basis.

It turns out that I had been working on a program for many years that incorporates all these elements. This face plant has allowed me to bring this program to fruition. A book is in progress, as well as new e learning programs and a Productivity Summit.

Keep reading this current edition of Maxtips to find out what’s new at Productive to the Max.

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