Remote Year Recap: Month 1-6

RY Month 1 Recap

I started Remote Year with the intention to post regular blog posts highlighting my RY experiences, favorite places, lessons learned, etc. In my head, I imagined this picture-perfect blog filled with breathtaking views and endless wise words — all effortlessly crafted on a weekly basis. 

I quickly realized during Week One of Remote Year the importance of remaining present during this life-changing journey:

"It's a crazy feeling, realizing you've just embarked on this life changing experience — one that feels more powerful than you can possibly wrap your head around. You can see the dots coming into view but the only way to see how they connect is to remain fully present." 

So, I made an commitment to being present with my RY Yugens and blog when it felt right.

But, of course, the over-achiever inside of me couldn't keep quiet because week two rolled around and I pumped [forced] another blog post out. 

And then....?


That's right. Not a single blog post has been posted since August 18, 2017.
That's well over 6 months ago. 

I absolutely love to write. It's such a transformational outlet for me. But I realized when I was "forcing" myself to write, it just wasn't as fun. It also wasn't authentic. 

And FUN and AUTHENTIC are two of my most important values. 

On top of that, I found myself spending way too much time overthinking the whole writing process when I could be using that time to explore my new city or connect with any of the 60 strangers I had just met. 

So...I stopped.

That wasn't my intention. I planned on writing when it felt "right." But I could never find the words to properly articulate all my emotions or the experiences I was having or the views I was seeing.

Since writing wasn't working, I took a shot at creating a [super amateur] video of Croatia from all the footage I had....and turns out I loved it! So I decided to keep creating them for every month. 

My monthly videos are by no means anything fancy. But they allow me to capture the feeling of the month every time I watch them. And I hope you get a little piece of those feelings while watching them too. <3


Check out the first 6 months of my Remote Year journey:

Keep it Simple, Stupid! The Easy Method to Conquer Productivity

Keep it Simple, Stupid! The Easy Method to Conquer Productivity

Keep it Simple, Stupid! The Easy Method to Conquer Productivity

Life can be complicated and overwhelming — your to-do list doesn’t have to be.

Introducing the Ivy Lee Method: the daily prioritized 6 item to-do list. It's simple, straightforward, and provides immediate results. 


Want the biggest results with the least amount of effort? I got you, boo. 

Personally, the Ivy Lee Method is one of my favorites. It's simple, straightforward, and provides immediate results. 

Here's how it works: 

  1. Each night, write down the 6 most important things you need to accomplish the next day. Don't write more than 6!
  2. Prioritize and rewrite those 6 items in order of true importance.
  3. When you start your day, concentrate ONLY on the 1st task and do not move on to anything else until it's completed. Then move on to the 2nd task until it's completed, working your way down your list one at a time until each individual task is completed.
  4. At the end of the day, write your list of 6 for the next day, moving any unfinished items from the day to the new list, unless they're no longer relevant. Be sure to prioritize your list each night.
  5. Repeat this process every day.
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Focus on the Important, not just the Urgent

Focus on the Important, not just the Urgent

If you find yourself constantly busy but never truly productive, the Eisenhower Matrix is an excellent technique to start with to make real progress in your productivity. The central focus of the Eisenhower Matrix is to start classifying tasks by their urgency and importance so that you can better allocate your time.  

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Choose Greatness

Every morning we wake up, we have a decision to make:"How do I want to show up in the world today?"

We can coast through our day, move through the motions, check off our to-do-list, and just live in a routine.

OR, we can start our morning by making a conscious decision to try to be totally present throughout the day and seek opportunities for greatness. 

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