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My Secrets to Never Feeling Lazy and Unproductive

How to be Productive
Susan Vernicek
Written by Susan Vernicek

My Secrets to Never Feeling Lazy and Unproductive stem from having created a steady regimen and a morning peace that supports my daily success.

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I want to share my obsession with “Getting All A’s in the Game of Life” and what most of my day-to-day life looks like. I’m often asked how I do it—being a wife, a mom of twin toddlers, staying pretty healthy and fit, and running my own business. My Secrets to Never Feeling Lazy and Unproductive stem from having created a steady regimen and a morning peace that supports my daily success.

What Does “Getting All A’s in the Game of Life” Even Mean?

Accept: Born of self-awareness, self-love and a lack of judgement comes acceptance. A fundamental component within a process, we must reflect, then recognize our lives in the moment and simply accept ‘what is.’ This is a springboard to…

Appreciate: Hand in hand with cultivating acceptance is gratitude. We must develop an earnest appreciation for all that comprises our inner and outer lives. This entails compassion for ourselves and others. And once we become thankful, we can genuinely celebrate our incomparable selves.

Achievement: Truly, any advancement is an achievement. Victories in life and business manifest in many forms and, to many women, are really not measured by financial success. It behooves us to seek to excite and satisfy ourselves, for only then can we share and give.

All of these processes can create a full circle of empowerment; once we assent and celebrate, we can accomplish things small and great. Separately—or, better, together—all of these elements widen the horizon for a deeper experience of satisfaction in life. Acceptance, appreciation and achievement are truly invigorating and emboldening.

For the past decade I’ve been building self-awareness and tapping into my power of self-acceptance, appreciation, and personal achievement. Here, I want to share some of my ‘secrets’ in terms of how I’ve been able to do that in a manner that encompasses both my personal and professional life. Plus, how I have achieved success for myself and others.

As above, I believe that once you accept a situation and show gratitude and appreciation for what you currently have, it is then that you can achieve at a greater level within yourself and your life. I take this approach each day, one day at a time. I strive to be present in everything I do; I aim to be productive, especially during a specific time frame each day; and I make sure my soul feels super satisfied.

Here’s Secret #1:

I am fixated on making sure that I spend most of my days accomplishing something emotionally and/or physically. When I take charge of what I want to accomplish most on that particular day, I take care of it first thing in the morning. That is the quick, honest secret: I ensure that I do what I need to do first thing in the AM because the only obstacles that can get in the way would be my ‘evil’ inner voice making excuses…or my dear, dear twins needing diapering, playtime, and feeding. So, whether it’s a workout, laundry, a business task or to read, I do it before anyone wakes up . If I don’t get up early on a given morning, I fit the task in when my kids are playing nicely together, or having fun with their Legos (a GREAT gift that immerses my children in activity for at least an hour).

For me, if feels indescribably good to have accomplished so much by 9:00 am. It’s in my blood to move. And once I complete those tasks, I am not as hard on myself for the rest of the day. If I want to play, I play; if I want to nap, I nap; if I want to work, I work.

I begin with self-care early in the day . At this point in my life with 2 year-old twins, working out first thing in the morning makes the most sense. I get to work out both body and mind: I process my thoughts, release stress, and get ready for the day before anybody else awakens.

On the mornings I don’t get to work out, I make sure to make the bed, do a round of laundry, and clean the kitchen, first thing. If I start my morning off with some sort of activity, before my tea or coffee, it gets me revved up and ready for the day. My friends joke about how productive and accomplished I am before they even get out of bed.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my down time. When it’s time for tea or coffee, I make sure to savor every sip, especially on days when it’s rainy and gloomy. On days like that, I lounge and veg out with the kids for much of the time.

I completely understand that circumstances are different for everybody because of varying schedules and interests. What I do during the day that makes me feel amazing is going to be different from what you do. The whole point of getting all A’s in the game of life is possessing—or developing– acceptance, appreciation, and achieving from day to day at your own pace and in your own style. It is unique to each individual.

Here’s Secret #2”

NO TV! I watch very few shows regularly. OK, there’s Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday and a little trash, no-brainer TV with the hubs here and there. However, for the most part I don’t watch TV. I challenge you to track how much television you’re watching each week, I bet you’d be shocked at  how much because it’s so easy to lose track of time when your sucked into these shows.  Oh, I know because I’ve been there. Hello Banshee, Breaking Bad….

So I say, get shit done early in the AM and make the conscious effort to pass on TV, unless it is beneficial for your mind, body, and soul.

I would love for you to tweet (@IdentityMag) me your thoughts, what gets your blood moving and gets you feeling like you can do anything! What creates your ‘I CAN DO’ day?

Identity Magazine is all about empowering women to get all A’s in the game of life – Accept. Appreciate. Achieve.™ Every contributor and expert answers the 5 Identity questions in keeping with that theme. Their answers can be off the cuff, very much in the moment, or they can be aligned with the article they’ve currently written . As a team, at Identity Magazine we hope to inspire and motivate ourselves and inspire you to get all A’s.

1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? What are you still working on accepting?

I’ve accepted that my life now with 2 year old twins is hectic and will never be on a set schedule because they change. I’ve become a master at going with the flow.

2. What have you learned to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? What are you still working on appreciating?

I appreciate my energy and self-control. I appreciate my awareness to live my best life for me and my family every day.

3. What is one of the most rewarding achievements in your life? What makes YOU most proud? What goals and dreams do you still have?

My most rewarding accomplishment is the life and family I have at this moment. Also, my latest AMAZON BESTSELLER makes me super proud! Check it out here: www.GetAllAs.com.

4. We all have imperfections, or so we think. The truth is that we are all perfectly imperfect. What do you see as your not-so-perfect ways? What imperfections and quirks create who you are—your Identity?

My energy is uniquely high, sometimes annoying, LOL

5. “I Love My…” is an outlet for you to express and appreciate all the positive traits that make you…well… YOU! Sharing what you love about yourself will make you smile, feel empowered, and uplift your spirit and soul. (We assure you!) Identity challenges you to complete the phrase “I Love My…?”

I love my playful, youthful, and cheeky sense of humor and style.


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About the author

Susan Vernicek

Susan Vernicek

Facts about Susan Vernicek:
• She’s happily married and a mother of twins.

• She’s tried almost every fad diet back in her quick-fix days, admits at age 34 it’s a struggle to work hard on overall balance and is focused on not giving into the unhealthy fads we see daily.

• She’s all natural with natural blonde hair, uneven breasts, a bigger nose, and full of curves that she learns to appreciate more and more each day.

• She had a career where part of her job was staring at herself 40 hours a week manipulating her very own face as well as others.

• She’s the youngest of 7, ranging from 30-50+, an Aunt, Great Aunt and even younger than some of her nieces and nephews!

• She’s traveled and seen over 8 countries and spent a summer in London finding her passion and embracing life.

• She created S&J Identity, Inc. AKA Identity Magazine, having no business background and at the age of 25.