Contrary to popular belief, productivity isn’t about how much you can do. It’s about whether or not you’re doing the right things and doing them well, which starts with a consistent routine.

THE POWER OF ROUTINE!

There are what I’ll call signature events in our lives that change everything, not only in real time, but forever more afterwards. I thought I’d only see about one or two- Kennedy’s assassination and 9/11. Yet, we’ve had the recession of 2008 and now COVID-19 in 2020. These are ‘corrections’ that force us to pause, reflect and re-examine everything.

TIME TO REFLECT AND RE-EXAMINE!

If you do some homework around the history of epidemics and pandemics, starting with the first one in 1633, there are several notable parallels and consistencies. Even now, with what little we know about COVID-19, knowing what came before provides some context.

COVID-19: HOW DID WE GET HERE?

The definition of mean spirited is someone who’s unkind, motivated by cruelty, or intending to be hurtful. The most common type is someone who loves to see others fail and works hard to accomplish that objective. Most everyone avoids them. They know this and it motivates them to work even harder to disrupt and create havoc.

WHAT’S UP WITH ALL THESE MEAN_SPIRITED PEOPLE?

The birthrate for unmarried college-educated women has climbed 145 percent since 1980, compared with a 60 percent increase in the birthrate for non-college-educated unmarried women. It’s a safe prediction that the college gender gap will cause these numbers to climb. This means more boys will have no father figure present in their lives from birth to adolescence. It also means the loss over time of the man’s role in the social infrastructure, which has traditionally been reinforced by the family dynamic.

OUR CHANGING US CULTURE, PART II: WHAT”S HAPPENING TO OUR BOYS?

The first smartphone was introduced in June 2007. Smartphone ownership among U.S. teens rose from 37 percent in 2011 to 73 percent in 2015. By 2016, the average girl in the U.S. got her first smartphone when she was 10. Given the greater emotional vulnerability of younger kids and teens, you’d also expect the effects of social media and screen time to be largest in the younger groups, and that is where the self-harm increase is the largest.

OUR CHANGING CULTURE (PART I): WHAT”S HAPPENING TO OUR GIRLS?

We live in an era, where many leaders employ cliche’s, myths and all manner of double standards to achieve their objectives. It’s unfortunate that many of those kind of leaders reside in our executive, legislative, and judicial branches.

THE ERA OF DOUBLE STANDARD LEADERSHIP!

There was so much of the impeachment on media, I couldn’t help but a watch a snippet of it a couple of times, which is all I could take. As they say where I grew up, I been to three goat ropins, two county fairs and four tractor pulls, but I ain’t never seen anything like this!

LEADERSHIP DISRUPTED!

Class conflict has existed from the beginning of time (historically validated). It’s included religion, race, gender, political and economic tension that in the past and today, exists in society as a result of socio-economic competition among the social classes (also historically validated). Ironic that it’s more prevalent today during the most prosperous economic environment most of us have ever seen.

UNTENDED CONSEQUENCES!