The Optimal Life, It’s Not Perfect, Just Better!

Yep, another cure for WB syndrome and this one might just work for you.

Okay, so you think you have writer’s block, but I’m here to say you don’t. What you have is either a fear of being able to write well or a fear that your ideas are shit. While both of those may be the case, I figured out a way that works for me.

It’s not that you can’t write. As long as you have fingers to put on the keyboard or the ability to dictate your words verbally, you can write. You haven’t lost the ability…

The Optimal Life, It’s Not Perfect, Just Better!

On LinkedIn, mine is LMNOP. Yes, that is the suffix after my name which requires explanation.

You don’t know me, but I consider myself to be pretty much of a smart-ass. Not smart as in intelligent or wise, but smart as in stinging dry and occasionally intellectual wit with scarcely a hint of sheer insanity.

I’d noticed many of my connections on LinkedIn have a plethora of various suffixes. Here are just too many that I found: Ph.D., MD, CPA, MBA, PHR, MA, BFA, PMP, MSM, TMP, RN, CFRE, PLS, MSW, CEC, HCS, CFP, AAMS, CLU, ChFC, M.P.A., MLEC, MAQP, MSHR, SHRM-SCP, MG, MS, CSP, CAS, MAS, LDN, LPN, DC, JR, SR, CIR, A.C.C., M.Ed., M.A.I…

The Optimal Life

United States Postal System Gets Real

I recently discovered something that impressed me about the United States Postal Service, USPS. Yes, there are many chronic problems even before the Trump White House did their best to make it worse. Slow delivery is still rampant, and unfortunately, something which should be as fundamental as mail delivery has turned into a political issue. Yet, I’m impressed with this new service I recently discovered.

If you’re living in the US, there is Informed Delivery® by USPS®.

Before I tell you what it does, I’ll share why it’s been a productivity enhancer for me and just pretty cool. I live…

Why I played COVID-19 differently

In 2008, the world faced a severe economic crisis due to some idiots being allowed to sell junk. It was a Ponzi scheme in a way, as it was not going to be sustainable. Repackaging highly risky investments, called derivatives, didn’t prevent them from eventually imploding, as many knew would happen.

When it happened, and my company, which I started in 1994, was faced with declining sales as I’d never experienced before, I kept telling myself this was a short term event. I held onto my employees and depleted the company bank account to make payroll for non-existent sales. I…

The Optimal Life, It’s Not Perfect, Just Better!

I have a need for speed.

Besides the basics, oxygen, water, and food, there are two other elements which many would consider as basics in modern society: electricity and the internet. While you can certainly survive indefinitely without those last two, you’d know you would be missing out. I’m going to leave you on your own for the first four and chat for a moment about the last one, the internet. Precisely, what to do if it’s slower than expected.

Since internet speeds vary greatly depending on the service you signed up for, I won’t mention specific speeds, but trust you know the speed you usually…

The Optimal Life, It’s Not Perfect, Just Better!

Stop unwanted phone call solicitations

No one wants to be interrupted by an unwanted phone or text solicitation. Life’s far too busy to deal with that. Add your name to the Do Not Call Registry to eliminate unwanted calls and texts. Even though it’s been around for a while, many have yet to take advantage of this.

Unfortunately, some companies do not honor your request, so it’s up to you to report them. It will take time but it’s the only way to stop them. Plus, you should also block those calls on your mobile device.

You can register your phone number in the USA, check to see if you’re already registered, and report any unwanted calls. A little time now will benefit you in the future. Other countries also have a registry.


The Optimal Life, It’s Not Perfect, Just Better!

Delegate to boost your productivity

If you’ve not done so yet, read Part 1 and Part 2 before embarking on this 3rd and final step in boosting your productivity. While each article stands on its own, think of it as a 3-course meal that’s best eaten in the proper sequence.

My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do.

― Francine Jay


I was listening to a podcast years ago. I can’t remember if it was Michael O’Neal or John Lee Dumas as I have learned a lot from both. In any case, the podcaster said he…

The Optimal Life, It’s Not Perfect, Just Better!

Automate to boost your productivity

Since this is a 3 part series, if you’ve not read part 1 yet, please do so here.

So now that you’ve eliminated the junk, those unnecessary things, you’re on your way to boosting your productivity. Let’s talk about the next step as this one is way more fun than, in my opinion than the Part 1 Eliminate.

Sometimes what you don’t do is just as important as what you do.”

― Greg McKeown


This involves using technology to handle any tasks that you specifically have to put your hands on. Initially, you’ll need to be involved in setting…

The Optimal Life, It’s Not Perfect, Just Better!

Eliminate to boost your productivity

There are a plethora of articles on how to boost your productivity with behavioral changes, Pomodoro technique, batching tasks, standing desks, waking up at 0500, and more. If you’re reading this, I’m confident you read plenty of other productivity articles, but I think this simple one will be equally valuable. It’s helped me much, plus it’s straightforward to incorporate.

I broke it up into three separate articles to keep it short, plus my intention is for you to read each part and adopt that part into your daily routine before moving onto the next one. …

The Optimal Life, It’s Not Perfect, Just Better!

COVID-19 will still be around next year

I know my subtitle really sucks, but it is the predicted reality. Typically, 1 January starts off a new year with a completely clean slate of the previous year’s sins and disasters. That’s not going to happen when the clock strikes midnight, closing out 2020. We’ll still deal with masks, social distancing, lockdowns, businesses closing, job loss, including financial and food insecurities. I’m not a doomsayer but have always done my best to live in the real reality of life.

Yes, I’m looking forward to a new year as a new year always brings the promise of goals yet to…

Stephen J. Lalla, LMNOP

The Optimal Life, It’s Not Perfect, Just Better! I’ve been on a many decade’s long quest to optimize my life in all areas and would love to help you do the same

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