The Best Thing to Happen to Productivity

You may have heard me talk about Bullet Journaling, especially if you’ve been following along over on my Medium page, where I’m documenting my current reading material.

I’m not sure why it took Ryder Carroll so long to write this book, but I’m glad he did.

Essentially, Ryder Carroll wants you to use colored pens, recopy things when you migrate from one notebook to the next, take time to decorate and set up your notebook so that your mind can truly soak in and process all of the information.

The Bullet Journal method encourages you to just put everything in one place and keep it there.

Need more of a push to get you started?  The New York Times recently posted an article titled, “The Case for Using a Paper Planner.” 

 

From my experience, over the years, taking the time to gather and put those ideas in a special place I can reference again and again is priceless.

Now, I take issue with his belief that you must use a fixed notebook, in which you do not add or remove pages. I carry detailed, permanent reference materials and logs in my notebook that would take hours to recopy (at no real value).

Nicole Schlinger’s actual bullet journal

I’d encourage you to give it a try, or at the very least, give Ryder Carroll’s book a read.

Thanks for following,

Nicole Schlinger, President of Campaign Headquarters

Nicole

Start Your New Year Off Right

Now that we’re getting settled into 2019, I thought I’d give you the perfect way to start your year off right – with 5 good books for you to try.

If you’re new here, you should know I’m a book lover and I am constantly looking for good recommendations and enjoy sharing a few thoughts of my own. In fact, I started a Medium page solely dedicated to book reviews. Be sure to follow it here https://medium.com/@nicoleschlinger 

Anyway, here are my Top 5 reads from last year – you should pick these up today.

1. Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue, by Ryan Holiday

2. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

3. Sales Differentiation: 19 Powerful Strategies to Win More Deals at the Prices You Want by Lee B. Salz (Nicole Schlinger book review coming soon!)

4. Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio

5. Hetty: The Genius and Madness of America’s First Female Tycoon by Charles Slack

 

Conspiracy and Bad Blood were full of action and adventure. Conspiracy was the story behind Peter Thiel’s decade-long quest for revenge against Nick and Gawker. Bad Blood was the larger than life, almost unbelievable tale of the rise and fall of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes.

Sales Differentiation delivers much more than its fishy title implies. It’s a real, how-to guide for giving your customers extraordinary value.

Principles by Ray Dalio is an instant classic. It delivers on its promise as an operating system for life and work. (And even suggests that we should not try separating the two.)

And last by not least … Hetty. You probably didn’t learn about Hetty Green in public school. She was caricatured and ridiculed in life and death. So much of what’s said about her is an exaggeration, and never … ever flattering. This is the true story of the first female tycoon in America. It’s not pretty. But I challenge you to come away from this book without respect and admiration for this American pioneer.

I hope you’ll pick up a new book this year.

 

Thanks for reading,

Nicole

Fun Friday – Secret Library?

A friend who knows me sent me this story about a guesthouse in upstate New York that has been turned into a secret library in the woods.

The delightful dwelling comes furnished with everything you need to leaf through a good book: a big, fluffy bed, snug armchair, and, of course, a wall-to-wall selection of reading material. A charming wood-burning stove heats the 200-square-meter space, so you’ll always be nice and toasty no matter the weather.

Ah yes, now to figure out how to get one of these in Iowa. You can read more about the structure here and see more delightful photos.

Secret Library Hidden in the Woods Is Every Bibliophile’s Dream Come True

 

Have a great weekend,

Nicole

Educate + Influence = Patch Through Calls

Now that the legislative session in Iowa is underway and several statehouses across the country, agendas are being set and bills filed. Very soon, these pieces of legislation will begin moving through the process.

Do you need to educate voters on your issue? Do you need to influence legislators on a bill? We can help. Patch Through calls are incredibly impactful and WILL make a difference in your efforts. Learn more here:

 

Give us a call if we can help 1- (888) 722-4704.

Thanks,

Nicole

Nicole Schlinger always hard at work for CHQ clients

Wrapping Up the Year in Books

I know we closed the books on 2018 a few weeks ago now, but I thought I’d take a quick look back on the year in terms of books.

Coming in at 38, this is the fewest books I’ve read in a year since I began tracking in 2013.

Like Ryan Holiday says, “I promised myself a long time ago that if I saw a book that interested me, I’d never let time or money or anything else prevent me from having it … Enjoy these books, treat your education like the job that it is, and let me know if you ever need anything.”

I’m setting might sights on 2019 to for more exciting books to come (which I’ll preview in another post). But here is my complete book list for 2018, if you’re interested.

https://medium.com/@nicoleschlinger/my-complete-book-list-for-2018-nicole-schlinger-c15b52dc0f0

I’d love to hear your thoughts if you’ve read any of these or suggestions for books to add to my 2019 list.

Keep reading, friends.

Nicole Schlinger, President of Campaign Headquarters

 

Giving Back

I’m tremendously proud of the work the CampaignHQ team does for our clients. We have the most dedicated, hard working, talented and caring group of employees.

Our teams are constantly giving back to the communities which they live. One example of that came just before the Christmas holiday this year when our Oskaloosa location made a donation to the Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter.

 

The Oskaloosa CampaignHQ team presenting their donation

 

In addition to the monetary gift, the callers also presented pet supplies. Needless to say, both employees and sweet Boomer (resident of the animal shelter) had a great day.

To learn more about the work Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter is doing or to consider adopting these wonderful pets, please visit:  http://www.stephenmemorial.org/ 

 

Thanks for reading!

Nicole

Nicole Schlinger and Chief Canine Officer Martha Waffles

Fun Book Facts

For today’s fun Friday post, I wanted to share this graphic that I found some time ago. If you’re new here, you should know I am an avid book reader and consumer of knowledge.

You can check out my thoughts on countless books I’ve read on my Medium page where I review books about business, human nature, decision making, sales and capitalism (of course). 

Considering the amount of books I read each year, I found this graphic very surprising.

I’d encourage you to pick up a book and get started. Your local librarian should have a few good ideas or you can check out the reading list I put together last fall.  

Thanks for reading,

Nicole

What a Great 2018!

Thank you to all of our clients who made 2018 an exciting and great year for CampaignHQ. We have really enjoyed working with you to advance your cause, share your message with voters and win your campaigns.

We look forward to what 2019 has in store and hope you have a safe and prosperous New Year.

 

Thank you,

Nicole and the CampaignHQ team

Nicole Schlinger, President of Campaign Headquarters