Would I recommend you to join a membership site?

My personal story after joining one

We can all use a little accountability from time to time. Let me share how I ended up joining the membership site, Rocking Productivity Academy. This time last year I was wondering if I had what it took to get anything crossed off my new years’ checklist.

I had three vague goals: post more often on my website, exercise consistently and read one book a month.

It was October 2016 and I had made progress on the last two goals. I had barely touched my website all year. It wasn’t being addressed because I was lacking skill, but rather because I kept letting perfection get in the way. I was too indecisive about the content calendar and little action.

You Joined a Membership Site, Now What?

8 Suggestions to Make the Most from a Membership Site

It’s one thing to listen and learn from your favorite author/speaker/podcaster; it’s quite another to join a membership site and make the decisions to actively implementing what is being suggested.

membership site

Back in November 2016, I joined The Rocking Productivity Academy (RPA), created by podcaster Jeff Sanders. I was very excited and so ready to meet like-minded folks. After 10 months, here’s what I’ve learned so far about getting the most out of a member site. RPA is open this week if you’re looking at joining a productivity site, but the suggestions below can certainly be applied to other membership sites like this one.

6 Years to Get Consistent

Why did it take me 6 years to finally blog, consistently? Well, because when you don’t believe in your own voice, it’s pretty hard to imagine that others will.

I’ve been blogging off and on for even longer than 6 years. I first found out about “online journals” when I was in 9th grade. Yeah, I was sheltered. I knew about websites but I didn’t know that people posted their “journals” online so other people to read and comment. I thought it was rather strange. Isn’t a journal meant to be private?

You Don’t Have to Know Everything to Start

Have you ever thought of an idea and then said: “I’ll get started on this when I have time to really focus on it.” Or perhaps you had an ok start but you ended up telling yourself, “Looks ok, but it needs more work. I’ll work more on it later.” Well, that’s been me for too long.

duck taking off

For example, this post came as an idea that I save on Dec 6, 2016, and was in my drafts folder for six months before completing it. Yikes! But why? I could list a series of impediments but ultimately here are my two main reasons. Let me know if you can relate.

A Morning with Few Decisions

One of the main things I’m learning this year is how one time decisions and creating routines can make or break you. I recently heard a podcast from Craig Groeschel which explained the power of making a decision one time. Although I was already applying this to my morning routine, I didn’t notice that I’ve been shaving off about an hour every day from my mornings. I just knew that I needed to set a couple things up so that I wouldn’t have to make too many decision during the initial morning grogginess.

some items used in the morning

Below are just a few of the routines that I have come to set up for work:


Habit started in 2014

  1. I drink the same morning shake at work for breakfast. This eliminated the need to think about breakfast or starting work on an empty stomach.

It’s Ok to Change Your Plans

I recently I started a new job. And with that, came the stress of “being new.” I had a general rough draft of my blog calendar and in a few weeks it went out the door.  This time however, it was different. Sure I was a little sad, but I didn’t feel like a failure. I felt I made the best choice for my long term goals.

blurry plan changed

Here’s the steps I took and you can make as well next time your have a personal project change:

It doesn’t mean you’re done/ you’ve quit. There’s times when you must recognized when it makes sense to put on hold and other times when you need to push through.

Say Hi to Someone Everyday in Your Work Bubble

So I recently started working at a headquarter. Yeah, sounds fancy but have no fear, because this girl is so not fancy. You have anything to worry about, reader. Nowhere will there be mention of complicated excel sheets and whatcha-ma-call-it territories. *small chuckle*

The funniest thing is that for a big place with so many opportunities to interact with other folks, I notice that most people keep to themselves and their assigned groups. They may branch out to different floors or partnering departments, but most nearby cubicles folks just keep to themselves and pound away at their keyboard.

Now, please understand that I respect their strong job ethic. They’re focused on their work. But what I’m saying is, if you meet someone in the common areas, compliment. Say hi and even introduce yourself. Make someone laugh. Go out of your way and if it’s awkward, embrace it. (But please learn to accept yourself first before reaching out to others, otherwise you may take the person’s reaction personally. Another article for another time.)

You don’t know people’s stories and what their going through. A small gesture of kindness, even if not demonstrated right away, can have such an uplifting spirit for that person. I interact and make it a point to remember people’s first names. This week specially, it’s been fun and silly to do so because half of the time I’m either gently blown off or sincerely thanked. And you know what? I could care less of those who don’t embrace because it’s worth every effort when I get someone to smile.

Dear Consistent Coffee Couple

Although we’ve never personally met, I feel like I appreciate you from a far. You are the lovely couple that walks every morning to get, what I can only assume is a coffee at the local shop. It may be tea or hot chocolate, but every morning, around the same time, there you go.

I want to share my appreciation for your consistency as another commuter friend sharing in the morning routine. Keep on enjoying your morning walks.

–I used to be so focused on myself and getting “the day started” that I didn’t notice this couple until earlier this summer. But that’s the funny thing. If we just take a one moment or two, we can learn to appreciate the little things in our lives that make our days interesting. Or even better, we can start to see the people around us and dare I say, interact with one another. Say hello or good morning.–

P.S. I’ve learned to say good morning to the early birds at the gym. It still throws some people off. I do it anyway because it sends off good vibes.

It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect

I stumbled on a YouTube Video about minimalism and the KonMari Method. A few instructional videos later on how to fold my laundry, and a pile of pants were on my bed waiting to be turned into little rectangle standing solders.

Now a lot of folks have read Marie Kondo’s books cover to cover, attended her presentations, or follow her on social media. Myself, none of the above. However, I did watch about 10 videos of her de-cluterring method and folding laundry. That was enough for me to give her method a try.

Retail Has Humbled Me

This blog post was originally published on tracyibarra.wordpress.com on November 15, 2011. I’m sharing it as a #throwbackthursday. It’s interesting to see how much or little I’ve grown as a person. The older wordpress site is going to be taken down here in a few days, so I figured I’d put them here to live. Enjoy.


You can go to two different eating establishments in the same block and each one will have a different policy on whether or not an employee can tell you, “Excuse me; we’re closed.”

Knowing that I had a coffee meeting at 8 P.M., I called ahead to P coffee place and asked what time they would close tonight. 9 P.M. Sounded reasonable. One hour and twenty-one minutes into the conversation, and I notice an employee starting to mop. I keep that in the back of my mine. As she gets closer towards my area, I ask “Excuse me, what time to you close?” “9.” Looking down at my phone, “Oh, I’m sorry to keep you waiting.” My coffee friend and I exit and look for another open location to continue our conversation. We find a fast food establishment just a couple of feet away. We walk in and order at W fast food.