How to Reboot your Brain and Regain Life Control


Ever find yourself in a mental haze, staring at projects (with great singular focus mind you) and tasks you know you want to do, yet have no drive to do them? I certainly have. We’re on the cusp of major business automation and passive income products, how could this be! Call it ordinary life relapse or lack of motivation, but it’s completely wasted time.

You can’t be productive ALL the time you say? Well, maybe but I had enough of watching The Office, on repeat…for days that I finally devised a method to clear out my head, regain my drive and reboot my brain into action mode. It worked like a charm. We all lose our way or hit a block when trying to accomplish something big, here’s a quick 3 step plan to move past that block, out of your rut, or just actually get something done. It should take about 10 minutes.

This post is a real life experience post and falls in between the lifestyle design stages of automating life’s processes and developing easily managed online income sources.

Recalibration of our goals should be a regularly scheduled event. Here’s a system for getting you fired up and action oriented on life again. The steps start broad, get specific and give you a new lease on the things you already know you should be doing.

Hint: You actually have to do this to get back on track.

Step 1 Priorities

List out your priorities in life, they should come naturally without having to do much thinking and be fairly broad. I imagine we all share several priorities in life.

Examples: Fitness, Passive Income, Girlfriend, Work, God, Giving back, Reading, Fun

Step 2 Goals (6 months)

Ponder on your priorities for 2 minutes. Create goals for some or all of them that are tangible real things with a deadline. (#parkinson’s law)

Examples: Find your 6 pack, $100 in passive income per month, read a book every 3 weeks, volunteer somewhere twice a month, complete 5 client websites, buy new car, fly to california with passive income money, etc.

Step 3 Actions

If any of the goals in step 2 can be accomplished immediatly, schedule to do them ASAP, otherwise use action systems (see below) to put steps in place to accomplish these goals. Actually accomplishing these goals right now isn’t the aim, and it’s not feasible, but taking the first step is.


6 pack
  • healthy eating, 6 meals a day high in protein, (input phone reminders at lunch tomorrow)
  • read one men’s health article a day
  • workout consistently
    • scheduled races and workouts (ical)
    • dailymile challenge people

$100 passive income (1 muse, 1 affiliate campaign)

  • launch backup informer from itarsenal (ical)
  • launch affiliate campaign (automate with twitter/outsource with VA)
    • try lifedesign affiliates
    • try tech related affiliates (through adwords, forums, twitter, ect.)
  • use VA’s with itarsenal for %50 autopilot

read 1 book every 3 weeks (average book is 280pg, 10 pages a day)

Step 3.1 Action Systems

Use systems for scheduling, minimizing, efficiency, productivity, automation and outsourcing to enhance the rate at which you accomplish tasks in step 3. These systems are often customized to your life but require putting the first step (or more) towards a goal into a place and time. Without action systems, we just have a list of nice things we want to do “someday”.

Examples: calendar, txt reminders, “finding your zone”, listening to audiobooks in the car, limiting information, blocking time, organized google documents with text highlighted for what I need to do next to finish this website, or promote my friends brand, or launch this product, etc.

Your life is a semblance of systems whether you realize it or not, take an elevated view and do some maintenance on the ones that actually drive you to get things done.

Step 3.2 Information Sources

A general list of where you’ll gather information for completing goals, compiled using your favorite methods.


The biggest take away to this process is the motivation that is generated from seeing the big picture and the tangible steps to accomplishing something you really want to accomplish. That is a brain reboot. These steps are more therapeutic than mind blowing and should be repeated every 3 to 6 months to regain focus. They are perfect as a follow up to the original dream-lining process but are substantial enough to stand on their own.


thelifedesignproject Update

In a recent post I mentioned that I would be reviewing a few resources I’ve started using for automation and the beginnings of easily managed online income. I apologize but those will have to wait a few days longer because I didn’t write the reviews just yet. I’m back on track though and still fighting the fight. I’m utilizing my new VA (he sent out 52 e-mails today for prospective gigs), automating large tasks in my IT services business, and creating an online product for passive income. The vision is still clear, the goals have been named. Results, lessons learned, and resources used coming soon. I’m excited to dive into a more business oriented stage.

Does your brain need a reboot? What are you working on?

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  • Umgabahla

    My mind is blown the moment you mentioned ‘The Office’. Further you mentioned audio books. What a trend! Is it a coincidence or there is something to The Office and audio books.

    God bless

  • Loos interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Good stuff Robert. For most people it’s getting though that first step that’s killer. But the good part about that is if 95% of people can’t get the first small step accomplished, getting it done yourself reduces the competition by 95%.

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  • Great structure here 😀 Rebooting is definitely necessary, but breaks are equally important. I love your enthusiasm and way of leading by example. Something I strive to do as well.

    Rebooting for me includes a good soak in the sauna, yoga or pilates session to clear my head. I find that relaxing or doing the complete opposite by shocking my system like sand running and finishing with a freezing dive through the waves does the trick. That or travel! Experiencing something new gives me new perspective and inspiration.

    Nice work!

  • robgranholm

    Wow, see this is why I love comments. You guys seem to have a handle on a semi regular mental reboot of sorts. It was really encouraging to hear others in need of this or already doing something similar. Thanks guys, things have really picked up in terms of progress since following through on this.

    @Johnny Thanks dude.
    @Sid Nice technique, I’ve tried it but because I tried setting my start pages as my default page, I quickly started just ignoring it by default also.
    @Colin “not-as-productive-as-I-could-have-been” is actually what prompted me to start this reboot. I couldn’t agree more, and know exactly what you mean with the haircut. There’s just something great about a reset mindset and a haircut…the power of the fresh…re-start.

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  • Heya 🙂

    Cool detailed step by step guide how to reboot! I have the same thing that I just don’t feel like working on something!

    I think the best way is to once a year take a good 3-6 week vacation to totally recharge 🙂


  • This is an extremely useful post, thanks for writing it. What I love about this blog is that you give real life examples and processes that can be easily applied, right now! Keep it up man.

  • Very good structure and great systems for planning success. I wish you all the best with your goals.

  • Hey Rob,

    Interesting – looks a lot like one of the processes in my weekly review, but I like the addition of information sources

    I use start pages in my browser to keep myself focused, I put them online for anyone to use:

    Still working on adding more =). Keep me focused throughout the day, but a weekly/monthly reboot doesn’t hurt 😉

  • I think I am ready for a reboot. It is easy to get caught up in everyday busyness and not focus on priorities.

    I haven’t been very successful clearly defining everything I want to accomplish. I am afraid that overly planning everything will de-humanize the process of personal development and exploration.

    I definitely see the value and importance of your approach though. Maybe it is time for my first “annual review” like Alan recommends.

  • Yes! Everyone needs a good reboot from time to time, and you’ve outlined a really nice method of doing so here.

    I went through a mini-reboot last night; definitely needed after several days of not-as-productive-as-I-could-have-been living (it’s tricky to mix work with trying to establish a social life from scratch, let me tell you!).

    I find that doing something to change the way I look or feel helps when I reboot…for example, I finally went and got a haircut today. It’s a physical manifestation of the mental changeover, and it always seems to help ‘lock in’ the changes that are made for me.

  • Interesting mind-mapping technique, Rob. I’ve been gearing up for my own Annual Review in December where I plan to map out the next few years of my life. For now, though, I’m only quasi-organized. This brain reboot technique is good to do on a regular basis.

    I really like how you’re using specific examples in your posts. It helps readers like me hold on to what you’re saying. You’re practicing what you’re preaching brother!