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Have a routine to launch your day with a good mood!


Have a routine to launch your day with a good mood!
Have a routine to launch your day with a good mood!

To manage my monkey mind (worries, racing thoughts, fear) as shown on the Monkey Mind Unisex T-Shirt I’m wearing (available for purchase at Positive Masters e-commerce store at https://positivemasters.com), I start my day by journaling my wins from the previous day, sleep, any dreams, action plan for the day, and ideas for my most important project or two for the day. I love to do this while listening to electronic dance music, my happy music! I also express my thanks to my tech toys for being a huge part of my life! 🤪

Have a routine to launch your day with a good mood, so you’re ready to rock your work on your hustle day or spend quality time with people your love on your rest day. 😃🌄

The mission of Positive Masters at https://positivemasters.com is to encourage you to strengthen your mindset and develop your passion projects to boost your happiness and counter any stress, anxiety, depression, and/or anger you may be facing through its blog, podcast, videos, designs, and merchandise. ❤

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9: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Two 1-Hour Pomodoros. Forest Wind Background Noise.


9: Positive Masters - Study & Work with Me. Two 1-Hour Pomodoros. Forest Wind Background Noise.
9: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Two 1-Hour Pomodoros. Forest Wind Background Noise.
9: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Two 1-Hour Pomodoros. Forest Wind Background Noise.

Welcome to Positive Masters where we develop our mindset and passion projects. 

In this video, let’s study and work together for two 1-hour Pomodoros (study and work sessions). Be sure to make your work space your happy place with technology that increases your productivity, a comfortable chair and desk, and trinkets and lights that brighten your mood. 

For this study and work with me video, we have forest wind to make you feel like you’re in the middle of a forest. Imagine yourself working at a table on the porch of a cabin in the mountains or at a picnic table in a park surrounded by trees and cool breeze. Aaahhhh. 

I’m a lawyer, small business person, and retired politician from Hawaii. My passion projects are writing fiction and creating content about mindset and mental health. 

I’m happy to have you as my study and work partner. Together, we can push through our ups and downs in our quest to improve ourselves and create value for others. We can’t control outside influences, but we can control our effort to learn, develop our skills, and bolster our relationships. That is my mission and the mission of Positive Masters. 

Enjoy Positive Masters’ blog, podcast, videos, and products at https://positivemasters.com to strengthen your mindset and build your passion projects to boost your happiness and counter any anxiety, sadness, or anger you may be experiencing. Wishing you well! 

With Warmest Aloha, 

Jon Riki Karamatsu

0:00 Intro 

0:50 First 1-Hour Pomodoro (Study and Work Session) 

1:00:53 15-Minute Break 

1:16:03 Second 1-Hour Pomodoro (Study and Work Session) 

2:16:07 Outro and Information About Positive Masters

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5: Positive Masters – Mindset Clips – Happy Place & Tech Toys to Boost Your Productivity


5: Positive Masters - Mindset Clips - Happy Place & Tech Toys to Boost Your Productivity
5: Positive Masters – Mindset Clips – Happy Place & Tech Toys to Boost Your Productivity
5: Positive Masters – Mindset Clips – Happy Place & Tech Toys to Boost Your Productivity

Make your work space your happy place! Also purchase tech toys that improve your productivity. 

I love my desk set-up with my 2013 MacBook Pro, 27-inch LG monitor, Keychron K1 V4 Keyboard, Logitech MX Master 3 Mouse, GameMax Mousepad, Rode NT-1 Microphone, Rode PSA-1 Arm, Elgato Key Light, Sony ZV-1 Camera, Elgato Mount System, and L8star Smart LED Strip Light. Make your work your play! 

Enjoy Positive Masters’ blog, podcast, videos, and products at https://positivemasters.com to strengthen your mindset and build your passion projects to boost your happiness and counter any anxiety, sadness, or anger you may be experiencing. Wishing you well! 

With Warmest Aloha, 

Jon Riki Karamatsu

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5: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Flowing Stream Sound. Three 45-Minute Pomodoros.


5: Positive Masters - Study & Work with Me. Flowing Stream Sound. Three 45-Minute Pomodoros.
5: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Flowing Stream Sound. Three 45-Minute Pomodoros.
5: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Flowing Stream Sound. Three 45-Minute Pomodoros.

In this Youtube video, let’s study and work together for three 45-minute Pomodoros (study and work sessions). The background sound for this study and work video is a beautiful flowing stream.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a lawyer, small business person, and retired politician from Hawaii. My passion projects are writing fiction and creating content about mindset and mental health.

I’m happy to have you as my study and work partner. Together, we can push through our ups and downs in our quest to improve ourselves and create value for others. We can’t control outside influences, but we can control our effort to learn, develop our skills, and bolster our relationships. That is my mission and the mission of Positive Masters.

Enjoy Positive Masters’ blog, podcast, videos, and products at https://positivemasters.com to strengthen your mindset and build your passion projects to boost your happiness and counter any anxiety, sadness, or anger you may be experiencing. Wishing you well!

With Warmest Aloha,

Jon Riki Karamatsu

0:00 Intro

0:48 First 45-Minute Pomodoro (Study and Work Session)

45:50 First 15-Minute Break

1:01:01 Second 45-Minute Pomodoro (Study and Work Session)

1:46:03 Second 15-Minute Break 2:01:13

Third 45-Minute Pomodoro (Study and Work Session)

2:46:16 Outro and Information About Positive Masters

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1: Positive Masters – Mindset Clips – Focus on Now!


1: Positive Masters - Mindset Clips - Focus on Now!
1: Positive Masters – Mindset Clips – Focus on Now!
1: Positive Masters – Mindset Clips – Focus on Now!

Focus on now, not your past or future. Put all your effort into now!

This is a video clip from “5: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me.”

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a lawyer, small business person, and retired politician from Hawaii. My passion projects are writing fiction and creating content about mindset and mental health.

Enjoy Positive Masters’ blog, podcast, videos, and products at https://positivemasters.com to strengthen your mindset and build your passion projects to boost your happiness and counter any anxiety, sadness, or anger you may be experiencing. Wishing you well!

With Warmest Aloha,

Jon Riki Karamatsu

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4: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Lapping Water Noise. Two 45-Minute Pomodoros.


4: Positive Masters - Study & Work with Me. Lapping Water Noise. Two 45-Minute Pomodoros.
4: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Lapping Water Noise. Two 45-Minute Pomodoros.
4: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Lapping Water Noise. Two 45-Minute Pomodoros.

In this video, let’s study and work together for two 45-minute Pomodoros (study or work sessions). Step by step, let’s get closer to our goals!

For sound, I chose lapping water. The sound of water has always been calming for me. I hope you enjoy it as well.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a lawyer, small business person, and retired politician from Hawaii. My passion projects are writing fiction and creating content about mindset and mental health.

I’m happy to have you as my study and work partner. Together, we can push through our ups and downs in our quest to improve ourselves and create value for others. We can’t control outside influences, but we can control our effort to learn, develop our skills, and bolster our relationships. That is my mission and the mission of Positive Masters.

Enjoy Positive Masters’ blog, podcast, videos, and products at https://positivemasters.com to strengthen your mindset and build your passion projects to boost your happiness and counter any anxiety, sadness, or anger you may be experiencing. Wishing you well!

With Warmest Aloha, Jon Riki Karamatsu

0:00 Intro

0:26 First Pomodoro – Study or Work Session

45:54 Break for 15 Minutes

1:09:44 Second Pomodoro – Study or Work Session

1:45:42 Outro and Information About Positive Masters

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3: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Peaceful Piano Music. Two 45-Minute Pomodoros.


3: Positive Masters - Study & Work with Me. Peaceful Piano Music. Two 45-Minute Pomodoros.
3: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Peaceful Piano Music. Two 45-Minute Pomodoros.

In this video, let’s study and work together for two 45-minute Pomodoros (study or work sessions). Step by step, let’s get closer to our goals! 

I spent hours working while listening to catalogs of various piano music that I purchased the licenses for. I handpicked the ones that soothed me and kept me focused on my work and studies. I hope you like them as much as I do. 

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a lawyer, small business person, and retired politician from Hawaii. 

My passion projects are writing fiction and creating content about mindset and mental health. I’m happy to have you as my study and work partner. 

Together, we can push through our ups and downs in our quest to improve ourselves and create value for others. We can’t control outside influences, but we can control our effort to learn, develop our skills, and bolster our relationships. That is my mission and the mission of Positive Masters. 

Enjoy Positive Masters’ blog, podcast, videos, and products at https://positivemasters.com to strengthen your mindset and build your passion projects to boost your happiness and counter any anxiety, sadness, or anger you may be experiencing. 

Wishing you well! 

With Warmest Aloha,  

Jon Riki Karamatsu 

0:00 Intro 

0:31 First Pomodoro – Study and Work with Me 

45:33 15-Minute Break 

1:00:43 Second Pomodoro – Study and Work with Me 

1:45:46 Outro and Information About Positive Masters

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2: Positive Masters – Study and Work with Me. Rain Noise. Three 45-Minute Pomodoros.


2: Positive Masters - Study and Work with Me. Rain Noise. Three 45-Minute Pomodoros.
2: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Rain Noise. Three 45-Minute Pomodoros.
2: Positive Masters – Study and Work with Me. Rain Noise. Three 45-Minute Pomodoros.

In this video, let’s study and work together for three 45-minute Pomodoros (study or work sessions), so we can take another step toward our goals!

Since I was working in the afternoon on Saturday May 8, 2021 after watching the University of Hawaii Men’s volleyball team win the NCAA National Championship against Bringham Young University, my energy level wasn’t at its peak. Plus, for afternoon work and studies, I usually dedicate light work that don’t take too much brain power such as technical and logistical work. Yet they are very important work. Therefore, for my three Pomodoros (study and work sessions), I worked on branding copyright and behind the scenes text, tags, and links for my Internet content.

I chose rain as the background noise for this video because it gives you that soothing sound that helps to calm your worries and keep you focused on your work.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a lawyer, small business person, and retired politician from Hawaii. My passion projects are writing fiction and creating content about mindset and mental health.

I’m happy to have you as my study and work partner. Together, we can push through our ups and downs in our quest to improve ourselves and create value for others. We can’t control outside influences, but we can control our effort to learn, develop our skills, and bolster our relationships. That is my mission and the mission of Positive Masters.

Enjoy Positive Masters’ blog, podcast, videos, and products at https://positivemasters.com to strengthen your mindset and build your passion projects to boost your happiness and counter any anxiety, sadness, or anger you may be experiencing. Make the most of your life, and enjoy your loves ones and the simple pleasures in your life!

With Warmest Aloha,

Jon Riki Karamatsu

0:00 Intro

0:23 First Pomodoro – Study and Work with Me

45:26 First 15-Minute Break

1:00:36 Second Pomodoro – Study and Work with Me

1:45:39 Second 15-Minute Break

2:00:49 Third Pomodoro – Study and Work With Me

2:45:53 Outro and Information About Positive Masters

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1: Positive Masters – Study and Work with Me. Lofi and Chill Music. Three 45-Minute Pomodoros.


1: Positive Masters - Study & Work with Me. Lofi & Chill Music. Three 45-Minute Pomodoros.
Study and Work with Me. Lofi and Chill Music. Three 45-Minute Pomodoros.
Click this Youtube video to study and work with me. Lofi and Chill Music. Three 45-Minute Pomodoros.

Aloha!

In this Youtube video, let’s study and work together for three 45-minute Pomodoros (study or work sessions), so we can get a step closer to our goals! 

In the first two Pomodoros (study and work sessions), I worked on the fourth draft of my sci-fi and fantasy screenplay. In the third Pomodoro (study and work session), I created audiograms from my fifth podcast episode “5: Positive Masters Show – Get Better Sleep.” 

I spent hours handpicking each song in this video from the catalogs of music I purchased the licenses for while I studied and worked on my passion projects. The vibe I got from the lofi and chill songs had to blend well with my concentration on my studies and work – soothing tunes and steady rhythm that play in the background while I crush my passion projects. 

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a lawyer, small business person, and retired politician from Hawaii. My passion projects are writing fiction and creating content about mindset and mental health. 

I’m happy to have you as my study and work partner. Together, we can push through our ups and downs in our quest to improve ourselves and create value for others. We can’t control outside influences, but we can control our effort to learn, develop our skills, and bolster our relationships. That is my mission and the mission of Positive Masters. 

Enjoy Positive Masters’ blog, podcast, videos, and products at https://positivemasters.com to strengthen your mindset and build your passion projects to boost your happiness and counter any anxiety, sadness, or anger you may be experiencing. 

Make the most of your life, and enjoy your loves ones and the simple pleasures in your life! 

With Warmest Aloha, 

Jon Riki Karamatsu 

0:00 Intro 0:23 First Pomodoro – Study and Work with Me 

45:26 First 15-Minute Break 

1:00:36 Second Pomodoro – Study and Work with Me 

1:45:39 Second 15-Minute Break 

2:00:49 Third Pomodoro – Study and Work With Me 

2:45:53 Outro and Information About Positive Masters

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Sleep well with a good bed.


Sleep well with a good bed.
Sleep well with a good bed.

This is an audio clip from episode 5 of the Positive Masters Show podcast – Get Better Sleep in which I go over 7 strategies to sleep better. 

Sleep well with a good bed. When I was in law school, I had a futon that would give me pain at the pressure points on my back. When I returned home in Hawaii, I bought myself a place and a new bed. I had to return the bed because it was causing me so much back pain. Instead, I bought another bed for twice the cost. I’ve never had back pain since. Eighteen years later, I still have it. It’s so comfortable. 

A good bed can make your life happier and more productive. It’s worth the investment. 

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How many hours of sleep do you need to be productive?


How many hours of sleep do you need to be productive?
How many hours of sleep do you need to be productive?

This is an audio clip from episode 5 of the Positive Masters Show podcast – Get Better Sleep in which I go over 7 strategies to sleep better. How many hours of sleep do you need to be productive? For me, I need 7 hours of sleep to be able to crush my goals for the day.

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Sleep helps your mood, productivity, and health.


Sleep helps your mood, productivity, and health.

Sleep is so important because it helps our mood, productivity, and health. Click the Youtube link above to listen to the audio clip from episode 5 of the Positive Masters Show podcast – Get Better Sleep in which I go over 7 strategies to get sleep better.

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Years don’t mean as much as the days.


Years don’t mean as much as the days.

Years don’t mean as much as the days. What you do daily is what makes your years.

Consistency is key. Whether you’re working on your mind, body, or soul, put a little bit of effort daily. Over time, it adds up. 

Schedule your work and exercise in your calendar and in an app that you can share with your accountability partner. At the end of your day, count your wins and journal it. I journal mine in the notes section of my Google calendar that syncs with my MacBook Pro and Galaxy smartphone. I also write it in my Day One, a private journal on my MacBook Pro. Third, I write it in apps with my accountability buddies such as my friend’s Discord server and my other friend’s Google Sheets.

I make my productivity a game. I add up my wins every day. I give myself one win for every accomplishment. For difficult long-term projects that takes deep work and is challenging to sustain for 60 minutes, I give myself 1 win for every 30 minute-session of work and 2 wins for every 45-minute to 60-minute session of work. 

Give yourself a win when you spend quality time with your loved ones as well. I dedicate a day a week for my loved ones.

By the end of the year, I’ll have thousands of wins. Last year, I accumulated 4,337 wins. 

I also have a list of monthly goals that I tackle. I quantify my monthly goals with a percentage of goals I accomplished. My monthly goals keeps me on track with my annual goals.  

When I attain a certain amount of wins or a high percentage of monthly or annual goals, I reward myself with a treat like a great celebration meal for short-term goals and a fun product for my long-term goals. I’m constantly adjusting my game. You can set the rules for your productivity game, but make sure it’s challenging. Have fun!

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Use all of your bad experiences to your advantage.


Use all of your bad experiences to your advantage.
Use all of your bad experiences to your advantage.

Use all of your bad experiences to your advantage. Don’t let them drain you. Take that negative energy and use it to power your effort to create a service or product or develop yourself physically and mentally. It’s like Aikido, a martial art I practiced when I was young. You take the momentum from an attacker and use it against him. A negative person and event can throw all this mean or hurtful stuff at you, but you take that energy and use it to power yourself to become better and stronger. This technique has driven me towards all of my goals since I was a little kid. It’s extremely powerful!

2020 was a great personal growth year for me. I’m looking forward to 2021! Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!  ✨

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Stay positive and keep moving forward!


Stay positive and keep moving forward!
Stay positive and keep moving forward!

You have no control over your opposition, critics, and haters, but you have control over yourself to stay positive and keep moving forward!

As a former politician and deputy prosecuting attorney, I’ve experienced my share of negative people. Instead of going down to their level, I’ve made a commitment to behave in a positive way so those witnessing the duality will choose happiness and inner peace over anger and suffering.

In this picture, I’m wearing Positive Masters’ Angry Explosion Logo Dark Unisex T-Shirt in royal blue, which is available at www.positivemasters.com. We have a 40% Off Holiday Sale until December 8, 2020. Angry Explosion is a cute character in the Positive Masters’ universe who reminds us that most things in our lives are not worth getting angry about.

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The strength you have built within you is amazing!


The strength you have built within you is amazing!
The strength you have built within you is amazing!

For all of you who gave it your all and have experienced sitting on the bench for sports, not getting accepted to the university of your choice, receiving rejections on your passion projects, and getting attacks by the haters, the strength you have built within you is amazing! 

You gave it your all and put yourself out there, which has made you more resilient and tenacious to keep moving forward! I know you got a lot of wins out of your journey, and you’ll get many more! Keep going hard!

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This game is crazy hard but so crazy possible!


This game is crazy hard but so crazy possible!
This game is crazy hard but so crazy possible!

Games are usually fun but very challenging. If you see your work as fun and challenging then it’s no longer work that you dread and do mainly for some type of gain beyond providing value for others and personal growth such as money, societal pressure, or familial pressure. Instead, like a game, you’re enjoying your work and willing to face the obstacles and failures that come with the challenges. This is a great place to be where you get into a flow, so much so, that time flies by because you’re loving the process. The more difficult the game, the greater your rewards will be for your personal growth. The money you receive from it is a bonus. 

When you love the work you do, you will push yourself to your limits despite the ridiculous odds stacked against you. Quantify and write down your progress in your calendar and journal, and reward yourself for your small wins. The more you work on your game, the better your chances of beating the crazy odds. Best of wishes on your game my friends!

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“When we are no longer able to change a situation . . . we are challenged to change ourselves.” Viktor E. Frankl


"When we are no longer able to change a situation . . . we are challenged to change ourselves." Viktor E. Frankl
“When we are no longer able to change a situation . . . we are challenged to change ourselves.” Viktor E. Frankl

“When we are no longer able to change a situation . . . 
we are challenged to change ourselves.”
Viktor E. Frankl 

Rather than focus on the things that you can’t control, focus on what you can control, especially your thoughts, perception, knowledge, skills, and ideas. Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl who survived the holocaust in Germany during World War II made this great statement in his book Man’s Search for Meaning.

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