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7 Simple Ways to be More Productive

We all want to be more productive, but often feel like we have more to do and less time to get it done. But, the truth is, the more you get done each day, the more success you can experience.

By being productive you also give yourself the opportunity to have more free time. Time always seems to be in short supply. If you get more out of your day, you’re making better use of your time.

Increasing your productivity can have a positive effect on your business and personal life.

Use these tips to get more done in less time:

1. Plan your day. To get the most out of any day, it’s important to know what you’re going to do before the day begins. Decide how you’re going to spend your day the night before. That way, you can get busy accomplishing things first thing in the morning.

2. Turn off social media alerts. Social media is a time-waster. Set aside a time in the day to take care of business – but avoid wasting too much time on this type of activity. It’s a huge mistake to engage in social media during work hours. You have more productive things to spend your time on. Use social media for friends and family outside or your working hours.

3. Say, “no” more often. It’s easier to be productive in a meaningful way if you’re attempting to do fewer things each day. Be willing to say no to tasks, obligations, and people that get in the way of your productivity. Make it a point to leverage your time as well as you can. Saying, “no” can mean you waste less of your time on meaningless activities.

4. Get as much done as possible early in the day. If you can get a lot done in the morning, the rest of the day will go well, too. However, if you struggle to accomplish anything early in the day, the rest of the day usually goes poorly also. This is part of the reason why it’s so important to have a plan before you get started.

5. Stop multitasking. Multitasking is for people that don’t want to be productive. Choose one task, complete it, and then move on to a new task. Many studies have shown that multitasking is ineffective.

6. Focus on the most important task or steps. Avoid just doing the easiest or most enjoyable tasks. Focus on completing the most important tasks, and you’ll be much more productive.

7. Take regular breaks. You might get less done in the short-term, but you’ll undoubtedly accomplish a lot more over a day of work. Taking regular breaks refreshes your brain and makes it easier to focus. You’ll be much more effective in the afternoon if you’ve been taking breaks earlier in the day.

How productive are you? How would your life improve if you got more done each day?

Most of us could use a couple more hours each day. Unfortunately, no one has found a practical way to alter time. However, you can learn to make better use of the time you have. You’re probably not as productive as you could be. Spend a month being more productive and see how it changes your life. Join Connie Ragen Green’s Productivity Challenge – this no cost 30 day challenge will help you increase your productivity and stay focused.

Entrepreneurship Requires Discipline

I believe discipline is more of an issue for people who started in a traditional job before deciding to follow their entrepreneurial dream of being their own boss – thinking that it doesn’t require work to build a business – but it does.

When you were working at your 9-5 job you dreamt of being able to work from home, the problem is for most people, the dream was about being home and work wasn’t actually part of the fantasy. Being an entrepreneur can be more financially rewarding that working for an hourly wage, and it can allow you to be flexible in your schedule and location, but at the end of the day, what is really required is work.

I feel like I have just uttered a four letter word in a room full of young children – did she just say W-O-R-K?

Yes, I did. Read More →

3 Essential Types of Written Content for Online Business Owners

Content creation is an essential part of any online business, but let’s face it, written content is still king. I believe that there are three forms of written content essential to market your business, grow a relationship with your community and show off your expertise. And I also want to share some ideas on how to create all this written content day after day and week after week.

Blogging

Let’s start with blog posts. When people think about online content most people think about blog posts. Blog posts can by any length you need to convey your point, long or short. You can share tips, ideas, customer comments, pictures, stories and just about anything else related to your online business on your blog.

When you are creating content to share on your blog, you should keep two goals in mind. You want to share content that attracts new visitors that might be interested in your products and services, and grow your relationship with your existing readers. Of course, not every blog post will be able to that, but strive for a balance. Read More →

5 Steps to Help You Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

By this time in January, the majority of people have already dropped the ball on their New Year’s Resolutions. What seemed like such a great idea/plan on January 1 has already been abandoned – so how can you avoid the same outcome?

To help you have a better chance of sticking with your resolutions, you will need to dig a bit deeper into your motivation and also to show yourself that you mean business – because let’s face it, we can be hard on ourselves and also let ourselves slide on our commitments all too easily.

Step #1. Understand your Motivation

There are 2 types of motivation:

  • Intrinsic – this means your motivation comes from inside. For example, you prefer jogging, going to the gym, or shopping by yourself because you like how you feel afterwards.
  • Extrinsic – you’re pushed forward by actions outside your personal scope. In other words, you prefer working out with your friends, and work harder when there’s a reward system in place.

Once you figure out your motivation type is, then all you have to do is put yourself in situations that make you more excited to accomplish even more. Read More →

4 People Who Would Love to Get a Bullet Journal as a Gift

Many people choose to start bullet journaling because of the unique combination of being a planner, a calendar and journal.
For example, it can help you to de-stress because everything is in one place, no need to go looking around anymore.
Others start journaling because they believe they can learn more about their life through various tracking methods.
While some people buy a journal for themselves, a bullet journal is a very thoughtful gift for
someone special in your life. Here’s just a few people that may love a bullet journal
as a gift.

#1 New Parents

Bringing a new child into the world is one of the most life-altering experiences
that a person can go through, and a bullet journal can help them keep track of all those
new doctor appointments, and also record those special moments, while still
keeping their work life up to date.

Regardless of whether this is the person’s first child or fifth, the act of creating
a life and being responsible for raising that child successfully to
adulthood can be overwheling, having a place to write down all those questions and track all those milestones
is priceless. A bullet journal can also be a great place to write down all the emotions
that go along with being a parent. And a bullet journal can be shared with their children
when they are older.

I like this bullet journal for the new parents, since the pen stays with the journal:

 

#2 High School and College Students

High school and college years are some of the most formative years of their lives. They are
transitioning into adults. Each person has a unique journey to adulthood and a bullet journal
can help them keep up with classes and their social life all in one place.

More than that, the stress and drama associated with the transition into adulthood can stir
many emotions. Teens and young adults may be able to use their journal to explore their feelings
and to gain great insight about who they are and what they stand for.

This is my recommendation for students.

This bullet journal set includes stencils and pens to get those creative juices flowing.

#3 Seniors and Retirees

The analog design of the bullet journal appeals to many seniors, who feel that
this is when their life is truly beginning. Retiring is a new and exciting chapter for many
people, filled with experiences of being a grandparent, of traveling to new
places and meeting new people along the way. Bullet journals can also be great for keeping
track of the seemingly endless number of doctor appointments that seem to be a part of the
aging process.

Many older adults also understand that younger generations may want to learn more about
their life at some point. A bullet journal can be used to preserve thoughts and even to
share memories from many years or decades ago. These volumes can even be handed down from
generation to generation so that their experiences become a part of family history.

Since the older folks on your gift list may not need more instructions, try this:

 

#4 Online Business Owners

The reason many online business owners like the bullet journaling system is that they already spend
so much of their time online, it is nice to be able to work offline sometimes. Bullet journaling is
a great way to keep track of all the moving parts of an online business, and to keep up with their
personal life too. The ability to completely customize a bullet journal makes it appeal to many people.

Show them that you support their business efforts:

When you give a bullet journal to a friend or relative, you are showing them that you care and are trying
to be supportive. A bullet journal is a place for them to plan, dream and track.

There are many different reasons why you may give the gift of a bullet journal to someone
special as a gift. Journaling can be an enriching experience for all ages, but the
gift of a bullet journal could also tell that person that you find them fascinating and that you
know that they have many things to track and share across the pages of their journal.

3 Tips to Use a Bullet Journal to Organize Your Business

As you already know, I love bullet journaling. I have my own course, Bullet Journaling for Online Business Owners that teaches you the basics of setting up your own bullet journal.

In the course, I showed you that a bullet journal can help you make lists for the future, track various aspects of your business, manage your finances, and this will ultimately reduce your stress level. The bullet journal is so completely customizable that you can let it help you organize your entire life.

Everything you need to plan is in this single journal, so there is no trying to look around for the right one or having Post-it notes lying around all over the place. It becomes a personalized planner that you create based on your own needs. Read More →

Focus On What’s Important To You

Having a good reason to be confident, brave, and courageous can be a huge help.

As I have mentioned before, I am a huge tennis fan, and today was an exceptional day in the sport for the wrong reasons. During a Grand Slam Championship match the umpire took exception to being called a thief (for previously awarding a point to the other player) and this time gave a whole game to other player.

The 2 participants in this tennis match were Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka. The person that was in trouble was Serena. The trouble all began when she was given a warning about on court coaching, which is not allowed during the Grand Slam tournaments. Serena was most upset that she would be perceived as cheating, not that she was being reprimanded. Read More →

How Do You Define Time Management?

We all hear about time management, and we are told it is important. It is also said that a person who does not respect time does not respect his or her own self and that may be a bit harsh, but also holds a grain of truth. Time management is so important that today’s parents often teach the values of it to their children so that they can grow up to be better individuals. Learning time management skills at an early age can help children better reach their goals as they mature. But don’t worry if you didn’t start as a child its not too late to try to take control of your busy schedule.

How would one define time management actually? Is it about making a timetable and abiding by it? Or is it about allotting a specific time to do your daily tasks? Or is it about separating time for work, play, food and everything else that a human needs to do? Read More →

Do You Struggle With Time Management?

Time management, the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about.  Brendon Buchard has a great video that talks about what is really behind our lack of “time management.”

As you can see he talks about needing to know what your big goals are to be able to effectively “manage” your time.  Start by knowing your big yearly goal(s), then make sure at the start of each month you sit down and plan what your goals are and how you will meet those goals.  This is so powerful, just a few minutes at the start of each month can really change your life.

He also touches on making sure to schedule time for you, for your family, for the relationships in your life.  As we get busier and busier, it can be all too easy to let the fun drift right out of our life, so I agree with Brendon that it is so important to make sure you schedule time for what is important in your life and then worry about the deadlines you need to meet in your business.

If you have not read his book “The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive” I strongly encourage you to get a copy and start reading today.

And if you would like learn more about Goal Setting, this post may be helpful.

How to Organize Your Home Office to be Family Friendly

One of the reasons you chose to work from home was to spend more time with your family, am I right? Perhaps you were working outside the home and began to resent those lost hours to the point you were getting jealous and angry. You are not alone. Many people find a work-at-home situation soothes the stress they were feeling and is the ideal solution for their family life.

Creating an organized family friendly home office is one of the tasks you have in front of you. It is a delicate balance to try to achieve. On the one hand, you need to get your work done. On the other hand, you want to enjoy your family. Is there a way to do both? Yes, here are a few options to spark your creativity.

Create a cozy family nook

Nothing says relax like a big comfy sofa or nice oversized loveseat. It also serves as a ‘magnet’ to draw the kids together in one cozy area away from your desk. Have blankets and pillows handy for short naps or cuddling. Invite the family in after school to relax and catch up on their day. For pre-school children, keep a box of toys and books handy to keep them busy while you wrap up loose ends. If your home office isn’t large enough for a sofa or loveseat, throw down a rug with a couple bean bag chairs or nice, big, oversized pillows. The object here is to have an inviting place to welcome your family into your surroundings, but still separated from your work area.

Create a Homework or Busy Area

Put a coffee table or small kitchen table and some good lighting in your office separate from your desk to make a homework spot for your school age kids. Use the same idea for your pre-school children and include lots of art supplies so your young children can ‘work’ while you do. If room isn’t available for a table, get out those old TV tables you have stored and put them to good use, then fold them and store them away again until needed. These can be great items to find at your local thirftstore or neighborhood garage sale.

You get the idea, find a way to create a seperate space for your family in your office, so that they can enjoy your company without causing you stress.

Have Healthy Snacks On Hand

Snacks and beverages are especially important when kids arrive home from school. Children are hungry after a long day, and hunger creates unhappiness. Rather than leave your office to fix them something in the kitchen, have a small supply of snacks and drinks ready in your office space. Consider having a small refrigerator to make it more convenient to have healthy snacks in arms reach. Make it fun by serving snacks picnic style so your kids will know they can relax and enjoy their food in your company.

Create a Clear Set of Office Rules

office rules file folderHaving a family friendly office does not mean there are no rules involved. There will be times when you will need your office to yourself, and this needs to be made clear from the beginning. If you have a set schedule, you can post your hours on the door for all to see. You may want to have a ‘Welcome’ mat to put outside the door when everyone can come in, relax and visit. Save work that doesn’t need a lot of concentration for those ‘family times.’ Be clear about the rules and arrange your work time so you can enjoy your office and family both.

Hopefully, isolating yourself in your office and making it totally off-limits to your family is not what you had in mind when you decided to work at home. So make sure you take the time to create a home office that is, at least at times, open for visiting. Take time to enjoy the reason you decided to work from home – your family!

If you have any great tips that you use to make your home office more organized and family friendly, please share in the comments below.