Archive for February, 2015



SunriseYou may not think it is, but it’s important and I’m going to show you just how important it is. Think about your morning routine. Are you jumping up out of bed in a rush trying to get showered, eat, get children ready and making haste the entire time or is your morning more calm and structured?

The first scene I described is not the way to function on a daily basis. The energy alone of that scenario makes for a stressful, unproductive day and that can lead to other undesirable things.

It’s all about approach and perspective. The way you start your day sets the tone for it. So if you’re in a rush, pushing to get things done, stressed and frustrated, that’s the energy you bring into your day. You welcome it with open arms and you don’t even know that you’re inviting it in. That’s the energy that you are allowing to be present while you do your thing. It just doesn’t work. Days that start like that, continue to move like that and they don’t stop. When they finally do, you’re absolutely drained, probably frustrated and, things have gotten in the way of you getting ‘er done. That’s why it’s so important to be conscious of how you start your day. Consciously create and set the tone for your day.

Bringing that conscious creation into your day means that you have to develop a morning ritual. What procedural or habitual things do you want to incorporate into your morning? Just to give you an example, my morning ritual starts pretty early. I start with a large glass of water to get my body systems moving and then I meditate and focus on the affirmations or other spiritual work that I’m doing at the time. Then it’s about getting in a good hard workout, having a good vegan breakfast and after that getting ready for my day. That’s the energy that sets the tone for my day so when I step into my office, I’m focused and I have the energy and capacity to deal with what’s on my plate in an orderly fashion. When I get to my office, I have a ritual that I get into before I start working on anything. It further sets the tone for my work day.

What you would change about your mornings? What things do you want to incorporate into your start of the day? Purposely create you morning ritual. There are a number of things that you can choose to do in the morning that will set a great tone and energy for your day. You just have to create it. It doesn’t have to be something that fits for someone else, but instead what fits and will work and support you.

If you want to talk about creating your morning ritual or for that matter your entire day, check this out.

 


Save Your TimeAutomation is a beautiful thing! If you’re like me you love technology. A couple of my favorite technology pieces are Evernote and SaneBox. I have some others too. We all have our gadgets that we like that help us do certain things and we have to consciously choose things to support us. Getting things done doesn’t have to be tedious and difficult. You don’t have to struggle.  At times there’s a hesitation because people find technology cumbersome or they’re intimated by it. That doesn’t mean that you have to avoid technology. When you do, essentially you avoid efficiency.

Systems in your business can make a big difference for you and your team on a daily basis. I know that some people get uncomfortable when they hear the word “system”. That’s either because they think it has to be complicated, or that it involved a lot of things and they make up that they’re hard to establish.

A system has 3 components: tools, processes and people. Really simple. All you have to do is the research, homework and testing to determine those components for each of the systems your business needs. Right now ask yourself what systems you need to put in place. Any business should have systems for contact management, communications, marketing, social media, project management, and accounting. That last one is one that you would think everyone would have in place, but I’m here to tell you it’s not. I’ve seen it time and time again and people are losing money because of it.

Look at the things that you do on a regular basis and determine which tasks can be automated to streamline and save time, then look for tools that can serve you and learn how they work to see if they’re a fit for you. Create the remaining system pieces and implement the systems.

Secondly, delegate what you don’t have to do. In other words if the task isn’t something directly related to generating income, delegate it. If it doesn’t require your specific expertise, let it go. That may be hard for some, I know, but it’s necessary. When you delegate and let go of the things that you don’t have to be the one to do, you create the space for more things that generate revenue for you. That’s how you automate and delegate! The most important thing is doing your homework for the tools, and investing time to find the person you can delegate to.

 

 

Your Ideal Day


Biz Woman Time FreedomYou really can have productive days, and not just one, I’m talking plenty of repeats here. It’s about creating the structure that fits for you to make things work. One thing I know that people wish for is more time. We all know that’s not going to happen, but what if you could design things in a way that allowed you to get back two hours of your time each day? It’s doable. One way to get back some of the time that you’ve got going out the window, never to return is to let go of the dead weight. By dead weight I mean the things that don’t matter; the unimportant things that are taking up your calendar and wasting your time.

Right now, look at your calendar and your to-do list and determine whether or not each of the items there is worthy of your time. Yes, I said “worthy”. If you’re going to allow something onto your calendar or onto your to-do list, it has to be worthy of your time. For each of the items, look to see if it’s directly related to something that’s priority for you; so related to a goal or a project you’re working on; maybe something for a client. If it’s not worthy, remove it so you can focus on the things that matter.

Speaking of focus, refining yours is another way that you can get more time back in your day. When you look at what you’ve done so far today, how would you rate your focus? Have you been all over the place today in a somewhat irrational manner, or have you been very intent and precise in the actions you’ve taken and the things that you’ve given time to today?

One other way to add time back into your day is to step back and make time for you. As the saying goes, sometimes you have to slow down to go faster. So true! You can’t go through each day, all cylinders firing, pouring into your clients, you family and others and expect to be able to keep it all up without making time for you.

Those are just three things that you can do to add time back into your day and begin to create the structure for having your ideally productive day every day. If you’ve ever imagined what your ideal day would look like or attempted to create it, start with these three things. What would you be able to get done during your day that you just can’t seem to accomplish right now? You can have that ideally productive day if you consciously create it and make the effort to live it each day.

If you’re striving to create more productive days, and to be productive every day and just can’t seem to do that, make room in your calendar for one of these.

 


WomanWithUpsidedownClockLet’s talk about that “thing” that keeps you from getting it done. If you’re like most people you don’t know what it is that keeps you from getting things done. You just know that you’re not getting the results that you want, which can be frustrating to say the very least. Before you can improve your productivity, you’ve got to know what the issue is.

If you’re struggling you already know what that feels like…working the extra time to get it all done, having what seems like too much on your plate and no room for you and rushing to satisfy and keep your clients. Facing your challenge first means identifying what it is that has you struggling. If something were ailing you physically, you would seek to determine what the problem was so that it could be remedied.

There are a lot of things that cause people to be challenged: procrastination, cluttered office space or disorganization, email overload and chasing those BSOs (Bright Shiny Objects) is a big problem for creative types, not that others don’t do it. Then there’s lack of focus, lack of proper tools and systems and non-supportive habits.

You have to look at your every-day work life to see what’s challenging you. You are caught up. Overloaded. You are caught up in the everyday to-dos of business and family, multiple overloaded inboxes, calendars and tasks on your to-do list.

This is what’s going on…You have multiple mobile devices— your laptop, smart phone and probably a tablet and other tools too. I do. I’ve got my BlackBerry, my tablet and my laptop. The multiple devices isn’t really the issue if they’re needed. The issue is the lack of management of them.

There’s social media, your piles of paper and cluttered work space. Add to that all of the things that you need to do and the places you need to be and yes, you’re caught up.

To identify the things that challenge you, just take a look at your behavior, which takes some effort because being human, we get caught up in routine things and ways of being. Start logging every minute of  your time. What you’re working on and your start and finish times. Log the times that you stop for a snack or for lunch or to take a break. Log the time that you spend on the phone and on social media. You even want to log the time that you spend socializing or chit chatting online or on the phone. Be sure to document all of it so that when you look back you have a clear picture with all of the details. You want something that will let you see exactly what you’re doing so that you can know what your oppressor is. If you’re going to get beyond what impedes you, you have to identify and acknowledge it so it can be faced and dealt with.

 


Wielding-Time-2-Revision-2-Front-Cover-Only-June-17-2013Everything in life is about perspective. How you see things. That feeds your actions and how you operate every day. In many cases our perspective about particular things is what it is because it was what we learned, or what we picked up when we were young. Typically, people keep those views and operate from them. But what would happen if you changed your perspective? How would it impact the things that you do every day and how you operate?

For some it might be a bit upsetting, but it can also be very liberating. What do you think would happen if you were to shift your perspective of time? That new perspective would free you from the holds of the common way that people see time. It will allow you to see how you’ve given over your personal power to this thing we call time. This presentation helps you see where you are, and why you’re caught up in the struggle that so many people are caught up in daily. If that’s where you are, this presentation will help you learn where your blind spots are and get present to your dysfunctional relationship with time. Moreover, you’ll gain a new perspective of time and how to take back your personal power to increase your productivity. Go from being caught up in the struggle, to creating the space that will allow you to wield time™.

Three things that you’ll walk away with:

  • Why you struggle to manage time and the key to ending that struggle
  • What time really is
  • Setting the stage to take back your power and begin to wield time™

Join me on Wednesday, February 11th at the Bloomfield Business Networking Meet Up for Taking Back Your Power To Increase Productivity and learn tidbits from my new book Wielding Time that will help you get things done.

 

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