If you're like most busy people, you're always looking for ways to increase your productivity. If only you can find a way to:
It can feel frustrating and even discouraging when you simply want to focus on all the small steps that need to be done to reach your ultimate goals and it feels like you have a million stumbling blocks in the way. One of those biggest stumbling blocks (aka, your brick walls) is increasing your productivity, focusing on the most important things, and finding the time in which to get it all done.
Thanks to the amazing technology we have available to us today, there are a plenty of tools out there that can help you do just that.
Here are 3 of my favorite productivity tools to help you limit distractions and stay focused. (And I'm throwing a bonus one in there too)
So, you want to increase your productivity but you're not sure how to go about doing it. Well, my friend, you've landed in the right spot. I've earned my title of Productivity Guru because I just might know a thing or two about it. It's time to sit back and get ready for a journey down productivity lane...
When I look back to when I first started out in my online business several years ago, I was one hot mess! I thought I had it so under control but just taking one look at my working hours would tell a different story. I easily worked 12 to 14 hours a day, six days a week. I told myself it was because I was building a business.
Really? Who was not being honest with herself at that point?
But that wasn't the whole of it. I neglected pretty much everything else in my life but my business. I stumbled out of bed to my office and then I'd stumble from my office back to bed, most days. Luckily, I have a husband who picked up A LOT of slack around the house and meal chores!
I was out of control. I spent almost every waking hour working! I woke up one morning at 5 AM tired, grumpy, and wondering if I'd made the right choice to be an entrepreneur. I was second-guessing myself, not because I didn't have work but because I had SO MUCH work. I was working about 60+ hours directly with clients. The rest of my time I spent trying to build my business further. Organization, processes, and time management was out the window!
It was on that day that I decided to use my knowledge of managing time -- you know that thing that I taught others how to do -- to my advantage. I had to start running my day and stop my day from running me ragged!
If you're like most busy people, you're always looking for ways to increase your productivity and manage your time more efficiently and effectively. You are not alone my friend! This topic is one of the hottest topics in any entrepreneurial group!
If only you could find a way to:
…you'd be well on your way to getting more done, but it's not always easy to get there. Managing your time isn't an easy feat and recognizing that is the first step to making the changes you need to tackle this! Thanks to the amazing technology we have available to us today, there are a plenty of tools out there that can help.
Here are 3 of my favorite productivity tools to help you limit distractions, stay focused, and reach your goals faster.
Are you planning to make New Year’s Resolutions? Why not ditch the resolutions this year and make some SMART goals you want to reach instead. There are a couple of reasons why resolutions may not work well for you. If they do, great. Keep doing what you’re doing, but if they don’t, then read on.
We’re so used to breaking our resolutions, that we start to think it's okay to try a little and then give up. It’s a mindset thing. A goal on the other hand, particularly if it’s a SMART goal (read more about setting SMART goals here), is something we believe we can reach. That makes us work a little harder and not give up on the end goal.
Childhood memories of the big hunt for pussy willows
One of my fondest memories of spring as a kid is watching the winter snow begin to melt and hunting for pussy willows.
My brother & I knew the places to tromp through the woods to find the best pussy willow bushes and, each spring as the snow melted & formed muddy ground, we'd don our boots and go in search of those wonderful plants.
The pussy willow is actually a scrubby willow bushy type of plant and those small, silky buds are actually flowers before they bloom. Those flowers are called catkins.
Catkins usually don’t rely on pollinators to spread their pollen. Instead they simply release their pollen into the wind, where it may or may not land on the female flower parts. In order to hit their targets, the catkins must produce a tremendous amount of pollen.
Have you ever accomplished something that took a lot of effort and made you feel proud, but you still felt less than confident about yourself in general?
In psychology, this feeling that we don’t really deserve what we’ve earned is described as the Impostor Syndrome.
No matter how much you accomplish or acquire, it won’t satisfy you unless you have self-confidence on the inside.
True self-confidence has nothing to do with what you’ve accomplished and everything to do with your belief that you have the ability to accomplish anything you want to do.
Your confidence is based on who you are, not what you did. No one or no adverse outcome can take that away from you. It makes sense, doesn’t it?
Impostor Syndrome - what is it and how can it be overcome?
Have you heard of the term a fake? That's what Impostor Syndrome refers to. It's the feeling that no matter what you do, you are inadequate or incompetent despite that you are knowledgeable, skilled, and successful.
Impostor Syndrome, also known as Impostor Phenomenon, knows no particular boundaries -- it happens to men and women, in different cultures, with different upbringings.
These feelings stem from your background, your personality, and your life's circumstances. It's a combination of these that often bring on a lack of confidence.
The way to overcome that is to begin with accepting who you are and embracing your uniqueness.
We all have something very special to offer and, once you internalize this, it is just the beginning of a new way of kicking that impostor syndrome to the curb.
How many hats are you wearing in your business?
As a small business owner, there are so many hats that we wear on any given day and this is what can prove to be overwhelming --- with good reason! Let's be honest. As a solopreneur, if you don't do something, who will?
So how do you not let that become so overwhelming and exhausting?
You can start with taking a look at all the smaller pieces that make up your business. For some, that may look different, but for a service-based business you have essentially five roles:
Like most people right now, COVID-19 has tried it's best to take our attention from our daily lives, our businesses, and has us questioning what is this "new normal"...
It's no wonder that so many of us --- yes, me included --- have found it difficult to stay focused and productive.
My husband and I moved to our place on March 1. We barely got moved in when it seemed that the entire world took on a whole new meaning of what normal life looks like.
Things we took for granted, such as going to a grocery store, have now become a plan & prepare type of situation. Visiting with friends, family, and colleagues is now all done via teleconferencing of some type. I find myself looking forward to our weekend "Happy Hour" visits with our friends and I've never been so excited when the Duo Call from my family rings!
But how do we take the situation that has impacted us to the very heart & soul and figure out what our new normal is so that we can remain productive? The first step is being open & honest with yourself and everyone else around you. Let them know that you are still finding your footing in this temporary new world.
Here are 3 specific, concrete strategies for how I'm continuing to stay productive and focused.
If you've visited my website and looked around, you already know that this quote by Joshua Marine is one of my all-time favorite quotes!
I’ve been in business for over ten years and I have to honestly admit that my journey to success has not come without hard work, perseverance, courage, focus, strong support, and lots of passion.
That passion has led me through tunnels, over mountains, into valleys, and taken me over many a bumpy path. No matter how much I planned for what might be, there were still unexpected situations.
However, because of the business planning I do on a continual basis, I've created a strong and solid foundation for my business --- one that has been able to weatherproof my journey.
It’s about creating a vision and then creating the actionable steps to get there.
If you're on the fence about what business planning can do for you, then this blog post is for you.
I want to share with you five of the biggest misconceptions around business planning that I've found over my years of talking to others and working with my clients.
One of the biggest questions I get from small business owners or solopreneurs is how can they manage their time effectively? This seems to be a universal problem that all entrepreneurs face.
Planning your week, knowing what is on your task list that needs to be done, and assigning priorities to your tasks are all important steps good time management and, ultimately, increased productivity.
Without a set schedule or prioritized list of tasks, your day can easily be taken over before you realize what's happening. Setting time aside for your most important tasks along with focusing is key to having a super productive day.
Here are five steps to managing your time more effectively. Once implemented, these will help you become so much more effective with managing your workload and your workday.
If you struggle with managing your time or staying focused on the must-do tasks, Pamela is your business soulmate.