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Today’s post is a video blog from Rome, Italy. I share with you my tips on re-energizing yourself so you are on top form for business, in your personal life and family life.
I’m always on the look out on how to be more productive so I can stay on top of my work and not feel frazzled before my day is over.Today I am sharing my productivity tips from Marseille, France (watch the video to soak in a bit of the French ambience) otherwise read along as I share with you my 2 beloved and most used apps for productivity:
I highly recommend this, I use it for all my meetings. You can see in real time as someone is editing a document, this eliminates duplication of the same copy. Picture this: Everyone is working on the same word document and there is confusion on which one is the most up to date (sound familiar?). Say goodbye to multiple email versions of the same document. You will have your document one place, and the cool thing is that you can also see people logging in and typing into the document in REAL TIME. If you forget your laptop at home or you’re travelling and you want to show someone your document, you can login via your phone (using the app) and show it to them during an in-person meeting or email it across to someone who might need it. I can’t stress what a stress reliever this one is! Try it here.
Watch the video below for the rest of the juicy details or carry on reading below:
I love this for project management as it’s very visual, easy to understand and you can create any sort of time line you want. You can simply upload photographs and it creates a picture card or thumbnail of your graphic. In the past, I have tried using Basecamp, Asana and so many other project management tools and found them too wordy (know what I mean?). This is so much more picturesque and refreshing on the eyes. Give it a go here
So now, I would love to hear from you. What are your tips and tricks for productivity? Please share in the comments below so we can all help each other.
Are you at that place where you’re asking, should I quit my job? have been here before already? How do you know when it’s time for you to jump ship from your full time job that you absolutely hate or should you hang in a little bit longer before you start your new business venture?
I have noticed in the entrepreneurial community that there is a lot of celebration around someone quitting their job. I know quitting your job is an exciting time but there are a few things I would like you to consider before you embark on the journey of starting your own business, Here is my story:
Just like you, I found myself in a job I absolutely loathed and hated, I was on anti-depression pills (yes it was that bad) so I quit to start my own business, I had enough savings to tick me over for the next 3-6 months and naively thought this was enough to propel me into an overflowing bank account with this new business I loved. I’m sure you want to know happened next right?
Watch the video below for all the juicy details or carry on reading below:
Well, I ran out of money, I ran out of it fast! Not only was I paying personal expenses (rent, food and bills). I now also had startup business expenses! – and this can get VERY expensive! PS: your website is one of them.
So these days when I hear about someone celebrating quitting their job to start a business so they can “work from home” or “be your own boss”, my stomach ties up in little knots. If you are going to jump ship because you thrive on a sense of danger or have an investor backing up your idea then please go for it. As female entrepreneurs, most of us are quite careful but having 3-6 months worth of income sometimes. just. isn’t. enough. You need to give it at least a year especially if you are self-funded.
Instead of jumping ship, consider re-negotiating with your job to give you some flexible hours or a part time job. It’s important to prove your business model works FIRST before you make a such huge leap.
So now I would love to hear from you. What are your thoughts on the quitting your job? Are you still thinking about it? Have you done it already? Are you raking in the dollar dollar already and don’t need a part time job to supplement your income anymore? Share your story, it will help so many.
Do you have daily rituals? If you don’t, and you’re thinking of new ideas on how to get inspired for your day then maybe my morning routine might spark some interest on new things you can try.
So this is what I love to every single day when I wake up (time permitting), the first thing I do is some stretching and what I like to call Yoga in bed, my body feels really good like i’ve just had a massage and I’m ready to roll out of bed. Luckily for me, hubby gets out of bed before me so I have the space to do it, sometimes I do my yoga even before gets up in bed or I roll out onto my yoga mat next to my bed.
Next, I like to do some journalling around my day and the previous day, letting go of what is bothering me, things I’d love to do with my day, this brain dump seems to turn into an almost to do list. Once I have done all of this, I like to go into prayer/meditation. I want to come from a place of feeling grounded and centred before making decisions about my day. Then, I schedule things in my diary making room for urgencies that might creep up during the day. Every day is a gift so I try not to be too rigid with schedule. Once I have scheduled my day I am then able to jump into my web design and web development work for my clients.
Some other things I love to as I work is to light some candles, burn some incense and open the windows for an hour. This really gets me going for the day. Now I would love to hear from you, What rituals and routines do you do on a daily basis? I would love to know, leave me a comment below and lets get the conversation started.
You’re in absolute overwhelm, you are working so hard with too much to do and I feel you, I really do. This is something I used to struggle with on a chronic level and I have since found a way to manage my feelings of overwhelm whenever they decide to strike.
First of all,take some time to slow down your breathing, slow everything down for the next few minutes. I know you probably have feelings of wanting to run around like a headless chicken but trust me on this for the next few minutes. It will really help you to take some time for meditation and get yourself grounded first. You’re not going to be able to tackle anything in a state of panic.
Once you’re done with your meditation get a post it note,index card or piece of paper and draw the lines/quadrants that I have explained to you in the video. This method is called the Eisenhower box method. I also explain how to clearly define what is urgent, what is important etc. How to put all your one million and one things to do in each quadrant and what goes where. This will help you with finding balance in your business and your family life.
So tell me, What are you going to stop doing today? What can you let go of? sometimes we are trying so hard to be super human, you know what? There’s nothing wrong with you. You’re perfect the way you are, you don’t have to get EVERYTHING done today, give yourself room and space to breathe and to grow, before you know it one task after the other will have been crossed out. If you’re still not sure on what to go into what box, please leave a comment in the box below, i’d love to help you with your priority list.