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The 9 Best Steps that Will Improve Work-life Balance

The 9 Best Steps that will Improve work-life Balance

The 9 Best Steps that Will Improve Work-life Balance

The 9 Best Steps that Will Improve Work-life Balance

Imagine if you had the 9 best steps that will improve your work-life balance. How would that impact your life?

Do you resemble this old saying: “An entrepreneur is someone who will work sixteen hours a day to keep from working eight hours for someone else.”? This is often too true in the early days of a start-up.  You are trying to get your business off the ground and focusing on making a profit.

Spending time with your family often gets a low priority. In your quest for making a profit, my advice is “Do not neglect your family.” If you are not intentional in making connections and commitments with your family you may find yourself alone.

Remember the Reason “WHY”

You may be like many people who start a business to have more time with your family. But often you find yourself spending less and less time with them. Some commentators talk about the work-life balance. I do not think those two aspects of your life can ever really balance. But you can intentionally communicate and act with integrity to maintain a fabulous relationship with your family.

Do not let your business cost you your family.

 I have seen far too many people end up divorced and estranged from their children because of a lopsided devotion to work.  Yes, it is fine to be ambitious. I certainly understand the desire to get more clients, increase sales and make more money. However, you must remember the underlying reason for your work and ambition. The reason is usually to support and show love for your family.

Dexter and I have been married 35 years. We have raised our son.  At the center of this relationship is a deep commitment to each other and our shared dreams for our life together. Occasionally, I have missed my wedding anniversary, my husband’s birthday, and even Halloween for out-of-town business trips. But, I made it clear that the short-term sacrifice was for our family’s long-term benefit.

So, what can you do to be intentional in finding a balance between your business and your family so that neither suffers?

1. Set a time to stop working and then stick to it.

When you work for yourself it is sometimes hard to know when to quit. You could work around the clock. However, you need to set a time to stop working and stick to it. This may be hard. But, if you want to keep your relationship with your family going well you need to spend time with them. Decide what times you will work and when you will stop. This may need to be adjusted for big projects. But keep your family informed so they will know what to expect.

Neil Pasricha, bestselling author of The Happiness Equation, in a recent blog post advises that you (1) limit checking emails to twice a day, and (2) create 30-second barriers to after-work phone-checking.

2. Tell your family in advance if you have a tight deadline.

If you have a tough deadline coming up or a special project, explain it to your family in advance. Ask for their help in letting you complete the project undisturbed. Offer an ethical bribe such as pizza night and the movies if they would leave you alone for a few hours to complete your project.

3. Explain to your spouse and children the importance of your business.

Your family needs to understand the importance of your business. Help them to understand that this is your work. It is how you help provide housing, food and clothes for the family. You are not playing video games or watching movies. Let them know your long-term goals. What do you hope to achieve with your business? If they can share your vision, life becomes much easier.

4. Set up a private space for your office.  

Try to have a space set up that is for work only. When you walk away, leave the work behind for the day. Do not bring your laptop into the family room and work. When you are with your children and your spouse, give them your complete attention.

5. Learn to be in the moment

When you are working, do not worry about the children. When you are with your children, do not stress about work. Let your family know how important they are to you and how much you love them.

6. Keep your commitments to your family

Your commitments to your family are just as important as those to your clients. Do not make it a habit of canceling on family commitments. They will quickly learn that they are a low priority in your life. If you say you are going to take the children skating or to the movies, then do so. If you agree to hire a sitter, and go out with your husband on Saturday, then do so.

7. Do not procrastinate

There is nothing worse than having two weeks to work on a project and then waiting until the last minute to get started. You will snap at your spouse and children about how you must get your work done. The truth is it is your fault for waiting so long.  Do not take it out on your family. Learn some great strategies to deal with procrastination in this blog post: How to Absolutely Overcome the Deadly Procrastination Habit.

8. Find other interests

Find a hobby that helps you feel relaxed and brings you joy. Not everything is about money. Volunteer for your favorite non-profit. Or join a service organization like the Rotary Club. I have greatly enjoyed meeting other business leaders and working with them on community service projects.

Neil Pasricha, bestselling author of The Happiness Equation, also advises in a recent blog post, that you know how you are using the time that you are not working or sleeping. Be very intentional about how you use that “third bucket.”

9. Find Time for Yourself

You cannot be so focused on the business or the family that you neglect yourself. Finding time for yourself is essential to your well-being and peace of mind. Taking time for yourself is not selfish. Rather it gives you time to refresh, refocus, and recharge. Find out more about this topic in this blog post: Finding Time for Yourself: “Me Time”

Conclusion/Call to Action

By following the 9 best steps that will improve work-life balance you may find that you have strengthened your relationship with your family as you grow your business. Those two aspects of your life do not have to be mutually exclusive. By following the steps discussed above, you can build a lifestyle and a business that you love.

Leave me a comment on how you work to achieve work-life balance.

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How to Absolutely Overcome the Deadly Procrastination Habit

How to Absolutely Overcome the Deadly Procrastination Habit

How to Absolutely Overcome the Deadly Procrastination Habit

How to Absolutely Overcome the Deadly Procrastination Habit

Imagine learning how to absolutely overcome the deadly procrastination habit! What if you learned several time-proven strategies to help you conquer and defeat one habit that keeps you from realizing your dreams?

If you are like me, you may have developed the deadly habit of procrastination. Do you keep putting off writing that novel? Have you finished the training course you wanted to launch? Perhaps it is perfectionism that is holding you back from finishing a project or even getting started.

This episode of My Biz Dream Team: Opportunity Wednesday Training Series tackles the issue of  procrastination. We discuss 7 strategies that you can implement right now that will chase away the deadly habit of procrastination. Don't put off listening!

Our Background and Experience

Dexter and I just love to serve new entrepreneurs looking to leave their 9-5 jobs to create a lifestyle of working from home doing what they love. One of the first issues we address with all new entrepreneurs is developing a mindset for success.

Procrastination may be keeping you from developing a mindset of success. Procrastination may be holding you back. There are hundreds of books, blogs, and articles on time management and procrastination. In this post, as a supplement to the podcast, I have included a link to a short report that provides you with 21 strategies that you can use to learn how to absolutely overcome the deadly procrastination habit. Click here: How to Absolutely Overcome the Deadly Procrastination Habit Handout

 What is Procrastination

Procrastination is a deadly habit that saps your energy and hinders your success. As you sit there twiddling your thumbs, life goes on without you and your wonderful ideas. You remain trapped in a brain fog that does not allow you to move forward with your goals and dreams. Slaying this deadly procrastination habit is the first step in building a successful lifestyle entrepreneurship business.

 

 Conclusion/Call to Action

Procrastination is a deadly habit that can sabotage your success.   Listen in as we share 7 strategies that you can implement today that will help you learn how to absolutely overcome the deadly procrastination habit.

(1) Tame the time Stealers

(2) Put Your Mobile Away!

(3) Go Outdoors

(4) Ask Yourself what is Really Going On!

(5) Break Down Your Project into Smaller Steps

(6) Make it a Game

(7) What is Your Preference?

Using these strategies will help you develop a success mindset and overcome the deadly habit of procrastination.

 

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How to Boost Your Productivity with Powerful Time-saving Strategies

How to Boost Your Productivity with Powerful Time-saving Strategies

How to Boost Your Productivity with Powerful Time-saving Strategies

How to Boost Your Productivity with Powerful Time-saving Strategies

Are you struggling trying to get everything done? At the end of the day are you wondering how you managed to get so little accomplished?  These and other time-management issues have plagued me and countless other entrepreneurs. Imagine learning how to boost your productivity with powerful time saving strategies! Today, Dexter and I will share with you how we manage to run our marketing business, real estate business, volunteer for several civic and charitable organizations, and still have time for our roles as husband, wife, father and mother.  In this episode of My Biz Dream Team: Opportunity Wednesday Training Series, Dexter and I share 6 powerful time-saving strategies that will dramatically boost your productivity. Listen in on our conversation.

1. Make appointments with yourself

If a project is important enough to do, it is important enough to add to your calendar. We have developed the powerful habit of putting everything on the calendar. I learned this from my years of practicing law. As a lawyer, you do not want to miss any deadlines. I run my entire life with my calendar.  If it is not on the calendar, it does not exist. This one powerful strategy can greatly boost your productivity.

2. Take a day off

Have you ever noticed when you plan a vacation that you get super productive? I know that I do. I want everything finished before I head to the airport. To give me that since of urgency, I schedule a day off to have lunch with friends and be a tourist in my hometown. Because I want to enjoy my day off, I am highly motivated to finish lagging projects. I am working up to scheduling a day off every week. What about you? Are you finding time for yourself?

3. Give yourself permission to say no

Sometimes I feel responsible for everything and find it difficult to say no.  Do you have the same problem? I came to the realization that if I try to accommodate everyone else, then I end up stressed and overworked. Instead, I have learned to say no to the new board position. I also learned to say no to doing household chores that are not the best use of my time.  Boost your productivity by making time for what is really important and give yourself permission to say no to everything else.

4. Take a break

Sometimes it helps to take a quick break to boost your productivity. Have you ever sat at your desk not accomplishing one thing? Then, it is time to take a break.  A few minutes reading a delightful book has a wonderful way of recharging your batteries and will boost your productivity when you return to work.

5. Give up control

For “Type A” personalities like me, I feel that I must have control over most situations. I had to learn that others could handle the situation. They might do it differently than I would have. But their job was good enough. You may need to learn, like I did, that it is okay to let go. Learn to give up some control and let others help. Your productivity increases as you learn to delegate to members of your team.

6. Practice focusing

Earlier this month, I wrote about focusing on a specific niche to grow your profits. Today, I am writing about focusing on one project at time. Multi-tasking is a huge waste of time. What should take 30-minutes could stretch into an afternoon of accomplishing nothing as you work on three different projects.  You will be amazed at how much you can boost your productivity you are once you begin to focus.

Conclusion/Call to Action

How are you spending your time? Are you accomplishing your goals? Learning how to boost your productivity with powerful time-saving strategies can help you reach goals must sooner.  Remember to:

  1. Make an appointment with yourself
  2. Take a day off
  3. Give yourself permission to say no
  4. Take a break
  5. Give up control
  6. Practice focusing

Following these six, powerful time-saving strategies will help you boost your productivity.

Let us know how you boost your productivity. Leave us a comment below.

 

At My Biz Dream Team, we can show you how to develop an internet lifestyle business that can help you reach your money goals. Check out The Strategic Pathway to Success Program™. Let us show you how to reach your goal of creating a lifestyle and a business that you love!

 I am Pamela Montgomery, attorney, author, entrepreneur, and speaker, helping you create the life of your dreams as you achieve uncommon results in your business and in your life!

 

 

 

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7 Powerful Strategies to Improve Your Business Time Management

7 Powerful Strategies to Improve Your Business Time Management

7 Powerful Strategies to Improve Your Business Time Management

7 Powerful Strategies to Improve Your Business Time Management

 

Imagine having 7 powerful strategies to improve your business time management. How would that change your business? Remember that you cannot really manage time. But you can manage yourself. Everything you do in your business involves actions, conversations, or thoughts (ACTs). Each one of these ACTs can take up your valuable time. I certainly understand the problem of being over committed. Recently I found myself struggling with seven projects. They had been sitting on my desk for weeks. I was feeling overwhelmed. So, I took time to review the time management strategies that have helped me in the past. These strategies are truly self-management skills. By implementing these strategies, I finished those seven projects. Today I am sharing with you 7 powerful strategies to improve your business time management.

 

1.    Categorize Your Priorities

Categorize as “important” the things that only you can do and prioritize them. Creating a 5-year business plan and networking with prospective joint venture partners are just two examples of projects that are “important” priorities. As management guru Peter Drucker said, “until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.”  

 

2.    Delegate to Others.

If a task does not require your personal attention as the business owner, then delegate it on to one of your team members. Delegate as much as possible. This enables you to focus on the money-making tasks. According to Kevin Kruse, author of 15 Secrets Successful People Know About,  Secret #1 is: “Time is your most valuable and scarcest resource.”   How are you using your most valuable asset?

 

 3.    Make Business Appointments with Yourself.

Get a planner or calendar with pages laid out in 15-minute increments. Schedule your tasks for the day, in pencil if possible, to make it easy to change things around. When you physically write things down, they are easier to remember.  According to the book 15 Secrets Successful People Know About, highly successful people live life from their calendar. Remember, that if it is not on the calendar, it will not get done.  According to Kruse, Secret #3 is: “Work from your calendar, not a do-do-list.”

 

 4.    Overestimate the Time Needed to Complete a Task.

If you are unsure of how long a task will take, guess and tack on an extra 15 minutes. Set a stopwatch timer to find out how long it really takes you to finish. When the task comes up again, use the actual time it took to schedule it in your planner.

 

 5.    Say “No.”

You said “no” over and over when you were a toddler. As a teenager, you probably thought about saying “no” to your parents’ requests. Then when you had your own children, you told them “no” on many occasions. Therefore, you have had a lot of practice over the years saying “no.” You know how to do this. Get in the habit of saying “no” in your business.

 

6.    Organize Your Desk.

You have heard the saying, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” Keep your desk tools within arm’s reach. Immediately after using an item, put it back in the proper place. Looking for the items you need wastes your time and frustrates you.

 7.    Focus on One Task at a Time.

Focus on completing one task and achieving one goal at a time. When each item is completed, you will get a feeling of success. Follow up with another success. This will give you a positive mindset, which encourages you to move forward rather than procrastinating. This was the key to finishing my seven projects. I could not work on them simultaneously. I moved them off my desk and worked on each one until completion. It felt like a huge burden had been lifted off my back.

 

 Conclusion

If you need help managing your time, there are many ways to get things under control. Determine where you are wasting time. Then use these seven powerful strategies to improve your business time management.

Remember to:

·       Categorize Your Priorities

·       Delegate to Others

·       Make Business Appointments with Yourself.

·       Overestimate the Time Needed to Complete a Task.

·       Say No.

·       Organize Your Desk.

·       Focus on One Task at a Time.

 

At My Biz Dream Team, we can show you how to develop an internet lifestyle business that can help you reach your money goals. Check out The Strategic Pathway to Success Program™. Let us show you how to reach your goal of creating a lifestyle and a business that you love!

 

I am Pamela Montgomery, attorney, author, entrepreneur, and speaker, helping you create the life of your dreams as you achieve uncommon results in your business and in your life!

 

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Finding Time for Yourself: “Me” Time

“Me” Time: Finding Time for Yourself

Finding Time for Yourself

Finding Time for Yourself

Finding time for yourself is essential to maintaining your well-being and peace of mind. As a busy entrepreneur finding time for yourself can be difficult. This is especially true during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. However, you cannot maintain the pace of running your business and helping family, friends, and your community if you are tired and stressed out. Taking time for yourself is not selfish. It will give you an opportunity to refresh and focus on what is truly important. You will also discover that you will be more productive when you find time for yourself in your busy schedule.

Sometimes you may struggle with developing the right mindset and habits that would help in finding time yourself. Old habits and patterns are sometimes hard to break. You may wish them away and want to do better. However, without practical tips and advice along with the creation of new habits, you can remain stuck in the same old place. This article presents three tips that will help you make the transition to finding time for yourself and improving your well-being. In no time, you will find that you have created new habits and mindset. 

According to Kevin Kruse, author of 15 Secrets Successful People Know About,  Secret #1 is: “Time is your most valuable and scarcest resource.”   How are you using your most valuable asset?

1. Schedule Your “Me” Time

Now that you understand that taking time out for yourself is necessary and important, then it is time to schedule it. It is important to keep your promise to yourself when declaring your “me” time. Set aside some time daily. If you are like many people that I know, then this may seem impossible. But guess what? You can find 15 minutes every day. You must be dedicated to your “me” time. It is just as important as your appointments with your doctors.  For example, you can take 15 minutes to meditate in the morning. Or you could go outside for a few minutes in the morning to have a soothing cup of tea as you listen to nature and relax. Perhaps you may want to spend a few minutes reading from an inspirational or spiritual book. According to the book 15 Secrets Successful People Know About, highly successful people live life from their calendar. Therefore, put your “me” time on the calendar. Remember, that if it is not on the calendar, it won't get done.  According to Kruse, Secret #3 is: “Work from your calendar, not a do-do-list.”

2. Let Others Know That You Value your “Me” Time

Once you have scheduled time in your daily calendar for your “me” time, then let everyone know you have a big, “Do Not Disturb” sign on your back. You are not available during that time. Only the most serious circumstances should cause anyone to interrupt you. After all, it is only 15 minutes. Everyone will survive without you for a while.

 3. Choose How You Start Your Day

You can choose to start your day grumpy and irritable or you can choose to start your day grateful that you were given another chance to enjoy life and love. The choice is always yours. Choose to wake up by declaring out aloud a few things you are grateful for and watch how this daily habit changes your day and your life.  Use this time to set the path for a positive productive day. 

Conclusion

As you begin to incorporate these routines into your life, you will find yourself creating habits and a mindset that will greatly increase your well-being. Your business and your quality of life will benefit.

Leave a comment below to let us know if you are scheduling “me” into on your calendar.

At My Biz Dream Team, we can show you how to develop an internet lifestyle business that can help you reach your money goals. Check out The Strategic Pathway to Success Program™. Let us show you how to reach your goal of creating a lifestyle and a business that you love!

 

I am Pamela Montgomery, attorney, author, entrepreneur, and speaker, helping you create the life of your dreams as you achieve uncommon results in your business and in your life!

 

 

 

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3 Strategies for Effective Time Management

“Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.”

Peter Drucker

3 Strategies for Effective Time Management

3 Strategies for Effective Time Management

3 Strategies for Effective Time Management

Here are 3 strategies for effective time management to help you address this pressing problem and meet your chosen objectives. To begin, ask yourself, “How am I spending my time?” As an entrepreneur or small business owner are you keeping track of how you use each hour of the day?  Are you tracking your time like you keep track of how you spend money or how many steps you take during the day?  Are you focusing on the Activities, Conversations, and Thoughts (ACTs) that produce results for your business?

1.Track and Assess How You Are Currently Using your Time

Use a diary or scheduler/calendar to record all your Activities, Conversations, and Thoughts (ACTs) for a week and any everything else that you do. This allows you to determine what you are doing right now to manage your time.  A review of how you are currently managing time will help you determine whether you are wasting time, i.e., not addressing priorities or are you spending time on priority matters. This diary will be very enlightening.  You can use it to help eliminate certain activities, consolidate other activities, and help schedule essential tasks

2. Make Appointments with Yourself

Schedule specific appointments with yourself to do those essential business tasks.  Just like you schedule outside appointments, do the same for the tasks that produce results in your business. So you must schedule time for the Activities, Conversations, and Thoughts (ACTs) that are important for your success. As business guru Tom Peters has noted over the years that time is your strategic weapon.  You must manage time wisely to remain competitive in a fast moving business environment.

3. Plan for Tomorrow at the End of Today

Take 45 minutes at the end of every day to plan for the next day.  Those 45 minutes are crucial for making sure that you have scheduled time for high priority Activities, Conversations, and Thoughts (ACTs). Planning for the next day allows you to free your mind at night of all the worry and clutter of thinking about tomorrow. Be sure to strategically consider when you have the highest energy.  Plan to tackle the most difficult tasks during that time. This is one of the most effective ways to manage your time.

Some gurus suggest that you plan for each day at the beginning of the day. We prefer to do this time management step at the end of the previous day, so that in the morning we are ready to go with our plan in hand.

Conclusion

By now you can see that time management for entrepreneurs and small business owners can be accomplished using three tips that keep you focused on the Activities, Conversations, and Thoughts (ACTs) that produce results for your business. Remember to (1) track and assess how you are currently managing your time; (2) make appointments with yourself in your calendar to address your key Activities, Conversations, and Thoughts (ACTs); and (3) plan for tomorrow at the end of today.  For other tips on effective time management and productivity, read the following posts:

Finding Time for Yourself: “Me” Time

7 Powerful Strategies to Improve Your Business Time Management

One part of effective time management is to delegate to your business team. To learn more about building your business dream team check out The Strategic Pathway to Success Program!

 

What techniques are you using to address time management?  Please add your comments below to share with our community at My Biz Dream Team.

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