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End Solopreneur Stress With These 10 Tech Tools

 

Have you heard of the 80/20 rule? It has applications in lots of spheres, but the one that’s important to us today is that 80% of the stress of running (or launching) your business comes from 20% of your work. Maybe printing labels and shipping out orders makes you want to punch a hole in the wall. Maybe it’s figuring out your taxes. Maybe it’s answering customer service emails. Maybe it’s having to send invoices to clients. Maybe it’s scheduling calls and meetings with team members or contacts. Maybe it’s running social media accounts that feel like a total time suck.

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It’s All On You

Happy New Year, It’s Officially 2017!

It was exactly one year ago today that I made the decision to change the name and direction of my brand in a way that was more authentic to not only myself but all of you; the people I believe in my heart I’m here to serve.

Unlike much of what I heard many others saying, 2016 was not a bad year for me. I honestly can’t complain.

While I know today is recognized worldwide as the day for fresh starts and new beginnings, the stark reality is nothing will change unless you do.

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Don’t Wait Until 2017. Start Now!

With less than 3 weeks left in 2016, you’ve probably already started to think about all the things you’re going to improve or do differently in 2017. You’ve probably already had a few conversations about the year you’ve had so far and what you plan on doing to make next year better.

This is the time of year that many people slow down, press on the brakes and wait. Many look at Jan 1st as the time to hit that reset button, a new opportunity to begin again but the truth is there’s no better way to start the New Year off with a bang than to get started right now, why wait??

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Stay Productive, Even on the Weekend!

As an entrepreneur (this goes for those of you who still have a job as well), you work hard all week long. You probably spend the majority of your waking hours thinking about, planning and creating the business you want. I recommend that you use the weekend to create the life that you want.

While you may find yourself working on your business 7 days a week, you need to find a day to rejuvenate and re-energize. We are so much more productive when we take a break from the 24/7 grind, and it also helps us avoid burn out .  You’ll need all the energy you can get, running a business is a marathon, always remember that along the journey.

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7 Skills Every Woman In Business Must Master

Whether it’s your administrative hat, your marketing hat, or general ‘get along well with people’ skills hat, you’re going to need to figure out how to do many things in order to get your business up, running and profitable.

There are many business skills that you’ll need as a woman in business, but the following  seven are “must master”  skills required to achieve business success:

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So You’ve Got An Idea For a Business, Now What?

Maybe it came to you in the shower or as a flash of inspiration while you were on your way to work, or perhaps it’s something you’ve been dreaming about for years, needless to say, you were blessed with an idea and you’re ready to do whatever it takes to get it up, running and profitable.

With so much to consider and so much to do, all that lies before your and the steps involved can seem a bit overwhelming and that’s why it’s important that you break them down.

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Fear – The Real Reason You’re Not Where You Want To Be

The number #1 reason people don’t do the things they want to do, accomplish the goals they think about accomplishing or become the person they dream of becoming is FEAR.

Fear has the ability to literally paralyzes you if you let it.

I don’t think there is one person who at some point in time hasn’t experienced the sometimes overwhelming emotion.  There are studies that show when people are faced with doing something unfamiliar, new or different they often times will experience fear.  So many people will actually remain the same and choose not to do something new simply because they are scared of the unknown. This, in my opinion, is the #1 reason many people will experience death without knowing what it truly feels like to live.

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How To Schedule Your Day TO Get More Done While Working A 9-5

If you’re attempting to build a business while working a 9-5 you’re, spending your time wisely is of utmost importance.

Obviously, a huge chunk of your day is already accounted for.  I’ll assume like most people you work for approximately 8 hours; Monday – Friday and then there are the hours that are spent getting ready for work, (breakfast and lunch prep if you have children) and then time spent traveling to and from the office.

Your time becomes limited by default but with a little planning and some sacrifice you can still find a few hours in the day to get things done.

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Why You Need To Unfollow and Focus

Social media has become a part of our everyday existence.  What’s the first thing most of us do when we get up in the morning?  We roll over, hopefully, give thanks to God and then grab our cell phone even before we hit the loo.

Girl, I don’t know about you … but that pretty much sums up my routine.  I’m improving daily but I have definitely been guilty of this.

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Stop Doing Stupid Shit – 3 Ways To Beat Procrastination and Get More Done

Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.  – Napoleon Hill 

Do you put things off for another day, knowing you should be getting what you need to do done?

I know I do sometimes, I admit it … I’m guilty.  Regardless of who we are or what we do, procrastination is something everyone deals with.

There are so many theories behind the reasons why people procrastinate but in my mind the reasons are not as important as the realities procrastination creates – the things that actually happen when we chose to slack.

The reality is, procrastinating can cause undue pressure – waiting until the last minute to do something can take a toll on you, both physically and mentally.  It also steals hours of your time you will never get back and ultimately delays your overall progress in life and business.

The truth is I’ve gotten better at minimizing the propensity to procrastinate, it’s something I’ve had to work on, I made a conscious effort to change.  Here are 3 things that have helped me procrastinate less and get more done in the process:

Stop Doing Stupid Shit 

This is probably the best advice I’ve ever been given, concerning managing time and getting more done. The truth is we all spend way too much time doing things that are not getting us any close to achieving our goals, like jamming on the Gram, binge watching a series you were meaning to catch up on, or mindless chatting on the phone with a friend.

 

Blunt and to the point, at the most basic level ‘not doing stupid shit’ means ridding your life of mindless time killers that do nothing to help you get ahead in life.  It means taking the time to think about the things you spend your time doing, and focusing on the ones that are important, incoming generating or a priority and doing them with intention.

Use a Timer, While Completing Tasks

Another great way to get more done is to time yourself while you work.  You can use the timer on your cell phone, set it for let’s say 25 – 30 minutes.  During the set time … put all your energy into the task at hand, you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish in 25 – 30 minutes when you concentrate all your efforts on getting what your doing, done.

 

The theory behind this is called The Pomodoro Technique ; a time management philosophy that suggests frequent breaks keep your mind fresh and focused.  After the set amount of time has passed, do whatever you want for a little bit – rest for no more than 10 – 15 minutes, then do it all over again, work for another 25 – 30 minutes until your desired task is complete.

I use this technique for everything; cleaning the house, folding laundry, writing or working on projects. True mastery of the method requires time and practice but if you’re consistent, I promise you’ll notice a difference in the amount of things you are able to complete.

Write What You Need To Get Done, Down On Paper

I know you maybe thinking to yourself, with all the technology available to us now-a-days why in the would anyone want to resort to list writing using pen and paper.  The truth is pen and paper are still very relevant.

Not only does the act of writing what you need to do down, reinforce your ability to remember what you need to do, it also helps you to stay focused and provides you with a sense of accomplishment every time you cross something off your to-do-list.

In addition to that, many research studies show that when tasks; (which in essence are smaller bite sized actioned items to help you achieve a bigger goal ) are written down the likely hood of you achieving them are much greater than if they are not.  Written tasks make things super clear, easier to achieve and provides direction to get you from where you are now to where you need to go.

An ongoing written task list is like having a daily reminder to stay on track and continue working towards achieving your goals.

A lined notebook and your favourite writing utensil is all you need to start getting more done.  I like to write tasks; to-do-list-items on the right side of the page and write any ideas, doodles and miscellaneous madness on the left.  Don’t forget to add a date to your to-do-list , then just start writing … write down everything you think needs to get done.  At the end of each day simply cross out whatever you are able to complete and move what you were not, forward to the next day.  Being able to go back and reflect on all that have completed is really just an added bonus.

I hope these tips are able to help you the way they’ve helped me.  If you have tips and tricks to help minimize the procrastination beast, let me know … feel free to share in the comments below:

Much Love,

Kike-Lola

 

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