New Year, New Goals! 10 Productivity Tips to Help You Get $#!t Done!

In just a few days, it’s back to the grind. Kids go back to school (Hell. To. The YES!) and -naturally- we feel that we will get back on track.

But, how do you prioritize? How do you decide which task to tackle first?

Truth: A key differentiator between people who succeed in their business and those who do not is personal productivity. Leaders and entrepreneurs who are consistently making things happen know how to achieve what they want in less time than others. American Express Forum details what highly successful entrepreneurs do every day.

I was pleasantly surprised at learning that many of these tips are already a part of what we teach at ETTWomen, I wanted to share them with you again so you keep them top of mind.

There’s a lot to be learned from the tactics of successful, and incredibly busy, individuals on how to better organize our own days. Here are 10 things you can start doing today:

  1. Pick 1 task to focus on. One thing many successful entrepreneurs have in common is the ability to focus on what matters most. Pick one thing and do that one thing.

  2. Block out distractions. Period. Martina Navratilova says, “I concentrate on concentrating.” If you don’t have the willpower to be self-accountable, try Rescue Time. It is an application that runs in the background of your computer and measures how you spend your time so you can make better decisions.

  3. Set a strict time limit on meetings. In general, people don’t need as much time as they ask for. Meetings can be time vampires. So, be cut-throat when it comes to managing your time so you can focus on high value tasks.

  4. Set up productivity rituals. Many of  you know I swear by waking up earlier than most consider normal. You also know that because of this, there are tasks that are done by 6am. Therefore, setting up rituals that automate behaviors, make us more productive – without depleting our energy reservoir. 4am may not be your cup of tea, but force yourself to prioritize so that you know that you will finish at least that one critical task during the period of the day when you have the most energy and the fewest distractions.

  5. Get up earlier. Research shows that mornings can make or break your day. Use the mantra “mind over mattress” to motivate yourself to get out of bed to pursue your goals.

  6. Outsource personal chores. Highly productive people are selective about how they expend their energy. They don’t waste time or energy on tasks that others can do. Do a cost/benefit analysis of how you spend your time and see if it’s worth offloading some repetitive tasks so you can focus on what will bring value to your company.

  7. Increase your effectiveness through technology. There’s a plethora of programs to make a small-business owner more effective in increasing productivity. A few popular tools—some of which are free—include Dropbox to store files online; Any Meeting to host a webinar and Hootsuite or Buffer to schedule your social media postings.

  8. Don’t say yes to every request. Most of us have a deep need to be liked. That translates into us saying yes to everything – which is the end of your elite productivity.

  9. Stop multi-tasking. New research confirms that all the distractions invading our lives are rewiring the way our brains work. Be one of the rare-air few who develops the mental and physical discipline to have a mono-maniacal focus on one thing for many hours. It’s all about practice.

  10. Learn from others. Understand that for you to move to your next level of success, you must be in constant student mode. Whether you’re learning from others, attending school, reading books, attending seminars or taking a course, you have to gain access to the information you don’t know so you can get to where you want to be.

Your productivity is your life made visible. Protect your time, your energy, your business, your life.

Our planner is also a fabulous productivity tool to start the new year with a bang! Check it out here!

Do you have a question? Leave me a comment below!

Let’s Embrace 2016

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It’s that time of year again! As I sat quietly this morning in my sun room sipping my coffee I was vividly remembering my sweet grandmother saying to me when I was a little girl that the new year came faster and faster every year as you get older. I never understood that then. I know now that most of us feel the same way. I feel like I was just cleaning and packing all my holiday decorations and before I knew it I was taking them right out again!

I know everyone is talking about resolutions, goals, vision boards etc. and I know we all need to do all those things. I just wanted to talk about personal reflection right now. The end of the year is a natural pause point to think about the prior year and to visualize the new one. It is the time of year that we reflect and reminisce. In one of the training classes I ran this week I talked to my guys about just focusing on a few things right now. We have to ask ourselves some questions because those questions are a catalyst for digging deeper into our personal reflection.

Successes large and small over the last year should be recognized. Any progress is an accomplishment. We need to think about things that didn’t go as expected just as much. If we didn’t make any mistakes we would never learn the lessons we have learned.

These were the only questions I asked and told them to really think about and then write it down:

  1. What was the absolute best thing that happened to you this year?
  2. What was the most disappointing thing that happened to you this year?
  3. What was the biggest waster of time for you last year?
  4. What is the “most” important thing you want to accomplish in 2016?

I think you can get so much out asking yourself these few simple questions. It makes you think about where you have been and what you have accomplished. It also makes you face your failures so you can focus on what lessons you have learned from them and what you will change this year to get a different result.

The “New Year” is a  time for new beginnings and new endeavors. Last year was just a stepping stone to this one.

Have a prosperous, healthy, productive, peaceful, energetic and super happy new year!

I would love to hear what you want to accomplish this year  Contact Me



Are You Really Ready For Change?

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  Are your really open to change? Do you believe you need to change? Are you coachable?

Everything depends on making a decision. Why not get your mind right and start from where you stand. Pick one thing, the most important thing, you need to work on to change that will help you to do better this year. How do you view change? Is your glass always 1/2 full or is it 1/2 empty? Having a positive outlook on everything you do, especially how you view change, is key. Here are a few tips to help you embrace change and step in to your power in 2016!

  1. Affirm your values – Recognize and remind yourself what is most important to you. What are the qualities that make you who you are? What do you need to work on this year? What is the one thing you could focus on right now that would create the greatest benefit for your business? Choose what makes the most sense to pursue now and take action.
  2. Invest in yourself – Working on yourself can be the single most important thing you can focus on this year. Investing is money and time spent that in the future will pay you back more than you put out. Make it a point to read/listen to personal development books, workshops, webinars etc. for a minimum of 1 hour per day. You can listen in the car, while you clean your house, while you take a bath. Just fit it into your daily routine.
  3. Use Positive Affirmations –  An affirmation is a positive statement about what we want to anchor in our minds. For example: I am open to accepting ALL forms of abundance the universe has to offer me. The purpose of saying this affirmation out loud every morning when you wake up and every night before you go to bed is going to help us attract more of what we want in our lives. Write it down as you say it and keep it with you where you can see it all day. I keep it taped on the bottom of my computer in my office and posted across my desk calendar. I also drive around a lot so I have it on my dashboard.
  4. Find a mentor – Your success is in direct proportion to the people you spend the most time with. Finding a mentor will help navigate your course a little bit better and maybe a little bit faster. You need someone who will be able to point out what you need to work on and will give you advice based on their experiences to help you avoid the pitfalls they may have had to deal with on their journey.

We will always have to be willing to change in order to grow. Throw yourself into new experiences, network and connect with new people. When we challenge ourselves it keeps taking us out of our comfort zone. Small changes and disciplines that you will practice on a daily basis will help you to “Step in to Your Power in 2016.” All of us can all have an amazing year if we are willing to change.

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The Big Question: Should I have a Business Plan?

I’d like to discuss a question that over the years, people have frequently asked me, most recently  at our ETTM meeting last week. The question: Do I need   Business plan? What is a business plan? Does everyone need a business plan? What is a business plan?

Well, I find the people that are asking are usually eager to get their business moving, or take it to the next level. They are interested in success and are committed to their business. This is good news, the problem is they don’t know how, right? We have all been there…don’t you agree?  But in order for me to answer those questions short of being a mind reader, I would need their help!

First of all, I do agree we all need a business plan. You need to ask yourself a few questions in order to get started. My interpretation of a business plan is not sitting down and putting together complicated spreadsheets or hard to understand financial projections! So, you need to identify, what exactly is it that I do? What makes me different and what is my niche? Then you can sit down with someone if you need help, a paper and pen and  just get started!

Here’s an example:

I’m in finance. What I do is help people create their financial GPS.

What makes me different? I pride myself on educating my clients on the basic and fundamental concepts of “how money works”.

Whats my niche, my specialty? Educating and working with women.

How do I do that? Women and financial wisdom workshops.

Get the drift?

A business plan takes some time and thought and of course some motivation but it can and it needs to get done!

Do you have a business plan? Have you started one and feel stuck?

ETTM has got your back 🙂 Our workshop for creating a business plan is coming soon.

Please join the conversation for more information HERE.

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