I’m BORED!!!! As a parent these words make me cringe, but what if I told you there was a way to eliminate some of the boring tasks in your life?
Yep, automation. Today I’m going to point out 7 boring things you can automate today to spend more time doing what you LOVE!
Sales/ Marketing Funnel:
To make money, we need leads for our business. That's why many of us started these businesses in the first place. The good news is that by using an evergreen funnel, you can automate this process and take out the hassle of following up with leads constantly from your business. You can do this in a variety of ways. Brendon Bouchard taught me about the opt-in value offer model, and there are many different ways to create opt-ins. Among them are PDFs, video series, quizzes, and micro audio Summits.
With this funnel, you get their email address and give them some value. They love what they see, so you make an offer, and it's...
First, I'd like to answer a question: what makes a day productive? The question has actually been asked a couple of times. I will give you my own example of what a productive workday looks like for me. Here goes:
Let’s get back to the original question - is productivity a skill?
The answer is yes, but I think it's actually a set of skills, and I'd like to share with you some tips on each. There is more information about them that I can give you. If you want to delve deeper into any given skill, you have that choice as well.
I'm staring at my keyboard right now. I need a failure story. I need a story about failure. I need a failure story.
In writing, there's something I learned from Anne Lemott in Bird by Bird called "the really shitty first draft." Basically, you have to get your ideas down on paper (hence the opening line). My time behind the keyboard became exponentially more proficient since I’ve grasped this concept.
Instead of worrying that I didn't have the right words, I just let my ideas flow out. It’s ok if it’s not perfect. In fact, I expect some absolute garbage to pour out of me. The faster I get the words all down, the sooner I can get to work on refining them into something I’m ok with publishing.
This is true in writing but the lessons in failure apply from everything from business to more personal pursuits. Let’s explore some of the reasons why you should fail FAST.
I just took a trip down...
I often get asked, 'how can I be more productive?’
Thinking about this question, I realize that the answer could go in a million different directions.
It's a pretty vague question that leads to a lot more questions...productive at what? What resources do you have available? What makes this thing important to you?
In this article, I've kept the answers more theoretical (in keeping with the question). Basically, I've boiled it down to three principles.
When I graduated from the University of Nevada Reno, my first job was in sales and marketing in the casino industry. For a girl in her twenties, it was a fun gig and I moved up the ranks. The next step was a Las Vegas job offer which I accepted immediately before suddenly having a change of heart. I had always wanted a family, but I couldn't imagine raising them in Sin City.
I didn't know it at the time but I was protecting my future self. It's easy...
It's my trigger word: busy.
When I ask someone how they are and I get the reply "busy” I want to primal scream into a pillow. Yet, sometimes I notice that word slip out of my mouth.
If I manage to catch it, I change my response to “life is full right now.”
“Every time you say you’re busy, you’re actually saying that you can’t prioritize your life.” Darius Foroux
I love this quote because we all choose to do what we do. If your life feels busy here are some ways to turn that around.
I am sure you have heard this term, but what does it actually mean?
Think of working hard as being efficient. You pour time, energy, and resources into something.
Making sure that something is the right something is working smart.
Imagine you want to start growing your own food. Then you go to the nursery and buy everything you need to build your backyard...
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” Benjamin Franklin warned fire-threatened Philadelphians in 1736.
I watched this play out on TV last night. Any This is Us fans in the house?
It was the Saturday in the Park episode where Kate and Toby’s house starts crumbling because of a leak that hadn’t been fixed. The writers for this show get me every-time. The failed roof was a metaphor for the marriage that seems to be falling apart.
Prevention can play a role in fire, home maintenance, and marriage.
The same rings true to managing overwhelm. If we took some measures to prevent it, we could stop it from taking down our lives.
Today I want to offer you a seven minute fix to emotional overload:
Let me introduce you to the Weekday Shutdown Routine:
It's my secret to creating boundaries...
“Why are you listening to that?” Michael questioned me.
It was a Clubhouse room about how to have difficult conversations. I was listening to find struggles my clients are dealing with so I can help them find solutions.
Here’s one I clipped:
“My question is, what if the person being inconsiderate of your time is higher on the hierarchy chain than you?”
That's a rough one.
The conversation then turned to sleep deprivation. Moms face this challenge all the time.
Today I don’t want to focus on all the reasons why moms feel overwhelmed.
Let me just summarize by saying in the last year we’ve gone from dealing with a pandemic to explaining to our children the injustices of what’s happening in the Ukraine.
Let’s focus on addressing some questions that will move you closer to overjoy.
How do you recognize as a mom that you're overwhelmed?
I mentioned in here that...
I’ve been hacked!
Fortunately, I’ve been able to recover my Instagram account but now I’m cleaning up the mess the hacker left behind. Ironically on the same day, the hacker struck I participated in a Clubhouse room led by
on how to stay organized on social media. We gave tips for both creators and regular users that can be utilized on different platforms. If you prefer to listen to the replay, CLICK HERE (it's a great way to follow along with our list and you don't have to download the app!).
If you feel your social media is due for a little spring cleaning, here’s the list:
Confession time: I’m a procrastinator.
This blog is the cornerstone of my business. Every week I write to keep my business growing but I'm often stymied by inertia.
I begin my days with this work because I find it the hardest to do.
Still, somedays getting words typed onto a blank page can be like watching your kid suffer. EXCRUCIATING!
Many mornings I put it off because I’m crunched for time in the morning (despite my 5:30 am alarm). Other days, I have an idea that comes up while writing that I want to investigate further and lose myself to the research. Sometimes a sound outside my window will grab my attention and I will stare at nature instead of face my keyboard.
Regardless of how it hits, the result is fewer words on the page and minutes lost.
I bet procrastination hits you differently depending on the moment. Let’s look at a few common types and a quick fix.
Have you ever thought, I set my goal…now what?
Last week I attended Back to School night for my daughter’s high school. It was all done via zoom because….COVID. It struck me how few parents showed up.
As the teacher presented to parents how the semester is going to play out, my thought was what a great illustration of how to use systems to achieve a goal. I know productivity nerd over here.
Let me explain using Biology (because the teacher was kinda cute).
He started by laying out the “course objectives” (aka goals)
Next, he went into the materials, tests, homework, etc that will be expected throughout the year (his system for achieving the objectives above).
I also loved the part where he pointed out all electronic devices must be OFF or they will be confiscated. This guy knew how to get...