Connect with us

Success Advice

5 Ways You Can Stay on Track and Reduce Overwhelm While Working From Home

Avatar

Published

on

Image Credit: Unsplash

If you’d like to learn strategies on how to improve your focus so you can stay on track and achieve your goals, sign up for the free 90-Day Master Class hosted by the founder of Addicted2Success.com, Joel Brown.


For many in a corporate job or a brick and mortar business working from home often feels like a dream- spending more time with the family; having more flexibility and freedom with your schedule. While all these are true, the reality of working from home may be much more challenging. It requires much more self-discipline, focus, and time management than one would assume if they never had to face it. 

Right now, almost everyone gets a taste of how working from home looks like. I hear entrepreneurs on social media complaining that they are incredibly disorganised, overwhelmed, bored, procrastinating, and unable to focus. It affects their results, creativity, and raises their stress levels. 

While building my 6-figure online business and my personal brand from home since 2012, I have developed several strategies that keep me on track and help me focus on what is essential and reduce overwhelm.

1. Block Off Time Slots For Work

While it may not be possible for every type of business, some adjustments could be made to create a healthy balance between working and resting during the day. If you can dictate your own schedule, focus on watching your productivity patterns. For example, I am at my most productive between 1 pm and 5 pm. It allows me to completely free my mornings, while my body and my brain wake up. I use that time to have a long coffee chat with my family, go for a walk, read a few pages in a book, and ultimately allow myself not to think of work altogether. 

I block off time from 1 pm to 5 pm and let my family know I am unavailable. I break for dinner around 5 pm and might do a couple of low-impact activities. I might tweak something on my site, send a few emails, watch a training or two as I am starting to feel more tired and less efficient. After 7pm my working day is done, and the family time begins. Using the time when your brain is at its most active helps accomplish what needs doing much faster and with better results.

2. Prioritize High Impact Activities

Every day I make a to-do list with the most critical tasks that need to be accomplished. 80% of my list is focusing on my visibility, traditionally known as marketing and sales activities: networking, creating content, connecting to prospects and clients. Doing client work makes up 20% of my tasks. This is a good ratio for anyone who wants to grow their business, but in times of uncertainty, visibility is paramount. As sales may slow down naturally in the current economic environment, there are more people spending time online, and it presents excellent opportunities for getting on top of your target audience and for building relationships, which will pay off when the time comes. 

The list needs to be small, 3 to 6 tasks at most, so it feels comfortable and doable to complete by the end of the day. If something cannot be accomplished due to an unforeseen delay, add it to the future list on the date when you can complete or follow up on it, and give it no more attention till then.

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

3. Start With What Scares You 

Whatever it is that makes you feel frozen inside needs to get done first or it is likely to be put off and add to the time allocated to working, messing up the whole system. For some entrepreneurs, this could be doing a live video or pitching an article to an established publication. 

But there is a secret. You need to figure out which of those scary things are only frightening before you start them. For example, while going live feels terrifying every time before the start, I get quite energized and even hyper sometimes during and after the stream as my adrenaline spikes up. Starting with energizing tasks will give you the courage to do things you resist doing.

This approach reduces procrastination and helps drive business forward while feeling “in the flow.”

4. Do It Together

Even with working about my productivity cycles and tackling the scary things first – sometimes it is hard to focus when you are the one holding yourself accountable. 

I host Get It Done co-working sessions to tackle tasks that require extra focus. You can create these sessions using video conference tools like Zoom or even Skype and Facetime and invite some of your colleagues, friends, clients or even family members to join you virtually. The process is simple.

At the start, everyone shares what they hope to accomplish in the next hour, then the host starts their timer for about 50 minutes, all microphones get muted, and everyone starts working on their task. After 50 minutes, we reconnect and share our progress. If you have nobody to invite, I recommend using Focusmate.com, where you can get matched to a stranger and work on your task just as effectively.

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” – Andrew Carnegie

5. Learn To Unwind

Most entrepreneurs I know have trouble switching off, so it’s important for you to align your workday with your natural work/rest cycles so it becomes more manageable. While for some meditation and walks in nature may be the way they unwind and rest, other people cannot ever switch off. Their brain remains active even when they rest. If this is familiar, all you need to do is switch your attention from actively thinking to passively consuming.

A good movie or a funny dog video may be all you need to feel relaxed and at ease. Being aware of what makes you feel rested and understanding the nature of is key to creating a great work/life balance and make working from home lifestyle more like the one we imagine it to be.

How do you stay on track with the task at hand during times when you struggle focusing? Share your thoughts & ideas with us below!

Juliette Stapleton is a "VISIBILITY THAT SELLS" Strategist, a thought-leader and a writer on a mission to help entrepreneurs gain confidence, step into the bigger vision of themselves and turn their online visibility into profitability using their Personal Brand! Juliette has guided thousands of students and clients from more than 30 countries all over the world through her V.A.L.U.E. method, a simple system that has opened up the world of opportunities to hundreds of entrepreneurs helping them reach millions and make millions with EASE. Find out more at: https://juliettestapleton.com/.

Success Advice

How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

Avatar

Published

on

Image Credit: Unsplash

Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

Continue Reading

Success Advice

The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

Avatar

Published

on

Image Credit: Unsplash

As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

Continue Reading

Success Advice

The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

Avatar

Published

on

Image Credit: Unsplash

Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

Continue Reading

Success Advice

Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

Avatar

Published

on

why you should have a podcast
Image Credit: Unsplash

Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

Continue Reading

Trending