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Get Organized: It’s Time to Make Every Work Day As Productive As Possible

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Are you guilty of binge watching Netflix for hours in the evenings or weekends? Do you spend every extra minute you get mindlessly scrolling through social media? It isn’t completely your fault. Today’s world makes it so easy and convenient to get lost in information overwhelm. It is a lot easier to turn on the television or open up Facebook than it is to be productive and make progress towards your goals.

But I have one question for you. If you keep doing what you are currently doing, will you be satisfied with your life ten years from now? If you silently cringed at the question, I think we both know the answer. Something needs to change.

Here are 3 tips that FreeeUp CMO Connor Gillivan, shared with me that you can start to use in your life right now to be more productive:

1. Plan Your Weeks

When you close your eyes and think of your ideal self, do you see yourself hunched over a planner endlessly planning every minute of your day? Probably not. The very idea that you have to invest time each week to plan may come across as boring and unappealing, but I assure you it is necessary if you want to make the most out of your time.

While spontaneity may sound “sexy,” it is actually a quality of people who fail to ever achieve their life goals. In order to be truly successful, you have to be a planner.

But I have good news for you. Planning doesn’t have to be difficult or take up much of your time. If you can take twenty minutes each Sunday to plan your week, I guarantee you will triple your investment. By planning out your week, you will save hours and hours of time that would otherwise be lost.

Here is how to do it:

  • Determine your most important 3-5 tasks that you want to accomplish for the week.
  • Outline the steps required to complete those tasks.
  • Schedule time in your calendar to complete the tasks.

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” – Paul J. Meyer

2. Prepare Each Day for Success

Each day is a new beginning … therefore each day needs a new plan. The good news is that if you follow step #1 and plan your weeks, planning your days should only take about 5-10 minutes at most. Because you spent a little bit of time mapping out your week, mapping out your day should be easy.

I suggest that you plan your next day the night before. While some people like to plan their days in the mornings (and I encourage you to use what works best for you), I like to plan the night before because honestly I sleep better knowing that my day is already planned. Call me a nerd if you must.

Here is what I do. Each evening, I spend a few minutes pondering:

  • What are my priorities for the day?
  • How can I support my weekly goals by how I perform and what I complete tomorrow?
  • How can I make the most out of each hour?

We all have different priorities and commitments. Your daily plan will look drastically different than mine, and that is okay. That is the reason I cannot plan your days for you. You must do it for yourself.

3. Delegate, Automate, Eliminate

Time is precious. We all know that. The clock is ticking right now, and we will never get those seconds back. While that is a scary thought, there isn’t much we can do about it. We must only change our mindsets going forward and embrace the future for what it is: a chance to streamline our lives. Any task that you can either delegate, automate, or even better eliminate, the easier your life will be.

If there are things you are doing in your life or business today that do not directly impact your bottom line or happiness, figure out a way to automate, delegate, or eliminate. You may have to get creative, but you can ultimately change your destiny by taking tasks off of your to-do list.

  • Are there tasks that you perform each day that can be delegated to another person? Is there something more valuable you can be doing to grow your business or enhance your life? If so, then perhaps it is time to evaluate adding help. Free up your time so that you can focus on the tasks that bring the most value.
  • Are there tasks that you can automate? We live in a world full of automation. Are there tasks that you perform that can be outsourced to a computer program? Why not free up more of your time?
  • Sometimes we focus on things that simply are not necessary. The tasks that we can eliminate from our lives not only free up our time but also free us from unnecessary burdens. If you find yourself doing something that you question the reason for, ask yourself if you actually need to keep doing it. Is that task bringing enough value to your life to justify continuing to perform it?

“Plans are nothing; planning is everything.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

We all have the same 24 hours in a day. The difference between the successful people and the people who merely exist is the way they manage their time. If you want to make the most of the time you have here on earth (because it is most definitely limited), then you must take the time to plan. In less than ten minutes a day, you can take control of what you accomplish each week, each month, and each year. You can take control of your life.

Have you tried any version of these tips before? How’d it work out for you? Leave your thoughts below!

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Jennifer Spencer is a serial entrepreneur who currently serves as Head of Marketing of AppMasters.co, an app marketing agency. She is also the founder of Accelerant PR, a digital branding agency focused on helping startups write and share their stories. She is a passionate storyteller, online marketer and social media specialist.

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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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.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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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…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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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…)

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

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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!

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