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14 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Why Taking a Real Vacation Boosts Your Productivity
When is the last time you took a real vacation? I’m not talking about going out of town with your computer in tow and working from the hotel room or car in between doing touristy things. What I am talking about is telling your clients you’re going out of town and you won’t be available for the duration of your vacation. In today’s episode, we’ll talk about how taking a real vacation and time away from work can boost your productivity. I know it may seem counterintuitive that we are saying to take days, if not weeks, off from work and you’ll get more done. But, it’s true! And we’re going to cover some of the reasons you tend to get more done. 1. Hard Deadlines Leading up to your vacation, you are giving yourself a hard deadline on your tasks and things you need to accomplish. You’ll be surprised at how much you can accomplish when you have little wiggle room on deadlines. That’s why we say making deadlines is so important with your work anyways. But, if you know you’re not going to be able to submit work or get things done while you’re out of town, it’s going to make your time much more focused leading up to your trip. 2. You Are Naturally Motivated When you have a real vacation to look forward to, you become naturally motivated to get your work caught up. Even when you feel unmotivated or having a day where you are struggling to kick into gear, it can be a lot easier to push yourself because you know there’s a reward on the other side. 3. Motivates Your Clients Letting your clients know that you are going on a vacation and that you won’t be able to do work for them can actually motivate them to get you things you’re waiting on. Sometimes, your lack of productivity is to no fault of your own. It’s because you are waiting on your clients to submit the information you need to complete the task. 4. Gives You Mental Space While you are on vacation, you get a real break from work and your normal responsibilities. It gives you the ability to free up mental space and take a real step back from your life. Usually, I find that when I get back from a vacation, I’ve got a lot more ideas on things to implement in the business. And, I tend to feel more focused. 5. Forces You To Delegate If you have a team or assistants, going on a vacation forces you to delegate the work that you’d normally do. In cases like this, you may find that they are capable of doing more than you realize. In which case, this could lead to you handing off more tasks to them and freeing yourself up to do more in general. Closing Empowering Productivity is brought to you by R5 Website Management. If you’re looking to take your online presence to the next level, we’re here to help! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started today! Until next week, get out there and start breaking the mental chains that are keeping you from producing! The post Why Taking a Real Vacation Boosts Your Productivity appeared first on R5 Website Management.
16 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
How to Get Family Buy in So You Can Get More Work Done
When you are a small business owner or a solo-preneur, you have to wear a lot of hats to keep your business running. Especially in the first few years of your business when you are trying to grow it, you will have to put in a lot of long hours. To successfully grow your business without losing your mind, you need help at home. In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about how you can get family buy-in so you can get more work done. I started working for myself from home when the kids were 6, 5, and 1. All of a sudden, I had to split my time between managing the home and working. It was not an easy transition for me…my family included. For me to have the time I needed to work, I had to get family buy-in. Unfortunately, when your family doesn’t support you, it can make it much harder to be successful. And, you also end up dealing with a lot of resentment from your family. It’s really important to help them understand your goals, what you’re trying to accomplish, and how the work you can do is good for everyone around you. Here are a few ways we recommend that you do this in your family: 1. Show The Income Results Probably the biggest thing you can do to get buy-in from your family is to show them the income results of your job. For example, if you were able to pay for the family to do something extra that they couldn’t do, or you were just able to have a bit more breathing room in the budget, tell them. You could do this by putting a little bit aside and having a celebration pot you pull from to do something fun. Or you could buy a few requested snacks that you usually can’t afford. If the people in your life see that you are providing them with something they don’t have, it’s much easier for them to connect the dots. 2. Talk About What You Do If you love the things you do, when you talk about them you’ll naturally be passionate. It’s important for the people in your family to understand what the work you do means to you. When you get really excited, they’ll see it’s important to you. 3. Share Client or Customer Feedback When you receive good feedback from one of your clients or customers, show this to your family. Feedback from the people you serve makes the work you do even more important. Now, it’s more than just something you do for yourself and your family, but it is having a positive impact on others. 4. Get Your Family Involved If there’s a small part of your job that your family can be a part of, let them join. If that’s not possible, then help connect the dots for them when they do extra house chores for you, that it’s allowing you to do this important job that pays the bills and impacts others for good. Closing Empowering Productivity is brought to you by R5 Website Management. If you’re looking to take your online presence to the next level, we’re here to help! Email us at email@example.com to get started today! Until next week, get out there and start breaking the mental chains that are keeping you from producing! Music by JuliusH from Pixabay The post How to Get Family Buy in So You Can Get More Work Done appeared first on R5 Website Management.
20 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
How to Use The Weekends to Set Yourself Up For a More Productive Week
How many times have you sat down to work on something and got distracted by the big pile of laundry next to you? Or have you gotten to dinner time and realized that you don’t have the ingredients to make supper? Having to stop and handle your personal things during the workweek can keep you from being productive. In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about how you can leverage your weekends to be more productive during the week. When I first started working from home, I crammed in a little bit of work everywhere I could fit it. That meant that I worked at night after I put the kids to bed, during lunchtime, on the weekends, on vacation…you name it…I was working. Working from anywhere on your own schedule can backfire on you if you don’t put planning into place. About two years ago, we got really disciplined about taking off the weekends more often than not. We did this so we could use that time to get us ready for the workweek and be more productive. Here are the things you should do on the weekends to set up your workweek for the most production. 1. Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping One way to wreck your production is to have to run to the store several times in a week or even once per week. That’s why it’s best to put your meal plan together for each night of the week and make sure that you have all of the ingredients on hand. This practice will also keep you from having to run out for dinner or waste time trying to figure out where to go. If you do need to do extra work after supper, it’s going to be easier to do that if you are still home. 2. Catch Up on Housework and Get Set For the Week Generally speaking, we use the weekends to do the bulk of our laundry. This wasn’t always possible when I was doing the kids laundry, but now that they do their own, it’s easier to manage. Prior to this, I would still try and get as much laundry knocked out on Saturdays and Sundays. In addition to working on your laundry, the weekends is a good time to catch up on yardwork and other housework. Make sure you clear some time for you to knock out chores so they don’t become a distraction in the middle of the week. 3. Take Time Off We aren’t suggesting that you spend all weekend working on the things that you have to do. Find ways to take time off as a family or as an individual and rest. The way you rest should be what works for you. In our family, rest looks different to all of us, so we find ways to rest individually and together. 4. Get Creative And Pursue Your Passions Take time on the weekends to do creative things that you don’t have the brain space for during the week. This will help you to feel more inspired when it is time to return to work. When you’ve given yourself the break from your responsibilities to do things that are not required, it helps to re-invigorate you. Closing Empowering Productivity is brought to you by R5 Website Management. If you’re looking to take your online presence to the next level, we’re here to help! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started today! Until next week, get out there and start breaking the mental chains that are keeping you from producing! The post How to Use The Weekends to Set Yourself Up For a More Productive Week appeared first on R5 Website Management.
11 minutes | May 31, 2021
Set Time Limits on Yourself To Get More Done
Have you ever worked on a project and took way longer to accomplish it than what it should have? There are a lot of reasons that it can take longer to get things done than what it should take, and one of those reasons is that you didn’t put a time limit on yourself. When you set real-time limits and stick with them, you will find that you can get things done faster and have time left over. In today’s episode, we’ll talk about how setting time limits on your tasks will help you be more productive, but also have time to do other things. Our culture has conditioned us that we have to work 40+ hours a week to be successful and make a full time income. But, when you work for yourself, if you can get the work done faster, you actually increase your hourly earnings as well as have the ability to take time off without it affecting your paycheck. How do you get more done? By setting time limits to your work. If you give yourself 2 hours to do a project that only takes 1 hour, you’ll take the whole 2 hours. Why? Because you gave yourself that time. The truth is, you can always do more and find things to do if you give yourself the time. Think about when you are having company come over. You could literally clean the entire day and still be doing last minute things before the company gets there. So, whether or not it’s cleaning up for company to come over or a task for your job, setting a time limit will really help you get more accomplished. How do you set time limits? Here are a few things you can do. Give Yourself a Short Deadline Even if you have all week to turn something in to the client, back that date up and get it done early. One way to trick yourself with this is to put it on your calendar and not look at the original date you gave the client. When we give our clients a deadline, we usually back it up a couple of days on our calendar if we can. And, if we do find that we are getting in a time crunch, we go back and look at the original date and push things up if we have to. Set a Timer Whether you set an actual time or just look at the clock and tell yourself you only have x amount of time, this can be really helpful. Personally, I make it a goal to knock out certain tasks before lunchtime and others by the end of the workday. But, you could just as easily set a timer for 20 minutes and see how much you can get done. Track Your Time Also, timing yourself on your tasks can really help you figure out what time limit you should give yourself to do a job. For example, I know that a typical 500 word blog takes me about 30-45 minutes. I’ve been writing for years, so I know how much time any given writing project will take me. For that reason, if I were struggling to stay focused when I was writing, I could set my timer for that length of time and then race the clock. It’s really motivating to race yourself. Reward Yourself When You Reach Your Time Limit If you have a reason to clock out early or to get things done sooner, it’s going to help you knock out the work faster. At this time in our business, this looks like taking the weekends off. There were a lot of years where we couldn’t take the weekends off because there were too many responsibilities during the week to get all of our work accomplished. But, now, if we put in solid time during the week, we can take off most weekends completely and when we do work, it’s for a short period of time. Closing Email us at email@example.com to get started today! Until next week, get out there and start breaking the mental chains that are keeping you from producing! Music by JuliusH from Pixabay The post Set Time Limits on Yourself To Get More Done appeared first on R5 Website Management.
19 minutes | May 17, 2021
Mind Tricks That Can Help You Get Into Work Mode
How many times have you sat down to work and struggled to concentrate? It can be very hard to get into work mode when so many things are distracting you. This is particularly challenging when you work from home. Your focus can be split between your home life and work-life very easily. There are ways to trick your mind into getting into work mode. In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about things you can try to help yourself get to work. We all have those days where we aren’t really motivated to work, but we can’t bail out on our tasks. So, what do you do on a day like that? You have to knuckle down and get to work anyways. We have a couple of tricks that can help you get your mind in the game. The key to these tricks is that you limit them to work times only. 1. Create a Work Playlist Just like you’d create a workout place list or house cleaning playlist to get you motivated, you can create a work playlist. It’s likely going to be a lot different than other playlists, because you don’t want it to distract you. Personally, I listen to instrumental jazz music when I’m trying to drown out the noise around me and focus on writing or things I need to read. If I’m doing mindless tasks, I listen to music that I can sing to. Remember, the key to this trick is that you should limit when you listen to this playlist when you are working. Every time you start working, cut on the playlist to condition your mind that this is the sound you hear when you work. 2. Sit in The Same Place Every Day For Certain Tasks While I know that not everyone has a job that requires them to sit, there are likely going to be parts of your job where you do have to sit down and focus. Whether it’s when you need to invoice your clients, talk to your team members, make phone calls. or wade through paperwork. Whatever tasks that require you to sit down, make it the same place. Since the pandemic started, a lot of people created home offices. I didn’t actually have a home office until then either. Even though I’ve worked from home since 2013, I never had a desk. But, before I had a desk, I did have a few places that I would set up to work. Each place in my house was suitable for different types of work and put me in a different mindset. When I would stand at the kitchen counter, it was usually to do more mindless jobs that I could walk away from and help the kids. I would sit on the couch to work on writing projects that required a lot of typing. And, if I needed complete peace, I’d go to my room and shut the door. Now, even though I have a desk where I do most of my work, I still have to move around the house for certain tasks to just break the monotony. However, if I’m struggling to focus, I go and sit at my desk to work. 3. Work From a List We’ve talked about working from a list before. It’s a very easy way to visualize what you have to get done and to cause your mind to get in the right place. Make your list as long or short as you need to focus. If you’re really struggling to get into work mode, you may want to write down everything you need to do, including 5 minute tasks. But, if you at least get the big things down, it can get you to switch into gear. 4. Do a Brain Dump If your mind is racing with thoughts, take a few minutes to get it all out on paper. This will help you clear your mind and focus on what you need to actually be doing. Maybe your mind is wandering to what you need to make for dinner or when you’re supposed to pick your kid up from school. Just write it down. You can write down a few ideas for dinner and check your calendar for what time you’re supposed to get your kid. Or, you may be thinking about a problem you’re dealing with in the business. Maybe it’s not something that has a quick solution. Just write out your thoughts about the problem and anything on your mind. It’s ok to give some of your attention to the things on your mind. Once you do, it’ll be easier to focus on what you need to accomplish. 5. Start Your Worktime With The Same Routine Every time you sit down to work, start with the same thing. Maybe it’s checking your email for a few minutes or reviewing your task list. This is a good way to signal to your brain that you’ve started work and now it’s time to switch gears. 6. Use a Clock In App It may not seem like a big thing, but clocking in for work will really help you stay on track. Especially if you train yourself to clock out every time you stop working to get coffee, check Facebook, or go to the bathroom. If you have to stop and think about clocking out, you’ll be less likely to get distracted. Not to mention you aren’t going to want to have a million little clock in and clock out time stamps. It’s a good way to hold yourself accountable. Closing Empowering Productivity is brought to you by R5 Website Management. If you’re looking to take your online presence to the next level, we’re here to help you. We can help streamline your website, unify all your business listings, and generate amazing content that makes your phone ring. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started today! Until next week, get out there and start breaking the mental chains that are keeping you from producing! Music by JuliusH from Pixabay The post Mind Tricks That Can Help You Get Into Work Mode appeared first on R5 Website Management.
26 minutes | May 10, 2021
How to Be Productive and Get Your Work Done With Your Kids Around
I’ve been working from home and taking care of my 3 kids since 2013. When I started doing this, my kids ranged from 1 year old to 6 years old. Now, we both work from home and our kids are often home with us. In today’s episode, we will discuss the things we’ve done to be more productive with our kids around. It was always my goal to have a job I could do from home that would allow me to earn while I took care of the kids and homeschooled them. But, that kind of work comes with a lot of challenges, especially when they are younger. If you have young kids, then you know how hard it is to get anything done in a day…especially if it requires your attention. Over the years, I’ve had to get really creative on how to get the work done I need to do every day while still paying attention to my kids. Now, Austin and I both work from home and our kids are in and out depending on the school schedule. We have some tips we want to share with you to help you get more done for work while your kids are with you. Set Boundaries Setting boundaries in general is a good idea with kids. Even when they are very young, you can start setting boundaries. Here’s some of the boundaries we have put in place with our kids: When our bedroom door is shut, don’t come in. Knock before entering. Our bedroom is not a play place or a hangout. We’ll sit with you on the couch or somewhere else, but not the bedroom.Leave us alone when we are in the bathroom and don’t try and talk to us through the door. Noisy toys and games should be done in your room with the door closed. Not shouting, yelling, or screaming inside. Being really loud is reserved for being outside in general. Be quiet while we’re on the phone or on a zoom call. Don’t fight and argue with each other while we are on the phone or in a zoom call. Don’t talk to us while we are on the phone unless it is really important. (Now that they are older, they can text while we are in a meeting.)Give us time to wrap up the email we’re typing, task we’re working on, etc, before asking us questions. Don’t climb on us or pull on us while we’re working on the computer. These are just a few of the boundaries that we started working with our kids when they were really little. Most of these we put in place before I started working from home. So, it really helped when I started working from home. Even if you have a child as young as 1, these are boundaries you can work on with them. It requires a lot of effort on your part to teach them up front and then continue to remind them. They aren’t just going to get it. Yes, it is exhausting, but it’s important and well-worth the effort. Take Breaks During The Day To Spend Time With Your Kids Whether you work for yourself or you’re home because of the pandemic, you can still take breaks and spend them with your kids. Ultimately, your kids just want to connect with you throughout the day, so give them chances to do that. Let them know that you are specifically taking a break to spend time with them. You can invite them to have lunch with you. Or you can go on a short break and sit with them on the couch or somewhere away from your work area. If you make it a priority to give your kids attention throughout the day, they will go away and entertain themselves more easily when you tell them to. Set the expectations with them about what’s going to happen. For example, say “I’m going to sit here and have lunch with you and then I’ll need to get back to work”. Develop A Team Mindset As our kids got older, we developed a team mindset with them. We helped them understand that if we could have the uninterrupted time we needed to get our work done, then we could stop working and go do fun things. This mindset also really helps when you are asking them to do chores or help out around the house. Help them understand that just like working on the computer, or whatever your at home job requires of you is your job…sweeping, dishes, etc, is their job. Make Your Schedule Known And Stick With It When your kids get old enough to entertain themselves better and you don’t have to be as hands on, come up with a schedule you can stick with. We’ve talked about schedules before. You can do a general schedule that you keep or play it more day by day depending on your preference and life. But whatever you come up with, make sure you let your kids know the schedule. It’s important that you stick with whatever that cut off time is as closely as you can or your kids will grow frustrated. Even as old as our kids are, they get annoyed when we have long days that go past our normal. Get Them Involved Find something in your job that they can be a part of. Maybe it’s as simple as writing out your task list while you dictate it. And if they can’t do a task for your job, sit them beside you and give them their own work. I used to work at the kitchen table on my stuff while the kids homeschooled. When the pandemic hit, we did the same thing with remote learning. Break Up Your Tasks And Create Placeholders When you are planning out your day, break up any tasks that you can and find ways to create placeholders. This way, if you need to walk away from your work abruptly, you have a better chance of coming back and picking up where you left off without a ton of re-acclimation. Also, make sure you have a task list so you can stay focused and on point. This way, when you come back, you just look down and know exactly what you need to do next. Take Turns Caring For The Kids With Your Spouse Whether you and your spouse both work from home or not, take turns caring for your kids. This may mean you need to carve out a few hours when they get home from a job outside of the house to work uninterrupted. If they work at home with you, then schedule times in the day where one of you is “on-call” with the kids. Meaning, if someone needs help, one person is in charge of helping and you switch. Closing R5 Website Management is here to help you take your online presence to the next level. If you need a new website, an update to your website, or maybe just some new content like blog posts or email newsletters, we’ve got you covered. Email us at email@example.com to get started today! Until next week, get out there and start breaking the mental chains that are keeping you from producing! Music by JuliusH from Pixabay The post How to Be Productive and Get Your Work Done With Your Kids Around appeared first on R5 Website Management.
21 minutes | May 4, 2021
Manage Your Time to Help You Get More Things Done
How often have you set out to get work done and then it got completely derailed? Daily? Weekly? Many people that work from home or are entrepreneurs really struggle with this. The great thing about working for yourself is that you have freedom. The worst thing about working for yourself is that you have freedom. Really, there are two sides to this coin. Unless you put some perimeters around that freedom and manage your time, you can get to the end of the week and not have made any progress. In today’s episode, we’ll discuss a few ways to manage your time to get more things done. Roughly Sketch Out Your Work Hours I say roughly here, because I think it’s important that entrepreneurs make space in their schedules to do spontaneous things during the week or take off time to spend with their family. But, it’s important that you come up with somewhat of a schedule for your week. Ideally, you’d have general work hours every week, but some people do best with scheduling themselves a week at a time. Either way, you need to have an idea of what days and hours you plan to work in a week. If you don’t, then that time can be eaten up by other things that weren’t planned. Regularly Take Breaks and Clock Out A difficult thing for entrepreneurs is to take a break or clock out for the day. Part of this is due to the fact that they have a fluid work schedule since they aren’t necessarily clocking in for someone else. But, the other reason for this is that they usually work out of their home or have the ability to carry their work computer home with them. Do what you can to take breaks during the day. Obviously, you need to reign them in and limit yourself. For example, a lunch break can easily carry on for 2 hours if you’re not watching the clock. The other thing you need to do is clock out. Maybe this isn’t at 5 pm like an office job, but you need some stopping point each day. Also, you need to have days off in a week. Whether you take the weekends off or some other day, make it a habit to take time off. Handle Personal Business Outside of Your Work Hours While it isn’t always possible to handle your personal business outside of your work hours, because a lot of businesses are open during the day only…you should limit as much as you can. That means you should schedule doctor’s appointments around your schedule if possible. Use your lunch hour to make personal calls that need to be handled. It’s important to note here is that these suggestions are a general rule of thumb. Not necessarily that you have to be super strict. But, you should be sticking with your habits more often than not or it won’t be a habit. Train Other People to Respect Your Work Schedule Whether it is clients, friends, or family, you have to teach the people around you to respect your work schedule. Gently tell friends or family that just because you’re home, doesn’t mean you have the time to do things during the day. If it is a client, don’t work for them outside of the office hours you establish with them. Tech tip Closing Empowering Productivity is brought to you by R5 Website Management. We’re here to help take your online presence to the next level, whether that means some new content, a new look or a whole new website. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started today! Until next week, get out there and start breaking the mental chains that are keeping you from producing! Music by JuliusH from Pixabay The post Manage Your Time to Help You Get More Things Done appeared first on R5 Website Management.
13 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Are Your Projects and Tasks Wrecking Your Productivity?
Have you ever put off a project or task for days or weeks that turned out to only take you 20 minutes to complete? When you finally get the task done, it’s relieving and discouraging at the very same moment. Relieving because you got it done and discouraging because you wasted so much time avoiding it. In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about identifying which projects and tasks wreck your productivity so you can say no to them. When you are working for yourself or the owner of a company, there are going to be a lot of things expected out of you that are outside of your wheelhouse or comfort zone. It feels like it makes sense to hold onto those tasks, but sometimes, it actually hurts you more than it helps you. If you have ongoing tasks or jobs that cause you to develop a block on them, it’s better to find someone else to do them or say no altogether if possible. Here are a few things you should consider to determine if something should be handed off to another person in your company or on your team, or if you should just deny the work. How Do You Feel When You Think About Doing The Task? These are a few questions you can ask yourself to gauge your feelings about the task: Does the thought of this task stress me out? Do I find myself working on non-essential tasks because I’m avoiding this one thing? Do I feel guilty that I haven’t completed it yet? Does it end up on my to-do list every week, but never get crossed off?Is the client giving me negative feedback about how long it is taking me to get the work done? Are other people being held up because I haven’t gotten this done yet? If you have negative emotions around the task or tend to put it off, it’s likely keeping you from doing other things. When you don’t feel successful, it keeps you from being motivated in other areas. Is There A Learning Curve To The Task? There have been plenty of times in business that I have been asked to do a project I didn’t know how to do. When I first started out, I didn’t say no to anything but I also didn’t know how to do a lot of things. I needed to say yes and push through hard things so I could grow my skills. As I’ve grown our client base, I’ve learned that it’s better to say no to a task that I don’t know how to do, unless I want to develop the skills to offer it. Even before I decide I want to develop the skills to expand this service to my clients, I have to figure out if I have an existing market for it. For example, I have a client that has asked me to take on a particular task for him. He’s got 5 clients that need this service. So, if I decided to put the time and energy into the education, it would bring me a return pretty quickly. But, in the meantime, I have to figure out how much it will affect my ability to produce for the rest of my clients. Should You Hand Off This Task or Say “No” To It? Sometimes, it’s hard to push past doing a new project or task that you don’t do often. But once you do, you’re fine and it’s not an issue. Other times, you never get over the negative feelings that you have towards it and it keeps you from getting things done. If this is a task you do a lot, then do it a few times and see if your feelings change towards it. But, if it is something you did one time before and it’s not going to be a regular part of your job, it’ll probably be better for you to say “no” to it. Or, better yet, you may be able to find someone that you can pay to do this job. Closing One task that we constantly hear about people struggling with is blogging. They say “I know I should blog more and it’s important, I just never get around to it!” R5 Website Management can take this off your plate and give you great results on your blog. Email us at email@example.com to get started today! Until next week, get out there and start breaking the mental chains that are keeping you from producing! Music by JuliusH from Pixabay The post Are Your Projects and Tasks Wrecking Your Productivity? appeared first on R5 Website Management.
34 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Top Mindset Shifts You Need to Make to Increase Productivity With Ryan Horn
Working for yourself and creating your own business requires you to have a different mindset than a person who works for someone else. Without making this mindset shift, you’ll limit yourself and keep your business from growing. In today’s episode, we’ll be talking with Ryan Horn about the biggest hangups for most entrepreneurs and different mindset shifts you need to make to keep producing. Thinking like an employee versus an entrepreneur isn’t the same. If you don’t make that mental shift, it’s really hard to grow your business. We’d like to introduce Ryan Horn, creator of The Brotherhood of Extraordinary Men Mastermind and the Extraordinary Men Mastermind Podcast. Ryan, this is where you’ll share about yourself and anything you want the audience to know about you or your business. What Mindset Shifts Do Entrepreneurs Need to Make to be More Productive? You should not think you need to do everything by yourself. There are many parts of the business that will not play to your strengths and you should hand those tasks out to other people. Many people look at the money it will cost to hire out the work and think it is more than it would cost for them to do it. What they don’t consider is how much more productive they would be if they were able to focus solely on the things they are good at. What Are Some of Your Most Productive Habits? Having a good and consistent morning routine is very beneficial. Things like working out to wake yourself up, or listing out tasks for the day to organize your thoughts. What Keeps You From Being Productive? Other things that need to be done like chores can be very distracting. Having these other things you need to do can often cause you to put off work, especially if the work you have is something you don’t want to do. To prevent this it is important to have very clear distinctions between work time and other times. How Can Someone Get in Touch With You? To check out Ryan’s podcast and get in touch with him click here. Music by JuliusH from Pixabay The post Top Mindset Shifts You Need to Make to Increase Productivity With Ryan Horn appeared first on R5 Website Management.
22 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Develop a Community or Team to Keep Up Production
Being in business for yourself can be lonely at times. It also can be hard to stay focused and challenged when it’s just you showing up every single day. That’s why it is important to involve other people in your business whether it is by building a community or putting together a team. Having other people rely on you to show up in one way or another is motivating. In today’s episode, we are going to talk about how you can develop relationships that will help you keep up production. When I first started freelancing, it was just me. Sure, I communicated with the clients, but it was hard to develop relationships with them through email and our limited interactions. Eventually, I did find ways to develop closer relationships with my clients, create a team, and develop a community of others that understand what I do. What I found is that adding people into the mix, allowed me to be more productive. I had a reason to show up, because there were a lot of people relying on me. Here are the top ways we recommend you develop relationships that can help you be more productive. 1. Look For Like-Minded People To Develop Friendships Not everyone is an entrepreneur, and that’s ok. It’s hard to understand someone that is an entrepreneur if you aren’t already natured that way. But, there are a lot of people out there that are like-minded and do get you. One of my biggest challenges in the early parts of my business was being around people who simply didn’t understand what I did. They didn’t know what it meant to be a copywriter for websites. But, even more basic than that, they didn’t understand the entrepreneur side of who I am. I’m not even sure I understood it for a long time. However, when we found friends that were business owners and entrepreneurs, it made a big difference. Even if they didn’t fully understand the services we offered, they at least understood the challenges of running our business. Look for other small business owners to become friends with. Find time to hang out with these people and work hard to develop relationships. 2. Develop Strategic Partnerships I’m a relationship person. No matter who I meet, if I have to spend a lot of time with them, I’m going to develop a deeper relationship with them. Without realizing it, I created strategic partnerships with my clients. Initially, they’d hire me to do a small task, but over time, I offered more and more services to them. Now, I have several clients that I work with that are more than just a client to me. They are more like partners and we relate to each other about more than just our projects. 3. Join Facebook Groups or Masterminds There’s a whole online community out there of people that offer the same kind of work you do. Find that group and join it! Obviously, you need to look for groups that are active and provide valuable information to those that are in the group…not just ones that want to sell you on things. Also, you can consider joining a mastermind of other people that are business minded. Usually, masterminds are paid, so there is skin in the game. People show up every week and they work to build relationships. This isn’t the same thing as a network group. Not say that networking groups can’t become this. But ultimately, the idea behind a network group is that you are looking for referrals and to give referrals. Whatever kind of groups you join, look for ones that inspire you and encourage you. If they don’t, don’t be afraid to walk away. 4. Create a Team Maybe you are at a point where you need to bring on a freelancer or contractor to help you out with some of your tasks. Look at this person or people as part of your community. Having contractors relying on you to give them direction every week will help you be more organized and productive. Things to Be Aware Of Developing a community with others and involving other people in your business can really help your production as long as you don’t let it become a distraction. There have been times where I’ve invested a lot of time and energy into other people that ended up keeping me from getting work done. That is not to say that you should stop having friendships or relationships if they are draining. But, I am saying that you have to be careful about how much time you invest in your communities, or it will keep you from getting as much done. All things in moderation! Closing Do you know of some other great ways to build community as an entrepreneur or business owner? We’d love to hear about them. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started today! Until next week, get out there and start breaking the mental chains that are keeping you from producing! Music by JuliusH from Pixabay The post Develop a Community or Team to Keep Up Production appeared first on R5 Website Management.
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