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A business can be pretty challenging to run. For solopreneurs, it can be scary to even think of taking a one-week vacation.

I was in the same boat, but with time, I understood taking time off is important as well. You could take an off for that dream vacation or invest in yourself with a coaching program in Gold Coast. A week off can do you a world of good to your morale.

I completely understand your apprehensions. But you know what, there are a number of ways to make sure that the business chugs along smoothly when you are away.

Here I share some of the tricks with you so that you can book your tickets to your paradise pretty soon!

Prepare Well

Spend some time making sure that things are all set up before you leave. Give notice to your team, important clients, family, and anyone else who should know that you are away. Sending a simple email to your clients can be an effective way to keep the communication clear so that they are aware of your absence. Also mention the person to be contacted in case of an emergency and when you will be back.

Schedule Your Emails

Use the auto-scheduler to send out product or service emails for promotion, information, or sharing of news. It will look professional and keep working even if you are away.

Set Up Social Media Ads

Social media ads are a vital element of an entrepreneur’s branding. If you use LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, use social media scheduling tools to set up your posts and ads. Create the content and set it up for scheduled times so that work goes on even when you are not around.

Re-marketing

Set up and run re-marketing ads to sell your products and services even if you are on vacation. As an entrepreneur, you certainly don’t want to miss a single visitor.  Using automation, you can grow your business without your physical presence.

Set up the Rules

If you have a team, give them added responsibilities. Make a pan and delegate specific tasks to people. Help them by giving them all the tools and information they need to do it well. Make a co-worker in charge of all approvals so that you are not buzzed for every little thing.

Clear Communication

Communication is the key element in a business. It should always be absolutely clear to clients, co-workers and vendors that who is to be contacted for what responsibility. You can even use messaging apps like Slack that are non-intrusive while they keep you informed about everything that is going on.

Use Your Smartphone & Mobile apps

Your smartphone can be your mini-laptop when you want to get some quick work done. Download any app you want on your mobile so that you can stay informed and pitch in as needed. But, make a note to check your phone only once a day and schedule all replies also at the same time. It’s a vacation, remember!

The Last Word

Now, go and get some much-deserved rest. It’s for you to enjoy and recharge yourself to come back stronger and better than before.

Time off from business can give you a good break and some me-time with yourself or with friends and family. In your downtime, you may even come up with some innovative business or personal ideas!

 

Lets catch-up virtually for 30-45 minutes to discuss anything about you and your business. I’m here to help you set and achieve your goals. You can book using the button below

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Save Hours Each Week
  • Do you have takeout many times in a week? 

  • Do you want to eat healthy each day of the week, without spending tons of hours cooking?

  • Are you tired of eating the microwaved mac and cheese for the 3rd time in less than ten days?

Making meals or prepping them in advance can save you a lot of time. If you want to eat healthily but feel a time squeeze, I can completely understand. I was in the same situation but learning the art of preparing meals in advance. It helped me save dollars, eat healthily, and reduce food waste too.

Here, I share 12 tips for saving hours in the week by spending just 2 hours on the weekend. Bust stress and cook smart starting today!

Know the Why

Be clear with why you have started meal prepping? Losing weight, saving time, cutting the grocery budget, eating healthy can be a few of the many reasons. The goal will be your prime motivation. Be clear and write it in your journal or post-it on the refrigerator to motivate yourself.

Designate a Day

Many people prefer Saturday or Sunday for meal prepping. If you work during the weekend, you can choose any other day of the week that suits your schedule. Sticking to a particular day helps to make this exercise a habit.

Choose the Prep Meals

Starting small helps a lot. Pick a meal that you want to prepare for the week ahead. Maybe you can try making breakfast for the next five days. Here you could make 5 smoothie bags packed with frozen veggies, fruits with a teaspoon of almonds, chia and flax seeds. In the morning, just dump contents of one packet into the mixer, mix in milk, ice and you have healthy nutrition packed smoothie ready.

Select Recipes for the Week

Decide upon the recipes and make a list for the ingredients. Decide the servings to be made and get the exact amounts of ingredients.

Go Shopping

Take the list and go grocery shopping. Buying vegetables, meats, and fruits in bulk can save you a tidy sum of cash. As far as possible, stick to the list, but you can slip in a treat every week!

Get the Right Accessories

Get a set of stackable containers for the refrigerator. Glass or plastic is best for storing food. If you prefer plastic, buy the ones that are BPA-free.

Get the Veggies Ready

Wash and rinse the vegetables and fruits for the next 5 days. Chop or slice them and store in resealable bags that can be used when you are ready to cook. If you prefer to store them after roasting so, they are prepared for salads or soups.

Bake Early

Bake some sweet potatoes or regular potatoes and refrigerate them. They make for a quick side dish of mashed potatoes or a tossed salad.

Grate the Cheese

If you prefer grated cheese over your salads and as a seasoning in soups, grate the cheese block on Sunday. Just freeze it in a resealable bag to use during the week. This simple hack can save you a ton of time.

Cook the Meats

Using crockpots is a great way to cook your meats done. Cook the chicken or beef with a little bit of water or broth. Once ready, let it completely cool down and chop or shred it. Now freeze it up. During the week, get some meat out, add flavorful dressings, toss to make a yummy main course dish. Spicy Italian Beef with Mashed Potatoes for Monday night dinner in less than 10 minutes!

Egg power

Boil some eggs and refrigerate. They make for quick breakfasts with a smoothie or whole wheat toast. Do finish them up in a week. If peeled, finish them in a day.

Snack Packs

Make small snack packs of your favorite healthy munchies. When you go to work, pack one in your bag. Take small resealable plastic bags of sliced carrots, cucumbers, toasted nuts, whole wheat crackers, granola bars. You could also use small BPA-free plastic containers if you prefer them.

The Last Word

Cooking every day can be a challenge with work, study, children, and family priorities also on your plate. Spending 2 hours on the weekend can save you loads of unnecessary stress, reduce takeout meals, and save tons of dollars and your valuable time. Why not try out a couple of tips this weekend and check it out yourself?

 

 

Lets catch-up virtually for 30-45 minutes to discuss anything about you and your business. I’m here to help you set and achieve your goals. You can book using the button below

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Life can be challenging at times.

20 Simple Steps to Manage Life’s Challenges

Life can be challenging at times. You may be dealing with studies, kids, work and health issues, all at the same time. Throw in time for community fundraisers, financial issues or moving plans and it can become difficult to handle.  Here’s a simple and useful guide to have a positive perspective and handle life.

Practice Stress Busting Mini-Habits

  • Start a journal – write down the things you are grateful for in your life. Focus on the good and positive. Doing this will give you the strength to go on.
  • If you have too many things going on at one time, start a list. Doing this puts things in perspective, and helps you to implement them effectively. Enlist help from your friends and family. Doing it all alone is stressful and just not possible.
  • Plan your day with everything you want to do. Keep an hour for studies, one hour for work and spend some time with the kids once they are back from school.
  • If you have a community fundraiser to plan for, schedule it in your day. Break the work into bite-size steps that you can do in half an hour chunks of time. Completing work in small chunks gives you the confidence to complete all of it.
  • Make precise plans to tackle each area you just listed. Write the things to do with timelines on this list. Set up reminders for yourself and do your best.
  • Create work-life boundaries – keeping a distance from your phone, tablet or laptop can be a huge stress reducer. Keep a certain time in the day when you are away from these screens and not online.
  • Quit the quest for perfection. When you aim for perfection, things just stay stuck. Its important to move ahead and take it one day at a time. If you are happy with your effort, that will give you peace of mind and help you be stress-free.
  • Make a daily schedule -the night before. Doing this will help you stay ahead of the day. When you plan, keep an hour or two off to fit in any unexpected situation or things to do.
  • Stop comparing yourself with others. Limit the time spent on social media. Most often, people post the best part of their lives making It seem that they are perfect. That’s not true.
  • Don’t overthink about what others suggest. Listen to everyone then do what feels right to you. Trying to get everyone’s approval is never going to happen.
  • Consider a failure or rejection as feedback in life. Life does not stop when you face failure. Think of all the times you fell while trying to learn cycling. You still got up and rode again, didn’t you? Learn to stay positive and confident with the same mindset.

Everyday Self Care

  • Practice self-care. Keep some time for yourself every day as a routine. So, you can choose to go for a walk, jog or practice meditation or yoga. These simple daily activities can give the much needed me time, relieve your stress and allow you to focus.
  • Eat plant-based foods. It will help keep your gut clean and give you natural energy to get things done.
  • Cut the sugar out of your life. Difficult to do, but pays off when you see the sugar cravings go away. Most people try to eat more to handle all the stress. Don’t punish the body with processed foods. Once in a while is okay.
  • Choose healthier alternatives. Try having green tea or herbal tea in place of your second coffee cup of the day.

Socialize

  • Speak to friends and family often. Speaking with others helps in releasing the emotional burdens and enables you to gain newer perspectives. You learn to see and understand that everyone in life is facing challenges and not only you.
  • Plan date nights or get-together. In this digital age, meeting face to face is undervalued. Take out time and meet your friends, family and enjoy it
  • Stop trying to control everything in life. Use the extra hour in your schedule to deal with any unplanned circumstances. Being prepared helps you remain positive and tension free.
  • Express yourself through a hobby. Choose art, painting, sculpting, drawing or any other form that excites you.
  • Do things jointly with friends or family. If you have a house party coming up, distribute the responsibilities amongst family members and friends. Everyone is happy to participate and contribute and the responsibilities get well-distributed too.

The Last Word

Balancing work, life and everything else can be intimidating. Just resolve to be positive and confident whatever the situation may be, and you will surely be prepared for the oddballs that life throws at you.

 

 

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doTerra’s InTune® Focus Blend

There is one thing that big tasks, deadlines, exams and like circumstances have in common – the need for perfect concentration. Maximum clarity for hours is just not negotiable when a deadline is looming. However, a lot of times, it’s just not easy to achieve a sustained sense of focus due to the sheer number of distractions around us. For example, it is estimated that it takes about 25 minutes to concentrate, yet office workers are interrupted every 11 minutes, while on the whole, Americans contend with 34 gigabytes of information and 100,500 words every day! It is against this backdrop that this post explores hacks, both short-term and long-term, for enhancing and sustaining a sense of focus and avoid sensory overload.

SHORT-TERM HACKS

Eliminate Distractions

Duh! This sounds so counter-intuitive, but yes, we forget so many times to remove distractions or simply underrate how many distractions we have around and how much they affect our concentration. Even more, distractions may be both physical (like a television playing in the background, Facebook feed notifications on your phone and your co-worker’s smelling food) or internal (like nervousness, fatigue, fear and sadness).

Yet, eliminating distractions is not always easy today, especially if the cause is an uncooperative co-worker. To eliminate physical distractions, you can reserve a certain time and place where you will be left alone. These include the library, a private room in your house and a coffee shop. While you are working, ensure your phone is on airplane mode, your computer has all notifications disabled, and you clearly inform coworkers or family that you are not to be disturbed. To eliminate internal distractions, be well-rested before attempting to start. Also, be positive and willfully avoid disrupting feelings and thoughts.

Make Your Work Environment Comfortable

First, check if your work-space is ergonomic. Make sure your desk and chair are at a comfortable height so you don’t strain your back.  Often a simple thing such as a small cushion or a rolled-up towel to support your lower back is enough to fend off that back soreness interrupting your workflow.

Adjust the position of your computer and any other work tools you use. The optimal set-up for your desk space includes your monitor being at arm’s lengths away from your eyes and your wrists and hands on the keyboard straight at or below elbows level.

Write Out Key Important Tasks Every Hour

One of the best ways to keep your brain focused is to write out the tasks that you want to accomplish within an hour and then time yourself to complete it within the specified period. By writing out your key tasks each hour and timing yourself, you can focus on what is most important and infuse it with a sense of exigency.

Break Your Tasks Up into Smaller Goals

Instead of focusing on your big, long term goals, start setting small daily goals. By doing this, you can focus solely on what you have to do in a day, instead of the sometimes-frightening gargantuan task as a whole. Achieving small daily goals will wire your brain for success and trigger the reward mechanism, releasing dopamine when you accomplish your goal. This will help you stay more focused and increase the odds of you achieving tomorrow’s goal.

Use Essential Oils with Nootropic Properties

Nootropics are substances that increase cognitive abilities, and essential oils are have known nootropic properties which stimulate the brain almost immediately, resulting in better focus, less stress and an upbeat mood. One very good essential oil is doTerra’s InTune® Focus Blend. It is made of Patchouli Leaf, Frankincense Resin, Lime Peel, Ylang Ylang Flower essential oils, amongst others. Frankincense has been used for centuries for improving focus and distractions while boosting concentration, same with the others too. By applying it somewhere you can smell it, even at the back of your hand, it will increase your cognitive abilities and also improve your focus.

LONG-TERM HACKS

While this post has mostly concentrated on the quick things to do to ensure maximum focus short-term, there are more things that could be done long-term will aid concentration in the long run. Starting each morning with exercise is one as it is one of the most important things that you can do for your brain and your overall well-being. It does not have to be a full-blown, get ripped regime – walking every morning is an exercise too.

Another important point is to get enough sleep because nothing ruins your focus more than consistent sleep deprivation. 7 hours of high-quality sleep per night minimum is tonic for the soul. Also, eating good fats like nuts, avocados, eggs, and coconut oil in your diet will improve your cognitive function and help your brain run more smoothly. After all, the human brain is made up of roughly 60% fat.

Finally, I found that eating in the morning makes me feel drowsy and muddles my concentration, so what I do is what is popularly known as Intermittent Fasting (IF). For 16 hours out of the day, all you have to do is fast completely and then consume all of your calories in an 8-hour window. It is tremendously easy and incredibly beneficial. Outside of the benefits to your metabolism and fat loss goals, IF actually helps you to have more focus in the morning because your body is not wasting precious energy digesting foods. Instead, it can allocate all of those resources to helping you concentrate on the task at hand.

In conclusion, mastering your focus is not an easy task. It takes commitment and making efforts towards that commitment to achieve a sustained sense of focus to enable you to complete your task. Without you making these efforts, even tips can only do so much. We hope the many rewards will galvanize you to make efforts and achieve your goals.

 

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Managing time effectively as a small business owner

Managing time effectively as a small business owner

Operating a small business, especially while raising a family, can lead to feeling as if there’s not enough time in the day. Whether it’s manufacturing products, delivering services or even remembering to pick up your child from soccer practice — it can seem like the demands never end. There’s always room for improvement with simple and effective steps on how to manage time for effectively. If you have looked about me and why I now coach you will have seen that I balance a lot on my plate and successfully (most of the time) Utilizing direct coaching for women in business, and someone whose walking in the same shoes, can help you balance all of life’s competing demands, and make it look easy!

Working with someone like me can alleviate some of the pressure on your time and energy, along with a few simple steps related to scheduling and time management. That way, time — and me — are on your side and you’re in control!

After all, starting a business probably seemed unrealistic at some point in your life — and look where you are now! Having Confidence in Business not only means creating a company you’re proud of, but also matching your small business with your unique lifestyle and time constraints

When you surrender and stop resisting and stop trying to change that which you can’t change, but be in the moment, be fully open to the blessings you’ve already received and those that are yet to come and stand in that space of gratitude … and look at where you are and how far you’ve come and what you’ve accomplished – when you can claim THAT and SEE that, the literal vibration of your life will change. – Oprah Winfrey

As a small business owner for a number of years, you will know how tasks seem to increase all the time, even on a daily basis. Although this can be frustrating, it’s also an opportunity to break down the amount of tasks you complete each day, chunking them into manageable sizes. For instance, try writing down all your daily tasks for tomorrow, then check for repetition, or by seeing if things can be combined or eliminated from the schedule.

You can use our Speedy Priority Finder to help you determine what’s needed, what can be combined, and which tasks can be eliminated altogether.

Being a small business owner is a lot like being a freelancer: both jobs require self-discipline and a strong work ethic. Help and support can be the difference between feeling lost and getting on-track. When you don’t have a boss watching over you, it’s important to set your own goals and scheduling. It might seem silly to create a monthly calendar or daily schedule, but that’s exactly what will keep you on-track and be as productive as possible, which is what coaching for business women is all about! Everyone needs some structure throughout the day, so why not try it and see what happens? Small Business Consulting can help you build this skill and find a strategy that works for you.

You can try The Activity Priority Matrix as another tool to get everything in line.  

Not only is scheduling and prioritizing important, but also balancing your time with other family obligations and quality time with loved ones. Coaching for success isn’t just about improving your business model, but also your entire approach to family life! Multiple studies show that happy people are better workers, so finding balance means achieving our absolute potential, and guidance from small business help and support can get you there quickly!

Remember, time is on your side and you don’t have to work 12-hour days to be an accomplished and sustainable business owner. Technology can help you make the most of your valuable time, whether making phone calls from a wireless device, or investing in a tablet you can use whenever, wherever. This allows you to finish work faster and enjoy life more — which is the whole idea behind Business Coaching Gold Coast and Brisbane!

Starting a business is never easy, and you might be used to working non-stop during the week. Even though some businesses, especially seasonal ones, can require extensive hours during peak operations, it’s still be important to be able to shift gears and reassess your strategy.

After all, you’re the boss and decide the future of your Start-up Business on Gold Coast!

We have a number of tools available for small business owners that we work through. It all starts with a Discovery Session which is FREE – 30-mins to find out where you are right now and what you need to focus on. Book a session with us. You have nothing to lose.