I often get asked how I stay productive. As a VA I need to jump between tasks rapidly, all while keeping an eye on my email. So today I wanted to let you in and show you what my day-to-day looks like.
First thing is first: Mental and Physical Wellbeing
This is probably the part of my routine that I need to work on the most as I don’t always do it. But when I do I always feel energized and centered throughout the day.
On an ideal day, I get up, drink a full glass of water and sit down to meditate for 10 min. I use the headspace app, they have some great meditation packs and you can use the apps free meditations.
Meditation is hard for me. Staying still for 10 min not thinking is one of the hardest things that I do every day, but even when I’m restless and not really focussed I feel that for the rest of the day my mind is focussed and calm on a level I just don’t reach when I don’t meditate.
I’m not a big fan of running or gyms, so instead of torturing myself I tune in to Yoga with Adrienne and do a 30 min yoga session. Of all the yoga teachers out there I really resonate with Adrienne’s style of fun and mindful yoga.
And if you think yoga isn’t exercise, think again. I’m always surprised the day after on how much my muscles feel sore from this seemingly easy and light exercise form. If you’re an introvert like me and being surrounded by sweaty humans is not your thing, then yoga might just be the right form of exercise for you.
Once the exercise is done I prepare my coffee and turn on the computer to start my day’s work.
Starting my workday on the right foot
Every day I start my workday exactly the same way. I turn on my computer and start by looking at:
- The news – Although not strictly necessary for my job I enjoy staying up to date on the news of the day and knowing what’s happening in the world.
- My Finances – Knowing what your money is doing for you on a daily basis is really important, after all, you’re only running a business if it’s making money.
- My Inbox – My inbox is pretty clean, I have a half a dozen newsletters that I subscribe to and read, most of my other emails are from clients, so I start my day by going over them and making sure that my inbox is clean and all client emails have been replied to.
Now that these items are out of the way it’s time to dive headfirst into my to-do list.
Staying productive through the day
Every Sunday (or if I’m honest Monday morning) I organize my tasks for the week on Trello so I know exactly what I need to do each day.
If you’re curious about Trello but haven’t been able to make it work for you then I highly recommend you check out the Trello for Business course by Think Creative Collective, this has changed the way I run my business and now Trello is where I keep everything in my life and business.
I use the Pomodoro technique to go through my daily to-do list. Splitting the day into 25min chunks has allowed me to move forward on big tasks without being crippled by the fear of having them take up the whole day.
At the end of the day, I go over my emails once more. Reply to all my client emails, and prepare the upcoming day. And then I breathe and relax, the day is done, tomorrow will be a new one!
What techniques do you use to be more productive during the day-to-day? Leave a comment below and let me know.
We’ve all heard it before. Automating processes and systems is vital for growing your business and creating more time in your day. The question is what should you be automating first?
The best place to start with automating or outsourcing your business is by passing along tasks take up a lot of time but don’t require executive decision making.
I’d suggest starting with content distribution.
Why content distribution?
Creating quality content is one of the most important parts of running your business and this is something I wouldn’t recommend outsourcing unless you’re working with an amazing copywriter that truly gets your brand. But distributing that content is another thing.
Think about it: You’ve spent hours writing your new blog post and you’re finally done. What if instead of now spending another hour adding it to your site, sharing it on social and optimizing SEO you could just send it to your VA and have them do all of that for you? How would that feel?
These are the things that if you start automating you can then focus on growth.
Ready to automate your content distribution? Let’s chat!
I want you to take back your Power. Find the head space to grow your business. And know that your power is always there for you to take.
In the OBM industry, it’s often said that we provide time savings to you. By doing the things you can’t or don’t know how to do. But let’s be honest, that’s not true!
Are we saving you time? Yes, of course, but it’s not because we are doing things you can’t do. You can figure out like to do absolutely anything! I know you can because you’re a smart, intelligent and determined woman!
The real value of an OBM and a VA isn’t the time saved, it’s the head space gained.
It’s allowing you to have the head space to focus on the opportunities that will grow your business. And create new opportunities for you and your business.
There’re plenty of things that you can figure out how to do. But they may not be the best use of your time. Having someone to support you with the day to day hustle will allow you to be more discerning on how you spend your time.
Making this clear to you, the difference between saving time and gaining head space is so important for me. Because even though time doesn’t stretch your head space is much more valuable.
When you hire someone to support you, you’re not giving your power away. You’re taking back the power to do what YOU know best.
Are you ready to focus on what you know best?
You have real POWER within you! As a human being on this earth, I know that you have the power to shape your world and the reality around you. We all do.
If you knew you could change the world how would you change it? How would you use your power?
Because you can! You can change the world, shape your reality and make a difference.
The way you lead your life will make a difference in the way the people around you see the world. You’ll shape their views of what is possible and realistic. You’ll show them just how much impact one person can have in the world and that will create a ripple effect that will make a real difference.
So take a deep breath and tell me:
How are you changing the world?
Have you ever had a dream that felt just out of reach?
Maybe because it’s too big, too scary, or just too hard.
I know just the feeling. I’ve been there too. But today’s post isn’t about delayed dreams. Today is about taking that big scary dream from our heart and bringing it into reality.
For years I have dreamed of road tripping across Europe. No real destination or time restraint. Just traveling and exploring this beautiful continent that I live in.
And for years I had delayed this dream.
But not anymore!
The time for delays is over. We took the plunge and dove head first into planning and making this dream happen. There were plenty of times when I doubted we’d ever get there, but now it’s official!
Our trip starts in 3 short months! And although there are still a million things to plan and prepare, I couldn’t be more excited!
I’ll still be working while I travel and my husband will be looking for odd jobs while trying to start his own business (send him some love over at talkyourmind.com)
In the meantime, I’d love to hear from you. What’s a big dream you’ve been delaying? And if you’ve ever gone on a road trip let me know your best tips and tricks.