Once I drop the kids off to school in the morning I have about 4 hours to get my work done for the day. Some days it’s a little less due to other commitments but generally it’s around 4 hours.
Now in the past I’ve sat down to my computer with the intention of working and certainly I’ve ended up using my computer for the 4 hours the time was not productive. Distractions ruled! Those distractions were in the form of email, Facebook, videos and any other material that looked anyway interesting. And before I knew it time has passed and it’s nearly time to pick up the kids. Panic! Where did all that time go! What have I achieved? – nothing!
So now I’ve wised up! No more distractions or at least limit the distractions. Firstly, I always ensure that the night before I plan out the 3 tasks I need to focus on for the following day in order to be productive. Then the next morning after I return from the school drop off I get right to the tasks.
I love the Pomodoro Technique and find it works really well on helping me stay productive. About half way through the morning I allow myself some email/social media time but I never begin with this. I’ve learned the hard way that this is an almost guaranteed way to an unproductive morning. Nobody wants to feel unproductive.
So there you have it: defined tasks over defined amount of time and short breaks in between with a longer break about half way through. It takes some discipline at first but when I get into the flow of it and start to see how productive it makes my morning, the feeling of productivity wins over every time! I highly recommend it. 🙂
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 5
Everyone has their own Superpowers – the qualities that make then sparkle and shine and give them strength. It’s the stuff they are really good at while others are not so good at.
I’ve though about what my superpowers are – the things that I know I’m good at. I found the easiest way to come up with these was to think about what people had in the past told me were my strengths. So I’ve come up the following:
- Teaching and up skilling: bringing people from a place of little or no knowledge of a subject or task area in their business to being confident in their ability to move forward and sparkle in that area of their business.
- Communications: Assessing an individuals public image ie. brand, logo, website, content and the user experience around their product/service and seeing clearly where they need to improve and make adjustments in order to attract more customers.
- I am the glue that holds people together: I bring like minded people together to share their common goals, aspirations and dreams in a safe and positive environment.
So armed with these superpowers what am I going to do with them? How am I going to put them to good use and realise my dream lifestyle? Well just like all the great super hero’s out there I’m going to go forth and defeat all their bad guys – the fears and demons that hold them back from being the best that they can be!
And in doing so I am helping me to be the best that I can be! Yah!
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 4
So this is my perfect day.
I wake up in the morning and before I get out of bed I snuggle up to my husband, set my intentions for the day ahead and list what I am grateful for in my life right now. It all feels good and right.
I drink some water and then start my daily yoga practice and meditation to help me feel energised and set for my day ahead. I love how my yoga practice gives me a deep sense of calmness and strength.
I make my healthy green smoothie while I help the children get ready for school. This is all done with ease and without any frustration. We are a happy and relaxed family. After I drop the kids to school I return home and spend the next 3 hours focused on my fulfilling and profitable business working on my top 2/3 priorities. I feel energised, focused and excited to be living my dream and so grateful and thankful that I get to fulfil my life purpose everyday.
At midday I prepare healthy lunch and enjoy it with wonderful cup of coffee. I am relaxed and focused and content.
Following lunch I finish up my business tasks and then spend the next hour or so doing something that I love that is just for me eg. read a book, get a massage, facial, manicure, go for a walk, meet up with friends.
In the afternoon I pick up the children from school. We chat easily with each other about our day, get the homework done and any afterschool activates with ease and joy. Later I prepare dinner with help from the children and we all sit together and enjoy our meal.
I end the day feeling grateful and thankful for my wonderful day and all the wonderful people in my life.
Life is good. 🙂
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 3
Today’s blog theme is about Freedom and specifically why do I want to live the Freedom Lifestyle or to put it another way, What is your big why? What do you want from life?
I know what I don’t want. I don’t want to go back to the 9 – 5 working week. I don’t want to have only a few weeks holidays in the year. I don’t want to have my kids in childcare while I work all week in a job I find unfulfilling. I don’t want to be lacking financially.
I want more freedom and flexibility.
I’ve done the 9-5. I’m currently the stay at home mum and now my kids are at an age where I can devote more time to what I want.
I want to be my own boss, decide how and when I work and who I work with. I want to be able to structure my time around my kids day and year. I want to have time to spend school holiday with them rather than trying to fit a few weeks holidays in the calendar year. I want to be there to pick them up after school and see them in their school concerts.
I want to increase my income so I have more than enough money to do the things I want to do in life.
In a nutshell: I want financial freedom to allow me to live a fulfilling and nurturing life with my family and loved ones. 🙂
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 1
This is the post excerpt.
I’ve decided to take up blogging. I’m not entirely sure where it’s taking me but I’ve signed up for the Natalie 10 day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge to help me find some clarity, focus and most importantly figure out if I really want to continue it after the challenge ends. So here goes!
The challenge is to write about my challenges. That in itself is a challenge! Nothing comes to mind immediately so I think about it for a while. While I’m thinking my laptop pops up with a Facebook alert so I head on over to Facebook to see what’s happening there. 20 minutes later I’m still no further on with my challenge list but I’ve had a good look though Facebook posts and also checked my email just in case there is anything there that I’m missing out on. I think you see where this is going….
Eventually it dawns on me. My challenge is to stay focused on the task in hand! I realise that I’m the queen of distraction and I’m really good at it too. So what can I do to overcome this? Well I think the answer is in the video – JUST DO THE WORK. Did I really achieve anything by checking email and Facebook? Not really. Caught up on a few things but there was nothing that simply had to be done right there and then. So here’s my solution JUST DO THE WORK. Focus and get it done!
Why is this challenge coming up for me? I’ve spent the last 10 years as a stay at home mum. Not the kids are all in school and all at the same pick up time. (Yah!) Now it’s time to focus on how I can generate some more income but on my terms. The only problem is there is so much to choose from on the Internet – information overload. I get distracted easily. Something is keeping me from being focused? Hmm, but what? This is the question….
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 1 [insert URL for this blog post, which is http://suitcaseentrepreneur.com/10DBC-Day-1]