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How to unplug while on vacation

Unplug on vacationDefinition of a vacation: An extended period of recreation spent away from home when no work is done.

Imagine you’re reclining on a beach, feeling the heat of the sun on your skin and basking in the glory of another perfect day. You can feel yourself finally letting go of your work-related stresses. And then suddenly you hear a ping on a device somewhere in the distance.

In that moment, the relaxation of your vacation is shattered.

As if awakened from a dream, you are transported back to your To Do list, to your clients and to the never-ending pull of work.

How do you escape the grind of work so you can focus on relaxing? Perhaps the real question is, why is this so difficult?

It doesn’t have to be a struggle. There is an easier way to allow yourself to escape the pressures of work. Here’s how you can successfully and confidently disconnect from work while on vacation. [Read more…]

7 ways to recharge in your off hours

rechargeThere’s nothing like a long weekend to remind yourself how important it is to disconnect from your work in order to recharge and renew. Nowadays, the line between personal and professional has become so blurred bringing work home has become the norm.

It’s time to reclaim one day of your week that is reserved for you to renew and rejuvenate. Consider it a reminder that you have an identity outside of your business or occupation.

Wondering where to begin? Here are 7 keys to unlock the healing power of a day off work. [Read more…]

How to manage projects for ultimate efficiency

manage projects for ultimate efficiencyDo you feel like some of your days are out-of-control; as if the clock is on fast forward and you’re exhausted just trying to keep up? As a business owner, you are guaranteed to have hamster-wheel days; however, too many will leave you on the brink of burnout.

There is another way to work [Read more…]

3 steps to investing your time wisely

investing your timeI have a confession. I am addicted to the TV show Gilmore Girls. (Yes, I’m late to the game since it’s been off the air for a number of years … thank you Netflix). I binge-watched the whole first season in a matter of days. My family saw this as a huge waste of time.

Which made me think of you. [Read more…]

How to delegate so it actually gets done

DelegateThere’s no doubt delegation can be one of the most difficult transitions you have to make in your business. This is especially true if you consider yourself a control freak when it comes to how things get done.

Having a control mindset means you have positioned yourself to be the bottleneck in your business. There is only so much of you to go around, so setting your business up this way will lead to:

A.  Your business plateauing
B.  You burning out
C.  All of the above

How do you let go of doing the back-end boring stuff so you are able to focus on the revenue-generating activities you love? [Read more…]

Are you at risk of becoming a productivity zombie?

ProductivityHalloween is my favourite time of the year. While it’s fun to see the houses decorated and the kids in their costumes, most of all I love the mini chocolate bars. So many kinds, so little time.

This spooky time of year also reminds me of the dreaded productivity zombie. If you’re unsure of what one looks like, here are three key features:

  • Reduced speed of movement relative to normal humans
  • Profoundly reduced or absent cognitive function
  • Ignores or is oblivious of fellow zombies

What has turned these once A-type go-getters into productivity zombies? It’s hauntingly simple. They have succumbed to bad habits. Sometimes the transformation is gradual and often goes undetected.

If you think you might be turning into a productivity zombie, here are 10 traits to be aware of: [Read more…]

5 steps to setting boundaries in your business

BoundariesWhen you first started your business, you may have felt it was acceptable to work nights and weekends. After being at it for a few years you feel like you’ve paid your dues.

Unfortunately, your work hours haven’t changed.

Your clients have become accustomed to you being available 24/7. Constant connectivity has become your new normal. However, without boundaries you are operating from a reactive place; taking orders and putting out fires. This way of working is not a sustainable way to run your business.

Here are steps you can follow to get back in control of your time: [Read more…]

How to include self care into your busy schedule

How to include self care into your busy schelduleTake a look at your calendar for the week. Is it packed full of meetings, client work and events to attend? Now take a look at it another way. Is there any time reserved just for you?

The truth is, the time when you most need to care for yourself, is the time when you tend to drop it. The more stressed and time-strapped you become, the more you trade in self care for another hour or two of work.

If this sounds like you, here are five ways to successfully include self care into your busy schedule. [Read more…]

3 reasons why a DIY business won’t work

Orange fronted hard hatDo you remember the day you decided to start your business? Remember the excitement and anticipation you felt knowing you were going to share your talents with the world, have an impact and make a difference?

You thought to yourself, “Finally, I’m my own boss … the CEO of my company. I’m finally in charge of my destiny!”

Then reality hits you like a cement truck.

You’re on your own. It’s all up to you now. Generating income – or not — is ALL on your shoulders.

“If I want something done right, I’ll do it myself.”

These words become the mantra for running your business. This is your new belief system. It’s what drives you to stay up late putting out your newsletter, to skip a weekend because you have to create another slide presentation, to postpone a vacation because your business needs you.

You want things done your way and you believe it will take you longer to tell someone how to do it than if you just did it yourself. Not to mention, your belief that you’ll save money.

And that is how your DIY business is created.

The reality is this … doing everything yourself is impossible, impractical and it’s no fun AT ALL. More importantly, it isn’t sustainable for you or your business.

Here are 3 reasons why running a DIY business won’t work for the long term: [Read more…]

Your checklist for unplugging from work while on vacation

unpluggingThe definition of vacation is “taking a break from work” or vacating the office. There are three very important reasons for taking a vacation from the busyness of work: to relax, renew and rejuvenate.

You need downtime, otherwise, stress and burnout will come knocking. Tweet that!

A recent HR management study showed that 40% of workers “feel more productive and better about their job” when returning from vacation. Stats or not, think about how YOU feel when you return from time away from your office.

It’s likely you feel a sense of wellbeing that comes with giving your brain and your body some time away from the daily routine.

The truth is it’s getting harder to completely disconnect from work while on holiday. Expectations from clients and colleagues may have impeded your ability to feel guilt-free when you’re offline.

Here’s a quick and easy checklist you can use to prepare for your off-the-grid downtime and make unplugging easier so you can enjoy your time away. [Read more…]