Working Environment!

Creating the right working environment for yourself is paramount to helping you succeed. Getting rid of all that crap around you will help clear your mind of crap and enable you to focus on your task at hand! Setting yourself up for success is as easy as setting yourself up for failure, it’s up to you which one you choose!

Top 10 Tips!

Here are 10 very useful tips to get the best out of yourself, your surroundings, and most importantly, your time!

  1. Separate your work and personal life by creating a dedicated working space where and only where you will work and associate with work whenever there!
  1. Keep your workspace clean and tidy – always! Clutter on your desk creates clutter in your mind! De-clutter your desk and you will de-clutter your mind!
  1. Invest in decent hardware such as a laptop and printer if you haven’t already! If you can’t yet afford it, work your business to pay for it!
  1. Stay organised on your PC by creating files specific to your business, and stay organised in your workspace by having folders for your business!
  1. Be comfortable and ergonomic. Get the lighting right for you – natural light is best, get a really good computer chair, set the height of your computer desk, computer and screen, and get wrist pads for your mouse and keyboard.
  1. Have some plants around your workspace and home. They are good on the eye, help your mood and provide you with fresh oxygen!
  1. Invest in a whiteboard and/or pinboard and put up your goals and family photos around your workspace where you will see them regularly. WHY Power!
  1. Put up motivational slogans and quotes all around your workspace. You want to feel inspired and motivated whenever you go into that space!
  1. Listen to and watch whatever motivates you. Download iTunes or Spotify – it is amazing what listening to what you enjoy can do for you! I listen to personal development material such as John C. Maxwell, Darren Hardy, Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar, Anthony Robbins and many more!
  1. Be stocked up with food, drink and office supplies. This way you can concentrate on being productive and not makes excuses to go to the shops!

Let me know how you get on 🙂

Running Your Day!

I feel it is important that we run our days rather than let our days run us! We are all victims of this, I certainly have been, and although I am on top of my days now compared to when I first went solo in business, sometimes my days do end up running me! But then I look at my daily schedule, week planner, and my month and annual planner to remind myself who is the boss in our relationship – ME! Now, everything I am about to share with you is a work in progress! I am by no means perfect but I have had some perfect days (which means it can be done, and my God does it feel good!), which means that, with my high standards that I set for myself, I always I feel I could have done better regarding my time management, even it is the case that I blew a couple of minutes doing something I shouldn’t have been!

As I have said in my previous blog, I plan my day out the night before, with a 5-point list, both business and personal, which I have to accomplish to consider my day a success – the top 3 are paramount. Some of you were very kind with your words and raised the question of what I actually do during my day! So here you go!

Bookending Your Days

To ensure my days start and end how I want them to, I bookend my days, by following a specific morning and nighttime routine. So I wake up at 5 am, go to the bathroom, then take my vitamins and supplements, pray, meditate, write in my journal (more about that in future blogs), get to the gym for 6 am, put on an instructional or motivational CD on my phone, work out hard, come home, shower, have breakfast, turn off my phone, and kick off working! Evenings are pretty routine too: 8 pm I begin winding down, turn the lights low, write out my to-do list for the next day (5 things personal, 5 things business), write in my journal, read 10 pages of an instructional or motivational book, pray, meditate, and go to bed around 9 pm for 8 hours. I put my body through the mill so it needs rest, otherwise, I don’t function optimally! I wake up excited and go to bed satisfied, excited about the next day and my goals!

Regimenting Your Days

This doesn’t mean that I have turned into a drill Sargent and will make you give me 50 push-ups if you don’t do what’s written here! By regimenting your days, I mean know what you’re going to do and when, and make sure you take your breaks! Research has shown that our attention and peak concentrations spans are between 25 and 50 minutes. I know that 50 minutes is true for me, after which my mind begins to wander off and the quality of my output slows down and gets worse! So, I go and make myself a cup of tea during my 10-minute break 🙂

I aim to get in 4 hours of work in the morning, so from 8 am until 12 pm, take a lunch break, usually 30 minutes, sometimes an hour, and make sure I am working by 1 pm until 5 pm. So this means that I work 50 mins x 8 = 400 mins, take 80 minutes of breaks, with between 30 and 60 mins for lunch, i.e. between 110 to 140 minutes of breaks per day! Now, my days don’t always work out perfectly according to plan! My mum might want me to take her somewhere at the drop of a hat (the beauty of working from home, I get to look after my mum <3 ), or unexpected phone calls, visitors, client requests etc. However, knowing that I follow a morning and night routine, have put myself in the right frame of mind to take on the day, have XYZ to accomplish during the day, and having scheduled regular breaks, means that no matter what happens, my day will be successful. Yes, sometimes my days run over beyond 6 pm, no I don’t get all 5 or even the top 3 tasks done during the day, but because I have planned it, I can reorganise myself for the next day!

Don’t Overdo It!

Remember, work is never-ending, so don’t think that you have to work twice as hard the next day to accomplish that day’s tasks as well as the previous day’s tasks if you didn’t get them done! Do what you can the best you can, and if you are passionate about what you do, I am sure you will be, but please don’t burn yourself out! Life has a habit of getting in the way of even the best-laid plans, but that’s a challenge we all face, so it’s not something we need to get too hung up on! Plan and organise your day from the moment your eyes open until they shut, work hard during your 400 minutes of work, chill during your <140 minutes of breaks, and you will be much more successful than without a plan!

If you plan your day the night before, and know what you will be doing in what order, you will accomplish (the majority!) of your daily tasks, no matter what life throws at you! Let me know how you get on!

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