Recharging Your Batteries

In this fast pace lifestyle that most of us live these days, its always go, go, go. Eating on the run, talking on the cell phone while doing three other things, and hardly taking any time to sit down and enjoy.

We do this in our personal lives as  well as our business lives. We are expected to do more, and we expect more out of our selves.

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Think about this, how long can you actually go with out pulling out your smart phone?

We use it for everything these days. Checking time, email, friends update statuses, if it’s our turn on a “with friends” game,to do lists, grocery lists, reading the next chapter in a book(s). Even reading the news, checking the weather, getting directions, following a recipe while cooking a meal.

Obviously, the list could go on and on but I think you get the idea. The thing is that’s just one distraction/attraction in our busy lives. That doesn’t even include our spouses, children, grandchildren, parents, coworkers, bosses etc.

Lets just face it we are busier than we have ever been. Stats show that business is up 15% and leisure time is down 30% and in my personal opinion that is not good.

I mean it is good we are getting more work done but it creates a viscous cycle. In a recent Sunday school class we were talking about why society has become a 24/7 life style. What happened to taking Sunday as the day of rest? I’m not just meaning for religious reasons either although that would be a good thing too.

We just don’t take time to recharge our batteries anymore. In this day and age we even have devices that charge our devices on the go. Little power cells that we can plug into to charge up our be loved smart phones while we’re still using them.

The same is not true for our mind and bodies, they need time for rest! We often wonder why Mondays are so dreaded and it’s mostly because we are still tired from the previous week. We didn’t take time to just stop, relax, unwind and enjoy.

Now I’ll be the first to admit I’m a recovering work-a-holic and will admit it is hard to slow down and start making some changes.

First thing we need to consider is why are we working so hard in the first place? Is it just to achieve more? Get more done? Impress the bosses? Make more money?

I know that’s a lot to think about but before we can make a change we have to evaluate what needs to change.

In my case it was I felt guilty I wasn’t getting done everything I wanted to get done in that week. I had high expectations of myself, pushed my self to hard and over committed. I also wanted to achieve certain financial goals.

The next step after you identify why it is you are doing so much you then have to figure out what to do about it. In my case it was to first (and this one is still hard) Quit promising everything for today! There is only 24 hours in the day and it is in most cases impossible to get everything done that day.

Use your tools effectively – I’ve been using an application called Asana I can put my tasks in there and prioritize and move things around and cross things off the list as I complete them. The trick here is to list steps or parts of a project, don’t just list “write a book” as a task. It will take to long to complete that task and it you won’t get any satisfaction of crossing things of your list. By not crossing things off the list you won’t feel you are making any progress and you will go back to just reacting to the next task thrown at you.

I find it best to review your list at the end of the day. Cross off what is completed add any new items that have come up and possibly prioritize for the next day. Then when you start the next day you are ready to go and accomplish the “must do” for that day.

The next challenge for me was I was wanting to make more money (and I still do) but I needed to look at why. Was it to buy things I didn’t really need? In many cases it was.

So now I work hard at not making impulse buys buy writing down the item or making a book mark in my browser. Then I wait 24 hours check that list and many times cross off realizing it was a want not a need, which of course saves me money.

My next goal is to start using my money more wisely and that will take some time but in doing these exercises I am finding I am not as stressed I do have a bit more time to relax some and am finding more time to recharge my batteries. Plus I am MAKING time to just do some things for fun which I’m finding I’m more relaxed, more focused and feeling healthier.

Do you run into these same issues? What are some of the things you do fight over working? Do you take time to “recharge your batteries”?

 

 

Stock Image Resource

As you may have seen at the beginning of my blog posts I pretty much always add an image to the post.

This image relates to the story and helps convey the message I’m writing about.

Over the past several months I’ve been getting my images from the same place, mainly due to the fact they have great images and the best pricing I’ve found anywhere.

I’m telling you this because people like you have frequently ask for the resources I use in my business so in this case it is Dollar Photo Club.

I’m currently registered for the yearly plan which includes 99 images and any additional images are only $1. They do have another option but I use a lot of images and this deal works best for me.

In my courses and blog posts in the past I’ve explained how to chose the right images for your website. With this site you get access to the large size for the same cost as the small size images. This comes in handy so that you can use the image in various projects if needed without additional cost.

I won’t keep you any longer Just thought I would share with you this resource that has saved me a lot of money and should do the same for you.

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August is for Great Triumphs – Part Two

In my last post I explained how August was named in honor of the first Roman Emperor because it was a month of great triumphs. 

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This post is in honor of my Mother and how I’ve learned first hand to never just except what life gives you and to never give up! It’s also a reminder that we can be triumphant at any stage or age in our lives.

First let me share a little brief history about my early childhood that I’ve not shared with many.

I had a pretty normal childhood, yes there are things I’d like to forget and I’m sure that is true with most but about the age of eight or so, something big changed for us.

My father decided he would travel out of state to look for a better job to make things better for us. The thing was, he had actually pre planned to leave and not return, leaving my mother with three kids and no resources to exist on.

This was the first life challenge I seen my mother have to overcome, but I know now it was not her first nor her last and I see this yet another life lesson in not accepting what you are given to move forward.

My mother, with the help of family members moved us back to her hometown where I now still live. She took a job as a waitress got us an apartment and our life continued. This continued as we grew, her taking at times multiple jobs to support our family until my siblings and I reached high school. At that point she went back to a vocational school to get her nursing license.

Looking back, I think this is where I learned you do what you have to, to get buy and persevere.

Again though soon she was dealt yet another set back. She was injured on the job working as a nurse at a mental health facility. At this point they wanted her to go on disability since she was no longer able to work that job.

Again with the never give up mind set she healed the best she could and decided again to return to school late in life achieving her masters and bachelors degree’s and returned back to work. In this job she has helped many overcome life’s struggles.

This she did many years until again an accident breaking her back caused her time off. Again they wanted her to retire and go on disability. Again she healed and continued.

Today at the age of 71 she still is working overcoming great set backs to achieve what she feels she was called to do. Help others.

One final part of this story in honor of my mother. Many years ago, I learned that my mother was put up for adoption as a child. During this time she spent many years at an orphanage until being adopted.

Many decades ago my mother had commented she would like to find her sister that was put up for adoption at the same time. I decided to start researching for and with her to locate that sister. Just recently we’ve located a sister by the same  parents that was born years later, but not yet the sister we had started looking for.

Just this past weekend these two sisters meet for the first time and was quite rewarding to experience this connection.

It was this meeting that inspired this post and really opened my eyes that if you keep trying never give up good things can happen.

My mother is my greatest role model on what it takes to endure, overcome against all odds and achieve great things.

I hope by me sharing this story with you, you too can realize that you can achieve great triumphs no matter what stage of life you are in.

 

The Month of August is for Great Triumphs

August was named in honor of the first Roman Emperor because it was a month of great triumphs. Make the month of August the month you conquer your challenges.

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Going along with that frame of mind, Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is our online empire. We do need to be aware though that online things happen quickly. In fact I think things happen online quicker than anywhere else.

You only have so many minutes if not seconds to make an impact on a potential customer when they visit your website. So one great triumph you can make in August is to review your website. One thing I would suggest is have someone review your website with you that way you can see your website through their eye’s and you can watch where they stumble or maybe not take the actions you thought they would.

Here is a short list of things you might check on your own website to see if you need to make improvements.

  • Is your branding present and does it give a clear message about who your business is?
  • Does your headline entice the visitor to read more as well as let them know what’s in it for them?
  • Make sure you have clear benefits for the visitor.
  • Always give the visitor something to do. Meaning if you are selling something give them opportunities to buy through out the page. If you are going for the opt-in, push for it. Same if you are a service company push the phone number or contact info. In other words don’t make them hunt for the option you want them to take.
  • Make sure your links look like links and your buttons are clear and concise with wording to take action.

That is just a few things you can do to improve actions and conversions on your website. By making just a few changes each week or even once a month you can conquer the these challenges on your website.

There are many things to conquer in our lives and to many to cover in one blog post so I just may make a series of being triumphant in August so check back and see what else may be in store for August on my site.

In the mean time if you would like a website critique or just have some questions you would like answered with your online business check out my Inner Circle Membership at http://FDInnerCircle.com

Mid Year Goals

July 1st will mark the mid-point of the year which has me thinking, what goals do I want to reach before the year expires?

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Are the goals I set on the first of the year still goals I truly want to achieve still? Also are their goals on that list that are no longer relevant?

I think it is a wise idea to take a break mid-year and re evaluate what you would like to achieve for the remainder of the year.

Make sure to list goals and then reorganize on the items you want to achieve MOST.

What are some of the things you do mid-year?

Are any of them goal related and if so what do you do to get the most done in the remainder of the year?

Go ahead and comment below. I’d love to see what works for you.