Are Your Habits holding you back from change?

Habits hold you back

Definition of Insanity by Albert Einstein:

“Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the same results.”

Have you ever been guilty of doing the same things over and over and then come to the realisation that nothing in your life or business has changed?

For change to take place we need to understand our habits and behaviours and how they are holding us back.

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Our habits are so ingrained in our lives that we do most of them without even thinking.  

So it’s a really good idea to start with a habits assessment to see where you are spending your time.  This works if you are trying to work out where you are wasting your time and also if you are trying to create new habits.

There are many ways to do this but an example is to grab a calendar or diary and literally mark a cross when you do the particular habit that you’re looking out for.

Once you’ve done your habits assessment it’s time to look at what needs to change to make change happen.

1. Look at the stories that we tell ourselves.

2. Watch out for the triggers that kick start the old habits.

3. Make Success easy.  Look out for ways that you may be self sabotaging your success.

4. Set your goals

5. Create a reward system

6. Timing.  Make sure the time you are changing habits is suitable.  e.g. giving up alcohol at Christmas could be tricky!

7. Find yourself an accountability partner

8. Work on your discipline.

Watch the video for more on the above points and for a 7 step plan to change your habits to ensure the old ones are not holding you back.  It’s time to be the business owner and person that you WANT to be.

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3 Things You can do TODAY to be more productive in life and business

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Mums in business are generally busy people.  The business is usually based at home both for convenience and to cut down on overheads. Plus there is also a family to run which is no easy feat.  It is for this reason that I focus on helping women create thriving businesses without sacrificing their family.  

 

I often get asked by female business owners how to make the most of the limited time available to them.  Of course there are many things that will help with productivity however in this post I aim to address the 3 things you can do today to be more productive in life and business.

If you want less overwhelm and more results, these are in my opinion, the three most important aspects of productivity.

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the 3 most important aspects of productivity for a thriving business

Focus on your mindset

1. Work on your mindset

The number 1 thing that is going to hold you back from progressing efficiently with your business is your mindset.  With business mums having limited time, it is essential to have your mindset set to success.  

 

If fear of putting yourself out there, of judgement or of failure is holding you back then you are essentially self sabotaging your success.  Have you heard the quote “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway” (a book by Susan Jeffers)?  That is the difference between success and failure.  Those that do it anyway will always have more opportunity to succeed.  

Another thing to note is that procrastination is the number one dream killer.  Procrastination is simply a way for your brain to keep you safe.  Our unconscious mind is always looking for the path of least resistance so when a difficult task comes up and those uncomfortable feelings arise; your brain is going to keep you safe in your comfort zone.  Another quote for you “Get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable”.  Workout why you are procrastinating and over what tasks but then do it anyway!

 

Must Read – 5 truths about fear

2. Get to know your habits 

We all develop habits as the years go by.  Some are useful and some are not.  The way we procrastinate is a habit.  Other habits that affect your efficiency to do business are multi-tasking, being a control freak, talking too much and not listening to your clients or audience, wasting time on things unrelated to your business…..the list goes on.

On a personal note, if you are staying up late every night binge watching tv, not eating well or not practicing some form of self care then you may need to reassess these habits too. 


When you remove the habits that do not serve you or your business but continue to love the good habits, you are on your way to a thriving business.

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3. Systems and Structure in Your Business

Mumpreneurs tend to wear ALL the hats in business which is another very good reason for installing great systems.  In particular, if you have recurring tasks in areas such as blog production, accounts & invoicing, content for social platforms, emails and phone calls, welcoming new clients or thanking existing customers.  Try not to reinvent the wheel every time you do a task that is repeated often.

As humans we like familiarity.  With a good system in place, it should require little thought and minimal effort to maintain.  It will be easier to delegate or outsource when you are financially able to do so. It means time is not wasted working out what needs to be done and in what order.  

 

Allowing yourself time to plan and implement systems rather than always being on the hamster wheel of doing could mean the difference between success and failure.

 

So there you have it. I hope this post has shown you the 3 things you can do today to be more productive in life and business.

With a bit of planning, hard work and getting out of our own way; us business mums can thrive.

Much love for now…
Nicola

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How to Consistently Show up in Your Business

How to show up consistently in your business

Do you struggle to show up consistently in your business?  Are you treating your business more like a hobby?

 

There are many reasons for why showing up can be difficult especially when you are a mum as well as a business owner.

 

It is important to find ways to be there for your audience, delivering good quality, valuable content that will engage.  If you are building relationships and gaining trust then you will be well on your way to converting your audience into a sale.

 

Watch this video training on how to consistently show up in your business to learn ways to make it easier to show up regularly.

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How to Overcome Feeling Stuck

We all get stuck sometimes and that’s ok.  As business owners and mums we often have a lot going and get bogged down in tasks that are not helping our business thrive.

The trick is to know how to overcome feeling stuck.

Firstly, it’s good to work out why you are stuck.  Is it fear or limiting beliefs that are holding you back?

Is it purely lack of time or perhaps lack of clarity about where you are going with your business.

In this case, it’s a good idea to take a step back and reset your goals.  What do you want to achieve, who are you serving and what problems do you solve for your audience?

The 8 steps covered in the video to get untuck are:

  • Take action
  • Go back to your why
  • Change it up
  • Prioritise
  • Minimise distractions
  • Network
  • Big goals, small action
  • Take it slow / meditate

Watch the training to delve a bit deeper into those points.

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Could Imposter Syndrome be Affecting your Productivity?

Have you ever felt like you were completely out of your depth?  Like everyone in the room has their sh*t together except you?  Perhaps you feel like a fraud?  Or like you don’t deserve your success?

 

This is very common and is known as Imposter Syndrome.  But could imposter syndrome be affecting your productivity?

The short answer is yes.  These feelings tend to make people freeze and therefore stop making progress.  If this happens to you, you are not alone; it plagues many successful people.

For business mums, productivity is absolutely key to achieving our goals.  Our time is already stretched in many ways, that when the opportunity arises to work, it’s important to grab it with both hands and smash that to do list!  Letting imposter syndrome get in the way will stifle your productivity and therefore limit your success.

Here are some suggestions that may help with these feelings:

1. Do it anyway!

It’s likely that almost all successful people experience imposter syndrome, the difference is how successful people respond.

2. don’t freeze

Try sitting with the feeling.  Acknowledge that it feels like you may be out of your depth but keep going.

3. Turn it into a learning experience. 

Many people think that asking for advice is a sign of weakness or that by asking for help you are validating the imposter feelings.  In fact, it is the opposite.  By accepting the feelings you acknowledge that it is time to learn something new and therefore develop as a person.

4. Catch your inner thoughts

Spot how you talk to yourself when self doubt creeps in and turn those thoughts into positives.  Remember positive feedback you have been given in the past. 

5. No need to conquer

Just be aware that imposter syndrome is there as it is for many people.  Don’t feel like you need to conquer it but simply move through it and don’t let it control your actions.

This message was highlighted in a Ted X talk given by Mike Cannon-Brookes.  I highly recommend taking a listen.  You can watch his talk here.

I hope this helps a little bit when it comes to those feelings of imposter syndrome.  It certainly helped me to understand that these are feelings that most people experience.

I also hope this post cements the idea that we should all acknowledge the thoughts we have and carry on regardless!  Face the fear yet still create magic.

 

 

How to Actually Get Some Work Done with Young Kids at Home

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Working from home with kids around can quickly turn into a shit show.  Sometimes, it just can’t be helped. Kids have a lot going on and they are not always going to fit in with our agenda.

 

However, it is possible to make it work for the majority of the time.  Some simple planning and organisation can help to make the days flow slightly easier.  It’s good to understand the difference between how you manage your time and how you manage the kids.  Therefore, this post has been split into those two categories.

Read on to find out how to actually get some work done with young kids at home.

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You Can’t Control Time but You Can Control You

Time is a precious resource for working mums.  Unfortunately time cannot be controlled but what you do with your time can.  This means having discipline around our habits is what we’re aiming for. Knowing where to spend our time is a skill that comes with practice and limiting our distractions when we are working is essential.

 

Think about your most essential tasks then how to complete them the most efficient way with the least distractions.  Of course, kids are a distraction, so read on to find ways to work around them.

 

Sacred Time

It may be useful to listen to Julie Stoian from Create Your Laptop Life.  Her podcast by the same name includes episode #32 Sacred Time and the 100/50/20 System.  If you feel hopeless about the amount of time you have compared to the long list of jobs that need doing, then this system could just about save your life!  Find the podcast here

 

Batch Your Work

I’m sure you’ve heard of batching but in case you are not yet putting it into practice, this is a little reminder.  This is a very efficient way to work. It means that similar tasks are grouped together and completed in one session.  For example, content production or accounts. Doing certain tasks on the same day once a week or once a month is a very efficient way to work.

Be Flexible

Life with kids is often unpredictable and messy.  It’s a good idea to remain flexible with your work arrangements and with your expectations.  Sometimes, it may be necessary to work at night and at others the work may not get done at all.  Kids get sick or sometimes just will not cooperate. If you are working from home for someone else, keep communication lines open with your colleagues and boss and ensure they understand that flexibility is required.

 

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Create a Fun Box

Kids always seem to know when you need some quiet to focus.  A good way to keep them occupied while concentrating on work is to have a fun box setup.  The box can contain items such as:

  • Play doh
  • Cars
  • Coloring in and activity sheets
  • Stickers
  • Blocks
  • Picture or lift the flap books

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Use technology at important times

Occasionally technology is a winner.  Whether it’s the laptop or TV, if you have an important conference call or client session, you are going to need some quiet.  Do not feel guilty about the occasional use of technology, just do whatever works.

 

Ask for help

Whether it’s paid help, a family member or your partner, sometimes we need help and we shouldn’t be afraid to ask for it.  If your kids are watched either in your own home or at a daycare centre for just 2 mornings a week, that is time you can use productively on your business without distractions.

Use Naptime

The great thing about little kids if they nap (if you’re lucky).  As long as you are getting enough sleep at night, you can use this nap time for work.  Yay! Naptime is the best quiet time. Just be careful about getting stuck into something for work, only to have your flow interrupted by a child waking up!!

Quality Time

Try giving your kid(s) some quality time first thing in the morning to do an activity that you are 100% focused on.  It’s amazing how happy kids can be to play on their own with something after having some quality 1 on 1 time with a parent.  

Take it easy on yourself.  Kids are demanding and work can be too.  Remember it’s not always going to work perfectly but there’s always tomorrow.  I hope this article has helped a little way with working from home with kids.  Let me know if you have any strategies that work well.

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