Tips on using technology FOR you – not against you!

Surround yourself with things that make you HAPPY!

Surround yourself with things that make you HAPPY!

Do you lust after a more productive life: you hit your stride out for a run, or on the treadmill, you get a hundred things checked off your to do list with minutes to spare and land that dream client before lunch. You are engaged and focused when you unwind from the day with a healthy meal with your family. Does this sound too good to be true? It doesn’t have to be. I passionately believe that women can “have it all,” where this means a life of abundance – soul-satisfying work, important and life-affirming personal engagements with others, a healthy lifestyle full of activity and responsibility that is joyful and never burdensome.

So.... Here are a few tips on self care, how to avoid distraction and getting time back!

1. Build a schedule and stick to it:
Schedule email times throughout the day and only check and respond to emails at those times. I have a routine that includes a quick check and response 3 times a day at set intervals. You will get so much done in between by reducing interruptions and distractions while remaining attentive to those needing your help urgently.

2. Stay focused:
Turn off social media notifications on your phone. These are intended to distract you and can keep you from achieving the important things.

3. Try the Pomodoro technique:
Depending which study you read... Your brain works best with about 45 mins of focused work and 5-15 mins rest. Use your phone alarm to alert you after 45 mins, then get up, walk around the block, do some crunches or star jumps, whatever, just move your body and increase that blood flow!

4. Listen to binaural beats:
Binaural beats are a brainwave entrainment technology designed to put your brain into the same activity state as when you are meditating using traditional methods. Traditional meditation can be difficult during a busy day and it's difficult to hold the mind's focus, so many people miss out on its benefits. So give this a try. You can find Binaural beats on Youtube and will need to use your headphones. You may even find it enhances concentration and memory retention

5. Go full screen:
Some studies show people who use two screens are more productive Get a large monitor and or use two screens - i.e. your laptop, plus a plugged in desktop screen.

6. Do a time inventory Track: 
If you're wondering where all your time in the day goes, try a time tracker like RescueTime — it will tell you how much time you spend in a given app or on each website you visit and help you decide what’s adding to or detracting from you precious time!

7. Make people come to you:
A strong, clean website is a mark of professionalism and will attract prospective clients to you. If you capture their details while they are visiting your site you just got back 25% of the time you spend chasing new business. Have a pop up on your site that allows people to give you their Email address so they can receive your newsletter or an Ebook.

8. Don’t make SM your full time job:
Social media is an effective way to build stronger relationships with your customers, while also making a positive impact on prospects. Share high-value information related to your business with your followers. This helps build trust and position you as an expert in your field but can be very time consuming. You can outsource the responsibility to some one who does this full-time or use a variety of different software apps to help you manage multiple postings on multiple sites. Here are a few you may want to look at: CANVA, Boardbooster, IFTTT, DrumUp and RiteTag