Use your SUMMER Time Wisely!

Time management in the summer
SUMMER IS HERE!  Summer is one of those seasons that showcases all the relaxation and freedom of being in the sun and relaxing.  Is this always the case for you?  Maybe not and Summer Stress is very very real for some of us!  In fact, the summer season can be a huge period of overwhelm for some, childcare arrangements, summer camps, vacations, packing for camping, trailer time, family time, celebration time etc.  It’s a big upheaval for some!  Read my top tips for using the summertime to your advantage.

My top tips:ROUTINE ROUTINE ROUTINE:  Just because the kids aren’t in school, or you aren’t at work doesn’t mean we don’t crave routine, in fact, our brain CRAVES it!  We love to know what to expect.  Make the summer days just as routine based as you would your regular day, making more time for flexibility.  When you have something to look forward to in the day, you are motivated to enjoy the rest of the day too!GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION FOR DOWN-TIME:  Used to the everyday challenges and celebrations?  You can incorporate that into your day too.  Reading & Learning, Playing and Creativity, Physical Exercise, serving others – so many community events out there!  Use your downtime well and you will have a fun packed and fulfilled summer!PLAN PLAN PLAN:  Hands up, how many are thinking “summer is here and what’s the plan?”.  Have a pow-wow with yourself, your friends, family and significant others on your bucket list for the summer.  When you know what you would like to achieve, see and do over the summer, you can schedule it in!  Or make a bucket list for next year!No regrets!  Summer is ready for you, take advantage of the beauty of the outdoors, the learning opportunities, the reading opportunities, the opportunity to rest and recuperate!

Ella Bates, your Master Trainer & Coach will guide you to work smarter not harder with our 2hr intensive coaching package.  This guidance will challenge you on your current habits from distractions/procrastination and your non-value added activities.  

We take a deep look at your current habits and guide you with tested methodology and a whole new toolkit to set up successful systems for your success.  To start, we will capture your current challenges and your valuable vision for your life and build momentum, loosening the tasks that aren’t adding the most value to your workflow.  If you feel that saving your energy, money and time is for you, then contact us today for a free discovery call or see more details atwww.ellabates.com/coach

 

Why ‘WHY’ Is Important in the Workplace

They’ve said that stories sell….so should your internal marketing.  People and key employes dont buy what you do, they buy into WHY you do it and WHY they should want it.

Simon Sinek believes it’s critical for employees to understand the “why” of the organization. Why did it start to begin with? What is the drive behind it? Why do the leaders in the organization do what they do? What drives them every day?

In organizations we get caught up in the ‘Busy-ness’ of the day to day, how often do we step back and look at the true purpose of the organization, how often as an employee do we step back and determine f our tasks are driven towards the strategic goals and the goals of the department, how often do we take a step back and look to see if the tasks and projects are aligned with our own personal values?

If our “why” is super clear then its super easy for our team to drive focus towards the why.

Make the difference between passion and a pay cheque.

As adults, we thrive in an environment where we can be highly productive, feel engaged and have accountability for our actions, when we know what impact we are having and the difference we are making, the motivation is higher and the productivity increases.

Do you remember “why” you joined the company, do you remember “why” your company was founded, do you remember “why” you have those projects and tasks on your list?

Everything starts with “why”

Ella Bates – MASTER TRAINER.  I’m a believer in taking massive action to master a topic, dream or goal. 

On my team, we model success and utilize systems proven to fast-track achievement, and our unique approach to efficiency always results in reduced waste with our Guaranteed Corporate Training System.  If you are looking for * Reduced Staff Turnover * Real Competitive Advantage * Increased Corporate Capability * Higher Attraction for New Talent * Boosted Driving Leadership & Enhanced Skill Sets for Staff, we can help!  To find out more and read our proprietary TrainincX3 method, just send me an email at Ella@EllaBates.com.  

Tips To Prevent Burnout

Websters dictionary defines Burnout as meaning:  “Exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration.”

There are two huge reasons this happens:

1.  We lack motivation

2.  We lack rejuvenation

Here are our 5 tips to prevent Burning Out:

TIP ONE:  Learn to manage stress levels

What do you do to help emotional balance?  Do you meditate, read, nap, exercise, go for a brisk walk?  Learning to manage your stress levels not only prevents burnout but manages your productivity, it is a critical skill.

TIP TWO;  Determine what is important to you

Do you know what is important to you?  Do you know what is valuable in your career, in your life.  Are you working on the valuable.  When you spend your time on high valued activities you increase your satisfaction levels.

TIP THREE:  Who is your Cheerleading Team

Do you have a support system?  In the workplace, is your Manager or are your peers in the know of your projects and tasks, are they motivating you to do better?  As an Entrepreneur, do you have an Accountability Partner, do you share with your spouse?  There is nothing more lonely that being deep into a project that no one else has a vested interest in.  Find your support system, the Project Team, Your Manager, Your Spouse, Other Business Owners, a Networking Support System.

TIP FOUR:   Schedule Free Time

Take a look at your schedule, it is back to back, project to project, meeting to meeting?  Your day deserves white space, for critical thinking, for creative thinking, for rejuvination, for biological reasons, for socialization, for personal activities.

TIP FIVE:  Know your Symptoms

Learn to recognize when the symptoms flare up.  Are you uninterested in your work, do you find yourself not contributing in conversation.  Learn to recognizing the symptoms and take the much-needed rest and rejuvenation for both mental and physical reasons.

Ella Bates, your Master Trainer & Coach will guide you to work smarter not harder.  This guidance will challenge you on your current habits from distractions/procrastination and your non-value added activities.  Our mission is to move you from that stressful feeling of overwhelm to feeling productive and more importantly efficient with your time.

Your Efficiency Coach will take a deep look at your current habits and guide you with tested methodology and a whole new toolkit to set up successful systems for your success.  To start, we will capture your current challenges and your valuable vision for your life and build momentum, loosening the tasks that aren’t adding the most value to your workflow.  If you feel that saving your energy, money and time is for you, then contact us today for a free discovery call or see more details atwww.ellabates.com/coach

Get a Difficult Conversation Back On Track

Frequently our conversations can into difficult conversations, frustrating, resentment and time and effort wasting.

There are many conversational tools we can become skilful at.  Let’s look at our top 5:

TIP ONE:  Shift to understanding and learning

In conversation, it can be challenging not to try to convince the other person to adopt our point of view.  We ALWAYS have to see things from anothers perspetive in order to communicate well.  If we see a conversation about understanding and learning aboanotherthers person, we can make space to take in their viewpoint.  Each person will feel like the conversation is mutually an investment in time/ a partnership and not an opposition.

TIP TWO: No Assuming

When our opinion or our ego feels threatened, we like to guess what we believe the other to be thinking.  The assumptions we make reveal a lot about what WE are thinking rather than the person we are communicating with.  Assuming really does prevent us from really understanding the meaning to the challenge and being able to effectively come up with solutions.  Drop the ego.

TIP THREE:  Work together to problem solve

Not everyone can handle feedback with grace, and when we don’t, we don’t learn from the feedback.  Have you heard of something called Feed Forward?  Rather than tell the other what you hope can be a solution, ask them for suggestions.  Our brain likes to presever and protect our self-image, when there is a perception of working ‘together’, noone feels targetted.

TIP FOUR:  Be Friends with Silence

Sometimes, you may find yourself in a moment of silence in a conversation and all too often we rush to fill in the gap.  Silence can very much be golden, allowing the words to be processed and calmly responded to.

TIP FIVE:  Learn how to Handle Difficult Conversations

There are a myraid of excellent books produced on this topic, conflict is inevitable in the workplace with so many creative people and people wanting to share their ideas.  Be open to reading, learning and observing how others deal with these type of challenges.

Ella Bates – MASTER TRAINER.  I’m a believer in taking massive action to master a topic, dream or goal. 

On my team, we model success and utilize systems proven to fast-track achievement, and our unique approach to efficiency always results in reduced waste with our Guaranteed Corporate Training System.  If you are looking for * Reduced Staff Turnover * Real Competitive Advantage * Increased Corporate Capability * Higher Attraction for New Talent * Boosted Driving Leadership & Enhanced Skill Sets for Staff, we can help!  To find out more and read our proprietary TrainincX3 method, just send me an email at Ella@EllaBates.com.  

5 Ways to Sneak in Exercise

Some of your colleagues right now may be exercising, look around, can you tell?  Probably not.

There are a number of ‘movements’ that you can do during your work day to exercise within the office and still maintain your excellent productivity record!

SHOULDER BLADE SQUEEZES

Pretend you are holding a pencil in between your shoulder blades and squeeze in and release 10 times

STANDING CALF RAISES

Stand behind your chair holding on to it.  Raise your foot onto your tiptoes and hold 2 seconds and release repeats 10 times

PHONE EXERCISE

Get yourself a wireless headset so when you have to answer the phone, you can get your steps in

SOCIAL FITNESS

Need to speak to a colleague who you share the same office with?  Don’t use email and the phone its too easy.  You can be walking to their desk and asking them the question (builds strong relationships too!)

WALKING MEETINGS

Why should all meetings be sedentary, especially when there are two of you?  If its informal and no major notes are to be taken, the get outside, get the fresh air, the exercise and the Vitamin D.  Plus the movement will set for a great creative meeting

DDon’tlet the office become the reason you become sedentary by trying some of these steps, keep your day ‘moving’.

Ella Bates – MASTER TRAINER.  I’m a believer in taking massive action to master a topic, dream or goal. 

On my team, we model success and utilize systems proven to fast-track achievement, and our unique approach to efficiency always results in reduced waste with our Guaranteed Corporate Training system.  If you are looking for * Reduced Staff Turnover * Real Competitive Advantage * Increased Corporate Capability * Higher Attraction for New Talent * Boosted Driving Leadership & Enhanced Skill Sets for Staff, we can help!  To find out more and read our proprietary TrainincX3 method, just send me an email at Ella@EllaBates.com.  

5 Steps to Blissful Sleep to wake up Vibrant, Energized & Ready

Wouldnt it be lovely to wake up feeling super energized, quick and vibrant?  Its a huge necessity, sleeping, it is required for your body to be rested so you can take on another day.  Some days, people wake up still feeling sleepy even after 8 hours!

It IS possible to wake up feeling very much alive even after less than 7 hours sleep.

Tip One:  Drink More Water

If you sip on a nice tall glad of iced water, it will help your body to rehydrate itself, help your digestive system and detox itself while you are asleep!

Tip Two:  Write It Out

More than likely (especially if you are reading this) you have had a highly energetic day so winding down at night is tough.  Get a notepad or a journal and write when you have accomplished and the things you plan to do the next day, make space in your mind for restful sleep not for re-playing your day or preparing for the next one.

Tip Three:  Don’t hit the Snooze Button

Have you heard the phrase “You Snooze, you Lose”?  You know that your alarm will go off again in just a few minutes, so there is no time to allow for a deep restful sleep.  Usually producing a groggy feeling and being more tired than when the original alarm went off!

Tip Four:  Turn off Electronics

Sounds obvious right?  Your body needs time to shift into your sleep mode, the last hour before bedtime should be spent doing something mindful, reading or meditating or conversation.  The light that is emitted from our electronica activate the brain instead of winding it down.

Tip Five:  Cut out the Caffeine

Caffeine is designed to enhance your focus and energy.  It can affect you up to 8 hours after your drink still stimulating the body at bedtime.  If you crave it at night, stick with the decaffeinated kind.

Each day is a gift and our time is a gift, we don’t get it back and we cant return to it.  Let’s use it wisely!

 Ella Bates, your Master Trainer & Coach will guide you to work smarter not harder.  This guidance will challenge you on your current habits from distractions/procrastination and your non-value added activities.  Our mission is to move you from that stressful feeling of overwhelm to feeling productive and more importantly efficient with your time.

Your Efficiency Coach will take a deep look at your current habits and guide you with tested methodology and a whole new toolkit to set up successful systems for your success.  To start, we will capture your current challenges and your valuable vision for your life and build momentum, loosening the tasks that aren’t adding the most value to your workflow.  If you feel that saving your energy, money and time is for you, then contact us today for a free discovery call or see more details at www.ellabates.com/coach