Get Scheduling

Print yourself off a calendar you can find one here Write down EVERYTHING you dedicate yourself to on a weekly basis each day.  Next schedule in what you WANT to fit into your busy schedule.

Schedule time for interruptions, don’t be the time nazi and block all your time. Block out realistic times for example block out when you have lunch or you know this is when you like to spend time with your family.. Take 30 mins every-day to plot your day out adjusting with known obstacles etc.

Protect your time. If that’s your time blocked for self care or making calls to clients. Place yourself in an area of productivity. Away from interruptions, your phone, family, social media, tv etc.

Now onto the dump it, deal with it.  Are you spending your time on what serves you ? Once you reflect maybe you will see that there are simply too many activities for the children or not enough down time. That you have 0 time for your relationships and friendships. Things that are meaningful for you. It’s ok to dump one of the networking sessions and make it bi-weekly.

It’s ok to only volunteer at the school quarterly and not monthly. It’s ok that you don’t unload the dishwasher immediately afterwards. You hold the power over your time .  It’s easy to plan but are you planning smartly around what is important to you.

A few years ago I saw a friend who owned a part time business with what I can only described as a planner of beauty. It had accessories, stickers, extra to do sections, family sections, note pages. It was like planning on pretty steroids! I had to have one. Firstly know I’m a stationary geek and secondly I consider myself a productivity whizz. Having had some many projects on the go and been formerly trained in project management and effectiveness I knew this would be the tool I needed as a mom, a dedicated career woman, a wife and an entrepreneur this would be my new bible.

Planners come in many forms, the cork board, the calendar, the diary, the smartphone app the magnetic to do list on the fridge. Whatever it looks like you NEED one. You aren’t looking at this blog because you don’t need one, I am hearing that you want to be free from panic, stress, the wonder of what day it is!
Remember it’s impossible to clear off the to-do list altogether, it’s doing what is practical in the amount of free time you have.

Have more questions? Contact Ella Bates at ella@ellabates.com and let’s determine whether pre-planning your business year is right for you!

If you are feeling busy and not productive or even overwhelmed…or if you are working from a reactive state and procrastinating, we can help! Ella Bates has helped numerous businesses work more productively for 19 years by teaching them the strategies they need to succeed. Our highly interactive and engaging courses, coaching and products are without a doubt the boost your business needs to stay on top in today’s constantly changing world. Be part of the hundreds of others who get efficiency tips to their mailbox here.

Be really HEARD by your Ideal Clients

 

Did you know that being a Guest Speaker and being right at the front of the room is one of the FASTEST ways to gain credibility & business marketing without having to have a sales pitch!

There are some Biz owners who 100% rely on their speaking engagements for Client Leads!  Just look at TedEx!

Don’t think this applies to your business?  What better way to establish you as an expert, really elevate your brand and go public using your niched business.

We all know it to be true that conversation is one of the best way to connect to your clients, showcasing your expertise and building the trust and rapport with your ideal client.

Where can you speak? Clubs, Organizations, Groups and Charities often have speakers to add value to their meetings.  They will need you as much as you need them, as they will likely want to fill their speaker slots!

For example, a caterer could speak at a mom group talking about easy meals.  An Electrician could talk at a local hardware store.

You may find you are flexible with your message to suit the venue.  If this attracts more business for you at he same time as attracting business for them, then it’s a win all round!

Don’t not invite yourself in to share your fabulous experience with your ideal client who are just waiting to hear amazing tips from you!  If you can find the courage and you are ready to share your knowledge and build your business through speaking, start to source the engagements!

Want to be able to write a fabulous presentation that keeps your audience, engaged and interactive with a compelling presentation?  Check our our next Designing Superior Presentations Workshop here

Are you or your business suffering from terminal ‘Busy-Ness” and lacking productivity?  Ella Bates has helped numerous businesses work more productively for 19 years by teaching them the strategies they need to succeed. Our highly interactive and engaging Training courses, coaching and products are without a doubt the boost your business needs to stay on top in today’s constantly changing world. If you think being efficient is what YOUR business needs, contact us at ella@ellabates.com

 

 

Get your music flowing!

Have you ever noticed that the first few bars of a song can transport your mind back to the past to another time in your life…a good or a bad memory?

Not only that singing creates super charged brain activity in both sides of the brain (rarity)  meaning that you are exercising your brain muscle more than normal which is why it feels great!

Music can shift your mood completely and very very quickly, generally because it requires no real mental processing which is why its used so much in therapy!

So I’m encouraging you right now to go back to your music tastes and have a good sing song and get those feel good happy feelings flowing!

Have a fabulously musically enhanced day everyone!

Enjoy the link to my favorite music era the 80’s and 90’s!

 

Are you finding yourself using the phrase ‘busy’ and not so much “productive”?

If you are feeling busy and not productive or even overwhelmed…or if you are working from a reactive state and procrastinating, we can help! Ella Bates has helped numerous businesses work more productively for 19 years by teaching them the strategies they need to succeed. Our highly interactive and engaging courses, coaching and products are without a doubt the boost your business needs to stay on top in today’s constantly changing world. Be part of the hundreds of others who get efficiency tips to their mailbox here.  Contact us at ella@ellabates.com

Are you skipping your breakfast?

Do you start your day eating right?  So you may have to set your alarm a little earlier, but I challenge you to go eat breakfast somewhere before your day starts.  You are a lot less likely to be eating amongst couples so great if you aren’t super comfortable with eating alone.  Choose one that is on the way to where you start your day.

We all know that Breakfast is the most important meal of the day…let me tell you why.

If you skip breakfast it throws off your body’s rhythm.  You need to get fuel from food, otherwise you will have no energy and you will be more likely to overeat in the day. 

It actually kick-starts your metabolism which give you a super boost of energy and helps you burn calories throughout the day.  Studies have linked eating breakfast to better memory and concentration amongst other health benefits…so what do you have to lose?

 

Are you finding yourself using the phrase ‘busy’ and not so much “productive”?

If you are feeling busy and not productive or even overwhelmed…or if you are working from a reactive state and procrastinating, we can help! Ella Bates has helped numerous businesses work more productively for 19 years by teaching them the strategies they need to succeed. Our highly interactive and engaging courses, coaching and products are without a doubt the boost your business needs to stay on top in today’s constantly changing world. Be part of the hundreds of others who get efficiency tips to their mailbox here.  Contact us at ella@ellabates.com

Fall in love with your work

My first job I was so blessed to be given a position in a prestigious company that would eventually lead to being a barrister in a law firm.  Everyone was so very very proud of me and would talk incessantly about how I was a Trainee Legal Executive. I felt proud, what a title I had! I got to wear power suits (it was the early 90s!) and walk around in charged heels and stand in court with lawyers all day representing the people.  I became depressed, fully dreading every day.  My bosses were just awful.  Cruel in fact.  Talking to their staff without respect.  Micro Managing.  Casting fear over all that walked their way, including their clients!  I stayed for a full year, feeling that this is what the full-time workplace was all about.  Then I made friends with a wonderful woman on the bus each day who would tell me how much she loved her job, she was passionate about the company she worked for, she felt such reward from the work that she did and felt like a family with the people who she worked for with the mutual respect of the company.  Then I realized that no longer did you have to put up with what no one deserved, but a job that you DO deserve!

I found a job within a week as a legal secretary and much to the surprise of the company for leaving the “opportunity of a lifetime” I left, I left the world of “I am stuck, this is just the way it is!”

Now, am I here encouraging you to leave your position if you are unhappy?  No, not at all.

I’m here to remind you that what you do for work should inspire you, help you to feel fulfilled, be rewarding, be contributing to you and the people around you and to provide you with financial security.  You have ONE life (that we know of) and YOU DESERVE to feel nothing for joy for your days here.  So here are my tips for you.

1.       Do you love the work that you do?  If you do, share with others how you got there.  How you made it work that you love…. If not why not, could you challenge the process and introduce a way of doing the work that would be more enjoyable to you and the people around you?  Let’s be clear, it’s a little bit like doing dishes (not the most fun) but joy can be found in most work.  It could be your time to think during the mundane tasks, daydream?

2.       Do you realize the bigger picture of what you do?  Do you understand who your work touches?  Who it affects.  Sometimes we believe that the perceived smaller tasks have no worth.  Ask yourself/your boss, how does this affect the business.  Once we understand its worth, it automatically becomes much more rewarding.  As adult thinkers, we love to ask why! Go ask the question!

3.       Do you love your work environment?  What do you love about it, did you create it, was it created for you?  Do you dislike the environment? What can you do to change this?  Is it the work space?  Can you brighten this up, fill with your reasons for working, photos of your dream house or your family?  Is it a dangerous/cold/unrewarding environment?  As yourself where would you rather be, is this where you deserve to be?

4.       Do you have a dream of becoming or creating a position one day?  What are you doing to work towards this?  Are you allowing yourself to feel stuck?  Speak up to your boss about your career aspirations, start to look at opportunities out there where you believe you should be! Start the process.  Gain the knowledge, speak to the right people.

What percentage of your day are you at work?  A HUGE percentage, right?  I hope you are reading this and feel every ounce of joy in your career, if not let’s do something about that! Love the job you are in, or find the job you love, YOU DESERVE It!

 

Are you finding yourself using the phrase ‘busy’ and not so much “productive”?

If you are feeling busy and not productive or even overwhelmed…or if you are working from a reactive state and procrastinating, we can help! Ella Bates has helped numerous businesses work more productively for 19 years by teaching them the strategies they need to succeed. Our highly interactive and engaging courses, coaching and products are without a doubt the boost your business needs to stay on top in today’s constantly changing world. Be part of the hundreds of others who get efficiency tips to their mailbox here.  Contact us at ella@ellabates.com

Get Inspired and Be Inspiring!

When was the last time something inspired you, I mean the ‘get out of your seat and take action’ kind of inspired?  Did you share how inspiring that was?

Do you read?  There are so many inspiring books to read out there.  I am not just talking about the self-help books either.  I recently put a status out there for people to tell me about books that inspired them, we had children’s fictional books like Wind in the Willows and Roald Dahls books as they held so many great Morales.  Maybe you’ve read a biography where someone had such a life-changing experience, you were inspired to do things on your bucket list?  More often than not, you will find in your local library a staff selection pick of books that inspired them and if they don’t?  The staff are always more than happy to point you in the direction of books that changed their life!

When was the last time you watched a movie that (excuse the pun) ‘moved you’?  We all have those favorite movies, movies that have a story about people overcoming adversity, adopting children, being strong in a dark time.  Grab a movie today that inspires you and let other people’s stories change your life!

PLUS Be inspiring!

Some of us don’t believe that we have a story that expires, I can assure you that you DO!  We all face different exciting adventures and challenges in our life that to others seem feats of impossible!  Share your story, inspire others with your strengths!

We are all leaders in our own right, you have people watching you on social media, in the workplace, in social settings and being inspired and motivated by simply watching you or hearing your story.

Get out there today and be inspired and inspiring!

Are you finding yourself using the phrase ‘busy’ and not so much “productive”?

If you are feeling busy and not productive or even overwhelmed…or if you are working from a reactive state and procrastinating, we can help! Ella Bates has helped numerous businesses work more productively for 19 years by teaching them the strategies they need to succeed. Our highly interactive and engaging courses, coaching and products are without a doubt the boost your business needs to stay on top in today’s constantly changing world. Be part of the hundreds of others who get efficiency tips to their mailbox here.  Contact us at ella@ellabates.com

 

What are you placing value upon?

I’ve just had to give myself a time out and a good talking to.

It was my 2 year checkup at the optometrist and I chose some new frames (I like to change them up). One frame I liked so much more, suited me better but were so expensive! The other, were nice and more along my budget. So I went to cashout with the cheaper pair. Ouch

What value had I just placed on my eyesight and how I feel rocking the glasses!!!

It made me think about the fact that sometimes (budget constraints considered too) that we shouldn’t necessarily look at the price of items we buy, but on how much value we placed on those items.

When purchasing coaching for example, we may shop around for one that fits with our idea on how much a coach costs. If we changed our mind-set and ask ourselves what value would having a coach give me and what price could I put on that, we may feel differently spending. Its so easy to do with organic vs no organic vegetables, and easy to do with that cheap camping chair vs the comfortable one that we love to ready a good book in. So why aren’t we applying the same thought process to our health, business etc?

I for one, have given myself a shake and changed my mindset today. I bought the pair of glasses I Loved! As they say, “if it doesn’t bring you joy, why do you have it?”

Have more questions? Contact Ella Bates at ella@ellabates.com and let’s determine whether being efficient is right for your business/

If you are feeling busy and not productive or even overwhelmed…or if you are working from a reactive state and procrastinating, we can help! Ella Bates has helped numerous businesses work more productively for 19 years by teaching them the strategies they need to succeed. Our highly interactive and engaging courses, coaching and products are without a doubt the boost your business needs to stay on top in today’s constantly changing world. Be part of the hundreds of others who get efficiency tips to their mailbox here.

Craving your Routine back?

It’s not a wonder we crave routine, even the cells in our body have patterns and schedule and order!  As does the sun, think about it…when we have a schedule or a routine and some order in our lives, things go smoother.

We do it naturally  We order our lives so that we limit the amount of choices we have to make.  You’ve been there where they are so many choices, we literally don’t make one!  Routine is natural!

It makes us productive If you reduce decision making time, it gives us more time to take action!  Automation of our lives works wonders for us.

Gives us a sense of purpose  As a kid, our routines set by our parents/school gave us that safe feeling.  Our brains don’t like the feeling of the unknown, if we did we would be on constant alert.defense.  When we engage in a routine, we feel comforted in the fact that we have been in this situation before and we know what to do.

Even the creative people If you have a routine that isn’t allowed to be broken then creative people will go crazy!  Structure doesn’t have to be oppressive!  It offers an easier life Allow your routines to have flexible walls to keep to comfort.

Have one in the morning  Your morning routine alone can affect the rest of your day.  How you get up in the morning and your routine can dramatically affect your success in every area of your day.  Find your own daily routine that works for you.

Have more questions? Contact Ella Bates at ella@ellabates.com and let’s determine whether pre-planning your business year is right for you!

If you are feeling busy and not productive or even overwhelmed…or if you are working from a reactive state and procrastinating, we can help! Ella Bates has helped numerous businesses work more productively for 19 years by teaching them the strategies they need to succeed. Our highly interactive and engaging courses, coaching and products are without a doubt the boost your business needs to stay on top in today’s constantly changing world. Be part of the hundreds of others who get efficiency tips to their mailbox here.

Ella Bates has over 19 years of Learning and Developing experience developing powerful training that increases productivity, improves performance and inspires continuous focus on excellence through Workshops, Webinars, Podcasts and Group Coaching. You will be deciding on a dynamic learning experience through engaging delivery. Certified Franklin Covey Trainer and the Institute of Health & Human Potential (IHHP).

 

 

New Year’s Resolutions for Business Owners

Are you looking for increased business success or more of a chance of celebrate your successes this year?  Alongside your goals, it is a PERFECT time to set New years Resolutions for your business and create new habits which will trajectory in your business.

Here are my top New Year’s resolutions for business owners designed around success – which one will you choose?

  1.  Decide on your Networking patterns.  Where will you networking this year?  Where is your ideal client hanging out?  Where do you need to be building better relationships, schedule them in and protect that time.
  2. Do what you do best and hire for the rest.  Take a look at your to-do list and see where you are spending time where you know a professional could do it in half the time and alleviate you to be able to do more of what you are great at!
  3. Learn New Things What do you want to learn more of this year?  Social Media Planning, Marketing, learning about your Book Keeping Programm?
  4. Schedule Time for You As a business owner, we are not your typical 9-5 workers so time for yourself becomes increasingly more important.  Schedule time whether it be weekly or monthly for you.  A massage, time out to read a book, taking time with friends.  Give yourself the gift of self-care this year
  5. Set Realistic Goals. Clear goal setting should be on your radar this year.  Keep your goals tight and your focus will be clear this year.

Join one of our FREE webinars introducing you to the Successful world of Goal Planning, Business Planning & being Productive this year.  See our next Free Webinar here.

Have more questions? Contact Ella Bates at ella@ellabates.com and let’s determine whether pre-planning your business year is right for you!

If you are feeling busy and not productive or even overwhelmed…or if you are working from a reactive state and procrastinating, we can help! Ella Bates has helped numerous businesses work more productively for 19 years by teaching them the strategies they need to succeed. Our highly interactive and engaging courses, coaching and products are without a doubt the boost your business needs to stay on top in today’s constantly changing world. Be part of the hundreds of others who get efficiency tips to their mailbox here.

Ella Bates has over 19 years of Learning and Developing experience developing powerful training that increases productivity, improves performance and inspires continuous focus on excellence through Workshops, Webinars, Podcasts and Group Coaching. You will be deciding on a dynamic learning experience through engaging delivery. Certified Franklin Covey Trainer and the Institute of Health & Human Potential (IHHP).  

Get Visualizing Your Goals

Did you know that since the beginning of time we have used visualization techniques for success?  When we want to win in competition, we visualize how we will look and feel when we win and When we are hungry, we visualize what we would like to eat.  Its quite simple really.

So why aren’t we all using the fabulous and very simple technique to take our goals to the next level.  Here are some reasons why you should consider it:

Create New Brain Patterns You stimulate your nervous system by imagining yourself doing what it is you wish to do by creating patterns – just as it it had really happened!

Its a Mood Booster – The great images alter any creeping in negative emotions.  Who wouldn’t want a great, exciting goal-orientated image to daydream with?

It Stops Distractions – It takes you back into focus on what you DO want and not what you DON’T want!

Activate the Law of Attraction – Where energy flows, energy grows…we know this to be true and if you have heard of the Law of Attraction you will know that if you radiate your wants, you draw the people and the resources that you need in your life to achieve your goals.

The daily practice of visualizing your dreams as already complete can rapidly accelerate your achievement of those dreams, goals and ambitions – Jack Canfield

Let’s face it,  if you can’t picture yourself achieving a goal, chances are you won’t, let a vision board be your best friend.

Have more questions? Contact Ella Bates at ella@ellabates.com and let’s determine whether pre-planning your business year is right for you!

If you are feeling busy and not productive or even overwhelmed…or if you are working from a reactive state and procrastinating, we can help! Ella Bates has helped numerous businesses work more productively for 19 years by teaching them the strategies they need to succeed. Our highly interactive and engaging courses, coaching and products are without a doubt the boost your business needs to stay on top in today’s constantly changing world. Be part of the hundreds of others who get efficiency tips to their mailbox here.