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

 

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.  

Procrastination – Stop the Madness

Procrastination – the biggest killer of productivity.  many things get put off in life, like difficult conversations, goal setting, not going to the doctors/dentist, changing jobs.

What are the reasons we do this?

1.A fear of failure

2.Not knowing where to start

3.Allowing distractions that interfere with focus

4.Avoidance of unpleasant tasks

A fear of failure

The surest way to achieve success and not failure is to model someone who is already successful. If you don’t have good models, find someone who is the best in your chosen field and emulate them. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel – simply learn from the best. Someone has already discovered how to get it — and you want to figure out what they are doing right. Saving you the time and pain with their knowledge they have gained.  Success leaves clues.  Follow their strategy and you sow the same seeds, then you’ll reap the same rewards.   Failure is about learning,

Not knowing where to start

Schedule milestones, chunk out the information.  Simply begin with the deadline, then work backwards to block off time periods on your calendar to work on the project pieces.  Set deadlines on every milestone.  How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time…dipped in chocolate. What does this mean? It means splitting big projects into small parts and making them more enjoyable. Perhaps playing lively music will help motivate you to tackle the project. Or, promise yourself some other treat after each small part of the task is complete.

Allowing distractions that interfere with focus

We are factually our biggest distractor…….Let me make a case for this with just this one question…..Do you randomly check email/social media/Pinterest/Instagram/your bank etc.?  You are simply creating a stop start stop start pattern, what I mean by that is for every distraction you lose a few minutes of focus time.  We re-focus then we allow ourselves to be interrupted with that feeling of ‘I must check’.

Schedule specific times for checking or making a drink for you.  Remember if you want to have that laser vision focus, you have to own it and protect that time.

Don’t invite interruption:  Silence cell phone, Create custom voicemail, Unplug from the internet.  Protect your time.  Tell others that you are in ‘the zone’ in focus time, whatever you want to call it.  Don’t stay in an area of distraction.  You don’t have to work where you have always worked.

Our brains are finely attuned to distraction, so today’s digital environment makes it especially hard to focus. “Distractions signal that something has changed,”

Avoidance of unpleasant tasks

Why are you spending your time doing tasks you hate?  Is it something you can delegate?

Ill give you an example, I LOVE cleaning, now have a cleaner!  I don’t feel the guilt of not having a clean house anymore and I certainly dont feel guilty about the time that I have saved and can now provide more time to my clients.

Secondly, you need to ask yourself why it is so unpleasant!  What is it you don’t like about it, why do you do it?  Do you understand the value it brings?  If you are doing a task that isn’t of high impact or value to you or your work or your business, then DITCH IT!

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.