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Tip #18: Take a Break
This one is really a reminder for myself. It is so easy to sit down at the computer and never get up. If you are one of those people who literally spend hours sitting in front of your computer, schedule breaks in for yourself. You may need to set up a reminder in your calendar or set a timer.
We all know sitting too long is not good for our health, but we do it anyway.
If you catch yourself procrastinating it may be because you need a break. Procrastinating can be our mind and bodies way of saying we’ve had a enough. Give yourself permission to take a break.
My advice: when you take a break from your computer, also take a break from your smartphone, eReader and TV. Take a complete screen break. Do something different. Get out of your comfort zone!
How long have you been sitting at your computer today?
I attended the Women’s PowerStrategy conference this weekend. The founder and organizer Patricia V. Davis invited me to speak on a panel. I am grateful for the opportunity to get to share my story but what I really enjoyed about the conference was all the wonderful people I met.
Patricia coordinated an amazing group of women and men presenters. I was inspired by so many of the workshops I attended.
I met some great people doing wonderful things in the world. People like Siobhan Neilland, founder of OneMama, turns out we have a lot of friends in common. My fellow panelist Vincent Zappacosta and Douglass Christensen the guys behind Dementia-Mama-Drama. And, Laura Berg, founder of My Smart Hands, Inc.
Also, discovered a wonderful women-owned sparkling wine company called Breathless.
Tip # 17: Network when attending conferences and workshops.
Sometimes the conversations that happen behind the scenes, in the hallways or even the restrooms are priceless. If you are shy and not sure how to approach people look around for someone who is alone and looking a bit awkward. Go up to that person, introduce yourself and ask them how they heard about the conference, why they are there or if they are enjoying the conference. Very likely this person will be grateful someone is talking to them. You never know… they could be your next client or know your next client.
Tip #16: One space is okay.
Did you know that somewhere along the line someone changed the rules and now it is no longer necessary to put 2 spaces after a period? In fact, in the world of social media (especially Twitter) that extra space is a waste of space. When you only have 140 characters to fit your thought in to, every s-p-a-c-e counts.
Here is an explanation from my super-smart-editing-proofreading-word-genius friend Angela Smith: How Many Spaces Between Sentences?
Tip #15: D.I.N.G. – Do It Now, Girl (or Guy)!
I learned this one from the Flylady (a.k.a. Marla Cilley).
When you catch yourself procrastinating on something you really do not want to do but have to do, stop procrastinating, grab a timer, set it for 15 minutes and Do It Now! Marla Cilley’s acronym DING is related to her theory of setting the timer for 15 minutes and just doing it now, stop procrastinating.
DING represents the sound the timer makes and is a reminder to Do It Now, Girl (or Guy)!
“You can do anything for 15 minutes”. – Flylady
PS. The FLY in Flylady stands for Finally Loving Yourself.
Tip #14: Read more books.
I see a lot of business owners spending a lot of money and time reinventing the wheel instead of learning from someone else who has already made the mistakes and mastered the skill.
5 reading suggestions to get you out of a business funk:
- are looking for more clients, read: Get Clients Now! by C.J. Hayden
- are wondering why you never make enough money, read: Overcoming Underearning by Barbara Stanny
- want to make more sales but don’t want to be the pushy salesman type, read: Testosterone Free Marketing by Denise Michaels
- are overwhelmed with managing your team, read: The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard & Spencer Johnson
- don’t like change, just got laid off or are feeling hopeless with the economy the way it is, read: Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson
What are your favorite business books? Please leave a comment below with the titles.
This is my original version of the book Get Clients Now from 1999. I love the cover!
Have you checked out your local library lately? Did you know many public libraries in the US now offer eBooks and eAudio books?
Tip #12: Be like a duck.
I grew up with ducks. I learned something from those ducks.
When it rains just let the water roll off your back. Have you ever seen the way water beads up on a ducks back and rolls off it?
When my feelings are hurt because someone is criticizing me or when someone is in a bad mood around me I try to remember to be like a duck and let the feelings or words just roll off of me. I visualize their hurtful words as water beading up and rolling off my back and then I waddle off in search of more positive, pleasant people to be around.
Be like a duck!
Photo by Flickr user Ernst Vikne
Tip # 9: Make time for gratitude.
What are you grateful for?
Energy flows where attention goes. Take 2 minutes a day to write down 5 things you are grateful for.
It seems taking time to be grateful is good for your health.
In the video below Oprah talks about what she knows about gratitude.
Sometimes it is difficult to be grateful. You may feel like you have nothing to be grateful for. You can start really small with things like I am grateful my toilet works. I know that sounds strange but if you have ever had a sewage flood in your house (like I have) you would be very grateful for a working toilet! ;-)
Image above from the awesome Bean Up The Nose Art collection.