One room in my home had over time, become so cluttered with junk I could no longer bear to go in it. I would walk into the room, look at the disaster and retreat. One day, my son, not known for his domestic abilities, offered to spend some time with me so we could tackle it. As he is not known for his domestic abilities, I wasn’t sure that would help. But within 30 minutes, the room was cleaned, presentable and I still did most of the work! Now I have a clean and practically empty room! So why was it so overwhelming? It wasn’t hard. It wasn’t complicated. I just couldn’t make the first move alone.
Are you struggling with making the first move in a project whether in your business or personally? Ask for help. If you are feeling a great deal of resistance regarding the first step, scale back the size of it.
Where Can you Find Help?
- Join the Facebook group Unlock Your Maximum Potential. There you will a group of professionals with many talents who can give you an idea, suggest a specific step to complete, or just hold you accountable for that first or next move.
- If it is something in your personal life, ask a friend, a family member or children, young or old, or hire someone! Seriously, someone will help but you have to let them know you could use their help.
After you make that first move, here are some tools and tricks that are fun, easy, and helpful to get you to the second (or third) step in your business or personal life:
An incredibly useful bookmarklet to speed read any website. Spritzlet lets you zip through blog posts, news articles, etc. You will retain more of what you read and it is fun to use. I use it for fun just to see how fast I can read. (Kinda like the old fashion typing tests.) It forces you to concentrate on the task at hand.
This is sheer magic. A free tool to take screenshots or videos of your screen to share or receive. This is invaluable in training, whether you are doing the training or the learning. A picture is worth a page of instructions! Fast track your productivity.
If you are not using Evernote to boost productivity, how are you functioning? Whether you’re looking to simply create articles, compile research or create shopping lists, you need Evernote. You can organize clips, web pages, and articles into notebooks and even stack them in the order you need. It is easy to scan for keywords even in handwriting. Currently, they are collaborating with Google Drive so that Evernote customers can add any file in Drive to their notes without leaving Evernote. Any changes to files in Google Drive will update in Evernote. Awesome.
When my son was little we used timers for playtime, bath time, basically anytime we didn’t want to engage in a debate with a two-year-old. Children seem less likely to argue with a timer! As an adult, I love using a timer and usually just use the kitchen timer. The Pomodoro Technique is using a timer in proven effective manner to increase productivity for adults. You use a timer to break your work into 25 minutes of time blocks (called a “Pomodoro”) with timed breaks which help your mind stay fresh. Since you know the time is fixed, you will be encouraged to focus and work until the time is up. At home or at the office you could use a basic timer. Since most of us love apps, there are many Pomodoro apps to choose from. Focus Booster is designed for Iphones and Ipads. You can use it for free up to 20 sessions and after that the cost is minimal. For Android users, try Clear Focus on Google Play.
While most of our passwords automatically log in on our own computers, sometimes you need to know that hidden password that you can’t remember. Right-click the password box and select “Inspect Element.” This brings up the developer console. On the line that starts with “input type=password” change the word “password” to “text.” This will reveal your password. Brilliant.
Just for Fun
Have fun and be productive. Whether you want to stop procrastinating, listen to meditation music, master the art of communicating, or just slip away a while in a novel, Audible.com offers the best selection of audible books. Don’t like a book? Return it and get your credit refunded. You can search for the perfect title and save titles in a wish list for later. Yes, I love Audible.com.
That’s right, get more humor in your daily routine. Humor can increase productivity and creativity, as well as promote physical and emotional good health. Laughter can lower your heart rate, reduce your blood pressure and even improve the function of your blood vessels. Life is too short to be serious all the time. Humor can put things into perspective, inspire hope, and give encouragement. Take a look at Weekly Humor.
While I can’t help you with an overstuffed room, I can help if you are staring at a blank page which should be filled with engaging blog content or if you need persuasive copy for your landing or sale page. Or maybe you just have current content that needs editing or tweaking. Looking for a killer headline? You don’t need to do it alone. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You have nothing to lose but a blank page! In a hurry? Call (256) 571-6228.