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by Kelli Goldin
The best project you’ll ever work on is you.
Do you treat yourself as your best project, such as…
Invest in yourself with your time, energy, focus?
Make actual financial investments in yourself, such as a personal fitness coach, an empowerment coach, or a financial advisor?
Read anything lately or attended a workshop to broaden your mind?
Choose to travel?
Or even make an update to your wardrobe?
How to do it
There are many ways that you can be your own project. Choose a big project and work on it throughout the year, or (more likely to get done) choose a smaller one to achieve every quarter. Or even better, something to tackle every month.
To give you examples and maybe some inspiration, here’s my personal projects:
Monthly – Attend local networking meetings.As a solopreneur who works at home, isolation is a real thing, even with social media. It’s already created new connections, client leads, and support for me and my contribution to the groups has been appreciated since I offer those to others, too.
Quarterly – Read a new book about personal &/or business development.I realize that four books a year is a little thin, but I only read two last year, so there’s improvement. Since I’m still very actively growing my businesses, my time is limited. But, I’m committed to expand my thinking, so four will be my minimum. (Note: I didn’t mean that I will only read four books this year. HA! I was referring to personal or business development. Thanks to those that were concerned and surprised.)
Yearly – Weight loss AND fitness.This isn’t much of a surprise I think, since about 83% of Americans (I made up that number, but I bet it’s close) say they want to get fitter and thinner. My weight struggle is due to a couple of autoimmune issues, and lately, to a knee injury I had 6 months ago that still bothers me. It’s imperative that build up my strength and I lose the extra I put on plus more. I’m really tired of the knee pain. And I have a milestone birthday coming up. (Plenty of motivation, in other words.)
OK! It’s your turn. What are you doing to make yourself your best project? Accountability is key, so make it official and tell me in writing in the comments below.
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Comments Off on 10 Things You Can Start Today | Set Up For Success
by Kelli Goldin
This is the second post in a Personal Development Series. This article gives valuable tips to set yourself up to be successful in business, in achieving personal goals… really in anything you want to pursue.
Personal development is about taking time to make changes in ourselves or our lives. It’san investment of time, energy, thought, emotions and intentions to improve ourselves and our lives.
Sometimes we want to be successful with something so badly, but get stuck in the early stages. There are times when we work hard but need some help. And how do we know that we’ve done something successfully?
Here’s 10 life hacks to help set yourself up for success and you can start today!
Establish your goals.
First, make your goals reasonable. Like planning to run a marathon in a year rather than in 3 months when you’ve never run more than a mile.
Secondly, make them measurable. If you’re trying to lose weight, you have a number in mind. A blogger will look for pageviews or subscribers. A sales rep keeps track of new accounts.
Lastly, goals should be very specific. Break your big goals down into the essentials. I like to think of breadcrumbs leading me along the way to success. There are systems, apps and programs to help you do that if you don’t know where to start. (Trello is a new-to-me program I’m trying out.)
Commit to your success.
If you’re going to take on something, it’s going to mean you’re 100% behind it. This is not the time to be wishy-washy. Save yourself the time and heartache. Write down what you want to accomplish. Plan it out. Make it as detailed as you possibly can to see the way clearly. BUT, don’t get stuck in “analysis paralysis”. Write it down and edit it later if things change.
Establish your “why”.
I’ve heard this so many times over the years and it’s such solid advice. There will be rough patches and pitfalls, bad days and setbacks, and when the going gets tough, recentering your focus is so helpful. Remembering your “why” will give you the strength and resolve to keep on.
Do some solid networking.
Whether you’re looking for success for personal or business reasons, a strong network will help set you up with anything from good advice to resources to mentoring. Surround yourself with people who have already had the success that you’re working towards.
Check out Facebook groups that have members that can help you and that you can help. For offline/local networking, check out Eventbrite for meetups, workshops and events.
Get a support network established.
Whether you need a walking buddy to make sure you show up everyday, or a partner to take on more of the chores to free up more time to work, having someone (or several people) to step in from time to time is going to helpful. It’s OK to ask for assistance, especially when other things are demanding your attention.
Continue your education.
Read blogs, books, articles or papers to keep up on the latest in your interest or field of work. Learn a new skill to give more value to what you’re going now. Forecast or even get ahead of new trends to position yourself as an expert.
Maintain your health.
There’s nothing more distracting than health issues. Don’t derail your progress by something you mostly have in your control. Make better choices in your exercise, eating and sleeping habits.
Keep a positive attitude.
Visualizing your success is a powerful way to achieve it. What will your life look like when you have success? What will change? Fleshing out as many details as you can when you envision it will make it more real and attainable. (I’m a big believer in positive thinking and what it can do for you.)
Quiet your fears.
Of course, there will be days when things go wrong. There will be setbacks. Some things will be in your control and a few might not be. Letting your fears of failure sneak in won’t do you any favors. This is not the time for “hope for the best and expect the worst”. Keep in mind that mistakes or misfortunes are great ways of learning things and can make us stronger. Keep your focus on moving ahead and don’t get bogged down by “what-ifs”.
Celebrate your success!
As I said before, your success is going to get accomplished in stages. Each stage will probably be broken down into smaller ones. Take the time to recognize your little accomplishments. Get excited about your progress. You’re on your path to success!
Hack your life today. Create more success quicker and easier. Smash those goals!
Comments Off on 10 Things You Can Start Today | Work & Life Balance
by Kelli Goldin
This is the first post in a Personal Development Series called “10 Things You Can StartToday”. This article focuses on the balancing act we all face between work and life.
Personal development is about taking time to make changes in ourselves or our lives. It’s an investment of time, energy, thought, emotions and intentions to improve.
A little history
Work-life balance was first talked about in the mid-80’s, when the trend of working more than 40 hours per week was on the rise. It became the norm for many people. Fast forward 30 years, and many professionals talk about a 50-hour work week as “taking it easy”. Clearly, the memo about finding work life balance didn’t get to everyone, but Millenials are beating the “more fun, less work” drums pretty loudly. It’s a concept with staying power.
Finding work-life balance is about identifying the happy middle ground that allows us to feel successful in our work and engaged in our personal life. Like any balancing act, there’s always a little sway to one side and back to the other – some give and take. Keeping things entirely equal is impossible, but keeping things in harmony is the goal.
Write down your priorities.
Figuring out what’s important in your work and your personal life is the only way to put your focus on the things that deserve your time and energy. “Cut the fluff!” is something that I tell myself when I’m feeling overwhelmed. (Yes, I actually do say that. It’s fun. Try it.)
Say “no” a lot more often.
If you’re the “go-to” person at the top of the list you’re doing a lot of extra work, either at your job or at home. Try delegating some of that, or at the very least, give yourself a break and just say “no” more often. If it’s important enough, someone else will pick up the task.
Avoid distractions at work.
We’re all guilty of procrastination from time to time, but loss of focus due to distractions is the biggest time waster. Don’t get lost in your browser, emails, updates or social media. Don’t get into long discussions with co-workers. Keep distractions at a minimum and your efficiency will increase, meaning less time spent at work finishing things up.
Make a schedule and stick to it.
If you find that you don’t have time for things that you want to do, it’s time to schedule them in. You’ve prioritized, said no to extra work and minimized time-wasters, so you should have some newly found time to relax. If it’s on a schedule, you’re a lot more likely to do it, too. Treat your down-time as importantly as anything else on your schedule.
Let’s be realistic. No one can do it all, all the time. Let some things go. It’ll get done eventually, (or maybe not). If that’s really not your style, make arrangements for someone else to do it, either at work or at home. Outsource, delegate, hire a housecleaner or order takeout. It may be important for things to be done, but ask yourself if it’s really important that you do it.
Get some exercise.
I know from experience exercise is a great way to push the reset button when it’s time to switch gears from worklife to homelife (especially since I work from home). If getting an early morning or lunchtime walk or workout in is what works best for you, then do that. It’s a great way to reduce stress and improves both physical and mental health. Endorphins are good things.
Have a social life.
I know what constitutes a social life has changed over the years, but having contact with people is a good thing. There are a lot of ways to communicate and stay in touch with others, but human interaction is important, and that means face-to-face. If it’s been more than a month since you’ve seen anyone other than people at work and your family socially, surprise the heck out of a friend of yours and schedule a coffee date, lunch, movie, shopping… whatever works. No cancelling allowed!
Make your time away from work meaningful. Vegging in front of the TV isn’t adding anything to your life. Take advantage of the time you have to engage with your friends or family, get a hobby (sharing one with someone counts double), or get in some reading (not work-related) or music. Personally, cooking dinner every night is my unwind time.
Technology is such a double-edged sword, and it’s a time and attention thief. As mentioned above, turn off the television, put away the phone, turn off the computer and be present with your family or friends. Give yourself a break and leave work at work. You would probably think anyone who let their personal life interfere with their job was out of line. Treat your personal life just the same and stop checking your emails.
Get some sleep!
Better focus, better attitude, better health and better performance are just a few of the improvements you’ll see if you get regular and sufficient sleep. Make it a priority and a habit to get the best results.
Hack your life today. Get more balance. Feel less stress. Be happier.
These are the ten best ways to get more work-life balance into your life right away. By making changes to focus on what makes you happy and fulfilled, you’ll find that your worklife and your life outside of work will reap the benefits.
What challenges are you having in living with more work-life balance? Bonus points if you tell me what changes you’ve already tried and how they worked for you. Comment below.
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by Kelli Goldin
We all have times when we feel stuck, and in my experience, it’s because we lose sight of our goals. There’s a disconnect between what we do and what we really want out of all of it. We get wrapped up in the little things that demand most of our attention. They count, too, but they sap our energy and drive. We get bogged down.
That’s a terrible way to achieve what we really want, so sometimes we need to rethink what we really want. And we need some motivation and reminders to find the path again. To get back on track. And to move forward.
My recommendation? We need to find our why. Find a core motivation, and (if you’re like me) a mantra or a word to focus on. It’ll be the thing to read or say when things get tough and the way gets lost.
You’ll find your way back. You’ll start to move forward again.
Do you have a favorite quote (you know I love them) that gives you motivation and keeps you moving forward? I’ve shared a few of mine. Share yours in the comments below. Then share this post or pins with some friends you think could use some Monday Motivation.
There’s nothing like a bright and shiny new one I hadn’t seen before to get me worked up. Or an old favorite. Words of inspiration get me all… inspired! I just love ’em.
Maybe you don’t get as excited as I do (or maybe you do and you’ve not outed yourself like I did), but I know you’re going to like the ones I post. I’m going to sprinkle them around from time to time. Subscribe so you don’t miss them. Save them someplace special so you can find them again (Pinterest board?) Share them with your friends (email, Facebook or Instagram?).
Comments Off on What if your comfort zone isn’t comfortable anymore?
by Kelli Goldin
I think, not that long ago, I could have been a poster child for sticking to the comfortzone. I had become very good at marching along to the same beat, and just zoning out anything that might shake things up. Maybe you have, too. It can be difficult to know when a safe place has become a hideout when it’s as familiar as your comfort zone.
Things really hadn’t changed in my life for quite a while. As a matter of fact, it was downright status quo. But a few years ago, I found myself growing increasingly disappointed, unfulfilled and even angry with some aspects of my life. I realized that even though I was doing the same things I had done for years, it wasn’t what I wanted anymore. I was no longer content to let things be as they had been.
Like the people described in this illuminating video I’m sharing below, I started making changes and then I started getting uncomfortable. Small changes could mean big changes were on the way. And then I could see them on the horizon, and that was really scary. That comfort zone was looking pretty OK for a while.
I realized this was what was holding me back. Not that it was it was all that great to be there, anymore, but it was familiar. I had to get really brave if I was going to embrace this new path that was unfolding before me. Not everyone in my life was onboard, to be sure. Even talk of change meant some upheaval for them, too. Thankfully, I have a small, but supportive network that was a little shocked to hear how much I wanted to change my life, but stepped up and did what they could to help me on my way. Oftentimes, it is all that I could hope for. Sometimes, it isn’t enough. I really have to dig deep to be my own advocate. And the changes start to come.
One if the areas I felt needed changing was my career. Even though I liked my job and the people I worked with were lovely, I started to question my place there. I wasn’t finding it fulfilling. I dreaded going in some days. I was having difficulty seeing it being a part of my life for the long haul.
I began dreaming of being more autonomous and creative. It took root. Today, I find myself with that different career. One that suits me very well, since I can’t wait to get working every day and the hours seem to fly. There were times of fear, and uncertainty, and of wanting to give up because unfamiliar ground can be unnerving. I stuck it out, though, and now that I’ve come through, I know what’s in store for me when other changes need doing. That doesn’t mean that it’ll be easier. It does mean that I know it’ll be worth it.
I still have a lot in store for me. I’m not done following this journey of change. And I’m not exactly sure what will be at the end, since there are a lot of unknowns that need resolved. What I do know is that while it’s uncomfortable, I’m creating something that is truly my own. It’s going to be the best that I can make it, because I’m doing it consciously, strategically, and thoughtfully. One of my favorite quotes during this time of uncertainty gives me direction and a real sense of peace.
You can have this, too. You don’t have to settle for less, especially if you’re questioning aspects of your life. If you start to hear a little voice inside you challenging your status quo, listen. Scary? Maybe. Uncomfortable? Almost guaranteed. Worth it? Absolutely.
I decided to share this rather private part of myself for a couple of reasons.
1. Along my journey, I’ve found several people at different stages of change. Some of them are courageous and are really doing what it takes to see that change through to the end. I’m as supportive to them as I could wish someone would be to me. And if you’re on this path with us, let me know. Sometimes saying things makes them more real. At the very least, you’ve got an enthusiastic cheerleader in me.
2. I know there are many more people out there that either haven’t had a wake up call, but dearly need one, or are just feeling really and truly stuck. If this stirs up something that could mean a happier end to their story, then it’s worth sharing my own experience.
Be brave, take up the challenge of finding what you want or need, and a way to make it happen. Start your new chapter.
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by Kelli Goldin
There’s nothing like a morning where everything goes smoothly, the kids get off to school easily, and you get to work without any trouble. If it’s a Monday, it feels like hitting the lottery. Unfortunately, if you haven’t prepped for the upcoming week, the chances of this happening are about the same as you winning the Powerball.
As tempting as it may be to stay in bed all day, or watch non-stop TV, or while away the hours on social media on a Sunday (or all of the above), if you haven’t prepared for the week ahead, you’ll probably be kicking yourself when you’re in full Manic Monday mode.
Here’s my top 12 best ways to get ahead of the game and add a little of the “Sunday relaxation” feeling to the rest of the week.
1. Take your time getting started in the morning.
Unless you’ve slept in and it’s already time for lunch, I recommend getting in a little coffee-on-my-own time, snuggling with a loved one (pets count), or just meditating for a little while before getting on with the day. You’ve probably had a week of rushing out of bed. Let it go today, if you can.
2. Plan out your week.
Make sure your regular activities are on the calendar, planner, and/or phone, and check for any new events you’ll need to plan around. The more detail, the better. Collect any materials you’ll need in one convenient place.
3. Get laundry done + plan your outfits for the week.
Get an early start on this. (You can get in some of that TV time while you fold your clothes.) It’s easy to catch the weekly forecast, plan your outfits (and your family’s) around the activities you already know are happening for the week, and make sure there aren’t any panicked mornings because someone doesn’t have any socks to wear.
4. Plan your meals for the week.
Or at the very least, make sure there’s plenty of food in the house to fix and feed the family. I make a list of the dinners I’m planning, and there’s food for all the meals of the week, but that’s about as much of meal prep I get accomplished. Still, that saves loads of time and unexpected grocery store trips. (Kudos to the actual meal-preppers.)
5. Make a meal together.
Whether it’s breakfast, brunch, Sunday dinner or some other meal, share one with loved ones. Even better, get them in on the action and cook together. Sunday is my family’s usual day to do this. Trying new recipes the kids have chosen makes it extra special.
6. Clean up the house.
Chances are that you’ve had a busy week and Saturday, so getting things tidied up will make the rest of the week more manageable. There’s enough going on during the week and facing a messy house just adds to the stress. Making it a family chore, with high-energy music in the background (like we do), almost makes it fun. And a timer helps, too.
7. Make sure you don’t have “weekend regret”.
There’s nothing like hitting Sunday night and realizing you haven’t done anything memorable. Check out Facebook events for your area if you’re stumped. Of course, if you usually have a full, busy weekend and you’ve chosen to do nothing, then that will memorable, after all.
In my case, that means doing my nails with my daughter, or enjoying homemade sugar scrub (coconut oil, sugar, and your favorite essential oil), or soaking in the tub. Maybe you like to meditate, or swim, or get a massage. You know what indulgent pampering you enjoy. If you don’t, now’s the time to figure that out. You deserve it.
10. Do a little work-related refresh.
Yes, I know, it’s still the weekend and you still might want to deny that the workweek is coming, but getting in a little new knowledge will help make you more productive. Catch a podcast, read a blog, or do some research. Even learning new tips about how to be more organized, efficient or confident will add to your work arsenal.
11. Check your email.
Assuming you haven’t kept up on your email all weekend, you should check it before it gets too late. You’ll be able to address and plan for anything that might have come up, and you won’t get caught unaware on Monday morning. Just don’t get lost in it and use too much time. Set a timer or a limit to how many emails you will open, if needed.
12. Engage your buffer zone.
Give yourself around 2 hours before bedtime. You’re prepared for the week, organized, and well-fed. It’s time to completely decompress. Watch an entertaining movie. Get in some reading. Turn off the electronics. Get to bed at a reasonable hour (early, even!).
Are you saying “How can I fit in 12 things all in one day?” Oh, yea. I used to think that, as well. But I’ve found that I can double up on a few and since most are less than an hour, it’s really not much of a stretch. Even though I work from home now, I face most of the same challenges that people who work outside of the home do. If you don’t get to all 12 at first, figure out what would help you the most and do that. And then do a little more the next Sunday. And repeat. Let me tell you, it’s worth it.
I want to hear how your Sunday Recharge is going! Share your experiences and definitely share your tips, if you have any others to add. We’d all love to hear them!
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by Kelli Goldin
I’ve always tried to make sure that I have a good start to my week by going over the appointments, deadlines, and events that I have planned. But I find that I really need to “get my head in the game,” as well. I need a theme. A mantra. An inspiration. Something that I can lean on when things get hectic, come up unexpectedly, or just get to be a little overwhelming. (You know just what I mean, don’t ya?)
I know I’m not the only one to do this (I’ve probably had this recommended to me by up to 10 people over the years), but just in case you need reminded, or haven’t taken the time to get your mind straight before going headlong into another week, or just haven’t had the people around you give you this good advice, here’s what I’m focusing on this week:
DRIVE & PASSION
It’s a funny word, drive. Both a verb and a noun. It’s also a great visual, because inevitably you think of forward motion. Of course, that’s the way we want our professions to go – forward. Accomplishing things (like finally getting over myself and getting a second blog post done, with 3 more in the works – go me!), putting check marks on the to-do lists, and most importantly, feeling like you’ve had a good week’s work.
Passion is one of my favorite words. I envision so much emotion welling up inside – much more than might be showing on the outside. The word drive is two things, and passion is, too. It’s emotional feelings paired with physical feelings. And the two together? Wow. Really WOW!
So that’s what I’m taking into this week. I’m feeling really powerful. Words are powerful, and knowing what they mean to you just activates it and fuels you up. And I’ll have it if (when) I need it this week!
If these quotes hit home with you, make sure to pin them to your Pinterest Inspiration or Quote Board (you’ve got one, right?). If you want to hear more from me, you can subscribe to my blog, and/or follow me on Pinterest.
So, now I’d like to hear from you! What do you do to get ready for your week? What’s your favorite quote (and why)? What’s some good advice you can give us all to keep us moving forward without distraction from the crazy that finds us during the week? Leave a comment below!
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