September 24th, 2015
Depending on the type of person you are, you may find the only way to accomplish anything in a day is to use a calendar and plan your day out to the minute. While that doesn’t work for everyone, there are a lot of people that must do it this way or they won’t reach success.
If you are this way or you have in-person, phone calls, or trainings you put on in a day, the only way to make sure you remember what you have to do is put it on a calendar. You can use an online calendar like Google Calendar or you can use a paper calendar that sits in front of you on your desk.
Planning your day like a doctor does with patience’s will work and you’ll be less likely to forget something you have to do on any given day. One thing that’s important to include in your calendar is breaks. If you must take a break during mid-morning and mid-afternoon to clear your head so you can continue to focus, it’s a good idea to schedule them so you don’t book yourself solid from start to finish.
Here are a few things to consider adding to your calendar each day.
1. Coffee Break
2. Lunch Break
3. Exercise Time
4. Email Time
5. Writing Time
6. Family Time
As you can see from this short list, there are a number of things you may need to get in during a day. Adding these to your calendar doesn’t mean you are a terrible and forgetful person, it just means you’re very busy and want to be organized, prepared, and successful.
Don’t be afraid or feel stupid to schedule your day like a doctor. It’s better to do what you need to do so you have time to eat lunch or exercise than it is to overbook yourself and forget to do something important.
September 23rd, 2015
Motivation is something we all need on a daily basis, but there are times when it can be lost. That can happen when you’re tired, lost, or frustrated and when those things happen in life, it’s hard to find a way to get the motivation back. During this time nothing gets done and we fall further and further behind on what we need to do at home and in our business.
Depending on the reason you lost your motivation, it may take a little while to get it back or it may come back right away. It will also depend on why you lost it as to what it will take to get it back. Some reasons, like a death in the family make it harder for it to come back then say a lack of sleep for a few days due to a sick child.
The best thing to do when you lose your motivation is to take a day or two to rest and to think about your life and what you strive to achieve. Sometimes taking this time is exactly what you need to get it back.
If, after a few days of relaxation, your motivation doesn’t come back, then it’s time to kick it in high gear and dig deep to find out what it will take to make it come back. Write down what’s on your mind and see if you can find out what’s on your mind. Take a walk along the beach or in your neighbor and think about what you want to achieve in the next few weeks and months.
When you’re done with your walk, sit down and write out all things you thought about while you were out. Think about the reasons you lost your motivation to begin with and see what you need to do to eliminate those and add your goals into your day.
Sometimes the reason we lose our motivation is because we are always on the go and we never take time for ourselves and sometimes the reason is because we’re tired of doing the same things day in and day out. When you know what these things are, then you can begin to make changes. Eliminate or begin to eliminate those things and start adding the things you want to do to each day. You’ll find when you work through these things, the motivation will come back and you’ll begin to enjoy life again.
September 21st, 2015
Dealing with your finances is not an easy task. They can be frustrating and stressful to say the least. If you have more bills than money at the end of the month or if something major comes up, figuring out what to change can feel impossible.
There are many things you can do to save money. Some can help right away while others will only help over time. If time is not something you have on your side, it may not be worth it to do those things at this time. Instead you should focus on what can give you more money now, rather than later.
One thing you may not think about, but is costing you more money than you think is your grocery bill. Here are a few things to think about.
1. Did you know while you may think it’s cheaper to go out to eat, in reality it’s not? The average cost per meal at a fast food restaurant is $8. Depending on what you fix at home, the average cost is $3. Over time that $5 difference will add up.
2. Shopping daily is costing you more money than you think. When you buy things like hamburger and chicken in bulk you save money. When you buy a pound of hamburger or a 4 pack of chicken each day you’re going to pay more than you would if you buy a 3 pound pack of hamburger or an 8 pack of chicken. The more you buy the less per pound you pay. It may appear to be more, but when you take the cost per pound into consideration, it is less.
There are other things you can do to save money at the grocery store like using coupons, planning meals around what’s on sale, planning meals that give you leftovers that can be used for another dinner meal or for lunch the next day, and making a cheap meal like taco’s or spaghetti instead of something that has a lot of ingredients. Most of these things will take a little time and planning, but in the end the money you save will be worth it.
September 18th, 2015
Today is Free Book Friday and the free Kindle book I want to share with you is called FaithLeaps: The Christian Mom’s Guide to Starting a Virtual Assistant Business.
This book is written by my very good friend Alyssa Avant who is a Christian mom blogger and author. I’ve known Alyssa for many years and she’s a wonderful person. I enjoy reading her posts and the other book she wrote a few years ago and I know you’ll love her new book, just as much as I do.
In this book, Alyssa shares with you why she decided to start a Virtual Assistant business and how you can start one yourself. Her passion is to help other Christian mom’s start a Virtual Assistant business and to be successful just like her.
She walks you through step by step how to get started and what to avoid. She’s been through it all so she knows where she went wrong and she willingly explains those to you so you don’t start off on the wrong foot.
This book is offered in the Kindle version and is free right now, but you’ll want to get your copy right away as this free offer will end soon. Click here to download your copy today.
September 17th, 2015
How many times have you sat down to pay your bills when the paycheck comes in and can’t figure out which ones to pay? When that happens you have to look at everything you have so far and decide which ones are due first and which ones you have enough money to pay. What happens if you get a bill a day or two later and that one needs to be paid right then? You don’t have the money to do that so it will be late.
To prevent this situation from happening the best solution is to take the time to look at all of your bills for the month and decide where you can pay them so it works in your budget and you get them paid on time. Here’s what I do each month.
I gathered all of my bills and on an Excel spreadsheet I documented the monthly payment and the due date. When I was all down I sorted the spreadsheet by due date so it was easier to tell when they were due. Next I looked at the calendar and I made note on the sheet when my paydays were for that month. Then I started moving bills around to each payday, so the bills were paid on time. Next I started calculating how much the total amount was for each payday and then started moving things around again if I was over or under on each payday. The final product allowed me to see what bills were going to be paid with each payday.
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September 16th, 2015
Time is something we all struggle with at one time or another. Things take longer than expected, things don’t go the way we thought they would, or we struggle with things because of our knowledge or know-how.
No matter what it is you’re doing and how hard you plan, time can be your worst enemy. Things always change or something comes up and plans change. I ran into this particular situation yesterday and while I was frustrated at first, things worked out and everything was fine. That’s one thing that always gets to me. I worry that if my plans change things won’t work out the way they should. I get frustrated and stress over the rest of what needs to be done and I truly hate that.
You can plan all you want, but things change and the best thing to do is go with the flow. Change your plans accordingly and get back to doing what you’re doing. Use a calendar and a timer and work your to-do list with the new changes in the pot. You’ll find when you do you’ll still accomplish your tasks, even if that means you have to move some tasks from today to tomorrow or next week.
Just remember one thing, don’t let change ruin your day. If you do, you’ll find you won’t get anything done and that will make matters even worse. Just work through the changes and continue to work your to-do list.
Everything will work out if you let it!
September 11th, 2015
I have an iPhone 6 and I’ll tell you between my family and my business, I’d be so unorganized without it. I’d probably forget 90% of what I need to do if it weren’t for my phone. I have found I’m more organized and I complete my tasks when I use my phone rather than a paper calendar. I’m not sure if that’s because I always have my phone with me or if it’s because of the reminder that pops up.
I have also found there are apps I can use on my phone that give me the ability to work even when I don’t have my computer with me. This has been helpful when I’m sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office or when I’m in the car while on vacation.
Here are a few of the apps I use almost every day for either personal tasks or business tasks.
1. Google Calendar
The iPhone comes with a calendar, but I have found the actual Google Calendar app is much easier to use and the reminder sound is better. The app gives you the ability to set a number of reminders that pop up on your phone and it also gives you the ability to have a reminder emailed to you.
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September 8th, 2015
A to-do list will help you stay on track and know what you want to accomplish in a day. If you’re anything like me, you have a ton of things running through your head. I have family things, schedules, classes, business, and personal things and it seems as if I don’t write things down I won’t remember what needs to be done.
While a to-do list will help you get things done each day, you won’t reach success if you don’t use them properly. Here are two tips to help you write a to-do list that will be achievable.
1. Be Detailed
When you write detailed items on your to-do list you’ll know exactly what is needed to accomplish the item you desire. If you write general items you may not know what’s needed to accomplish it or you may find there is a lot involved and you may not be able to get everything accomplished due to the time it takes to complete each item.
2. Be Length Conscious
If your to-do list is too long you may find you’re overwhelmed and have no desire to work your list. It’s not a good idea to make a to-do list that’s for an entire week for this very reason. A long list is too much to look at. If you need to do a week long list, you should create a daily to-do list as well. That way you won’t be overwhelmed.
When you use these tips when writing out a to-do list you’ll have a better chance of reaching success at the end of the day. You’ll find your lists will contain items you want to achieve each day and you won’t feel overwhelmed and quite.
September 4th, 2015
While gasoline prices are lower than what they’ve been in the past year, they’re still more than we’d like to be paying. There are several things we can do to save money on gasoline.
Here are several things you can do to save money on gasoline each week.
1. Run your errands all in one day instead of a few each day.
2. Walk or ride a bicycle instead of driving to your close destinations.
3. Car pool to work whenever possible.
4. Stay at work during your lunch hour instead of driving home to eat.
5. Give your car a tuneup and make sure it has good tire pressure.
The best thing to do is plan your week and think of ways you can do as much as you can in a day or without your vehicle. The more you can do without your vehicle, the more money you’ll save.
September 3rd, 2015
The Wordless Wednesday post I shared yesterday is the logo for Periscope. If you missed the image, click here to view it.
Periscope is an app I’m learning to use right now, so I’m not very familiar with it. Periscope has only been around for a little over a year now, but it’s becoming more and more popular.
On the Periscope site the about us page says the founders became fascinated by the idea of discovering the world through someone else’s eyes. It doesn’t matter where a person is at, they have the ability to film it and share it instantly with anyone in the world. They say it’s the closest thing to teleportation. They also say a picture may be worth a thousand words, but live video can take you someplace and show you around and to me that’s pretty awesome.
I’ve watch a video about a lady trying to decide if she should wear white or black eyeliner and I’ve watch one of my online friends share her thoughts about business and being a Christian mom and business owner.
What I really like is I can listen to them in the truck even if the video was filmed several hours earlier. What I’m still trying to figure out is what happens to the scopes after they’re 24 hours old. Are they gone or am I not looking in the right place for them?
If you’re on Periscope or want to check it out and find new people to follow, make sure you search for me at virtualfreedom. See you on the scope!