Tag: productivity

Day 26: My First Ever Office Space to Maximise Productivity

There are times in your life when you just have to put your adult panties on and take a leap.

For me this happened today – just an hour before shooting this video.

I’d been on the lookout for an office to rent as working from home, in a rural setting was just starting to get a little frustrating.

Cows mooing, horses neighing, dogs barking (loudly), chainsaws going off, trees being felled and rural internet dropping out became a little difficult to manage my podcast, vlogs and live calls around.

Once I decided on my mission and who I wanted to serve (see this video) then I realised that setting up a coworking space was not conducive to me serving that mission.

Instead, I could get my own office space – just for me.

And from time to time fellow entrepreneurs who wish to cowork with me.

The moment I decided that checked online, this new listing, just days old appeared and it was perfect.

20sqm of space, with good lighting, in a great central spot in town, affordable and a no brainer.

So here I go!

Join me on my 29 day Live video Challenge for all of February and if you want to do it too use the hashtag #29dayslive so I can find you and cheer you on.

 

Want to join me?

Check out my previous videos which include:

Day 2: Are you Living a First Class Life or Stuck in Economy? 

Day 3: The Power of Writing Your Goals Down 

Day 4: Why Your Network Really is Your Networth 

Day 5: What To Do When Life Throws You Lemons 

Day 6: Track Your Precious Time With This Cool Tool 

Day 7: How to Deal With Imposter Syndrome

Day 8: Dropping Into Fear and Why That’s a Good Thing

Day 9: The Daily Benefits of Yoga (with Adriene) 

Day 10: How to Choose the Most Productive Workspace for you 

Day 11: Weed Out Your Negative Thoughts to Make Way for the Positive 

Day 12: Where Can You Invest In Yourself?

Day 13: Become a Leading Learner not an Expert 

Day 14: Why it is so Important to Take Time Out 

Day 15: How to Start Forming Great Habits and Track Them 

Day 16: How to Stop Being a Meaning Making Machine 

Day 17: How to Declutter and Receive More Abundance 

Day 18: How to Integrate All of You Into Everything You Do 

Day 19: The Essentialist Way to Use Your Energy Wisely

Day 20: Don’t Underestimate Your Impact on Others 

Day 21: How to Kick Off Your Day To Win at Life

Day 22: Decide Then Act

Day 23: The Five Love Languages and How to Interpret Them

Day 24: How to Use The Four Tendencies Quiz in Real Life 

Day 25: What’s Your Mission – Here’s Mine

If you feel inspired to go live everyday for your personal growth and to get out of your comfort zone, comment below.

I’ll be embedding my video once it’s done into a daily blog post, so you can share your link to yours in the comments and use the hashtag #29dayslive so I can track you and be your cheerleader.

Tag me on Instagram @nataliesisson if you’re going to go live there or YouTube.

Let’s do this!

 

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The Power of Morning Routines to Lead a Good Life

Are you ready to go after the life that you want?

That’s pretty much what my friend and guest on this episode of my UNTAPPED podcast has done, and taken it to a whole new level.

Amy Landino is a bestselling author and award-winning host of AmyTV and luckily for you, she is on a mission to help you go after the life you want, starting with good morning routines that lead to a good life.

In fact a great morning routine can help you combat obstacles, give you energy, help you focus and set motivating goals…the benefits are countless.

What amazing about Amy is she started out as a vlogger talking about social media, and through hard work, consistency and courage, she’s grown her YouTube Channel to 360,000+ subscribers.

Her YouTube show AmyTV has had over 20 million views and she’s now called the World’s #1 Productive Lifestyle Coach.

Her latest bestelling book Good Morning Good Life is further proof that this girl lives and breathes her values and she’s inspired so many people to do the same.

Amy is also a highly-sought after public speaker and co-owner at the modern media company, The Landino Group.

She travels the world to teach businesses how to leverage digital tools to promote and maintain a positive image that uplifts and motivates their communities.

 

In this episode, Amy reveals:

  • How she leveraged her success early on with YouTube and gives advice for vloggers to get noticed
  • How her meteoric rise to YouTube fame was really a 5 year journey
  • How she’s monetized herself and built her business revenue streams
  • The importance of knowing your strengths and having a back up plan
  • Hot tips to become a vlogger and what YouTube is looking for
  • The power of a morning routine and how it leads to a good life
  • Amy’s favourite parts of her own morning routine she can’t live without

Podcast Resources

 

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Book Review: Finish What You Start by Peter Hollins

Are you the type of person who has a ton of ideas and rarely follows through on them?

Do you have a whole heap of unfinished projects lying around – in your house and garage that you simply never get to?

Are you the type of person who has a dozen half finished manuscripts on your laptop and even more online courses you bought but have never finished, or worse, even started?

Following through and finishing what you start are some of the most valuable skills you can have. They are a combination of traits that enable you to create the life you want – without having to compromise or wait.

Well it’s time for that to stop and for you to …

Finish What You Start: The Art of Following Through, Taking Action, Executing, & Self-Discipline.

In his excellent, practical and easily digestible book, Finish What You Start, Peter Hollins take us on a unique deep dive into the psychology and science of accomplishment, productivity, and getting things done.

In an amusing and glaringly obvious set of scenarios and examples, he takes a thorough look at why we are sometimes stuck, and gives detailed, step by step solutions you can start using today.

Every phase of finishing and following through is covered, and even productivity pros will be able to learn something new. I listened to the entire thing, while out for one long run. The only bummer was I couldn’t take notes as I went!

In my book review I focus in on:

  • Four surprising motivations that push us past obstacles.
  • How daily rules and a manifesto can help you achieve more.
  • Tactics to beating procrastination easily
  • How to dial up your internal motivation
  • How to beat distraction and stay focused on the task at hand!

Watch my full review here.

Book Review: “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World” by Cal Newport

If your mind bounces around all day like an energizer bunny, and you rarely feel you’re accomplishing anything on your to-do list, let alone moving forward on a significant piece of work, it’s time you learned how to go deep.

So what is deep work? Deep work is the ability to focus without distractions on a cognitively demanding task.

In other words, it’s the lost art of losing yourself in work that matters, and not getting distracted by your phone notifications, social media or multiple browser tabs. It’s about training the brain to embrace ONE thing at a time.

It’s brilliantly laid out in Cal Newport’s excellent book: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World a book about the science of productivity.

The book is split into two parts. The first explains what deep work is and different ways to do it. The second part shows us how to actually do it and make deep work a regular practice in our lives, so you can put it right into action.

Cal Newport is a computer science professor at Georgetown University who studies the theory of distributed systems, the author of six books, including, most recently, the New York Times bestseller, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World, and owner of his well-known Study Hacks blog.

This is definitely one of my favorite books this year and I’d recommend it for anyone who wants to work smarter and avoid distractions.

In his book he shares four ways to help us maximize productivity and rules to deploy more deep work in our lives. Watch my video for my full review and to learn these four methods.

How to be a super productive person

What does being more productive mean to you?

Being productive doesn’t mean sitting and working for eight straight hours. You’ll burn yourself out!

There are other ways to maximize productivity. For instance, cutting out distractions and turning off email notifications.

Many of us are looking for ways to live a more productive life, that’s why in this episode, I’ll share 17 strategies you can employ today to have an exceptionally productive 2018!

Key resources:

  • TeuxDeux is a simple designy to-do app for the Web and iPhone.
  • LeechBlock NG is a simple productivity tool: an extension for the Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers designed to block those time-wasting sites that can suck the life out of your working day.
  • Freedom blocks distracting websites and apps across all your Mac, Windows, and iOS devices so you can focus on what matters most.
  • Pomodoro Secrets To Productivity Freedom
  • Upwork is an online community of talented virtual workers from around the world who want freelance work, and companies who need their skills.
  • Want to learn exactly how to make your first hire in less than 30 days and start delegating work you dislike doing, shouldn’t be doing or frankly can’t do? Let me show you exactly how in Outsource Like a Rockstar.
  • Toggl: Hassle-free time tracking so your business runs like clockwork.
  • Why you need your own Personal Assistant

 

17 Ways to be Ridiculously Productive

To be truly successful, whether it’s in our lives or our business, we need to stay at the top of our game. It can be challenging, but being productive is necessary.

Productivity allows you to crush your goals and soar through tasks in both your business and personal life, helping you to stay at the top of your game and be truly successful!

Do you want to be ridiculously productive? How lucky then, that I’m here to help you have an exceptionally productive 2018!

Fear not, for here are my top 17 tips and get productivity-boosting tips.

Now go out and rock this year, dear freedomist!

Resources:

Why you need your own Personal Assistant

Hiring a virtual assistant is one of the best investments you can make for your business to save you time and money.

But have you ever thought about making that same investment in your own life with a personal assistant?

Personal assistants are not just for the rich and famous. Imagine freeing up hours to work on your business or spend time with your family instead of taking care of personal tasks that you don’t enjoy doing?

A personal assistant can handle a lot of responsibilities that you can delegate to them. Hiring one will make a big difference in your life.

In this vlog, I share the reasons why a personal assistant is an absolute must for any entrepreneur, what tasks you can delegate and how much time a PA is going to save you!

Resources:

  • Fin is a new kind of assistant – using AI (artificial intelligence), always on and ready to help.
  • Upwork, formerly Elance-oDesk, is a global freelancing platform where businesses and independent professionals connect and collaborate remotely.
  • Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) operates a marketplace for work that requires human intelligence.
  • Remote – end-to-end solutions for hiring managers and job seekers.
  • Toggl – The simplest time tracker to help you get things done.

Get your evenings back with the power of this nightly routine

Setting yourself up for success and happiness doesn’t just start with a fantastic morning routine. You need to work on creating a powerful evening routine too! ​

Why? Well technology has made staying connected to those we care about easier than ever before, as well as being able to work 24/7, which in many ways is amazing.

The flip side of this is it keeps us permanently connected and chained to our devices, responsibilities and work, making it harder to wind down in the evenings in a way that enables us to perform at our best.

In this vlog I show you how you can reclaim your evenings and strategically disconnect from work so that your evening allows you to relax and recharge and prime you for peak performance the next day.

If your morning routine needs some work too, then check out my vlog on how to create the perfect one for you

Why your morning routine sucks and how to fix it

Let’s talk about morning routines! Does yours suck? It doesn’t have to be this way.

In this video I’ll share you my morning routine, what I’ve been experimenting with and what habits will make your morning super productive.

I’ll also share top tips for you to create your own perfect morning routine.

A powerful morning routine

Everyday I get bombarded with stories about the power of a morning routine on Medium.

Yet I can no longer deny the research that says if you get up early and meditate then roll into focused work such as writing, painting or a creative activity, with no distractions, you’re far more likely to be a gazillion times more productive and successful.

Clearly that’s an accurate stat I’ve stated there, so you should take me very seriously.

The thing is it’s true.

The other thing that is true is that establishing the damn routine in the first place, is the hardest part!

Which is why so many people keep writing articles on why a morning routine, heck any routine that cuts out distractions and lets you set and act on your intentions for the day, is so powerful.

I should know. Back in 2004 when I was training to compete in my first ever Body Sculpting (Figure) competition, I had my entire daily routine down pat.

In this episode I talked about:

  • How to start a new morning routine without tying it to a big goal
  • The power routine I used while training for a competition that rocked my world
  • The new morning routine that is already making a difference in my life

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