Have you ever said a prayer for your business?
Probably a silly question, because I’m sure you have. There’s a good chance you wouldn’t be in the business you’re in without a lot of time spent in prayer over it first. Am I right? Before I ventured into this business, I spent a lot of time asking God for direction and seeking His plan for my work. Seeking His guidance is a critical step. I definitely felt His leading and saw His hand working as this idea began to take shape. But here’s a question for you.
Here’s a Big Secret: Stress is a Choice!
You know, I’ve trained myself to quit asking the questions I’ve always asked myself this time of year as Christmas nears and messages of the child birth are all over the pulpits, in the movies, on the mantel. It used to trouble me that all the things that didn’t make sense in my head about Christ’s immaculate conception and birth didn’t make sense in my head. But once I understood that there are just things I will never understand, I was able to feel the truth of God’s coming, of his presence with us in the flesh — and I was able to feel it from my heart.
Now, when my head starts the questions spinning, I let my heart win the discussion — I let faith kick in.
This is how I’m learning to handle stress. See, there was so much more at stake in Jesus’s time, and even 100 years ago. Never before have people been insured such safety, health, and security. So why are we all so stressed today?
Here’s another secret: stress is a prayer — it’s a mantra! When we keep telling ourselves we’re stressed, we worry our cells.
“Every cell in your body is eavesdropping on your thoughts.”
Peace… it’s right now and it’s available! This holiday season, remind yourself of the miracle of the child birth that brought God to US because we were having such a hard time going to God. And then remind yourself that right now, you’re good. Train yourself to let go of the things you can’t change in this moment. And then you’ll have the clarity of mind to handle everything that can be controlled or improved or managed.
May the Peace of the Season be with you, and may you move wellness and success into the year ahead. 🙂
Don’t you want to get out from behind that laptop and live?!
Seriously, you can spend 8 hours staring at a blank document, wasting time on social media, planning on getting your work done, or you can get a day’s worth of work done before lunchtime.
I’ve compiled 5 of the best ideas I’ve found by leaders and managers who are experts at getting things DONE! Read them, and then DO! 🙂
1) Focus on ONE thing at a time! Yes – that’s what I said! We like to think we’re experts a multi-tasking, but we lose a significant amount of productivity when we’ve got 5 computer windows open, are texting our husband about dinner, and trying to get something completed to show for it all by the end of the day. Batch things into tasks around what technology you’ll need to do it. (i.e. plan ONE 30-minute session per day to check emails and — unless it’s part of your job — your social media. )
2) Surround yourself with your winners circle! You must have a network of people who inspire you. Plan to commune with them — over coffee, lunch, by phone… they are the ones who are going to lift you up when it feels like the rest of the world wants to knock you down. They have SOMETHING you want and give it freely. And, as such, you pay the favor forward, giving of YOUR support freely to someone who considers you a part of their winners circle.
3) Work in bursts. If you’ve found yourself staring at a blank computer screen for hours, can’t stop walking to the cooler to see what’s to snack on in the middle of a brainstorming session, or otherwise feeling stuck in a rut, get up and move it! Try something else and then sit back down and get back to work.
4) Do what makes you feel good! What I mean is… what loosens up your body? What stops that critique committee in your head? A good run? Yoga? Prayer and meditation time with your favorite devotionals? Pulling weeds in the garden? Figure it out and do it for at least 10 minutes a day!
5) Shift your perspective. Stand up to work (yes, there are stand-up desks). Or sit on the floor! Right now, I’m on a futon in my sit-on-the-floor office (a little sign on my door says “Barefoot Friendly Office” inviting people to take off their shoes and get down on the floor) to work or meet. You’d be surprised at what a difference a few feet makes.
There are many more — I’m thinking I’ll need to continue this list right away!
The most important thing is to keep the creativity flowing by knowing what fuels you and maintaining a positive attitude. There’s nothing more stifling than mental exhaustion.
At Netchicks Marketing, we’d like to hear about YOUR best ideas on keeping the productivity up, up, UP! And we’re here to help!
There was this time after I had gone through a couple of not-very-healthy relationships where I learned this really important tool that would help me find success in every area of my life.
Someone had said to me after a breakup when I sat there, tears welling in my eyes over a Starbucks latte, “You need to make a list of everything you want in a relationship, and put a big star next to the non-negotiables.” I nodded, still stinging, but wanting more for myself. “And then put it on your refrigerator.”
My list started out with things like “has a job”, “is NOT going through a divorce”, but over time, grew to include things like “has a relationship with God”, and “is passionate”.
Eventually, after some time single, as if the list was a prayer put out there every time I entered my kitchen, this perfect-for-me relationship found me. 🙂
We can do this with our work. It’s important to put in writing the things we want to fill our lives with, including clients/projects/jobs. We spend a great deal of time working, and we need to remember that the quality of our work directly influences every other area of our lives. In fact, if we “star” the non-negotiables, and begin to open our eyes only to those perfect-for-us opportunities, we will find ourselves fulfilling our ultimate purpose.
It might not look like we “think” it’s supposed to look – we might not achieve that dollar amount or the fame we expect or desire. We need to put away our expectations for ourselves and TRUST.
Putting something on paper in writing is very powerful. And then keep it out there in prayer.
It’s Staycation Time
It’s been a busy few weeks. You’ve crawled out of winter right into the sunshine. There’s been lots to do. There have been holiday invitations, shopping sales, end-of-school year flurry, yard cleanups, evening lawn concerts, church planning meetings, and so on and so on ….. No wonder you’re beat!
How about scheduling a staycation, where you take a vacation day (or entire weekend!) at home. Need I remind you of all of the comforts of home? 🙂
Open the windows… drape yourself in linen… be barefooted… play some classical music… water the houseplants. Sit. Your family, work, mind, body, and spirit will thank you. xoxo
When people sense that just by being associated with your business or with you personally they will experience significant added value, they will naturally want to work on their relationship with you. They will do this by doing their best to give back to you.
Be a gracious receiver and people will feel good about giving you their referrals, their friendship and their business. 🙂
There’s way too much fear flying around! Yesterday, one of my closest friends told me that her husband cancelled their family trip out of fear of flying. They lost over $500 and will not likely get to use the vouchers within the allotted year because he has categorically sworn off of flying altogether out of fear of domestic terrorism.
People! The Bible encourages us walk without fear literally hundreds of times. Popular belief has it that there are 365 instances of “fear not” or some similar phrase reminding us to be reverent only to God.
But, how do we get on in business and life when we hear of terrible things happening to innocent people every day? Just as it’s important to have a business network to spread word of our services, it’s important to have a network of believers, people of faith, whom we somehow interact with daily.
How do you start your day? Do you wake up with coffee and immediately jump into news of the day’s world events? Consider your networking circle. With social media, it’s just as easy to get a feed of inspiring tidbits as it is to get a feed of awful, heavy happenings. I’m not suggesting that you hide your head in the sand and become one of these “blissed out hippie chicks” (like me ) ignoring all reality. I’m simply reminding you to think carefully about starting your day not only with God’s word, but also sharing thoughts and prayers with others who are set on living a life with positive intention.
I’ve been a part of a women’s devotional group for a couple of years now, meeting on Wednesday mornings. This has made Wednesdays my favorite day of the week. We meet early enough so that those who work can at least come for coffee and a short gathering, which also makes it too early for me to really sit around in the morning and spend time over the news or whatnot as I try to get out the door. I assure you that I’m more productive on the job and out in the world after feeding my spirit before anything else!
“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?” ~ George Eliot
Generate interest in your business by adding attention-grabbing, easy-to-share images to your blogs and websites. By creating a Pinterest profile and pin-friendly images around original, catchy graphics, businesses of all sizes are gathering a ton of followers!
One example of creative success is Etsy, the handcrafted and vintage online buyer/seller community. Even in Pinterest’s early days, Etsy observed that their customers were pinning Etsy items onto the social bulletin board — the Etsy creative team added the Pin It button on each item listing page on Etsy.com.
What has worked so well, according to Etsy, is that they added information to each product image posted on its site, including the shop or artist’s name and the item details. Soon, news of the online catalog of crafty, vintage stuff spread like wildfire across Pinterest as well as other social sites like Facebook as pinners share their pins.
Are you feeling overwhelmed with the possibilities? Don’t let that stop you from turning your business over to the hands of image-hungry customers!
Our own Pinterest page showcases the talents of our designers and creative staffers as well as sharing ideas from other businesses who are creating and sharing fabulous images. If you haven’t done it yet, take some time to surf our links and get your own creative juices flowing. We’re happy to help. Netchicks Marketing’s virtual assisting is here for you, as are a whole host of marketing services including graphic design, social media planning, content creation, and customization. We create what YOU need to support YOUR business and bring in customers! 🙂 Look over our marketing website for ideas and give us a call!
And have a Picture Perfect day!
There was this idea in my family that I’d go to college, pick a major, and grow into my six-figure income. Then I’d get married to an equally successful man, we’d have children, and we be off in our jets with kids and nanny in tow making millions a year.
That’s not exactly how things went. Now that my kids are in middle- and high-school, I’ve left my full time work as community relations for a major non-profit organization. In order to be available as the woman my family needs, I’ve had to recreate myself.
I’ve bought into “do what you love and the money will follow”. Hook. Line. And sinker. And it’s working.
Now, I’m NOT making millions and I’m grateful that some choices in my life have afforded me to not worry as much as some women have to, especially single moms who MUST take anything they can to pay the bills and provide for their children. I can honestly say I have been blessed with opportunities.
I often become overwhelmed. I have several bosses. I do design work freelance. I write. I teach three to five yoga classes per week. I help small businesses launch their new products through retail channels. I assist an events coordinator and a professional networker. On any given day, it is more than I can do to track invoices and touch base with people who I need to.
And then I have to remember why I left the 40-hour-per-week salaried job to be available to my children and to be of service to the community.
The first thing I do in the morning to keep it all straight is to pray. There’s not one thing in my life or work that cannot be directed by God. In fact, He WANTS to manage my life. HE is why I am doing all I do! I can get caught up in ego, perfectionism, and scattered energy, as well as exhaustion and weariness, but His will WILL be done! All I need to do each day is to remember to move out of the way each day and let him work through me. And this includes my career. After all, ALL of my gifts, skills, talents, passions are His gift to me and to the world. My only REAL boss is Him. Through me, He accomplishes his work.
Each morning (or 100 times a day, if need be) I can pray for the power to carry out God’s will for me. I can trust that whatever I need is at my fingertips.