Four Unusual Tips to Get More Productive

Four Unusual Tips to Get More Productive

Here are four unusual tips to help make you more productive and effective in any area of your life…

Take Intentional Control. Most people act as if they have no control of their time. They release control to Customers, email, the weather and who-knows-what-else. The most productive people take more control of their time. While this idea is a big one (and relates to the other tips that follow), let me give you two simple examples.

– When you schedule phone calls, be the one to place the call. That way you aren’t waiting if the other party is late. If you call and they don’t answer, you can leave a message and you can get on to a new task.

– Schedule meetings where people come to you. I rarely have meetings at coffee shops or other people’s offices (outside of our building). Why? Because my travel time is lost productivity.

Block Your Time. One of the best ways to take control is to block your time. I know that in some people’s work this might be easier than in others but everyone can find times of the day or week to block for specific (important) tasks. When you block your time for a task, you help yourself be more focused and therefore will be more productive. This is the best way to make sure that you achieve important outcomes and aren’t simply working on whatever seems urgent at that moment.

Be Prepared for Waiting. It seems that life always leaves us waiting. The most productive people have a plan for waiting that allows them to be productive during those moments. You might not know at the start of the day what you will be waiting on, or when, but chances are you will be waiting. Have a notebook for brainstorming, a book to read or a call to make – have a plan and be prepared to use those minutes that are otherwise lost forever. (Oh, and unless you are a social media professional, checking Facebook probably doesn’t count.)

Take a Nap. You can struggle over something for 20 minutes and not be finished, or take a ten-minute nap and then finish the task in the next ten. Your productivity has soared, and you will be fresher (and more productive) for the next five tasks on your list too.

I could make this list far longer, but the key ideas of many of the further tips would be extensions of what you see above. If you are serious about improving your productivity and effectiveness in any area of your life, put these ideas to the test in your life and work – you will be glad you did.

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I have been a coach since 2013 and I started Manifest Academy in 2015. As a coach I believe my clients can be, do, and have anything they want as long as they as they have the will to succeed, a great strategy, and a strong foundation in God.

To join my newsletter or hear more about Manifest Academy visit me online at www.christinadukes.com

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10 Questions to Ask a Potential Business Coach

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I have been a coach since 2013 and I started Manifest Academy in 2015. As a coach I believe my clients can be, do, and have anything they want as long as they as they have the will to succeed, a great strategy, and a strong foundation in God.

To join my newsletter or hear more about Manifest Academy visit me online at www.christinadukes.com

 

7 People You Should Avoid At All Cost As An Entrepreneur

7 People You Should Avoid At All Cost As An Entrepreneur

Hey Guys, It’s Christina M. Dukes, “The Success Manifestation Coach”. I anticipate that you are all having an amazing day! In this year of expansion, overflow, and abundance I feel that it is important to get rid of the old and make room for the new opportunities that are coming our way. In an effort to create an abundant path I want to share with you 7 People that you should avoid as much as possible as an entrepreneur.

People who are Negative.

Let’s start with how to identify negative people. The bottom line is that negativity exists everywhere in our world. Negative people are always complaining and sometimes they can suck the energy right out of you and bring you down. They can be in your family, in your circle of friends and acquaintances, at your job, it can even be spouse, and they are also all over social media. The reality is that in some point within our lives we will have to deal with negative people in our life. Remember, that negative thinking can affect your personal well-being, your outlook on life, and your business as an entrepreneur. Once, you recognize a negative person, try your best to detach yourself immediately.

People Who Criticize. 

The word criticize means to find fault with. I have heard people use the term constructive criticism, but I really don’t like it. Here’s why, how can finding fault be constructive. I like the constructive suggestions as a better term. When people criticize others, it can be guaranteed that they are criticizing you as well. Just be careful. When people criticize your work as an entrepreneur, try your best to disconnect and be as detached as possible. If someone doesn’t like your work or what you do, guess what? They have every right not to like your work and you have every right to continue doing what you love. Think about it like this, everything you do is an expression of God. Every action you take is like a manifestation of God in some way. Even ideas, inventions, and innovations are a manifestation of God.

People Who Waste Your Time.

Let’s face it as entrepreneurs we have all had potential customers who almost do business with us and back out or clients who don’t follow through on their commitment to complete your work together. As a Business Coach, Consultant, and Speaker trust me, I have dealt with my fair share of time wasters. So how do you identify time wasters, well that is the tricky part, so here is what I did to attract the type of customers and clients I felt were the best fit for creating the happiness I desired in my business. So, I created a list of all the attributes my ideal client has.

Here is my Ideal Client List:

I am constantly attracting and welcoming with love an abundance of new clients that:

Appreciate Me and My Gifts and Talents.

Are ready to fully pursue their dreams and nothing is going to stop them from getting there.

Realize they need my help to get their life in order, help them create strategies to attract their ideal life, and launch them into the next phase of their life.

See me as very valuable and hire me right away.

Can easily afford to pay the fee to work with me and have abundance flowing into their easily lives too.

Non-Supporters.

I remember early on in my business, I constantly tried to prove myself to people in the sense that I had just come into my purpose and the only people I knew at that time was my circles of family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. Truthfully, not many of them ever supported my business and that is totally okay. I have had some unsubscribe to my newsletters, talk bad about my business, compete with my business. But what I learned is that some of them were jealous because God had yet to reveal their purpose to them, yet.

People Who Are Jealous.

Jealous people are actually really easy to spot. Most times they criticize your work or they copy your work. I remember, when I first launched my very first consulting company, Idey Enterprises. I had a person in my life,  who I considered a best friend at that time, well instead of saying congratulations on your new business, she said, “Oh Yeah! I am launching my own consulting business doing exactly what you are doing!” I was like, “okay…cool. So you are launching it on the same day I am doing my business launch?” Needless to say, she never showed up to any of my events or supported me as a friend in any capacity. Thankfully we are no longer friends. Remember, people get jealous when they feel that someone else has something that should be theirs. Try your best to avoid taking it personally. Know that when a person is jealous of you, it has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them.

People Who Don’t Care.

Some people really don’t care about what you are doing. Stop trying to convince them to care. For everything that you are doing their is an audience for it, sometimes you may be talking to the wrong audience. Some people really don’t care about your business, because they have no interest in it or a need for what you do. One thing I started doing was deleting people from Facebook, etc. who were not ideal people to do business with. Also, if you aren’t interactive with me I do a monthly cleanup of my friends list.

People who Disappoint You.

WOW! This is a big one!!!!! I struggled with this a lot as a Christian especially. We are told in our faith to turn the other cheek, etc. But the reality is get rid of people who disappoint you. Recently, I had a situation where a client agreed to work with me, but when it came down to paying her invoice she made every excuse under the sun, from “she doesn’t share her credit card info online” to never hearing from her again. Because we were Facebook friends, I kindly deleted her. For me every-time I saw a post of hers online I felt disappointed, so this was a redline to just move on. As an entrepreneur, people will agree to work with you, then back out. Maybe the time isn’t right for them, however they should have considered that before disappointing you.

I hope this list was helpful.

-Christina

About Me

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I have been a coach since 2013 and I started Manifest Academy in 2015. As a coach I believe my clients can be, do, and have anything they want as long as they as they have the will to succeed, a great strategy, and a strong foundation in God.

To join my newsletter or hear more about Manifest Academy visit me online at www.christinadukes.com