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Speaker at ETTWomen’s 360º Conference: The Power of Connections, 2016

What is ETTWomen’s 360 The Power of Connections Conference?

ETTW brings together entrepreneurs, authors, teachers, artists and visionaries. Our members and attendees receive powerful training, profound mind shifts, groundbreaking ideas, make deep connections and unique opportunities to change their lives and the lives of others through their business.

Our annual conference teaches the most fabulous personal and professional development ideas that help elevate participants’ lives and businesses. Unlike traditional seminars or conferences, ETTW360 is positioned as a unique experience for participants.

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#MondayMotivation: 5 Methods To Keep Track Of Your Time

11304038_745547095558150_730605606_nSetting your priorities and sticking to them is a great step towards reducing your stress, but it won’t help much if you don’t have time to finish all the other menial tasks that are involved in running an at-home business. Items like billing, filing, ordering ink for your printer, and a million other little things that pile up over time still need to be done.

Let’s look at five methods to help you keep better track of where your time goes, and keep on top of your schedule.

 

1. Write everything down.

Famous productivity expert David Allen, author of Get It Done, recommend getting your to-dos out of your brain and onto paper. I can attest that this method works! When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I have found one of the greatest ways to de-stress is to sit down and write out everything I have to do that’s got my head spinning. Whether those are big projects, little five-minute tasks, or anything, it all goes down on paper as my brain is churning out the words. When I can actually see my thoughts on paper, I can start sorting and prioritizing.

2. Keep track of how long a task takes you.

It’s a common psychological trick we play on ourselves – we overestimate how long it takes to complete unpleasant tasks, and we underestimate how long we spend on pleasant items. Get real by writing down the actual time it takes you to do things like file papers, log receipts, and any other tedious task. Then you have a concrete estimate the next time you think, “Oh, that’s going to take all day!”

3. Minimize interruptions.

Turn off your email alert noise, put your phone ringer on mute, and clear your desktop before you jump into a task that requires concentration. Fewer interruptions and distractions allow you to get in that concentrating “sweet spot” where you’re humming along and working at a pleasant clip. That means you’ll get your work done faster and be less stressed. Constant interruptions ultimately result in needing to re-prioritize your day, over and over and over again. You can see how the stress you feel just keeps escalating without minimizing the interruptions each day.
4. Break down large projects.

Big projects – website overhauls, writing reports, planning marketing campaigns, creating a newsletter – can be overwhelming. When faced with a large project, break it up into tasks you can complete in one sitting, preferably in under 20 minutes. That way, instead of looking for a free afternoon to tackle the project all at once (which you’ll never get!), you just need to squeeze in 20 minutes here and there until the project is completed. I don’t know anyone who can’t find 20 minutes, but ask an entrepreneur to block out 8 hours for a project, and you’ll receive in turn a stunned glare.
5. Take advantage of “lost” time.

Our days are full of five minute breaks between activities. We call these “dead” time. You may be sitting in car-line at your child’s school, or in line at the pharmacy, or even waiting for a pot of water to boil. There you are, simply waiting for something to happen. Keep a notebook with a running list of tasks that can be completed in 5 minutes or less. Schedule an appointment, call a friend to set up a lunch date, clean out your voice mail, file your nails – anything that you know you need to do but don’t get around to doing.

Now when you have “dead” time, glance down at your notebook with the list of 5 minute tasks and start at the top.  Work your way down the list every time you find yourself with a few free minutes. You’ll be amazed at how much you accomplish when you’re ready to go!

The power of time management can have you thinking you can do it all now!  You are Superwoman!  You are Supermom!  But, before you go leaping those tall buildings, stop and take a deep breath.  There are still things beyond our control.  Yes, we can do a lot, but we can’t do it all.  Life sometimes gets in the way, even of the most on-task entrepreneur.

To book Lucinda to speak to your organization, conference or event please email Nye Scott nye@activatingamerica.com

Procrastination Rally: Setting Goals

20150213_205804What are you waiting for?

I am starting a Procrastination Rally.  No More Procrastination. The roof, the roof is on fire, we don’t need no water let the procrastinator excuses burn, burn down long to do list, burn information hoarders, burn time wasters, burn baby burn.

Research shows that most of us spend up to 80% of our time on activities that have nothing to do with the success of our projects. We load ourselves down with endless tasks that keep us feeling busy, yet at the end of the day we wonder why we have accomplished little to nothing.

“No matter what we do, there will be people around us that will say that it’s crazy, that we shouldn’t do that. I think those people are very important for us. They’re there to find out if we believe in and are committed to doing what we say we’re doing.” ~John Francis

  • Why do we miss deadlines, put off doing things we dislike, and accept stress and procrastination as a necessary part of life?
  • What experiences have shaped the way you think about time?
  • Do you need to rethink your views?
  • If you were asked to speak to a group of students about the best way to use time, what would you say to them?

Please recognize that procrastination is keeping you from achieving all that you can in life.
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How to find comfort in the uncomfortable zone

Welcome to a new day and a new opportunity to do better and be better.

 

Today is a great day to step out to be brave and bold.  I know you hear this all the time, “get out of your comfort zone”. What does this really mean?  When I first heard this saying I said to myself, “I am not in my comfort zone, I am quite uncomfortable with how my life is operating”. I was broke, single mom with lots of expenses and not enough money or time. All I had was potential. I was used to luxury cars, having nice things and the ability to do what I want, when I wanted with my kids. So stepping out of my comfort zone was a statement that just pissed me off every time the cashier would yell, “your card declined Miss”, or the ATM machine would hand me an insufficient funds receipt instead of the cash I requested.

Today is a new day. Today is a new year and today marks a fresh start for me to do better and to be better.  My journey from broke as a joke to feeling slap happy as my grandfather would say, required me to be more than uncomfortable. It required me to be comfortable in the uncomfortable, if that makes any sense to you.

My life changed in 2006 when I turned away from the predictable, cliché, and reliable ways of being. I had to evaluate what was working in my life and what was hindering me from excelling.

I needed a fresh start. I needed to get my groove back. The answers to these questions changed my dry season of broke to a season being bold and brave enough to embrace uncomfortable opportunities.

If you were starting from scratch, and you wanted to make an income offering your advice and how-to information to the world, what 5 things should you focus on?

If you wanted to become a highly-paid expert in a matter of months, based on what you already know and have lived through, what would you need to do first?

This incredible event with me, Lucinda Cross and a few other experts will answer these questions for you. On November 2nd-4th you are invited to attend the Activate Your L.I.F.E 3 day Incubator. We are offering a 2 for 1 deal.  We are encouraging everyone to bring someone along. Click here for more information.

 

Love and Light,

Lucinda Cross

 

80-and-over NYC Marathoner Champion. Are you ready to train harder in 2012?

Looking for some inspiration, I ran across this archived article posted by the Wall Street Journal  featuring Joy Johnson, the defending 80-and-over champion in the New York City Marathon.  She is a true runner and was competing against her last run time.  Not pleased with her performance she turned up the heat in her training, she connected with a trainer and worked on reducing her finishing time for the NYC Marathon for 80 and over.  I found it fascinating that she was competing against herself.  How much further ahead many of us would be if we tried to beat our best record.  Without looking at others and trying to compete with others, how amazing it would be and better we would become if we tried to out do ourselves. Through determination and motivation, Lady Johnson accomplished her goal.

If this does not inspire you to train harder in whatever you do, then I have no clue what to tell you.  If you are a speaker, work on your presentation skills, if you are a coach, work on your strategy and process, if you are an assistant or virtual assistant work on your implementation and systems.  We all have something we can train harder on, not work harder but train harder.  If you train hard, the work will be easy when it is time to perform.

How are you going to compete against your last performance?

How can you begin to challenge yourself to raise the bar in 2012?

How can you increase your speed in retrieving results?

This is a 2 min video worth watching and I dare you to raise your training regimen.  As always I am here to consult and coach anyone who is ready to turn up the heat in accomplishing their goal.

 

Stop gathering information! PROCRASTINATION RALLY

I am starting a Procrastination Rally.  No More Procrastination. The roof, the roof is on fire, we don’t need no water let the procrastinator excuses burn, burn down long to do list, burn information hoarders, burn time wasters, burn baby burn.

Research shows that most of us spend up to 80% of our time on activities that have nothing to do with the success of our projects. We load ourselves down with endless tasks that keep us feeling busy, yet at the end of the day we wonder why we have accomplished so little and close to nothing.

Why do we miss deadlines, put off doing things we dislike, and accept stress and procrastination as a necessary part of life? What experiences have shaped the way you think about time? Do you need to rethink your views? If you were asked to speak to a group of students about the best way to use time, what would you say to them?

Please recognize that procrastination is keeping you from achieving all that you can in life.

Set deadlines for yourself, even when you don’t have to. You will never get it perfect enough, there will never be the perfect time, just do it and get it done to the best of your ability. You must learn when to say enough. Make the best decision and make a move. The important thing is to act. We live in an increasingly complex world; our information-gathering techniques can’t keep up with all the changing circumstances that affect our lives.

Force yourself to act.

Always ask yourself if a task needs to be done at all. Don’t get caught in the long drawn out to do list and nothing ever matters or means anything towards you getting your project done.  Ask yourself: What do all my tasks prove? Focus on getting things done, rather than on filling your day with more activities than you can possibly get around to. If you want to overcome procrastination, stop gathering information and get started on your project.