Productivity takes Effort

We all need to grow. Like a plant we just need a little sun and water.

So instead of thinking you can’t do that, think what am I missing so I can do it. If you don’t think your smart enough, then now is a good time you learnt how to do it. If its too hard, perhaps give yourself more time to do it. And if you make mistakes, consider where did it go wrong and how can I improve for next time I try it?

We need to go easy on ourselves, everything is a learning curve. Lean into it and enjoy the journey. Learn and grow!

Here’s 10 extra ways to help you to be more productive

  • Get up a little earlier while its still quiet
  • Do the most important thing you need to do FIRST
  • Focus on your progress not just the outcome
  • Put yourself into a productive environment
  • Don’t complain about not having enough time!
  • Take time to plan and prioritise… make a list
  • Avoid multitasking… do one thing at a time!
  • Set routines to avoid being distracted
  • Know your peak times… you’re at your best
  • Put tasks in your phone or on a weekly desk calendar
  • There’s no such thing as Perfect so do it anyway
  • Leave some time in your schedule for you (so you don’t feel hard done by)

Remember to take every day as it comes. You never know what’s around the corner so if an unexpected project, order or family commitment springs up you’re prepared. Most importantly because you’re so organised it won’t mess up your working week too much.

Coaching can really help to inspire and motivate you… contact me here!

Tackling Imposter Syndrome

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Have you ever felt like a fraud, or perhaps that you didn’t deserve something? Experiencing Imposter Syndrome is a common feeling these days as our jobs and lives become more demanding.

There’s a number of ways it can appear and you might recognise one (or some) of them!

For example, your inner critic may stop you from seizing opportunities or when you get feedback you might fixate on anything deemed slightly negative. You might not feel worthy of attention so don’t share your ideas or feel you’ve just got lucky and haven’t earned what you have achieved.

Fortunately there are easy strategies to overcome these thoughts and tackle imposter syndrome…

– Voice your fears: mention it to someone else and you might find out how common it is to feel this way.
– Think about a recent achievement: now list all the steps you took to make it happen. This will help you to realise that it took hard work to get to where you are now.
– Compare yourself with yourself, not others: everyone’s journey is unique.
– Look back at your younger self and see how much you’ve grown and matured: we’re always in a state of progress and we’re always growing and learning.
– When you see something tricky: don’t stop! Take it as a chance to learn rather than a stumbling block in your way.
– Establish a strong support network around you: surround yourself with positivity which will help you to believe in you!

If you feel you could benefit from a one-to-one, personal coaching session then feel free to contact me.

Thanks to Health & Beauty mag (Boots) for their useful info 🙂

Another recent video I’ve seen which tackles Imposter Syndrome is a surprising one featuring two celebrities as they promote their new film Maleficent… yes I’m talking about Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning! Here’s a link to the video where they talk about overcoming self doubt and criticism.

Inspirational women: ‘behind-the-scenes’ quotes

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There’s so many inspirational women around who can lift us up, support us and give us an extra spark of energy when we need it the most!

Whether it’s your friend or mentor, or look to famous women who have “made it” we can find insight when they divulge their inner secrets. Every hard-working person has a process or routine that lends itself to a successful work ethic.

Here’s a few ‘behind-the-scenes’ quotes from our favourite modern-day creative heroines…


Phoebe Waller-Bridge. “[At the end of Fleabag] I was like, ‘God, it’s been amazing, but I’m never going to have another idea,’ and then I went to sleep. I woke up and I had this idea for this movie in my head…”

Elizabeth Gilbert. “I get up at 4:30 or 5 a.m. and I write nonstop until midmorning. Then I spend the rest of the day staring at a wall because my brain is like a fried egg. I’ll have an early dinner and an early bedtime, by 7 or 8 p.m., and I’ll do it again the next day and the next until the book’s finished. It’s a very militaristic thing, the early hours.”

Amy Poehler. “As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.”

Taylor Swift. “There are definitely moments when it’s like this cloud of an idea comes and just lands in front of your face, and you reach up and grab it. A lot of songwriting is things you learn, structure, and cultivating that skill, and knowing how to craft a song. But there are mystical, magical moments, inexplicable moments when an idea that is fully formed just pops into your head. And that’s the purest part of my job.”

J.K. Rowling. “I try to start work before 9 a.m. My writing room is probably my favorite place in the world. It’s in the garden, about a minute’s walk from the house. There’s a central room where I work, a kettle, a sink, and a cupboard-sized bathroom. The radio is usually tuned to classical music, because I find human voices the most distracting when I’m working, although a background buzz, as in a café, is always comforting.”

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Free yourself of the Status Quo

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What is the status quo and why does it fill many people with dread at the very sound of it.

Personally I think its because it makes us think of the establishment, and of rules or regulations which in turn increases our worry about being judged if we don’t stick to the status quo.

The status quo is almost an invisible law that means you should or shouldn’t do something, and potentially do something in a specific way. This is why rule breakers are seen as entrepreneurial rebels, whatever field, sector or industry they’re in. We give much kudos to these rebels for they seemingly act from the heart, rather than the head. And usually they make great strides because they have gone against the grain and tried something different, even if it means being ridiculed at the time.

Can you think of any new product launches that at the time seemed crazy and a waste of time only for them to succeed HUGELY. From Apple and McDonalds to Innocent Smoothies and Dyson, their ideas may seem radical at the time but fast forward a few years and they’re everyone’s staple go-to product, and life would seem odd without them!

Behind all of these ideas and products are creative individuals that have the guts and determination to keep going forward even though the status quo is in opposite alignment. And we live in a world where pretty much anything goes. Every idea can be sown but the amount of care and attention you give it will ultimately determine how well it does. How far do you want to push it. How different do you want it to be depends on you.

So how can you too shake off the shackles of the status quo?

  • Think about your ideas from all perspectives
  • Make choices that explore new and fresh thinking
  • Assess the risks and dive right in
  • Really believe that you’ll make a difference

Know that whatever happens you’ll grow and learn from every move you make.

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What does success mean to YOU!

Success means different things to different people. No lie! The person sat next to you right now will probably have a completely different concept of what success means to them.

If you’ve had coaching with me before you’ll probably have worked on your Values. And if you were in a group coaching workshop then you’ll have seen that each person involved had a different set of values unique to them. Don’t forget that even if two people pick the same value it can still mean something completely different to each of them!

So what is the ‘official’ definition of success…

success /səkˈsɛs/

noun: success; plural noun: successes
the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.
“the president had some success in restoring confidence”

Success is usually equated to results. And results can be wide-ranging from small to big. Results are also tangible in that you want to see a physical or mental outcome you are happy about. Failure has often been pitched as its polar opposite but we all know now that failure is part of the route to success and can be hugely insightful.

Success gives you confidence, and the more confidence you gain the more success you are likely to have. But success has to mean something important to you which is why creating goals (aligned to your overall Vision or Dream) gives you the right structure for achieving it. Creating a clearer path for yourself through goal setting gives you the forward momentum to keep on going despite setbacks. This in itself is another form of success and well worth giving yourself a pat on the back when you achieve the small successes as well as the big.

So let’s get back to what success means to different people…

“Too many people measure how successful they are by how much money they make or the people that they associate with,” he wrote on LinkedIn. “In my opinion, true success should be measured by how happy you are.” Sir Richard Branson

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” Maya Angelou

“It is also nice to feel like you made a difference — inventing something or raising kids or helping people in need.” Bill Gates

“Success in life could be defined as the continued expansion of happiness and the progressive realisation of worthy goals.” from his book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. Deepak Chopra

Just giving these four examples shows how absolutely different each person’s definition of success is! Success is as far and wide-reaching as you want it to be, there are no set boundaries and no it should be this or that. Think about what your own vision of success can be. What makes you happy. What’s important to have in your life. What would give you ultimate satisfaction?

And don’t forget that changes happen in your life so your definition of success may also change. Which means your goals will change too as you adapt and grow. Remember life is one big learning curve!

Vision Boards: Mid-Year Review

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Did you create a Vision Board at the beginning of the year and did you put it up somewhere you can regularly see and check-in with?

If so, well done! I trust you’re sticking to your goals on a regular basis and working towards your long-term Vision. Remember if you keep true to your core values you’ll stay on the right path.

If not, don’t lose heart as there’s a glimmer of recognition now in realising you haven’t stuck to it! Perhaps your overall Vision isn’t strong enough or your small steps to achieving your bigger goals are still too big. Break them down even more and celebrate each and every inch forward! Even at a snails pace you’ll reach your goal, rather than always staying in the same spot.

It’s okay you know. Any time you want to check-in and re-cultivate your Vision, values and goals then do so. Things evolve. Circumstances change. You change!

1. No matter how far you’ve got, grab a drink, sit down and do a review of the year so far. Consider what’s worked and what hasn’t.
2. Ask yourself if you need to change your goals or your big Vision.
3. Then do it! Review and re-form your goals (even if it means ditching a goal).

Good luck and remember I’m here for you if you need some additional coaching. Contact me here.

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Understanding productivity is the key to unlocking it

As a life coach I would love to be ultra-productive all of the time and I’m sure you’d love to be too. So if we want it that much why does it feel like it happens not often enough! It’s a case of asking ourselves how to increase our productivity without having to work longer and harder! And funnily enough, thinking creatively or ‘outside-of-the-box’ helps to achieve this.

Although creativity and work productivity are usually seen as qualities on opposite ends of the spectrum, there are actually ways we can harness both to achieve our goals. Think of it this way, you can’t have one without the other. 

Creativity is what gives you the ideas and productivity is what is needed to make them a reality! Who knew it was this simple!

Creativity or Productivity (or both!)

As I often explain in my personal coaching and workshops, every project or goal can be broken down into smaller steps and each of these steps will require a lesser or greater amount of creativity or productivity. Knowing which steps require your most creative or productive self will help you to organise your time better. For example, if you’ve completed the initial creative process of developing a design you can then get ready for the next stage of producing it.

Here’s some top work productivity tips:

  • Brainstorm!
    Yes it’s important to do this most days, for at least 20 minutes write down everything that comes into your mind. It gives your brain space to create new possibilities.
  • Take regular breaks from your creative work and be able to step away when you begin to feel overwhelmed.
    Giving yourself a break means you put some distance between you and the work, allowing you to think more openly and objectively about a project, exhibition or situation.
  • Schedule your work to capitalise on your most productive working hours.
    Monitor your progress over the course of a typical week and record your efforts in a diary. You should be able to maximise your productive hours and take breaks when you feel less motivated.
  • You can now use mobile apps to manage and channel your creativity.
    One example is the RescueTime application which enables you to track your daily habits in detail and identify any areas where you are being unproductive. Great for us creatives as we can easily lose focus or become distracted by sources of inspiration (hello Instagram)!
  • Have an active lifestyle to optimise creativity.
    Exercise has the potential to clear cluttered minds and aid the creative-thinking process. Just as walking can be meditative.
  • Maintain perspective and a sense of fun in your work.
    Creativity can be easily stifled by pressure. So if you do find yourself feeling pressurised or demotivated, take time out to regain your focus and tap back into your initial source of inspiration.
  • Develop stress management skills.
    It totally makes sense to be proactive and avoid the pressure caused by unrealistic deadlines or rigid project criteria.
  • Don’t be easily influenced by conventional thinking.
    Independence of thought is pivotal for creatives. Don’t be too easily swayed by assured, intelligent yet conventional individuals!
  • Create a music playlist to aid your creative output.
    The relationship between creativity and music is well known. Music improves your mood and helps you to maintain higher levels of productivity therefore incorporate this into your working day.
  • Unwind and relax your mind during sleep.
    We, creative people are known to be particularly emotional and passionate about their work! This means that it can become consuming over time. Try to relax your mind for 30 minutes to 1 hour before sleep, as it will give you a chance to properly unwind and take a mental break from your workload. Camomile tea or a bath is great too 🙂

Thanks to Life Hack for their helpful suggestions!

Life coaching aids your productivity in lots of ways, unique to every individual it allows you to maximise your big dreams and goals by being efficient in everyday tasks and decisions. Contact me for more information!

Getting your groove on

So you’re in THE ZONE and loving it! 

I love it when you’re in THE ZONE. You feel strong in so many ways. Unstoppable. Momentum builds and you’re on it faster than a rocket can lift off. Not only do you push past any limitations you may have previously placed on yourself, but everything comes with ease. I’m not saying you’re not working hard. Far from it. But creating and doing whether it be the fun stuff or the more boring stuff like admin it’s a win-win all round.

So how can you stay in THE ZONE:

  • Channel your energy wisely: prioritise and get things done (even the boring stuff!)
  • Whatever way works best for you keep doing it
  • Ensure your workspace is kept on top off (whether its ultra clear or an organised mess!)
  • It’s the perfect time to try things you might not necessarily do
  • Keep momentum up and close the door to avoid distractions
  • Reward yourself for such fab work
  • Get things ready for the next push
  • A little stress is fine as long as you keep ‘checking-in’ with yourself
  • Sleep! If you can 🙂

Coaching is also another great way to check-in with your progress and put perimeters in place to ensure you achieve your goals. Stay permanently in THE ZONE with coaching!

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Navigating Brain Fog

So what is Brian Fog? Well it’s when you can’t see the wood for the trees, everything is blurry and it’s hard to focus. Even the simplest of things are hard to do and you can’t think properly. I’ve felt it myself when suddenly everything is out of reach and difficult to even attempt. It’s not a nice place to be in but you can find your way out.

It takes some time but it is possible to free yourself of Brain Fog, but the first thing to not do is push yourself. Pushing yourself only makes it worse as your brain just can’t cope. It’s about stepping back and letting it just be. Living with the fog it’s important to not attempt to do anything too big. And in an ideal world you should let your mind rest, as hard as this may be, you need to for a little while.

Personally yes I resisted. I tried to brainstorm my way out of the fog, thinking that if I tried to tap into my creative zone that I’d see the fog lift. But it wasn’t that simple. My brain needed the exact opposite. So instead of motivating and inspiring it into action I needed to completely switch it off. Call it a vacation for the brain. I slept, rested, read magazines and didn’t think about what I needed in my life or wanted it to be. I’ll admit that walks seemed too much – usually a time for consideration and reflection – they became tortuous. I had to accept that it wasn’t possible to function normally during this time. I had to switch off. Luckily I was in fact on holiday at the time so it meant putting away my notebooks and action planning for the month ahead and just nurture myself for a little while by doing nothing.

A few days later, the flog started to clear a bit and I was able to write this blog. Which then actually helped as another form of release. Finally I could apply myself again. It’s small steps and remembering not to rush into full-on action mode is hard but necessary.

I need to remind myself that if your mind and body shuts down it’s usually telling you something So my best advice is to stop, listen and be. It’s a tough ride but the fog will lift when it’s ready to.

5 Habits of Highly Effective Artists Who Sell

Let’s have a look at what it takes to be an expert seller of your art…

1.   Be prepared & prioritise

Really dig deep to understand what kind of art customer you are trying to reach, because not every person will have the same tastes, just as not every person will be able to afford the same works.

The other secret to getting prepared is giving yourself enough time to actually develop your selling strategy and carry out all of the admin and marketing tasks that come with it.

So prioritise the opportunities that deserve your attention. Think about where do my customers prefer to shop for art? Art fairs, galleries, in retail shops, cafes, online – one or more of these options might be right.

Expert sellers know one thing to be true: if you aren’t reaching your target audience, you won’t be making sales!

2.   Make it easy to buy from you

From the minute customers come in contact with your art, you have to make their buying experience as effortless as possible. Consider what questions they may have before they make a purchase.

3.   Have a great website and social media

This is your shop window. Only use high-quality photos of your art. Make sure all your links work properly. Make it a breeze to find your social media handles. Answer emails regularly and enthusiastically.

4.  Follow-up your leads

Top selling artists are always in the habit of jotting down a few notes after a promising conversation, so they remember who exactly they were talking to and how they should be following up. Because people who love your art are worth building a relationship with!

It’s one of the golden rules of selling: the more times interested contacts see your art and get to know you as a person, the more inclined they will be to purchase your work. And if you say you are going to follow up, you need to keep that promise.

5.  Know your product

We’re talking about the story behind it – your inspiration, the process – the entire narrative of how it came to be. And, it’s one thing to know it, but another thing to be able to convey it to a potential buyer.

Good luck!

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