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4 Tips to Help You Follow-up

As December arrives so does time for reflection. This year has been full of ups and downs. From a business perspective, the word burned into my brain is follow-up. I have found my biggest failures have come from a lack of follow-up.

Failure to me can come in many different forms like not sending a Thank You card after a meeting, overcommitting or letting a lead grow cold. All these things resolve by following a few simple tricks.

  1. Set Reminders. As soon as you think of the act, write it down. I typically put reminders in my phone. It takes a quick minute to write down what you need to do
  2. Take your time. If something is worth doing, it is worth doing well. I am the worst at rushing through my to-do’s missing opportunities to secure next steps or forgetting details that can take work to the next level. I have found when I slow down I can set reminders, do better work and get more done.
  3. Do the behavior: I subscribe and listen to a podcast (SalesTuners.com). One of the guests discussed the importance of doing the behavior every single day. You can check out the episode here. The biggest take-a-way I found was to ask, “what are the minimum things I have to do today?” Once you establish your standard, the work ethic follows.
  4. Timeblock: I recently asked someone I look up to (who is coincidently the creator of SalesTuners) how he manages to get so much done in a single week. His response was to time block. Doing this activity is a challenge for me as my day currently revolves around a newborn, so I am pretty reactionary. However, when I do have help with the baby, I make sure to time block those days so I can maximize my efforts and eliminate multi-tasking.

Do you have any secrets to share that help you? I’d also love to know what (if any) technology you use to help you get more done?

Keep on Keepin On

Over the past six weeks, life has changed immensely. From having a baby three months early to navigating the waters of my ever ebbing and flowing career. One thing I have been clear on since leaving my full-time job back in 2015 is that I never want to work a 9 to 5 again. Now, that I have had a baby this is ever more important as I never want to sacrifice my time with her for money. I never want to miss an important event. I never want to sacrifice travel and opportunity due to the parameters inherent with a corporate career. All this to say, I’m proud that I have been able to create a lifestyle business by working with and for like-minded individuals.

The biggest challenge has been time management. When given the opportunity to create your own hours, work on your own terms, autonomy is your worst and best friend. All that to say, I have learned (am still learning) a few things to keep the balance while getting the job done.

  1. Keep yourself accountable. Regardless of whether your ‘boss’ requires you to track your tasks and time spent, do it anyway. It is useful for you to know how you are spending your time. It also allows you to track the results of your efforts in relation to the task required. I have used several programs in the past most recently TeamWorks, Trello, and Myhours. They are simple to use and allow for you to collaborate with your colleagues remotely.  I also use Slack to keep communication channels open without having to use email or texting.
  2. Keep a calendar. I use Google Calendar to keep all my personal and professional commitments. I even use it to schedule my gym time, my ‘home’ time as well as study time. I try to follow it carefully while allowing me the flexibility I crave. In doing so, I set commitments each day for the things that I need to accomplish.
  3. Keep a commitment to your health. As noted above, I put in my calendar time for the gym and home. This way I have pre-scheduled the time needed to take care of my health and hearth. I have also recently joined a group that my sister runs that fosters a community of people striving to stay fit and eat healthy. This creates another layer of accountability beyond the intrinsic drive. (if interested in that, you can email her by clicking here)
  4. Keep learning. Never stop reading, listening to podcasts, meeting new people and engaging with those that think differently than you. I have recently started diving more into podcasts. There is so much free information out there from experts in every industry. A few of my new finds are Side Hustle Nation, Tropical MBA, EOFire, & Growth Hack Your LIfe. If you can’t tell already, they are focused on the digital nomad or entrepreneur, which are obviously in line to the career and life I’m creating. I encourage you to read at least one book a month, subscribe to one podcast, meet with a new person or old contact every 6 weeks and spark new conversations. It sounds like work, but in reality, it will keep you focused and ahead of the curve.
  5. Keep your priorities in check. Constantly re-evaluate your priorities. By looking at your calendar and your activity you can start to see a pattern of how you are spending your time. If you start to see a shift towards one thing or another be sure to make sure that shift is in the direction of your goals. If not, make a shift back. Your priorities should align to your purpose. Make sure you are vigilant in keeping these at the top of your mind.

Any tricks or tips you care to share?

xoxo,

Blonde Chick

Get the Funk Out

Ever wake up and automatically feel defeated? Like you’re not progressing in the way you want, as quickly as you want etc.. and suddenly you’re a victim of the success you’re trying to achieve? Clearly, writing from personal experience. I’ve felt this many times. I’ve woken up and just wanted to stay in bed and not deal.  I’ve even gone the point of over action in order to fix the problem I think I’ve identified.  So if you’re like me,  how do you get out of the funk and back to reality? Here are 4 things I force myself to do and sure enough it snaps me back into reality and out of my funk!

1. Take a shower.

Yes, go take a shower. Strip away the literal funk of the day and in doing so you are giving yourself a break, a minute or (20) to rinse away the stress. Taking a shower gives forces you to unplug and delve into your thoughts. Take the time to get clear. Once you step out the shower, you are starting into a clean, fresh mindset. Don’t let the insecurities and fear you have keep you in a funk you don’t deserve.

2. Show Up.

90% of success is showing up. If you want something you have to go after it, and in order to go after it you have to be present.  Even if you’re in a job, or a place that ultimately you don’t want to be you have to show up. You have to alway give your best. Every step, every choice you make along the way shapes your character. So on those days that you feel defeated and want to stay in bed – those are the days that you have to commit to your success and show up.

3. Call a friend.

Can’t get out of the funk on your own? Call a friend. Call your mentor. Call someone you can vent to, but make sure it’s someone who will also challenge you. Someone who can help you see the bigger picture. Sometimes just a 10-minute chat can help clear the fog out of your head and get you back on track. For me, it’s talking to my hubby on our goals or my sister. Doesn’t really matter but make sure you trust them and that they have no problem calling you out.

4. Make a list.

Get out a pen and a piece of paper to take stock of your life. From a professional standpoint, but also a personal one. You want to truly see what’s happening in your life so that you can see how each little decision is leading you towards accomplishing  your goals. In making this list, it causes you to reflect. If you’re not happy about your job then change it. Or maybe you’re happy with aspects of your current role, but not all of it. Creating a list of your reality can help you identify an action plan.

Ultimately, it’s about progressing forward. Don’t stop, don’t quit and always show up. Constantly moving towards a goal is key to not falling into a permanent funk.

xoxo,

Blonde Chick

You only get 10 seconds.

Ready to launch your career with your best foot forward? Make sure you have a resume that fights through all the other noise. You have 10 seconds to capture a recruiter’s attention. So keep your professional snapshot concise, structured and specific. Here’s a few quick tips to get your resume the attention it deserves.

1. Add a link

Add links to the other companies you’ve interned or worked for. In addition, be sure to link to your LinkedIn page – yes, create a LinkedIn profile page. Over 60% of recruiters use the tool to look for candidates and the same impressive 60% + uses the tool to search for jobs. Make sure your resume is in on your LinkedIn profile and searchable by recruiters.

2. Whales

As in business, many companies identify 10-15 targets or ‘whales’ to prospect. Treat your career as a business knowing you’re the CEO. Make a list of companies  you want to work with. Research the companies to identify what makes you uniquely qualified for each of the companies. Connect with current employees on LinkedIn and follow the company on social.

3. Don’t be general.

Get as specific as possible with your qualifications. Don’t use words and phrases like hard-working, and detail oriented. Use words supported by specific results of your work. If you can quantify what you’ve done you’ll stand out among those who use tired words and general statements. Use keywords as headlines and incorporate them into your resume. You want to match keywords to the words posted in the job description.

Finally, it shouldn’t be a laundry list of accomplishments. It’s a document to showcase your specific and unique accomplishments. By researching  your companies you can tailor your resume to the skills they are looking for.

4. Throw your resume away.

Yes, throw your resume away. A resume isn’t the tool to use that will truly impress a prospective employer. Instead, write a business plan for the job you are applying for. Don’t submit this piece to a ATS (applicant tracking system). If you don’t know anyone specifically at the company to submit your plan to, then don’t apply. You need to make a human connection with someone at the company before just throwing your hat into the ring. It’s 2014 and it really is all about who you know.

The information in your plan should target the hiring manager’s specific pain that in hiring you, you would be solving. Creating this plan also allows you to truly understand the job you’re applying for and the company you would be working with.

Need help working on your plan and resume? Let’s get to work. 

xoxo

Blonde Chick

 

40 hour work week?

The 9-to-5, 40-Hour Workweek Is Dead . . . 88% of Us Work More Than That

One day, your grandkids will hear someone use the phrase “9-to-5” and they’ll ask, “Grandpa, what is that?” And you’ll look up from your phone where you’re responding to six emails from your boss and tell them it’s a relic of a different time.

This shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone . . . but the 9-to-5 day and the 40-hour workweek are DEAD.

A new survey found 88% of people now work MORE than 40 hours a week.

71% do work from home after hours at least once a week.

63% don’t take a full lunch break every day.

And 58% have a commute that’s at least 30 minutes.

What do you think about the 40-hr work week?