50 Things I’ve Done In The Last 12 Months To Ramp Up My Life And Biz

50 things to ramp up your bizYou know how when you take a step back you get better perspective? Like your Dad moving the Sunday papers further away to be able to read them 😉 ?

I’m on holiday at the moment (ahhhhhh, lush) and it’s having this little bit of distance from the every day which has helped me see the huge strides that I’ve made both in my personal and business life.

Here’s my list of FIFTY things, some big some small, that have helped to make the difference. Enjoy!

  1. Found a great NLP and CBT specialist and made a date with her every month.
  2. Stopped eating wheat and dairy. My body loves me.
  3. Started to walk as much as I can, every day. Podcasts on, trainers on, go.
  4. Began my Miracle Morning routine, and found it is super sacred me time before the day begins. I feel grounded, inspired, powerful.
  5. Indulged in 1:1 yoga every few weeks. Major body and energy happiness. I am now breathing properly too, which is pretty fundamental.
  6. Ploughed through and devoured book after book after book after podcast after podcast after book. Learning goes deep when it’s all around you.
  7. Made a choice to watch TV less. There is DEFINITELY a time for mindless and fun 90’s films and TV dramas, but my brain cells need a little more documentaries, amazingly directed films, comedy, and, actually, silence.
  8. Started believing in myself more. Wow, I am capable of so much.
  9. Let go of the “shoulds”- shoulds are in the realm of other people’s expectations of you. No, no, no.
  10. Dreamed bigger, and bigger again.
  11. Invested in myself.
  12. Invested in myself again.
  13. Sought out coaches and mentors who added more value to my life in so many ways than an hourly rate can even describe.
  14. Sorted out my money blocks.
  15. Hit a new level. Sorted out money blocks again.
  16. Re-discovered that play leads to brilliance.
  17. Remembered that I am enough.
  18. Discovered that actions are just just choices made over and over, and they make a profound difference.
  19. Hired, incrementally, an amazing team. Team Diva inspire me support me, challenge me and provide office banter daily. I adore them.
  20. Started checking in with a mastermind/accountability buddy. There is HUGE power in combined thoughts, skills, energies, and knowing someone has your back through the highs and lows.
  21. Looked at my vision board every day, always smiling when things begin to happen.
  22. Got super active in Facebook groups, but in small chunks of time. Facebook is awake 24/7, I am most definitely not.
  23. Moved to checking emails once a day. Sanity, ahoy.
  24. Tried, failed, tried again.
  25. Cried. Learned from each mistake. Moved on (amazingly it gets easier each time).
  26. Booked girl time with my friends – spa days, weekends away. My soul needs girl time.
  27. Said no to projects and clients that weren’t a good fit. They need to come to life somewhere else.
  28. Re-discovered the power and joy of creating content daily, whether purposeful or just putting pen to paper (or keyboard to 750words.com).
  29. Reached out to people I really admire. Turns out they admire me too.
  30. Gave my time and knowledge freely to projects and people I am passionate about.
  31. Raised my rates.
  32. Changed the ratio of dreaming to action to suit me better (and to make more room for dreaming).
  33. Enjoy every second of being with my amazing daughters. They are teaching me so much about wonder, innocence, and play.
  34. Upgraded my wardrobe, skincare, and haircare. When I feel awesome, I believe in myself.
  35. Invested in the skills of others when I need them. I am not here to do everything, and I my brilliance is not in everything.
  36. Kept a note of every heartfelt email, thank you note and testimonial.
  37. Had the coil removed. Hello natural cycles and connection with myself.
  38. Hung out online (and off) with ladies who show me what’s possible.
  39. Went more visible without being perfect. Periscopes are perfect for jumping on, whenever and wherever, to connect and be available. No lights and make up. Just me.
  40. Started my podcast. Loved it.
  41. Had intuitive readings, and got blown away each time.
  42. Discovered the power of mandalas.
  43. Built in regular cleanses to love my body right back.
  44. Connected with my inner mentor. She is a pretty amazing woman and I am becoming her every day.
  45. Decluttered often to make energetic space for new opportunities.
  46. Hired a cleaner. Oh my goodness, sanity saver.
  47. Told the truth about myself – to myself, to my clients and audience. Realness and rawness connects people.
  48. Started going to bed super early and before my second, third or fourth wind powers me through.
  49. Had a make-up update. Surprisingly powerful in so many ways.
  50. Started believing in myself again.

I’m not telling you these things to be a show off (except the new make up, that rocks – seriously. Do it.) but so you can see that all the small things really do add up.So which of the list do you do? Or would you recommend any extras for me?

Let me know.

Jo.x

I am a Miracle Morning Convert

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I am a Miracle Morning convert. Here’s why:

Finding space in the day for myself as an entrepreneur and mum of two? Nah. Not happening.

Or, I might schedule in a walk, some meditation, some reading time etc and do them, but then feel stressed that I only have an hour left to get stuff done on my business before the kids come home from school (I don’t like to work late often – circadian rhythms gooooone, baby).

So, thanks to Yo Pal Hal, I have been setting my alarm for 6am, and starting my day on my own. Heaven.

Yup, I would also have also conceded prior to this that I am not a morning person, but I actually wake up excited to have this time ALL TO MYSELF.

I meditate for a few minutes, look at my vision board, read a blog post from someone who challenges and inspires me, or read a few pages of a personal development book; I do some yoga stretches, journal in my 5 minute journal, then free write on 750words.com.

The results so far after 10 days are astounding.

  • I am more focussed (making the choice to do this for myself each day is a parallel of the choices we make daily to progress or not in our growth.
  • I am more inspired – dedicated time to read materials I love has just rocked up.
  • I feel more grounded. Starting the day with some inner work and mediation, gratitudes and journalling does that for you.
  • I am nicer to my kids and my partner in the morning. When I have spent time by myself, FOR myself, I feel ready and able to do the breakfast chaos, to be present with the Minis and to hang out with them mindfully. I am noticeably less grumpy, and find I haven’t shouted my usual “yes, yes, I am coming – can I JUST make a cup of tea first, PLEASE” mantra for a long while now.
  • I am generating some content gems. When you write 750 words a day some nuggets rock up. As I talk about in Brilliance Ignition, creating daily content gives clarity in your mind, and free writing as per our amazing Julia Cameron really does work magic.
  • I feel more like the person I am becoming, or want to be when I grow up. Yep, this week I found myself doing yoga outside on the balcony in the South of France as the sun came up, having had my smoothie and done my journalling. Ohhhhh, I am THAT person. That’s what successful people do!

I know now why successful people create habits and stick to them. This practise of my time for myself is making huge shifts, in just one hour a day.

7 hours a week all to myself makes a huge difference. I am reading, meditating, rocking my asanas (I plan to get back to Shawn and T25 soon), writing, inspiring myself, and all sorts.

It’s a Small Price to Pay

Yes, I DO go to bed super early to get up early, but my early nights are part of my CFS management routine anyway. Also, I would much, MUCH rather have an early night and feel amazing about what I have accomplished and how I feel than spend an evening watching TV or losing brain cells on Buzzfeed. Just sayin’…

I have learned to be super quiet on my tippy toes as I make my way downstairs to start my routine – small people have been known to join me when they hear me get up. We have had SO MANY squeaky doors that, it turns out; WD40 has been a huge part of my Miracle Morning routine too.

And, I’m Passing on This Habit

One of my Minis, Eva, really respects what she calls “mummy’s quiet time”. On the occasions she has woken up as I snuck downstairs and got up with me, she has been more than happy to sit with me quietly and do some drawing, or colouring in her mandalas while I do my yoga postures or journalling. I love that she will see a habit that may benefit her as she gets older, too. Teaching Eva to respect my quiet time has been a really sweet little contract between us, and I make sure I respect my new carved out time as well.

So, I am a nicer, more inspired, grounded and successful person. I am more patient, creative, and happier all round.

Miracle morning, indeed.

Extra Reading

Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

5 Minute Journal

Brilliance Ignition

Julia Cameron Artist’s Way

5 Idea Ignition Shortcuts For Storytelling + Content Creation

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We have all been there.

Despite your best efforts to find your flow, get into the zone and produce amazing content, some days it’s just not happening.

Never fear, help is at hand.

Here are 5 ways to ignite your ideas, kickstart your storytelling, and get your content creation back on track:

 

1. Use prompts.

Sometimes all you need is a prompt to re-start the grey matter:

I have SO many great tips on how to___________________.

I have THE funniest story about that one time I ___________________.

I know a TON about ___________________.

I really want to be known as an expert on ___________________.

I really want to be known as someone with a fresh twist on ___________________.

(these are by the amazing Alexandra Franzen – make sure you bookmark + Evernote this page for future ref.)

 

2. Get random

Random word association is a tool I often use in creative thinking and brainstorming.

This random word generator can get you started.

For example, “ignition” came up for me which sparked this post idea.

 

3. Give an A to a Q

What was the last question someone asked you?

Can you answer it in a piece of content that adds value?

 

4. Use your own story and evoke a feeling

Storytelling is so powerful in content creation because it evokes a feeling and emotional response.

Consider points in your personal life and career that have been significant for you. How did you feel? Can you bring back that feeling again? What were you doing?

What were you wearing? What sights, sounds and smells were there? What did you learn from that experience, and what can you tell us about it?

 

5. Pastiche

A far cry from plagiarism, a pastiche post or piece of work  takes inspiration from the work of others.

In the same way that you might learn about how the masters created artwork by layering the colours yourself and following suit, pastiche content creation.

 

 

Stay Super,

jo gifford

 

 

 

Your USP Is Never What You Think

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USP, USP, b2b, c2c.

Blah blah blah – enough.

We know a business needs a USP.

(Unique Selling Point, for those not up to the gagometer with marketing lingo).

 

As a solopreneur, your USP is likely to be very different from that which initially appears.

*cue spooky music*

 

Ok, it;s not that sp0oky, to be fair.

Are you ready for the rocket science?

 

Your USP is….

YOU.

 

Yep.

 

Your way of thinking.

Your experiences in this life so far.

Your humour.

Your quirky traits.

Your subtle blend of colloquialisms and phrases.

Your brand.

 

Get it? It’s your you-ness.

 

Let’s take me for an example.

Sure, I teach Blogging for Business, and I do some done for you services.

But what are people really getting?

 

My 20 year career history in design and design management.

All the coaching I have ever had.

My lecturing experience.

My working smart tips and tricks and my humour.

My ability to brainstorm and get creative.

My sense of understanding that we can save more time and live more life by doing things smarter (and more creatively), and I know this because I am a working mum of two.

My ability to teach and inspire.

My own solopreneur journey.

My love of people and connections.

My global, free-spirited soul.

 

You get ME.

You get me??

So, what’s your USP? Who are you, and what do we get?

Share it with us.

 

Stay Super,

jo gifford

List it, Live it!

As the festive season begins to get in full swing and a New Year is on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about the changes 2015 will bring.

Whether you’re going to make that 5K run, are planning to save up to make it to that dream destination or want to elevate your business to new heights, we can always do with a little inspiration to get the ball rolling.

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I recently teamed up with Beagle Street Life Insurance to take part in their Living List campaign, a fantastic hub of inspiring lists bought to you by experts in various fields to encourage you to embrace life and enjoy doing the things that you love.

I lent my hand to the Social Media Savvy list, where you can pick from pinning your life on Pinterest for a day or challenging yourself to blog writing every day – 10 tips that will help you make the most out your social media platforms in 2015.

Take a browse, list it and live it!

Stay Super,

jo gifford

Live the dream – and make sure it’s yours

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The thing abut dreams is they change.

What we want in our teens, 20’s, 30’s and 40’s may well be different things.

The other thing about dreams is that, funnily enough, we can be prone to take on the dreams of other people.

Say whaaaaat?

Yip, without realising it, it is SO easy to get swept along by the tide of our friends, families, co-workers, colleagues – whoever – and we take on ideals as if they are our own.

This doesn’t lead to a happy bunny situation, normally (sorry, Buggs).

 

There is probably counselling involved, a lot of tears, a feeling of disconnect, probably anxiety, illnesses, and a lot of mixed emotions.

How do I know?

 

I have been there. And so, very probably, have you.

At the age of *cough* 38, I am living the dream.

I am living the dream of the life I want NOW.

But it took me a long time to realise it, accept it, and let go of the dreams of my 20’s.

I am sure I am not alone when I mention the word “checklist” – ring any bells? The list of things you would/should do by 25/30/40.

Mine included doing an MA (tick), buying a house (tick), having kids (tick), living in Barcelona (nope), travelling to Australia (nope), having my own business (tick).

 

When we create lists, we set up to fail.

C0ming from a list-a-holic this is a big AA moment; “Hey, my name is Jo and I have lists everywhere”. I am sure many of you  Type A’s will have a similar thing.

You should have seen the list of stuff I set up for myself as a new mum. As if being awake and dressed wasn’t enough, I was trying to learn Spanish whilst breast feeding in order to tick off that box. Madness. But then hindsight is always so damned focussed, isn’t it.

I am a HUGE fan of going after what you want, don’t get me wrong, but I love to go after a FEELING now rather than a checkbox (despite what my Bullet Journal brainstorms might say)

Danielle LaPorte Desire Map fans will recognise this as your core desire feelings, going after how you want to feel over what you want to have/be.

When you compare yourself to the dreams of others, or what others want for you, there is incongruence.

This could show up as illness, depression, anxiety and other physical and mental responses.

You could feel out of alignment, lost, useless, uncertain.

You could be lethargic, de-motivated, uninspired, lacking energy.

 

The hardest part is actually the easiest part, too.

Only YOU know what feels right, and what “living the dream” looks like for you, and specifically you.

For me, right now, living the dream looks like being here for my amazing daughters before and after school, being with them as much as possible to read, bake, create, chill out and be Mum.

It looks like working from home for myself.

It looks like going for walks and bike rides in the country.

10 years ago my dream was very different.  I was living that dream in East London, a vibrant life with friends and colleagues, partying, socialising, learning, growing, being.

My dream has changed and I have too.

I have swapped my inner hipster for a onesie. I am what some may think of as boring, (or what I prefer to think of as grounded.)

I am in this cycle of life, enjoying it, being present with it, and loving it.

As solopreneurs making sure you are congruent with YOUR dream is so important. After all, isn’t this why we chose this crazy life that makes and breaks you?

 

It can be all too easy to see others doing amazing things, but remember, the dream is theirs not yours (at least we hope it is).

Don’t feel the pressure of a dream that belongs to your partner, boss, parents, friends, sibling.

It’s ok to say no, and to only say yes when it’s a FUCK YEAH!

It’s ok to say no, and to only say yes when it’s a FUCK YEAH!

So, next time you go strive to live the dream check in with yourself – is the dream really yours?

I would love to hear below how you are living your dream, how you know when you are (or are not) congruent with your own dream, and what that looks like for you,

Tell me, awesome folks.

Stay super,

jo gifford

 

 

 

Creating space for creativity: storage hacks and tips

At the last count, I have lived in 20 different homes.

Yip.

That’s 20 lots of packing, unpacking, de-cluttering, re-arranging, re-creating. That’s at least 10 “Daaaad can you help me move house again” phone calls, definitely 5 or 6 “why I did get drunk last night when I still haven’t packed avoidance crises”, and a whole memory book full of housemates, friends, stories, laughter and tears.

Every home re-invention has required me to create my creative area to work in.

I have been self employed for the last 9 years, but often worked from home in my Design Manager roles (yes I did have actual jobs once!).

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Nothing kills creativity for me like clutter.

Clutter makes me feel encroached upon, unorganised and totally unproductive. I am also a sucker for procrastination when I see Piles of Stuff (us Type A’s flit don’t ya know).

Having two five year olds careering around the place currently means my home working space isn’t exactly streamlined right now and it’s something I am targeting in the next few weeks.

I love having a creative environment with inspiration boards, mementos, art by the kids and photos around, but it can so easily feel a little..

 

So.

From the queen of house moving and boxes, here are some tips for creative space for storage and creativity.

1. Work in small chunks

When a pace feels cluttered it can be really hard to know where to start. I am prone to having a meltdown in the middle of a room full of STUFF (just as my partner who has rescued me from many such scenes), so working small and often is a life saver. Whilst there is a lot to be said for blasting a room or an area, if you are like me and juggling work and a family, that time is very hard to find.

Like my #divasdaily10 business and social slices, working on a room by attacking it in Pomodoro style timed segments can really help make a headstart on the job in hand.

2. Get it out before you bring it back in

This can be SO handy to do and is something I have done often before in my life re-inventions.

Boxing all your stuff up and getting it out so you have a clear area really makes you question what you bring back in, and you will find yourself being FAR more ruthless.

If you have a spare room or garage space to decant your clutter into box it all up and sort one box at a time.

If you are in between places to live and have more belongings than space, using self storage is a brilliant way to save your sanity. When I left London to move back to the sticks I did this, and had a flat load of furniture, clothes, books and belongings to “park” for a while. I ended up eBaying a vast amount of my clothes and belongings, and I didn’t have to move into my next abode with nearly as many items had I not.

Just finding a neutral ground to hold everything while you travel, stay with friends, or find your next home can be such a lifesaver.

Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
William Morris

3. Use QR codes and Google docs for archiving

Ok, this really does reveal my inner geek here. I have found it useful to create inventories of items in boxes in a Google doc, and then to create a QR code of the link. I can then number the codes and tape the code to the box.

 

4. Store creative clutter safely (+ use Evernote to archive)

As a 37 year old creative industries bod I have decades of sketchbooks, books, portfolios, craft materials, scrapbooks and so forth that I treasure. They don’t really have a place in the house, but I don’t want to get rid either

Safely storing them away from small people/pets/damp / damage means your works of creative genius are safe for when you need them or want them later.

I often photograph my artwork and the girls’ treasures from nursery and school etc into Evernote so I have an easily accessed visual reference whilst the originals are in a safe place.

I just got some creative space making hacks from @dexdiva

This post is a sponsored post by the guys over at Big Yellow Storage, and I happen to be a huge fan of the facilities on offer (see how they can help with business here).

Rent storage space for your belongings while you travel (as us non-location dependant entrepreneurs are prone to do), store away your stuff while you re-create your creative space at home, or even use their space as a storeroom for any physical goods you are selling in your empire.

I would love to hear how you deal with your creative clutter in the comments. Share with us your storage hacks and tips, and if you have beaten me on house moves, let me know (I have already been in my current house FAR too long, itchy feet ahoy!)

Stay super + sorted,

jo gifford

How to stay productive: Creating Content

I love it when a member of my community invites me to take part in a blog hop; blog hops are a really interesting way to meet new businesses and solopreneurs, to take on new ideas, and to mix up the day to day routine of content. The lovely Indigo from Spikes and Stardust (who is also currently taking part in the July Blogging for Business Bootcamp) invited me to share my tips on producing content as part of her blog hop series.
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How to stay productive when producing content

I believe strongly in the power of the blog.

I know that blogging provides opportunities; on a tangible level it brings in more money.

It acts like the small talk at a networking event even while you sleep; it has the power to help you be found, to resonate with the right audience (+ clients!), and to “be” in your shopfront 24/7.

I stay productive by using some clever blog hacks.

I stay productive by keeping things simple and only working 3 hours a day.

I stay productive by using my bullet journal, mapping out my time, and reducing the overwhelm.

I nip procrastination in the bud.

I learn from others and realise they came a long way too.

I use my tried and tested focus and productivity hacks.

I stay productive by remembering that I do more by working less.

I set up research to come to me.

I outsource so I don’t sweat the small stuff.

I work in small chunks.

I love what I do.

I stay productive by changing up the formula; sometimes I talk, sometimes I write.

I remember it is often best to say less rather than more, and I say it across different platforms too.

I use creative thinking alongside smart tech to make working smarter a doddle.

Creating content has built my online business. It has grown a community of friends, colleagues, peers and clients. Creating content that inspires others enables me to work remotely, flexibly, and to teach others to do the same.

I stay productive by remembering why I love what I do. That working smarter does mean dreaming bigger and living brighter.

My blog brings the business and I love my work. I get to work with inspiring and incredible business owners every day, across the globe.

Now THAT’s why I get up and blog.

How do YOU stay productive?

jo gifford

 

 

 

 

 

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How to work less and do more (a reminder to myself)

I am not quite at the point of outsourcing my every waking moment and bodily functions but I am definitely embracing my inner Tim Ferris right now.

This week I’m currently struggling to balance work life and family with my chronic fatigue illness.
This is a theme which becomes back time and time again for me, almost like a lesson that I keep needing to relearn every time about how much I’m able to do versus how much I think I’m able to do.

You would think I would learn, wouldn’t you?!

Whilst I am not at La Ferris standards of the 4 hours week, I am working on a 3 hour working day, and it’s teaching me so much.

My portfolio career has many benefits; design thinking came to my rescue this week for saving my ass and re-working my time.

I spoke to one of my bezzies this week, the superb Emma Sexton who I shared many years with in my earlier career as a designer.
What Emma said really and truly made me laugh;  she looked at my situation and said “Jo, it’s just like a closed brief” – a joke which is designer speak for the kind of brief where the outcomes look as if they were they are pretty much predetermined and there is little room for creativity – ” and if anyone knows how to crack a closed brief with some creativity it’s you!”.
It really made me smile because she is so right!
I haven’t been approaching my own life with the creativity that I teach others to do. I know how to work less and do more, yet I get caught up in the melé of STUFF.

My current the situation is “closed” in that I am very limited in the energy that I have currently.

This means I am limited in the ability to travel, to be out and about, to see people, to work, socialise and manage time in the day since I have to pace and reduce my activities to keep my energy in what I think of as “credit”.

 

So, my creative approach to this is to see it as a challenge.

It’s always good for me to step back and take a look at exactly how I am working.
Right now as I am having a flareup of CFS kicking me in the butt it’s a good chance to make a new plan, to work on reducing the hours that I work, play and do the things that I think I can do to go right back to the bare bones of activity.

I have devised a new contract with myself to get back over this hump.

I promised myself that I will work no more than 3 hours a day, that I will rest at least 2 to 3 hours a day, and that I will rest in between activities as seemingly easy and mundane* as taking the girls to school, writing a post, doing some housework or even talking to friends.

*yup, for a CFS person in the throes of tiredness these are exhausting tasks!

Right now, time = energy.

But then, it is for all of us, and this lesson in using it wisely applies universally.

So, how am I approaching this in a creative way? I am mapping out time in my newly discovered + beloved  Bullet Journal (more on that in a later post!), and planning out the work and the activities that I need to do, those I want to do, and making sure that they break down into sizeable chunks of time.

As a Type A person I could so easily keep on plodding on and doing more more stuff in the day because I love what I do and I have ideas coming at me all the time, but it just doesn’t work like that for me long term.

I have two amazing children, a job I love, a house to run and amazing friends and family I want to see and spend time with alongside my personal projects. It can all happen, just in moderation, and step by step.
If I train myself to only work a couple of hours in the day, I not only get as much done as I need to, but in fact it tends to be of a better quality.
As an online entrepreneur, my ultimate goal is to is to work remotely for a couple of hours a day and to be able to travel with my children and to work from anywhere.  Breaking free from the conventional work model is something I am already doing, and this  situation is forcing me to do even more.
It is amazing how much can be done in just 2 to 3 hours a day off work simply by eliminating unneccessary time sucks.
  • I also means managing my own expectations; I may have learned to say no to clients I don’t want to work with, to say no to time sucking favours, but I haven’t learned to say no to myself.
Aha…

The lesson that I’m constantly re-learning time and time again, is that I am capable of doing so much but by actually working less.

It’s what I teach others, is what I talk about with absolute passion all the time and yet it can be so hard to remind myself that I need to do that myself.
I no longer swap time for money as my model of earning a wage, and every time I re-live this scenario and have to limit like myself to the amount of hours I work in a day it is a great reminder that I actually can work a lot less to be able to achieve so much.
My programmes are online, my content is online,  my clients are global and accessible at all hours in all different time zones,  and I simply don’t need to be plugged in online as much as I think I do or maybe want to be.

 

In fact, I have finally now reached the stage that I can run things with the most minimal effort ever which is just wonderful, so it’s a great reminder to do so as my body is reaching out again for some rest.

 

My new boundaries and my new contract to myself over the next few weeks as I regain some strength again is to work no more than 2 to 3 hours a day,  to meditate for 20 minutes every day, to get exercise for at least half an hour and to limit the amount of tasks that I take on all assigned to myself.
Making that commitment to meditate for 20 minutes every day whilst also reducing my working hours may seem really counter-productive, but in actual fact I’m able to get so much more than in a much more mindful way.
The ultimate goal is to regain my strength day by day so that I will be able to do more every week, but I always need to remember to hold some back in reserve.  Whilst I can find it really frustrating at times that I’m not able to do as much as I want to or as much as I want to, I know that by limiting myself and allowing rest to come is the only way that I will be able to regain my strength.
There are probably times in your life where you need to operate on the barebones – maybe during the school holidays, during a family emergency situation, or during illness. Working smarter in less time is a skill when you need to grab some space. Or even grab some life…
The school holidays are approaching quickly and I plan to take August off to be with Eva and Mia, so this is fantastic preparation for working less in lieu of making sandcastles, playing in the park and getting creative with the minis.

Although chronic fatigue may not be your current bugbear, maybe you are feeling overwhelmed, or feeling burnt out as well?

If so I would really love to hear what challenges you might face with reducing your hours of work to be more manageable.

Let’s rock the “only work 3 hours a day and do less headless chicken shit” biz model :)

Stay super,

jo gifford

P.S, if you liked this, you may also like the podcast I recorded this week on the same theme.

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