How To Sync With Your Energy Cycles

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Our bodies have natural energy cycles, and when we tune into those cycles and work with them instead of against them, things feel easier.  You can get into flow more easily.  Have you ever completed a task one day and it feel simple and quick, but another day the same task feels like wading through mud?  That’s because you’re fighting against your natural energy cycles.  That’s why working night shifts takes years off your life – because it’s your body’s natural instinct to sleep during the night and be awake during the day, so you are constantly fighting those natural rhythms.

There are a lot of factors that can effect your energy cycles – your menstrual cycle, the lunar cycle, illness, mindset/mood, seasons…  The trick is to get to know your own energy cycles well so that you can notice when and what is putting you off-kilter.

For a week, try tracking your energy levels throughout the day.  I know that my mental energy is at a peak during 9am-3pm, and my physical energy is at a peak during 3pm-7pm, so I plan any work or writing that requires my full mental focus in the first half of the day and any physical activity, for example going to the gym or housework, in the latter half of the day.  In doing this, I am syncing with my own energy cycles and making things easier for myself.

Once you get to know your day-to-day energy cycles, you can take it to the next level and track your energy levels throughout the month – during your menstrual cycle or lunar cycle.  I know that during a full moon I become lethargic and emotional, so I don’t plan anything but self-care for around that time, and my energy levels peak around day 7 of my menstrual cycle, so anything big that requires a lot of energy will get done during that time.

Everyone’s energy cycles will be different – the most important thing is to get to know your own and work with it, instead of against it.  Let me know how you get on tracking your own energy cycles!

Until next time,

jennifer

The Secret to Productivity…

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Today, I want to share with you the secret to productivity.  ‘There’s a secret?’ I hear you ask…  As a productivity coach, I am always studying new ways of being productive – you name them, I’ve tried them – and by listening to other people and how they become more productive, I have discovered that there are two very simple things that every super-productive person has in common.

The first is that they LOVE what they do.  Every single super-productive person I know would do what they do for free.  They do it without any expectation of people seeing the work, and without any expectation of making money from it.  They do it purely because they love it.

When you show up to your work with love and enthusiasm, and have fun doing it, it makes sense that you will get more work done.  Not only will you get more work done and be more productive, your work will also be of a much better standard.  Gabby Bernstein says ‘The way you can get into that action is by taking away the expectation.  It’s so simple.  It’s so fun and effortless and joyful to do without expectation.’

The second simple thing that every super-productive person has in common is that they DO without thinking.  They don’t sit there and think about what they are going to do, they just do it!  I heard Erin May Henry answer a question on one of her Instagram Lives the other day, which summed this up perfectly.  Erin May Henry is one of the most productive entrepreneurs I have ever seen.  She pumps out content like a machine!  One of her followers asked her how she creates so much content, and her answer blew me away.  She said, ‘I don’t think about it, I just do it.’

If you want to become more productive in your life, your business, your writing, remember – LOVE what you do.  Show up with joy and enthusiasm and do it without any expectations, and don’t sit there thinking about it – Just Do It!

 

Refresh Your Routine

┬®StockGallery2017-FSPJ17-01When was the last time you took a step back and assessed whether your daily routine is still working for you?  I’m willing to bet, not in a while…  I know I haven’t!

Our lives change so much over short periods of time, so it makes sense that our daily routines should be changed often too.  Sometimes just one simple change can make such a massive difference.

I moved house a couple of weeks ago, and as a result I thought it would be the perfect time to start afresh with my daily routine.  So, I wrote down my old routine and assessed what was working and what wasn’t working anymore.  It turns out that pretty much the whole routine wasn’t working, and as a productivity geek, I could be way more productive with my time.  I always get that butterflies in the belly excitement when I realise new ways to be productive.

Instead of trying to overhaul my entire day at once, I started small – with my morning routine.  I’ve been trying to make myself a morning person for the past year, waking up at earlier times than my body is comfortable with and forcing myself to work when I actually don’t feel like working.

I’ve always been a night owl, and I work best in the evening and at night.  In the mornings I love to read, journal or get inspiration and knowledge while I have my coffee.  For the past year I’ve been fighting that because everywhere you look you get told that the wealthiest, most successful entrepreneurs get up at 5am every morning and do a bit of yoga before jumping straight into work.  That’s bullshit.  I’m calling that out right now.

You will be more successful and happy when you are doing what feels right for you and when you are enjoying the process.  Those people that get up at 5am every morning and thrive, are thriving because that’s what feels right for them.  If it doesn’t work for you – don’t do it!

Instead of setting my alarm for 5am every morning, I’ve started getting up at 8am.  I have a quick shower and get myself ready, then I spend around thirty minutes reading, listening to a podcast or watching YouTube videos from my favourite inspirational people while I have my coffee.

By 9.30am, I am sat at my desk working…  And this way of working feels good for me.  My body feels more in-tune with this way of working, and instead of panicking about my morning, I’m looking forward to it.

I must add that I don’t do the morning school-run, and I know that plenty of mums do.  I’m lucky that my partner works nights, so he does the morning school-run when he gets home from work, while I do the school pick-up in the afternoon.  This allows me more flexibility when it comes to my morning routine.  If you have less time in the mornings, then the simple answer is to schedule less to do in the mornings.

Find what works best for you and make tweaks to your routine over time.  Don’t do something just because you’ve heard that you have to in order to be successful.  Only do what feels right for you and you’ll be well on your way to happier and more productive days.

I’m currently working on a productivity masterclass, which will be launching in January 2019, so if you feel like you need a productivity boost or some help sorting out your time management, watch this space!  You can sign up for my newsletter below or follow me on Instagram to get all of the latest news from Dream Plan Achieve (and some free goodies!).

 

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Podcast Ep.6: Be a Boss and Still Be a Badass Mama

 

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In this episode of the Dream Plan Achieve Podcast, I’m talking all about how you can be boss and still be a badass mama.  What does it take to juggle building and running your business with family life?  Hint: Planning…

This episode has come at the perfect time for me.  I have just given birth to my seventh baby, and after 12 weeks of maternity leave, I am back to work.  I have to juggle my business, creating the new Ultimate Boss Mum Masterclass, school dates, baby appointments, family time and studying (I study Forensic Psychology).

The only way I get anything done is by planning my week with precision.  I love to use time blocking and I touch on this in this episode.  I find that when I group similar tasks together, I am able to focus more and ultimately be more productive.

Let me know how you plan your time, and if you have any pictures of your planner make sure you send them to me!  I hope you enjoy this episode.

 

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Sunday: Style Your Week For Success

IvoryMixJuly2018(3)Back in the day, Sunday was a day of rest… In the ‘laptop lifestyle’ times we are in, Sunday is rarely a day of rest. It boggles my mind that some people don’t have a single day of rest throughout the whole week!

I regularly work on Sunday, but I have strict boundaries around what type of work I do. I think it’s important to start your week right and that’s why I use my Sunday to dream, plan and ultimately style my week for success.

Most weekday mornings I am jumping out of bed into a flurry of breakfast, uniforms, school letters, last minute homework and usually an argument with my seven year old daughter over why she isn’t allowed to wear glitter tattoos to school.

So on a Sunday, I like to wake up slowly. I wake up earlier on a Sunday than I do on a weekday, because I like to have the house to myself before everyone wakes up. I lie in bed for a good half an hour, setting intentions in my head about what my day will look and feel like.

Once I get out of bed, I make my way into the kitchen and make myself a huge mug of very strong coffee. I’ll do some reading (currently reading Being Boss by Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson), and then I’ll write a couple of pages in my journal.

It’s during my journal writing that I usually come up with my plan for the week. Then I’ll get my Passion Planner and Productivity Planner out, write out my weekly to-do list and slot those items into my daily plans. I also give each week a theme or focus. Sometimes it’s something lofty like ‘abundance’ or ‘compassion’ and other times it’s something simple like ‘Get Shit Done’.

Once I have my plan for the week, I feel so much lighter, but styling my week for success doesn’t stop there. I know that in order for me to smash my to-do’s during the week, I need to do certain things to help myself along the way…

I’m one of those people that can’t relax around mess or clutter. It makes me anxious. I am also the Procrastination Queen, so if I have an important deadline looming but there’s housework to do, the housework will get done first. So, I’ll make sure that all of the housework and domestic chores are done to give me the best possible chance of success. I also love to go into my office and have a good de-clutter and deep clean. That way, when I walk into my office on Monday morning, I’ll feel clear headed and actually want to spend my day in there.

All of the above probably doesn’t sound like a day of rest to you, but the satisfaction and peace it gives me far outweighs a day in my pj’s watching netflix and eating junk food.

This Sunday, I invite you to try it. Style your week for success and let me know how it goes. Did you get more done and feel more calm and productive as a result?

 

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The Ultimate Boss Mum Masterclass (& free course!)

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I am so excited to tell you that Early-Bird Enrollment for The Ultimate Boss Mum Masterclass is now open!  This affordable coaching and training program is designed specifically to help busy mums get their dream business off the ground and start living the life of their dreams.

This program covers everything you need to create and build a successful business from scratch as a busy mum, including writing your business plan, building your website, your pricing structure, building an email list, time management and mastering mindset.  For a complete course curriculum, please visit the enrollment page.

The Ultimate Boss Mum Masterclass launches on 1st July 2018, but Early-Bird Enrollment is open now!  If you enrol before 1st July, you get a massive discount from this already super-affordable program, and I’m giving away a very special gift to my first ten students.

I have worked so hard on building this program and I want as many Badass Boss Mums to benefit from it as possible, which is why I am giving away the complete first module, absolutely free in the Business Foundations course.

Building a solid foundation for your business is imperative to success… And I want you to have success.  The FREE Business Foundations course includes everything you need to build a solid foundation for your business, including Finding your Why, Writing your Business Plan and deciding what Products & Services your business will provide.

And, because I’m feeling generous, I’m also including a whole fortnight of unlimited email support while you work your way through the course.  This course will not be free for long, so don’t miss out!  Enrol now for free and have lifetime access to this amazing resource.

Simplify Your To-Do List

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Overwhelmed with your ever growing to-do list? Follow these easy steps to get back in control..

  1. Have a Master to-do list that you can add everything to, and make sure you break down larger tasks into small, manageable tasks (eg. writing a blog post can be broken down into brainstorm, research, draft, polish, create graphic, etc) – but, DO NOT leave this where you can see it throughout the day. This is the Overwhelm list.

2.  At the end of every week (I do this on a Sunday), pull out your Master List and choose 10-12 of those bitesized tasks that are most important – This will be your weekly to-do list.

3.  Every evening, look at your weekly list and choose 3 items that are most important. This will be your to-do list for the following day. Make sure you write them down where you can see them the next morning.

It’s okay to put more on your list if you’re especially busy, but make those 3 tasks your Top Three. Once you have completed those 3 tasks, you can feel like you’ve been productive and your day has been a success.

There you have it!  A straight-forward way of simplifying your to-do list to reduce overwhelm and get you being amazingly productive on a daily basis.

Does anyone else do this, or have any other tips to add?  Leave a comment or send me an email at jenni-ryan@outlook.com

 

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Why the 3-Hour Work Week is Bullsh*t…

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I keep seeing coaches on social media posting about the 3-hour work week – boasting that you can run your business by only working for 3 focused hours per week. This may be okay if you have a day job and you work on your own business on the side, but let me tell you now… If you are serious about building and running a successful business, that earns you a serious salary, you can not do this by working for only 3 hours a week!

I’m a massive believer in working smarter, not harder. You really don’t have to work twelve hours a day, seven days a week to make your business a success – but you do have to work. Having a structure to your day and focusing on specific tasks, one at a time, is the key to productivity.

Personally, I work for 5-6 hours a day, 4-5 days a week as a rule – but this is flexible and can change on a weekly basis. I can work more on particularly busy weeks, and less on other weeks. It all depends on my business at the time. At the moment, I am in a flurry of creating content for my new training course, which is launching this Summer, so it’s not unusual for me to work 8-10 hours a day.

It’s important for you not to take what someone else is doing in their business and try and fit it to your own. Your business is unique to you – so the next time you see someone touting on social media that you can run a successful business by working for 3 hours a week, don’t take it literally. If you want to scale your business, make consistent income and reach the success you want, you will have to work hard. There’s no way around it.

Have you got any thoughts or opinions on this subject? Drop a comment below or email jenni-ryan@outlook.com

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The Ultimate GirlBoss Collection

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Each section of the workbook tells you what to include in your business plan, gives you top tips on making your business plan amazing and includes pages for you to make notes and draft the sections of your business plan.

Writing a business plan can be overwhelming and confusing.  This workbook is designed to take you by the hand and guide you through the process in simple steps – and the result will be a professional ‘Ultimate GirlBoss’ business plan.

Early birds can get this workbook for only £9.99 for a very limited time.  That’s a 50% saving!

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask away in the comments below, or drop me an email at jenni-ryan@outlook,com with ‘Business Plan’ as the subject.

 

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Have Your Own ‘Miracle Morning’

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I completely believe that having a solid morning routine can change your life.  ‘But what if I’m not a morning person?’ I hear you ask…  Neither was I, until recently.  I read ‘Miracle Morning’ by Hal Elrod, which I totally recommend, by the way.  If you look forward to your morning routine, you’re more likely to want to get up earlier and without pressing that dreaded snooze button.

So, what does a ‘miracle morning’ look like?  The answer is entirely personal to you, but according to the book, you should include some meditation, exercise, journaling and learning.

To help you out, I’ve included my own ‘miracle morning’ below.

  • 5am – Rise and shine!
  • Use bathroom, brush teeth – 5 minutes
  • Make Coffee! – 5 minutes
  • Meditation/affirmations – 20 minutes
  • Freewriting in journal (brain dump!) – 5 minutes
  • Exercise (change it up so you don’t get bored) – 10 minutes
  • Reading (personal development) – 10 minutes
  • Review planner and make to-do list for the day – 5 minutes

This routine takes around an hour and takes me to 6am, when the rest of the house wakes up and I jump in the shower.  My ‘miracle morning’ is flexible and I like to change it up regularly to stop it from becoming boring.  The aim is to make your ‘miracle morning’ enjoyable and something you look forward to.

5 ‘Miracle Morning’ Top Tips 

  • Get enough sleep!  If you want to wake up at 5am, going to bed at 2am is a sure-fire way to fail.  Only you know how much sleep you need to wake up refreshed – make sure you get it.
  • Keep your ‘miracle morning’ flexible.  Life happens.
  • Don’t jump in too quickly.  Try waking up 15 minutes early for a week, then work your way to your ideal wake-up time.
  • Don’t give up!  And don’t feel bad if you miss a day or two.  Just get back to it and keep moving forward.
  • Switch it up.  Keep your routine fresh and exciting so that you look forward to jumping out of bed in the morning.

Bonus Tip: Read Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning.

Do you have a miracle morning routine?  I love learning how other people structure their day, so please, share it below.

 

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