Why is it so important to make time for learning? No matter what industry you work in, things change, sometimes rapidly, and in order for you to stay on top of your game in business, you need to be in the loop.
Another reason why it’s important to constantly be working on personal or professional development is to keep your content fresh and inspiring. I call it the learn and teach cycle… This is my way of making sure that I never run out of ideas for content, and more importantly so that my audience doesn’t get bored of the same old content. I make time in my week to learn something new, and once I feel confident that I understand what I have learnt, I will put it into practice and then teach it to my audience. This is a never ending cycle for me of learning and teaching, and it is the best way I have found to ensure that I always have something valuable to say to my audience.
Lastly, the most important reason to make time for learning, is to challenge yourself! Do you ever get those days where you feel stagnant and you find yourself putting out the same old content just for the sake of it? Try setting some time aside to learn something new and watch your inspiration and motivation levels rise.
There are so many ways that you can learn something new to help yourself, your business or your clients. Here are some of my favourite ways:
Take a class/course
Read a book
Consume online content – YouTube videos, Instagram Stories, Facebook Lives, Blog Posts, etc.
Invest in a coach
Attend events in your area
Chat to other people in your industry or in the industry you want to learn more about.
Tell me, what are your favourite ways of learning and why?
In this episode of the Dream Plan Achieve Podcast, I talk about why having an email list is a great asset to your business, how to create an irresistible lead magnet, how to actually get subscribers onto your list and how often to communicate with your list.
I started building my email list from scratch, and even though I thought I had great opt-in’s, it was very slow going… Now I have learned how to grow my email list and I share some tips in this episode of the Dream Plan Achieve Podcast.
Also, I share with you my ultimate lead magnet… a brand new freebie I have created just for you – The Business Foundations Course. In anticipation of the launch of my new program The Ultimate Boss Mum Masterclass, I have decided to give away the complete first module, absolutely free to my subscribers.
In this free course, you will work through building a solid foundation for your business including Your Why, Writing Your Business Plan and Creating Your Products and Services. You also get a fortnight of unlimited email support from myself as you work your way through the course.
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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.
It’s not always easy to get motivated, especially in the morning. It’s coming to that time of the year when mornings are dark, damp and cold, and some days it’s a struggle to get out of bed. All you want to do is curl up on the sofa and binge-watch Gossip Girl.
It can also be hard getting motivated to start a new project or do something that’s out of your comfort zone. The most common reaction to fear is to procrastinate. This is why I’ve compiled some of my top tips to get you motivated and then get you being insanely productive – using that motivation wisely.
* Read, listen or watch inspiring content at the start of your day. There are some amazingly inspirational people out there creating YouTube videos, podcasts, blog posts and books. Use them! I have a blog post here listing all of my favourite inspirational content by category. Check it out.
* Exercise in the morning. Listen, I have six children and I know that most people can’t fit in an hour gym session every morning… but anything is better than nothing. Do squats while you’re brushing your teeth, do as many star jumps as you can while the kettle is boiling, or stretch those calves in the shower. You’ll be surprised at the difference small but often bursts of exercise can make.
* Practice gratitude. Every day, write three things in your journal that you are grateful for.
* Visualisation. Spend at least a couple of minutes every morning visualising your dream life. What are you working towards? Actually feel yourself living that life and engage all of your senses – what does it look/smell/taste/sound/feel like?
* Review your goals and achievements. Looking back on a month and seeing how much you have achieved is the best way to get motivated. It doesn’t matter how small the achievement is… Write it down!
Get insanely productive and slay those goals:
* Plan your day the night before. If you wake up knowing exactly what you need to do, and in what order, you are much more likely to get them done.
* Keep your to-do list small. Try and give yourself a ‘top three’. Three things that you want to achieve that day – and if you achieve them, you can consider your day a productive one. Having a to-do list that’s never ending is one of the biggest causes of procrastination. You feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. I have a blog post here all about creating your ‘top three’.
* Do the hardest or most uncomfortable tasks first. It’s very tempting to do all of the tasks you enjoy doing first and the hard ones get put off until another day. If you tackle those difficult tasks first, you are more likely to get through them because you are building up to the ones you enjoy.
* Reward yourself! Completed a goal? Treat yourself to a chapter of your new book, an episode of your favourite show or even just a coffee break.
* Take a break. Working yourself to the bone is only going to end in burn-out. Take regular breaks throughout the day and make sure you have at least one day a week where you switch off and take some ‘me’ time. Check out my blog post Sunday is Funday for more info on self-care.
Do you have any top tips for getting motivated and being productive? Let me know! Leave a comment, drop me an email or send a carrier pigeon.
You know those days where you’re just not feeling it..? It’s tempting to crawl back under the duvet and lounge around in your onesie all day, but that’s not going to get you anywhere, is it?
Everyone needs a little extra jolt of motivation every now and again. And with that in mind, I’ve created a special post just for you. These are my go-to guys for motivation and inspiration. You can’t fail to get inspired by any one of these content creators. Enjoy!
I have exciting news… The Dream Plan Achieve Podcast is now available! You can listen to the podcast right here on the blog, on Soundcloud, and it is now available on iTunes. Please take a few minutes’ of your time to go and subscribe to the podcast and give us a rating.
My goal with the Dream Plan Achieve Podcast is to bring you expert advice on starting up your business, living life as a Girlboss and tips to help you become more productive in your business by creating systems and simplifying your daily tasks.
Some of the podcast episodes will be based on posts from this blog, so you can listen to the episode within the blog post, however I strongly recommend subscribing to the newsletter so that you never miss an episode.
This first episode welcomes you to the Dream Plan Achieve Podcast and tells you what to expect from the series. Please let me know what you think – but be kind! I’m still getting used to this podcasting malarkey…
If you have any suggestions on what type of content you would like to hear in the series, or any questions you would like me to answer in an episode, please get it touch. You can leave a comment here, drop me an email, DM me on Instagram or send a message in a bottle.
Is your website tired and outdated? When was the last time you changed your free opt-in’s or added new freebies to your website?
With everything else we have to do on a day-to-day basis to keep our business up and running, it’s easy to forget to update your contact details on your website, or change that link in your blog post that doesn’t work anymore, but it’s so important. Imagine how many potential clients you could lose if they are emailing the wrong address – and it’s not very professional, is it? Keeping your website up to date and your opt-in’s and freebies relevant keeps your audience engaged and ensures that you don’t miss out on sales.
How often should we be refreshing our content? I think it depends on the business, but as a rule, I like to update my website once a month. Put it in your diary so you don’t forget. Check that all of your contact details are up to date, then check that all of your links still work (don’t forget blog posts). I wouldn’t recommend changing your opt-in every month, unless you have the time, but changing it every quarter is a good idea. Different opt-in’s will attract different people and you don’t want your audience getting bored with the same printouts year after year.
I try to link my freebies to the time of year or season. For example, for the first quarter I will put up freebies that relate to goals, new beginnings and new projects. The second quarter will be all about spring cleaning the office, making a fresh start or looking at something with fresh eyes. You get the point.
Something to try this month: Make a date in your diary to check that all of your contact details are still up to date on your website and that all of your links still work. Take a look at your freebies and opt-in’s – are they still relevant? If they haven’t been refreshed for a while, think about changing them and creating some fresh ones.