How to return from vacation without stress

How are the first couple of days back to work after a long weekend or vacation?

Are you running around trying to get everything done and wonder if the vacation was worth it?

Or is it a day like most any other work day, just with a couple of tweaks?

One of the lovely ladies in the Unnamed Productivity Club asked last week about how to make re-entry to work after vacation go a bit smoother (interested in joining the club? Head over here).

I thought you might want to hear what I shared with her and the other club members in our accountability and Q&A meeting on Monday.

So, that’s the topic for this week’s Wednesday LIVE with Evie, How to return from vacation without stress.

Wednesday LIVE with Evie #58

Priorities and Boundaries

A couple of months ago I did an informal survey of 15 women entrepreneurs on the topic of productivity and business in general.

Two of the questions I asked were:

  • When someone says “productivity,” what do you think about?
  • What does being “more” productive mean to you?

The answers weren’t all the same, but many were similar.

For “When someone says productivity, what do you think about?” the answers ranged from “getting things done” to various measurements of how much they got done (how many clients they worked with in a week or exceeding what’s needed for payroll).

For “What does being “more” productive mean to you?”  the answers ranged from “having to-do’s that tie back to my goals” to “more free time” to various ways of saying “getting more done in less time”.

There were no wrong answers and it was really interesting to hear the response.

One thing that was only specifically mentioned only once, but I think was just underneath almost every answer was having specific priorities.

So, for this week’s Wednesday LIVE with Evie I talk about priorities and boundaries and specifically why they’re both so important to productivity.

Wednesday LIVE with Evie #57

Do you know this person?

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I know this woman, let’s call her Jane, who absolutely loves what she does.

But she finds working for herself and by herself lonely and unmotivating sometimes.

She’s worked with coaches and consultants and that helped and she made progress, but she didn’t always need that level of support.

She’d learned enough about herself to know that she made the most progress when:

  • she takes the time to think about and plan each month (but she wasn’t always great about making that appointment with herself or keeping it)
  • she decides what her priorities are each week (yay! she found a great accountability buddy that helped immensely with that)
  • she has someone she trusts that she could go to with questions or talk things through with when she is stuck or not sure what to do next

I’d bet you money that you know this person.

It’s me.
(If you thought I was talking about someone else, send this to them)

These are things everyone needs to work on sometimes, even me.

And last year I spent a lot of time looking for a program or consultant/coach that would check off all of those boxes.

But I couldn’t find one. I pieced different things together so I could get the support I wanted and needed.

I don’t want you to have a similarly frustrating experience with trying to find the support and accountability you want and need (at a price that doesn’t break the bank).

So, I created a program that checks all those boxes.

It’s $17 a month and you can cancel at any time. So try it for a month and if it’s not for you, you can cancel without any questions.
(It’s $17 a month right now, this price will go up later and those that join now will still be paying $17 a month)

It’s called the Unnamed Productivity Club.

You can find out all about here (including why it’s called Unnamed).

Whose lane are you in? (and the effect on your business)

Today I want to share a story with you (bear with me).

On Sunday I ran the computer for our contemporary service. There’s no printed “program” for this service, it’s all on slides at the front of the church. Everything was already prepared for me by the person who normally does this job, I just had to move to the next slide when appropriate (meaning, the next verse of a song or the next part of service).

I made a couple of mistakes because I was paying attention to the things I would normally pay attention to if I was attending church. Things like watching the singers and the band, really listening to the music, the cute antics of the young kids, etc.

When I would pay attention to the above-mentioned things, I’d miss a cue and be late moving to the next slide.

I was in a different role that Sunday – I wasn’t a participant in the way that I normally am, I was a part of the service, and it required a different type of attention.

When I stayed in the role of “running the computer” things moved smoothly. But when I slide into the role of church participant (for lack of a better word), then running the computer didn’t go as smoothly.

And it made me think about our businesses.

What’s your role in your business and what role are you actually doing?

Are you making decisions and plans for your business or are you waiting for someone to tell you what your next step is?

Are you watching everyone around you to see where they’re going or are you deciding for yourself where you want your business to go?

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Have you ever noticed that when you “stay in your lane” things tend to go smoother?

So, whose lane are you in when it comes to your business?

The Most Important Question You’re Not Asking Yourself

Today I spent some time thinking about what I wanted to share with you for this week’s Wednesday LIVE with Evie.

I went through my normal process of thinking about what you might most need to hear or learn right now. And I was thinking about the ladies that are just finishing up the “Take Your Productivity to a New Level” program (if you want to be the FIRST to know when I offer this again, head over here).

And I was thinking about how to make to-do lists a bit more manageable.

Then a question popped to mind.

It’s a really simple question, but I bet you’re not asking it on a daily basis.

And it would make a huge difference to your business (and to-do list) if you did.

So, for this week’s Wednesday LIVE with Evie, I share the most important question that you’re probably not asking yourself.

I also share why I keep my to-do list in notebooks and not in a fun/fancy planner.

Wednesday LIVE with Evie #54