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Sometimes the Most Productive Thing – is No Thing

Girl Napping in the SunlightSometimes, the most productive thing we can do in the next 15-20 minutes – is no thing.

  • Re-Create: A 20-minute power nap can help re-create energy and focus.
  • Read: A 15-minute fictional read or magazine article can spark imagination. Or find an interview of a favorite creative such as an actor or musician.
  • Reflect: A 15-20 minute quiet time of reflection of the day thus far can kickstart a thought process (make sure to have pen and paper handy).

These three “Rees” (Re-creating, Reading, Reflecting) can work wonders for your body, mind, and spirit.

A few other 15-20 minute exercise that can prove profitable:

  • Jot down a “10 Ways …” lists to exercise your idea muscle. They don’t always have to be 10 or Ways. The first 5-6 should be easy. After that, you really begin to strech your idea muscle.
  • Grab a water and do some quick exercises.
  • If there is a kitchen nearby, cut up some fruit or veggies for a healthy snack. Preparing the food can quiet your mind, eating the food can re-energize your body.
  • Outline the main point your next piece of content (blog post, podcast, chapter, class, etc.)
    • Write
    • Three
    • Minor Points
  • Search for images to build up your image library and exercise your imagination.

Make sure the most productive thing you’re doing is also profitable in the long run. Active isn’t always Productive.

Photo on Pixabay by AndrewExtra

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Sometimes the Most Productive Thing – is No Thing is a post from: ConverStations

A Simple Trigger Question for the Not-So-Simple “What Next?”

Man looking confusedOne of the most frequently asked questions that come in from the SmallBiz Tracks Daily Podcast “Ask” page is something along the lines of:

What Do I Do Next?

Sometimes, this question opens up to a larger question, such as: “I’ve just started my own business after years in the corporate world. What do I do next?”

Many times, it goes along with something like: “I have so much to do, it seems like I’ll never get all of this done. What should I do first?”

Of course, there is no single right answer for everyone. However, if you know what’s most important to you and your business, the answer can become clear with a simple trigger question.

Define What’s Most Important

If you have a mission statement, mantra, or manifesto – you have hopefully outlined what’s most important in building your business.

For a landscaper, it may be to increase the value of the customer’s property by enhancing the visible views in every part of the property. For a real estate agent, it might be to place each customer in a home that has multiple “oohs” for each person and a blanket of “aahs” to comfort and secure a loving home.

In my own business, I help business owners build a better business presence, keeping them from reaching overwhelm.

There are three parts to that statement

  • Business owners are the intended audience
  • We’re building a better business presence generating increased leads, calls, walk-ins, word-of-mouth, etc.
  • Avoiding and Overcoming situations of overwhelm by keeping things simple and often, keeping things small.

Knowing those three things, it becomes easy for me to know what to do next in project work, platform work, or planning our work.

A Simple Trigger Question

If I come to a crossroads or fend off a sigh wondering what’s next, I ask this simple trigger question:

What’s the most productive thing I can do for the next 10-20 minutes?

Often, that question compels forward movement and continual motion. It helps me manage my daily to-do list and others who make it a practice asking this simple trigger question have been able to avoid overwhelm.

To much to do? Just getting started? Take the very next step. What is it? The most productive thing you can do for the next 10-20 minutes.

photo credit: Marco Arment via photopin cc

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Week in Review: Posts and Podcasts Oct 12 – Oct 18, 2014

Week in Review October 12 – 18: Posts and Podcasts from ConverStations and SmallBiz Tracks Daily Podcasts

The repurposing of content to reach new audiences and extend the shelf life of your efforts is something we always coach. One way to do this is by combining your blog posts or other content into a week in review on SlideShare.

You can catch a complete review, in addition to top links to give your small business a L.I.F.T by subscribing to Whistle Stops Weekly email newsletter.

ConverStations blog posts you may have missed this week:

SmallBizTracks Daily Podcasts you many have missed this week:

Week in Review: Posts and Podcasts Oct 12 – Oct 18, 2014 is a post from: ConverStations

Small Wins Equal Big Victories (Thoughtography)

The Giants and Royals are about to meet in the 2014 World Series. Neither team won its division. Neither team won 90 games. Some are calling it the worst matchup in history.

No matter what others call it, these two teams did whatever it took to get here – one step away from being World Champions. It’s a big title. It took a lot of small wins to get this close. little league baseball on a field Baseball is a game where small wins add up to big victories. Moving a runner over and into scoring position is a small win. Enough innings with crooked numbers on the score board is going to result in wins. Over 162 game season, everyone wins 50 and loses 50. It’s what you do with the other 62 that really count. Put together enough small wins, and you could find yourself in position to gain the biggest victory.

Small Wins Equal Big Victories (Thoughtography) is a post from: ConverStations

Lessons from Stand By Me – “TRAIN!” (LIFT Clip)

There are many business and life lessons in the movies. I collect them on a YouTube Playlist: Movie Scenes. One of my favorite scenes is from the movie Stand By Me, and not just because of the railroad tracks as a prop. The scene where the boys decide to walk the train tracks across the river:

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This pivotal scene shows a brazen attitude and penchant for shortcuts by Teddy. It also shows the supportive and aware mind of Gordie. As the boys cross, taking small steps across the tracks, we notice chubby Vern taking each track carefully on all fours. Safe, right?

Vern is disappointed at losing the one thing of unique value he brought on the trip – his comb. It fell through the cracks, even in Vern’s attempt at being super-careful. Then, Gordie hears it, sees it – TRAIN!

As the boys start running at this change of events – Vern tries to take too many steps at once and trips. Then he freezes – overwhelmed. Gordie coaches and coaxes him back to his feet. With short, quick steps – they try to get to the other side of the bridge before being run over by the locomotive.

Among the lessons or mantras here:

  1. Avoid Shortcuts
  2. Overcome Overwhelm
  3. Short Steps are Quick Steps

Remember this scene when you face changes or large opposition in reaching your goals.

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Lessons from Stand By Me – “TRAIN!” (LIFT Clip) is a post from: ConverStations


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