My business is primarily virtual, except when I speak. And I like to travel. So it’s critical that I can confidently (and securely) work from the road.

productivity tools for business travelHow do you set up your systems so you can easily work from the road (or even from your home)? Let’s look at what questions you need to answer to set up a system that is seamless and trouble-free to make working from the road easy. Continue reading

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I just moved into a new house a couple days ago, and tomorrow I leave for a trip across country. To say things are a bit hectic is an understatement.

work life balance for entrepreneursHow do you stay calm at times that are hectic like that? Continue reading

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I help a lot of clients build a compelling online presence. In fact, I’ve created courses on the topic, even!

start your dream businessBut let’s take a step back and talk about WHY you might want to build an online practice. Continue reading

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What if I were to tell you that your sense of overwhelm was all in your head?

tips for work-life balance while working from homeOnce you got over your feeling of anger, and that I just insulted you, you might be curious.

But here’s the thing: It really IS all in your head!

Oh sure, you may have more things to try to do in a day or week than is physically possible to do.

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I always start my day with some sweating. I either head out on the hiking trails or get on my elliptical trainer and then do some weights. I find that if I do NOT start my day that way, I’m dragging all day.

productivity tips for entrepreneursWhat about you? Are you staying active in a conscious way daily? What if I were to tell you that if you DID, your business would be more successful?

Does that get your attention? Continue reading

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Did you ever see the movie, “Field of Dreams”? In it is a quote that was voted one of the top one hundred movie quotes of all time by AFI. “If you build it, they will come.” A more apropos quote for targeted traffic to your website would be, “If you build it right, they will come.”

boost your health care practice visibility onlineNo matter what area of health or wellness you’re in, you know if the visitor clicks on the link to a page on a website and the page she’s taken to is poorly designed, that’s all she wrote. So how do you optimize a landing page for the top spot in the search results and maximum conversion? Continue reading

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I’ve read some pretty impressive books, lately, and there seems to be a theme amongst them all: That it’s not what we know, but who we know, and how we ‘manage’ the relationships with those people.

grow your business through personal contactsThink about this: You’re on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+. And you go to local networking events and to conferences. And the list of people you know is so vast that you forget who you know!

So, it’s not enough to just focus on business; it’s important to ‘tend’ your relationships. And many of those relationships are on social media. Are you tending your social networks? Or do you feel overwhelmed by the number of relationships you feel you need to maintain? Continue reading

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When you run a business and are moving, it can be quite disruptive, to say the least. But it doesn’t have to be!

work life balance for entrepreneursWe’re in the process of moving. We did our final walk-through yesterday, and realized it needs painting inside. We’re lucky, though: Our new home is relatively close, so we can gradually move the ‘little’ stuff over a period of weeks, instead of getting that shock of everything dropped off at once.

So, how am I moving without losing business… or my mind? Continue reading

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I LOVE talking to people with stars in their eyes who talk about building their dream business. They are excited about the dream. They have the vision. The biggest reason is because often I can SEE their vision! And I know it’s possible. Really; anything is possible. You just need two things: Vision and planning.

work-life balance for entrepreneursGranted, they don’t know HOW they’ll turn that dream and vision into reality. But ANYONE can turn a dream into reality.

But here you are, a few or several years into it… and it’s just not turning out as you had envisioned! Continue reading

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These days, most of us are trying to get a lot more done in significantly less time. We are expected to quickly process massive amounts of information on email, instant messaging and social media, just to name a few of the many time-sucking challenges we all face daily.

With so many distractions and being pulled in so many different directions, it’s little wonder we get anything done! Unfortunately, unless you are really proactive, this situation can lead to overwhelm and eventually burnout.

get more done working from homeSo today, I’m going to share with you five of my favorite “solutions” to help minimize overwhelm:

1. Get a good night’s sleep.

We council our patients and clients on getting their 7-8 hours of shut-eye, but are you doing the same? Practicing good sleep hygiene will do wonders for your state of mind, allowing you to focus on the tasks that need your full attention.

2. Put the brakes on distractions.

This means consciously staying on task and resisting the urge to check email, Facebook or the latest weather report. Set a timer to keep yourself motivated and reward yourself with a brain break when you’ve met your goal.

3. Take scheduled brain breaks throughout your workday.

Did you know that most people can maintain focus for about ninety minutes at a time?
So after your timer goes off, its a good idea to give yourself a few minutes to rejuvenate your brain simply by taking a break from whatever you’re working on. This can mean something as simple as a walk to the mailbox at the end of your driveway, having a fun romp with your dog or closing your eyes for ten minutes of meditation.

Oh and just so you know, surfing the web doesn’t count as a break!

4. Slay your dragons before breakfast.

I love this saying! Pick one or two things on your to-do list that are income generating activities and get them done before noon. There’s a lot to be said for that kind of logic! Get that difficult or dreaded task off your list early in the day. You’ll feel a huge sense of relief and accomplishment, which sets the tone for a great afternoon.

5. Do not multitask!

The idea that we can focus on multiple things at once is really a myth anyway. Despite the miraculous capacity of the human brain, the reality is that we can think only one thought at a time. This means that any task that requires any degree of brain power needs to be the sole focus until you consciously decide to switch gears and move om to the next thing on your list. You’ll get more done AND will be more satisfied with the end result!

I’d love to hear how YOU manage overwhelm. Please email me here.

Lesli Koskela, MBA, RDN
Master Success Coach
MEG Enterprises, Inc

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