Small things

My heart has been so full of love lately and I’ve been falling in love with life again. I’m not the kind of person that gets too sappy. I know that my life is amazing. The people in my life are incredible. Everything is in place. I don’t want this happy feeling to end.

I’m even more happy that I’m blogging again. Blogging fills up the empty space in my heart that I didn’t know was missing. My two blogs are my babies. I’ve been posting for awhile. There’s something about blogs that make me so happy. I feel fulfilled when I blog.

I don’t think blogging is for everyone. Not everyone will stick with it for a long time. I took a break from blogging. And I came back to it. Blogging is continuous. Even if you take a break, your blog will always be there waiting for you đź’ś

What it’s really like owning your own business

Businesswoman Working at Her LaptopIt’s not easy. I go through so many days where the inspiration to work is not there. And then there’s the fact that I have many things to do. Where do we account for the amount of time lost when working for yourself? I can’t say that it’s easy and I won’t. It’s not true. It takes years of hard work, and just when you feel like you’re getting somewhere, it can easily spiral down in an instant. Therefore, I don’t have an easy formula on how to have a great business. I’m here to show you what it really feels/looks like to work for yourself.

1. There’s no one to force you to get something done. I can’t stress this enough. You ultimately have to force yourself to get work done. And it’s not easy. You are the ultimate provider/worker for your business. And if you’re not working, then you can bet your business is at a standstill.

2. You are going to take A LOT of sick days or breaks. I used to work all the time and I can’t really say that it made me happy. I ultimately decided to take two days off in the week. I really needed it. I feel like I would go crazy if I didn’t have my days off.

3. The work never ends. There is always more that you can do. You can easily work 10-12 hour days, but do you really want to? I don’t.

4. It takes so much time to build your company. I’ve found that things don’t grow overnight. It’s because of dedication and consistency that will get you somewhere. If you’re not in it for the long haul, then you should not create a business.

5. There is so much organizing! You don’t even know how much organizing that you have to do. I spend all of my time working on how to make things more efficient. We also spend time cleaning a lot. Organization is the key.

6. You will respond to emails or calls while you’re on vacation. Yes, it’s true. The work never leaves and sometimes it can stick with you even when you’re on vacation. I’ll get called in to do make-up lessons on my days off. It’s part of the job.

7. You have to focus on yourself. I used to not have time to eat when I was working 10 hour days. Now, I’ll spend time with my dog Zoe and I spend more time with my partner.

8. Your phone is your savior. And your planner is too.

9. Your call will age faster.

10. Get an assistant to help you with as much as they can. I wouldn’t get as much work done, if I didn’t have my assistant. He’s a lifesaver.

How to be productive

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This isn’t just the average post that people usually write. I know that we are busy people and it’s not easy to make time to do everything, but I don’t think that we are really as busy as we think we are. For example, when you get home from work, you have plenty of time to clean the house. You just don’t. Isn’t that true? There’s time throughout the day and you are not always 100% busy throughout it. If you really want to be honest with yourself, look at your home. Is it a mess? Productive people are not super heroes. We actually spend A LOT of time doing stuff. Do we have days where we relax? Yes. However, we have pretty much mastered the beast “productivity.”

Okay, let’s talk about it. When I am at home, am I laying down on the couch? No. I usually spend as long as I need to do everything that I can. I clean, cook, study, and complete everything for my business. How do I do that? For example, in one hour, I’ll try to accomplish as much as I can. I’m doing that right now actually. I started working at 9:30 am and I’ve been going. It’s now 12:49 pm and I’ve accomplished a lot. Do as much as you can in a certain time slot. I don’t believe that people are busy, I think they use that as an excuse.

Alright, I don’t think it’s much of a surprise to everyone that I have an assistant that helps me with everything. He helps me manage two businesses and he does things that I don’t really have time to do. When the both of us are working, my productivity level is doubled. So if you find yourself drowning in your workload, think about hiring someone to help you. If I didn’t have my assistant, I don’t think I would be able to manage everything. Let’s be honest. As much work as I do, there will always be more tasks to get done. It never ends. However, an assistant has changed my life. I don’t worry anymore about the mountain of workload that I have.

Remember, this isn’t something that you can implement right away. Productivity is a skill that you have to exercise constantly. When I’m writing a blog post, I have my laundry going and my food heating up. It’s not magic, I’ve been practicing for years. In return, my house is clean and I have time to actually relax. Try this in your every day life and let me know how it goes 🙂