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Your holiday is over and you’ve got to go back to work. You resist, don’t want to.  If  your work place is your home office, you wonder if anyone would notice if you didn’t do much for a day or so?

Of course, you could try to catch up once you feel a little more inspired. That’s exactly how I often feel after a holiday. You are so relaxed and chilled out and want the feeling to go on forever.

Even when  you have an important deadline coming up and a high workload to go with it, you figure that your work will make you the opposite of relaxed and chilled out. And perhaps you don’t really want to go there.

That happened to me too once. And then, two days later, not only had I tackled a long to-do list, including a whole long list of emails and a great number of calls, I had caught up with my social networking sites and made some important decisions in between.

After resisting on day 1, I ended up at my desk for 12 hours (not non-stop I hasten to add), enjoying my work against all the odds! I was totally focused too, got so much done and each accomplished task felt really good.

Here are a few tips you may wish to try if you feel reluctant about starting your work.

  • Make sure you write a task or to do list, and prioritise the items on it. It’s no good having jobs, projects or tasks in your head, where they can often cause more anxiety than necessary.
  • Use the timer trick to get you started. Plan to do 5 or 10 minutes on a particular task and before long, you’ll notice you don’t mind carrying on.
  • If you don’t want to use a timer, having a visible clock in your office may be OK. The best ones are the ones with an audible tick- they remind you that time doesn’t stand still.
  • After working for a couple of hours, make sure you have a break. Have a hot drink, stretch your legs, open a window, read a paper. 10-15 minutes should be fine.
  • Getting back into work mode after a break can be hard, so I do something that I enjoy – reading and updating one of my social media sites for 10-15 minutes (keeping an eye on the clock). This also makes me feel connected to the outside world. If you don’t do social networking, then why not make a call to a colleague instead?  Always keep an eye on the clock though.
  • Never ever be tempted to multitask thinking you’ll be quicker! Don’t have social media sites open in the background in order to go back to them from time to time. Single tasking is key to higher productivity – cutting out interruptions gives you higher levels of concentration. Task switching can not only be hard on the brain but will lose you time as your brain takes time to adapt to the different tasks.
  • Getting a difficult job out of the way first, will feel liberating and your work will flow much easier afterwards. Again you can use the timer method to get into the task.
  • At the end of the day, update your prioritised list for the following day, as it will help you to switch off!

What else has worked for you that you could share with our readers?

Ute Wieczorek-King is an experienced trainer, mentor and business & blogging coach. She helps busy passionate solopreneurs build a thriving small venture by being more visible and focused on what matters to them. Sign up for her free ‘Passion to Profit’ ebook at http://www.successnetwork.org.uk

(PS the above post was first published in 2010)

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Earlier this month I showed some start-ups how to test their business idea, identify their market and get their first customer.

It always strikes me how fired up new business owners can be — their passion can be so infectious!

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Workshop – by Ute Wieczorek-King on Instagram

The author Simon Sinek once said that people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.

I find that so true.

For me the ‘why I do it’ becomes the passion that my clients can feel when I work with them.

It’s the passion that helps me to promote myself and get new clients.

This kind of passion often comes from the vision you have for your business and the mission that gives it meaning — it’s your purpose which drives you to do great things for your clients!

I take it you have a passion for what you do otherwise you wouldn’t be doing it, right?

Have you ever lost that passion? I have.

It can actually be quite easy to lose when your business stops being new and you’ve got into a routine. Or, when you’re really busy and are juggling a million things.

Usually the first sign is that you seem to be losing some of your motivation. You don’t seem to jump out of bed in the morning. Know that feeling?

If it happens when you’re not busy, many business owners think that the answer is simply to go out and get more clients.

But whether you’re busy or not, 23 years in business have taught me that at the point where my passion starts to wane, something isn’t quite right.

To figure out what’s missing, think about these three things:

  1. Remind yourself why you do what you do and write it down.
  2. Revisit where your business is going. Where do you want to be in one year, two years or five years time?
  3. Incorporate some of the ‘why’ into your marketing messages.

Doing this will help you to rekindle your passion, and it will be much easier to get new business as a result. I also find that my work starts to fulfil me again and that my customers are really happy!

So how do you keep the passion in your business alive?

Ute2013-150x150About the author: Ute Wieczorek-King is a UK-based German mentor and blogger who helps passionate midlife women to stay focused, work smarter and stand out from the crowd.  

If you’d like to take your small venture from good to great, why not download Ute’s free “Passion to Profit” ebook.

 

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I hope that you have had a great break and are refreshed and ready to move your business closer to success, whatever success means for you this year.

I believe it’s going to be a good year for those who have learnt to adapt to the changes in recent years and who understand how to play by the new rules! We’ve certainly had plenty of time to get used to living and working in difficult times which shows in the business success tips solopreneurs like you have shared in the past.

Are you currently contemplating New Year’s resolutions or new goals for your business?

Thinking about the next step??

Thinking about the next step??

I strongly advise you try to resist making any spur-of-the-moment decisions. One thing I’ve learnt in my years as a business coach is that most people abandon their January goals within just a few weeks. Many people set themselves up for failure from the word go by falling prey to the sudden burst of motivation that comes in early January (this can also happen after the summer holidays).

Unless your goals have a very meaningful purpose that will help you to stay motivated longer than just a few weeks, you’d probably be better off NOT to set any new goals this month.

I certainly don’t ride on the hyped-up motivational wave anymore and don’t make any resolutions that have anything to do with weight loss, having a better work-life balance, improving business skills or other vital business processes! As far as I’m concerned, these should be resolutions that survive January and are part of a ‘healthy’ working life all year round!

If I could make one recommendation this month, it is this:

Please check the ‘big picture’ first … your business vision!

Has anything changed since last year – does it need tweaking?

Think of the ‘big picture’ like a giant puzzle. If you play with just one piece but don’t have any idea where it fits and what the whole picture looks like, then why waste time fiddling with that piece?

If you desire meaningful change, being able to visualise the end result will help you to make sure that all the small pieces will actually fit into place!

So how about taking yourself to a quiet place this week, with some big pieces of paper and colouring pens, and either writing down or drawing what your current big picture looks like?!

Should you require help or someone to bounce ideas off, I am happy to assist – just drop me a line! You could also buddy up with a colleague or check out my small  Inner Circle Mentoring groups where women like you proactively help each other to develop the business, stay motivated and on track with all their goals.

It is going to be an exciting year for any solopreneur wishing to make it happen, so do start the year as you mean to go on!

About the author: Ute Wieczorek-King helps busy female entrepreneurs to be visible, effective and profitable in business. Connect with her via Twitter, the Success Network Community on Linkedin, or Success Network Recipes on Facebook.

Or sign up to the monthly newsletter on the Success Network website and receive 2 free micro-business guides for female Solopreneurs.

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The following is a guest post from Helene Cooper:

Last weekend I have been privileged to attend not one but two parties that shared a common theme: celebration. In both events we were celebrating individuals one starting a new life through retirement and a friend who died a few years ago and would have been 60 this year.

What does that have to do with business and why do I feel compelled to talk about it here. Well I guess what I noticed when I finally got back home was just how happy and energised I felt; how celebrating work achievements or simply the life of someone generated a feel good factor that rippled out and touched everyone and buoyed me all week. I had forgotten just how powerful celebration could be and how helpful it was to take the time to savour it.

In business we are often so focussed on going forward, delivering on business objectives, removing obstacles that slow us down, that we often barely notice the successes we achieve along the way. By success I don’t just mean getting a new client, but all the steps we take to get us there. When I consider how powerful, energising, motivating even, celebrating success is, I just wonder if in our hectic lives, just spending a few minutes each day celebrating what we have achieved is just what the doctor ordered to keep motivation levels up and build a flourishing business.

I cannot quantify the rate of Return On Investment (ROI), but if you have ever experienced just how good celebrating success makes you feel and how much it drives you to do more, I think you will agree taking the time to do so is an empowering, as well as enjoyable, way to achieve success.

Hélène Cooper is a successful accredited business coach-mentor who helps  people to move forward in the face of change.

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French Market by Ute Wieczorek-King

“I haven’t stuck to some of my plans this year, but hey, I’m so busy I just didn’t have enough time anyway…” Haven’t we all said this at some point or heard other women say it? When they say “I just don’t have any time”, some may be feeling a little overwhelmed, others may think that their ‘busy-ness’ shows an admirably high level of energy or productivity. However what most are really saying is: “I have other priorities”.

Sadly, it’s a fact of life that we live in a turbo-charged world where most people lead very busy lives! Finding or making time for change and new goals as well as managing work in a more conscious and ‘present’ way – as opposed to the de-energising effects of crisis management- are some of the biggest challenges we face in today’s fast-paced world. We feel under pressure to ‘chase’ time and keep up with it … as if we could in fact overtake it! Oh if only we could run faster…

Often when we set a new goal, whether it’s learning a new skill or simply being more productive and effective, we try to fit more into an already much too short 24 hour day!  The problem with that is, that when we fail on some things, our motivation will be short lived and before long any changes or improvements may have been shelved.

J.L. Servan-Schreiber once said “To master one’s time is to gain mastery of oneself.”  To help you achieve this, here are four very powerful productivity tips:

  1. My ‘secret’ and most powerful tip is to schedule a complete STOP! Did I say stop? Yes, stop for just 30 minutes every week, and think deeply about your priorities! Let’s face it- the question you apply to yourself, your work, your work relationships or your business is always the same: “What’s important…right now….this week…this month…and this year?” Bearing in mind that for everything ‘new’ you take on, it may be wise to let something ‘old’ take a back seat for a while.
  2. ‘Creating’ time for change can only be achieved by blocking out space in your diary for your real priorities. Of course none of this is new at all! But it is about making choices, being proactive and changing how you do things. Being proactive and more effective is preferable to fitting all your activities into the 30 hour day you haven’t got…
  3. Try to focus on achieving your goals in an energising way. If your actions are just based on discipline and willpower, any possible lack of motivation may stop you from moving forward consistently. Whatever you wish to succeed in, scheduling something positive and energising will help energy flow more naturally. You could work with a colleague or friend, someone who is supportive with a positive outlook, and motivate each other. Give yourself some rewards and celebrate your progress….this is one sure-fire way to increase your motivation.
  4. Identify and list up all the energy drains that sabotage your success. Some people waste valuable time on activities other people could help with. Why struggle with your weak areas when you could be building on your strengths? Other people procrastinate or are held back by personal problems impacting on their work. What changes do you need to make to help you manage your energy drains?  Sometimes even the smallest changes can make a big impact!

What small change are you willing to make right now?

My name is Ute Wieczorek-King and I help busy women to be well connected, visible, effective and profitable in business. You can connect with me via Twitter, the Success Network Community on Linkedin, or Success Network Recipes on Facebook. To sign up to my monthly newsletter, please visit the Success Network website.

If you enjoyed this article or would like to add some of your own tips, why not comment below?


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Walking in Tenerife Mountains by NJ King

Recently, an ex-client contacted me feeling really disheartened and describing her business progress as climbing a mountain.

Knowing her to be a very active, outdoorsy person, I used her own metaphor of climbing a mountain and asked her to imagine herself halfway up a mountain having lost all motivation to get to the top, because it seems just too far and too hard a climb.

I then got her to think about what may have inspired her to climb that mountain in the first place, and to recapture some of that motivation.

Achieving success in business is not so different to walking and climbing in hilly terrain, where paths sometimes wind and dip down before they eventually lead us to the summit.

When motivation is high, you may be driven by lots of positive energy, perhaps without knowing exactly what it is that’s driving you.

Crucially though when getting through tough times, it is easy to lose this positive energy and our motivation levels decrease. If this means we become stuck, as did my client, it can really help to identify WHAT it is that drives you.

In the story of the two frogs that fell into some cream, one gave up and drowned and the other paddled and paddled until the milk had turned to butter and he climbed out.

If that was you, what would make you start to paddle again?

Sometimes paddling is easier when you have external support and encouragement, but since this may not always be available exactly when you need it, do ask yourself what potentially deep, internal reason would encourage you to keep paddling?

Now probe a little further: Why would you want that, or why are you doing what you are doing?

It seems that when internal motivation is really strong, any mountain can be climbed.

It’s no good, therefore, looking to other people and seeing what motivates or drives them, as we are all different- what motivates you will be very personal to you!

Ute Wieczorek-King is an experienced trainer, mentor and business coach who specialises in helping busy women to be more focused, efficient, visible and profitable in business.

If you like this post, why not leave a comment below or connect with Ute via Twitterthe Success Network Community on Linkedin, or Success Network Recipes on Facebook.

To sign up to her monthly newsletter, please visit the Success Network website.

Copyright  2011, Ute Wieczorek-King


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Photo copyright 2011 Sophia King

I have just returned from two weeks off, which included a holiday in Cornwall to celebrate my son’s wedding. We did have a wonderful time, but just as in Shakespeare’s ‘All’s well that ends well’, we also experienced a big dose of drama, together with lots of love and magic.

A series of stressful events that so easily could have turned the wedding into a disaster, really got me thinking about how, by being really positive, focused and determined, it is possible to ‘move mountains’.

In business though, I often see people not finding it easy to achieve that. Even with the desire to succeed in a venture, somehow something is holding them back.

I believe it is paramount to have a strong driver whatever you do. Mine was my desire to see my son and his bride really happy on the day. Just focusing on that made it easy to do whatever I needed to do to turn things round. If I had had to jump in the car to head down to Cornwall in the middle of the night, well I would have done that too.

Mario Andretti, a racing car driver, said “Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”

So, desire needs to have an important companion: determination, which I often see as the power or the fuel that keeps things running. If you have no fuel then desire alone will not move you forwards.

Determination is a quality often attributed to successful people. Determined people are those who seem unstoppable, who aim – without hesitation – for their goal.

I do come across people who are that determined, who have dreams and the desire to succeed, coupled with a ‘can do’ attitude. Giving up isn’t an option for them!

Without desire and determination, running a business can become like wading through treacle, with progress often painstakingly slow – it can be quite easy to give up!

And when we do, maybe it’s because we have let doubt creep in, or we listened to others with their objections. Or we think success comes to others, not to us, or that we have to be lucky and in the right place to achieve it. Or we lack certain skills which makes us hesitate and question whether it’s really worth putting ourselves out. Why do we do that to ourselves?

Photo copyright 2011 Sophia King

With determination and a ‘can-do’ attitude, the belief that you can succeed and that you deserve to, just as every other business woman does, your approach to business will change and you will act just like the Nike ‘just do it’ slogan suggests.

And sometimes, surprisingly, determination can also come from ‘just doing it’! By getting the ball rolling, you will gradually do more and more and propel yourself forwards to achieve your goal!

In summary, here is what helped me move mountains last week (these steps help me in my business too!):

1.      Focus on your goal. (For me this was seeing my son and his bride happy despite all the negative build up).

2.      Believe success is possible. (I just blocked out any doubts!)

3.      Identify what needs doing.

4.      Identify where you need help, and get it, as you can’t always do everything on your own.

5.      Just go for it, and be determined. Once you’ve thought things through, all that’s left is to ‘do it’.  But if you are having problems with the above, …..‘Just do it’ anyway!

Let me ask you “how determined are you to reach success in your current venture?” Honestly? On a scale of 10 out of 10, with 10 being 100% determined?

Finally, if you are determined to succeed but would like a helping hand, look out for my brand new Complete Success Package, which I am about to launch!

Ute Wieczorek-King is an experienced trainer, mentor and business coach who specialises in helping busy women to be more focused, efficient, visible and profitable in business.

If you like this post, why not leave a comment below or connect with Ute via Twitterthe Success Network Community on LinkedIn, or Success Network Recipes on Facebook.

To sign up to her monthly newsletter, please visit the Success Network website.

Copyright  2011, Ute Wieczorek-King 

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