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Simple Ways to Be Kinder

Simple Ways to Be Kinder

How to Be Kind

Being kind isn’t difficult. Once you set your mindset to ‘Kind,’ you’ll notice all sorts of opportunities throughout your day to reach out and be kind to someone.

As a bonus, once you’re in the kindness loop, you’ll notice you feel happier and more fulfilled. Scientists call this ‘the helper’s high’ as altruistic acts trigger the same endorphins as a ‘runner’s high’!

Simple ways

Here are some simple everyday ways of including kindness in your day.

1. Stop to let a pedestrian cross the street or to allow another driver into the traffic.
2. Say please and thank you.
3. Say good morning and good night to your colleagues.
4. Smile at a stranger.
5. Hold the door for the next person.
6. Hold the elevator.
7. Let someone with only a few items go in front of you in the grocery store.
8. Do a coffee run for your colleagues.
9. Hug your loved ones.

Here are a few more

10. Push the trash bins out for your neighbors.
11. Mow your elderly neighbor’s lawn.
12. If you’re going to the store, ask your neighbor if you can pick anything up for them.
13. Try volunteering at your local soup kitchen or shelter.
14. Be the bigger person and let the other guy have the coveted parking space.
15. Stand up for someone on the bus or subway.
16. Ask a stressed-out co-worker if you can help.
17. Help wash the cups after a meeting.
18. If the photocopier is running on empty, replace the toner and fill the paper bin.
19. Buy surprise flowers for your partner.
20. Give some coins to a street entertainer.

And a Few More

21. Pledge to stop grousing for a week.
22. Join your company’s mentor or buddy program.
23. Leave a book or magazine on the subway or in a bus station.
24. Donate your excess art supplies or craft materials to an elementary school.
25. Encourage your kids to sort through their stuff and donate items in good condition to charity.
26. Donate money to your favorite charity or non-government organization.
27. Notice what your partner or colleagues are wearing and pay a few compliments.
28. Ask friends or colleagues how they are, and listen to the answers.
29. Reach out to family members or friends, send a text message, or call them to see how they are.
30. Clean up your neighborhood. If you see trash in the street, pick it up and put it in the bin.

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Is Success Taking Longer Than You Think?

Is Success Taking Longer Than You Think?

 

Is Success Taking YOU Longer Than YOU Think it Should?

 

I get it – You have big goals for your business. Who doesn’t these days? Is Success Taking Longer Than You Think it should for you and your business?

I understand…you have large visions for your business, your success, and for your business to attain the goals you’ve established. Any major success you want to obtain is just beyond your reach.

BUT…

It’s probably going to take a lot longer than you anticipate when you start the journey. And that’s ok because everything worth having in life is all about the journey to get there.

After all, it’s just human nature to want to be successful. Right?

 

We get a good idea about something we want to be, do, have and the idea captures our minds and our emotions. The honeymoon phase is awesome, don’t you think? You are daydreaming and brainstorming of your exciting new idea. The world of possibilities that will open up once you reach this new goal is hypnotizing. (Now this is YOU talking to yourself… “This is so awesome; this is the greatest idea I’ve had in such a long time”.)

 

AND…

 

You are energized and ready to take on the world. But…but…but…

 

If you are new to this game, I’m sorry to tell you but you have a big ass mountain ahead of you. And no one has ever successfully scaled a mountain quickly and easily. Yes, that is absolutely true, trust me!!

Sure, from a distance, that mountain may not look that big. It looks like fairly smooth terrain and a manageable grade when you stare at the mountain from a few miles away. You excitedly sprint to your starting point. Now…on your mark…get set…and GO!

 

Now, this is when the work begins and within a very short period of time, reality starts to sink in at the difficulty and struggle that awaits you. OMG!!!

Are YOU READY for this?

 

MOST people don’t make it far enough up the mountain to be invested in the journey. This certainly isn’t YOU, is it?

They quit early enough that the pain of investment isn’t harsh enough. The sting of quitting isn’t harsh enough.

 

However, if the goal at the summit of your mountain is something that you REALLY want… and you have enough reasons to get there (and enough reasons not to quit), then your first mission becomes the “investment phase”. Ahhhh…

 

We all know that you have to put in enough blood, sweat, and tears to reach a point where turning around and quitting would be more painful than continuing.

 

AND…

 

Once you reach this point, you gain a whole new perspective on life. The struggle doesn’t go away, but it takes on a new form. You find a sort of peace and “sense of knowing” during your struggle.

 

Yes, you know you will make it to your goal… you just don’t know how long it will take. But it almost doesn’t matter because you no longer count the cost. You are focused purely on the journey. YOUR journey, towards success.

 

This is an easy metaphor to understand but it applies to anything in life.

Make a point to first be the kind of person who dreams, has big visions and gives yourself permission to set major goals.

 

Then, make CERTAIN you stay with it long enough that turning around is no longer an option.

 

Because even though it will likely take far longer than you think to reach your peak, you will.

Is Success Taking Longer Than You Think?

 

Don’t stop dreaming, don’t stop reaching, keep climbing. I can show you how. Contact me by filling out the form below. Let me help you.

 

 

 

 

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How to Boost your Productivity

How to Boost your Productivity

How to Boost your Productivity

First, quiet your mind and focus on How to Boost your Productivity. We need to be more proficient in our work to accomplish more. In many cases, people fail to be productive because they lose focus and let their minds wander, leading to a loss in productivity.

The key is to focus your mind on the task at hand. Block out all other distractions and thoughts that are unrelated to the task at hand.

• Failure to put aside thoughts unrelated to the task at hand will only slow you down and lead to a higher probability of mistakes.

• Get a good night’s sleep every night to boost focus and productivity, reduce mistakes.

• Don’t let other issues or problems bother you.

Basic Ingredients Of Productivity

There are three basic ingredients to productivity:

• Time

• Energy

• Attention

Without all three of these ingredients, your productivity will be lower than it can be. And then you won’t achieve the amount of success you are expecting.


How To Measure Your Productivity

Dictionary.com defines productivity as “the quality, state, or fact of being able to generate, create, enhance, or bring forth goods and services.”

Labor productivity is defined as “the output volume divided by the labor input use.” Click To Tweet

Boost Your Productivity

• In other words, its the amount of effort and time that the worker puts in and how many units of production he/she produces in that time span.

For Example:

If a worker produces one unit (say, one ebook) an hour and another worker produces two units (say, two ebooks) in one hour, then the second worker is two times more productive than the first worker.

Being more productive means being better able to manage one’s time. Focusing one’s attention on the tasks required. And/or utilize the energy necessary to complete the tasks required in the same time period as another worker.

In order to boost your productivity, you need to be able to produce more of the product. Or provide more of the service you deliver in the same amount of time or less than you have before.

When it comes to businesses, it’s not just your production. It’s the production of your subcontractors who work for you, that account for your total productivity.

Start Laying A Productive Foundation

First, you need to eliminate all distractions from your work area and clear your mind of any doubts and/or worries you may have.

You also need to be totally focused and invested in the working process. This allows you to produce the maximum number of products/content and/or render the most services within a specific time span.

Have A Plan

Have a clear plan of what needs to be done in terms of tasks and projects and how to go about best doing them.

• In regards to subcontractors, have an agenda of tasks and projects to complete. Also, a time table on which you can expect them to complete them.

• Then lay down the ground rules on what needs to be done and how quickly they should be done.


Boost Your Productivity

Implement simple time management techniques. You must manage your time as efficiently as possible in order to be as productive as possible. And, monitor your time very carefully.  Ensure that you are working efficiently during the times you are working. This will enable you are utilizing your time to the best of your ability.

• Note how long you think it will take you to complete a project on a piece of paper, in a text file, or in a spreadsheet file.

• Time how long it takes you to complete specific tasks.

• Time how long your work periods are, your breaks are, and how long any distractions are.

Try using the clock on your computer and/or mobile device. Or use an online timer to record the respective time periods. Then compare the time it took you to complete the project versus the time you expected.  If you met or beat that time, reward yourself.

If you took longer than expected, review what slowed you down. Was it distractions, lack of focus, the task was more difficult than expected- then make adjustments.

You can make this into a game or challenge to where you challenge yourself to get more done in less time to improve your productivity.

There are online timers that have bells or other sounds that can help you use the Pomodoro Technique.  This will allow 15- to 30-minute work periods. It will be followed by 3- to 5 minute rest periods three times. Then after the fourth 15- to 30-minute work period, a 15- to 30-minute rest period.

Removing The Unimportant Tasks

It’s vital that you prepare for work ahead of time so minor/menial and repetitive tasks don’t slow you down.

Consider what tasks are actually important to your business and which aren’t.

• Tasks such as email and social media should be done during break periods, lunch periods, and/or outside-of-work periods, not while the main work is being done.

If you run a business, only do the tasks you are proficient at and enjoy; send all other tasks to subcontractors for maximum productivity and profitability. This will solve a lot of time for you in the long run.

Pursue An All-Around Productive Life

Having an all-around productive life means that you are productive in all facets of it, not just in business.

• Increased productivity can include assembling items, grocery shopping, etc.

• Productivity means doing any task in the most efficient manner possible. This will help you maximize the value of every minute and every second so that you get the most out of them as possible.

 

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SEO for your Website – Part 2

SEO for your Website – Part 2

SEO for your Website – Part 2 and it’s all about how you can use the power of your relationships with other business owners. Yes, another reason why you need to build strong relationships with other people.

Here’s how to make this happen:

Get Affiliates to Promote YOU and Improve Your Search Visibility

 

Yup, this is another arrow in the quiver.  Get others to advertise for you or make more revenue advertising for businesses with similar products.

Let’s talk about becoming an affiliate partner.  There are several affiliate programs on the Internet, but all are not created equal.  Before choosing an affiliate program to enhance your marketing be sure that it is worth your while.

Some criteria to consider are payment schedule, pay rate, the credibility of the product and business philosophy.  If you can’t believe in the product, there is no reason to advertise for it.

 

Popular affiliate programs are the ones that offer incentives and training to their affiliate partners.  Training can come in the way of newsletters and informative articles that address aspects of Search Engine Marketing to help you increase your business.  Sharing wealth begins with sharing information.  The company gets a loyal affiliate who knows their stuff and you get help streamlining your business marketing strategy.

 

You may want to try a full service like clickbank.com, cj.com or do it yourself with 1shoppingcart.com or amember.com.

So, SEO for your Website – Part 2  is all about Affiliate Marketing and it has been around forever – well almost!

Some affiliates set up websites just for affiliate marketing.  The website employs unique SEO content that increases sales for both of you. Now, you might wonder what affiliate marketing is, but that’s a topic for another post.

But I’m not going to leave you hanging, so here’s the definition:  it’s a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts. Simple right?

 

Search Engine Advertising:

 

Pay per Click (PPC)

 

Pay per click is an advertising formula that gives free upfront advertising (in most cases) and you only have to pay when your ads are clicked or some action is taken.  The strategy here is to have your ads placed in key areas where they will get seen by a large number of people.  Search engine advertising needs to include this little gem for an all-around approach to growing your business.

Pay per click has several different applications.  It can be used in affiliate marketing campaigns for you and your partners, paid searches and bidding on search engine advertising.  Pay per click is a broad term but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you will get paid on every click.  We’ll explain.

 

Pay per Click (PPC) programs based on keywords

 

Search engines like Google and Yahoo have pay per click programs where you can gain exposure on search engine result pages (SERPs).  With these programs, you use relevant keywords for your website products to create short concise ads that gain the attention of searchers.

Pay per click programs is a way to test out your keywords before mounting a major SEO campaign.  Different types of keywords can be used in ads and the response gauged.  Beginning with broad keywords allows you to get an idea of what types of keywords searchers are using.  You will get clicks but because it is such a broad keyword, all of the clicking visitors may not be the right kind of traffic that goes from sales lead to a buying customer.

Pay per click ads are short and there is a word or character limit depending on the program.

Check out these programs:

      • Google AdWords
      • Yahoo Advertising
      • Bing Ads

Each ad has a line for a title, a description, and a URL link.  You don’t have much space to make a terrific first impression.  One must is to use your targeted keywords in the title and the description.  Be sure to add action verbs like “click, try, and open” to let searchers know an action on their part is required.

The URL link will direct searchers to your landing page.  We alluded to landing pages earlier but here is where you get the explanation.  As an Internet surfer, you know how frustrating it can be to go through several links just to find where you want to go.  Links in ads that lead to a homepage lose potential sales leads and customers because the process becomes laborious.

Landing Pages

A landing page is a website page where the product or service will appear and be explained to visitors.  If you are selling flower bulbs, the landing page for those bulbs will contain pictures of the bulbs you have for sale.  Your landing page can be from your virtual store providing per unit price and a “buy now” button for a hopefully easy sale.  Direct links are best to interest the searcher.

Within these programs, you will choose your keywords, complete your ads, and then bid on those keywords.  The price you quote represents the most you will pay for the ad using those keywords to be shown on the search results page.  Still, you don’t pay for your advertising until the ads are clicked on the page.

Use a mixture of popular keywords and keyword phrases to gain targeted traffic.  Longer phrases narrow the searchers to those who are definitely interested in the product or service you have to offer.  The traffic rate may not increase significantly but your sales can. And that is what having a business is all about right? Making money, having great relationships with people and providing value to the people in your world.

I hope you found this an interesting concept and an additional way to increase your SEO.

Did you remember to pick up your SEO Check List from SEO for your Website – Part 1? If not here it is again, just click on the link, it will open to a new page – SEO List

Until next time – that’s a wrap!

 

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