Jun 272020
 

Greetings!

What if you could tap into your creativity more easily, attain better focus, be more productive? You can. The secret is to Stop Doing. Listen in for more.

What's Your Relationship to Busyness?

And, if you’d like more strategies to help shift your mindset from busy to productive, so that you can achieve your goals more quickly and easily, you will want to join me on July 16th at 11am Pacific/ 2pm Eastern for my free webinar *4 toxic habits that keep you stuck, steal your confidence, and hold you back.*

http://www.encompass-coaching.com/4ToxicHabitsThatKeepYouStuck

With gratitude,

Erin

Jun 112020
 

Greetings!

I work with clients every week to help them maximize their time. We talk about strategies and practices they can use to get their work and obligations done more easily and quickly. And even then, they often come back and ask, But, how do I make it all work? How do I preserve my time?  How do I make sure other people respect my time?  

These are important questions – and given the unique circumstances Covid19 has presented us with – maximizing our time is even more of a priority.

If you are chalk-full of time management strategies, but continue to feel overworked and overwhelmed, here are three ideas that may help you gain more control. They include creating your time philosophy, activating time policies and towing your own time party line.

Let’s talk about your time philosophy.  Most of us don’t take the time to think deeply about our time. But if you want to maximize your time it’s crucial you know the answers to the following questions:  How do you view your time? What do you want from your time?  How do you want to spend your time?  How do you want to feel as you spend your time?  Your answers to these questions will help you form your time philosophy.

My time philosophy is, “I’m better when I’m rested, focused and clear”.

Here are some others I’ve heard:

  • I make the most of my time,
  • My work time and home time don’t overlap,
  • I make time for me,
  • I have the freedom to choose how I spend my time,
  • To waste time is to waste life.

Without a time philosophy, my calendar can quickly grow gangly and out of control, and I can find myself facing busier days, working longer hours, and quickly feeling tired and burned-out.  As you can imagine, that way of working doesn’t support my coaching client work, where I’m at my best when I’m fresh, focused and completely present.

What is your time philosophy?

Once you have a philosophy, you can craft your time policies. Your time policies are the decisions you make about how you’ll use your time, what boundaries you’ll set, and what you will and will not agree to.

One time policy I’ve had for well over 15 years, is that I don’t work on Fridays. When my kids were little, I took Fridays to volunteer in their classrooms. Now that they’re grown, I use Fridays to attend my favorite writing group.  By honoring this policy, I’m able to focus on and attend to the task that doesn’t always get my attention during the week– writing.  On Friday, no work, just writing.  If someone wants to schedule a meeting on Friday, I offer other days I’m available to meet.  When you take control and honor your time policies, you’ll find that you have enough time to focus on what’s important to you.

More policy examples I’ve heard clients set:

  • I don’t schedule meetings before 9 or after 4pm,
  • I turn my computer off until the kids are in bed,
  • Never open my email before planning the day.

What policies could you set around your time?

Now that you have a philosophy and policies around your time, let’s focus on your party line.  Your party line is a sentence you repeat so often that it rolls off your tongue easily and effortlessly.

My party line is, if it’s not on the calendar it’s not going to happen. Here are some other examples of party lines that I have heard from clients:

  • Every agenda needs to have an objective,
  • Before we meet we need to know the outcome,
  • We only meet if everyone is present,
  • We never double book our meetings. 

What is your party line?

Maximizing your time is a challenge in many ways and it is not common practice. But when you master maximizing your time, you’re the one in control of your time and how you use it.

If you’d like more strategies to help maximize your time, download my special publication The Myth of Time Management HERE.  And, if you enter Coupon Code MYTHBONUS you’ll get it for free!  😉

Have a great week!

With gratitude,
Erin

 

 

Jan 172020
 

Greetings!

Is your calendar packed from morning to night? Are you always moving and doing? Do you say YES more often than NO? Are you exhausted and spinning your wheels? You may be addicted to busyness.

If you can relate (and even if you can’t 😉 ) you might want to listen to my thoughts on busyness and success, and how chronic busyness may be working against you, in this week’s video:

What's Your Relationship to Busyness?

Want to quit your busyness addiction, in favor of more calm and productivity? I encourage you to check out the Getting an Edge program HERE, where you’ll receive strategies and support to achieve success with more ease and grace.

Enjoy!

With gratitude,

Erin

Nov 142019
 

Greetings!

As human beings we are designed and driven to preserve our relationships. And, one of the ways we do that is by saying yes – often at the expence of our own time, choices, and sanity.  But here’s the thing; if you want to live a life of engagement, purpose and passion, you need to be able to say NO more often, so that you can focus on what’s important to you.

Listen to my thoughts on my own relationship with NO in this week’s video:

What's Your Relationship to No?

And, if you’d like more ideas to increase your confidence, download my free publication 27 Ways to Say No.

Enjoy!

With gratitude,

Erin

Nov 122019
 

Greetings!

I see it all the time, clients who work really hard every day but make very little progress towards their goals. The frustration is palpable. They show up for their call, defeated, and absolutely at a loss for what to do differently to get the results they want.  The first thing we do is identify their action afflictions – those actions prohibiting them from gaining traction and achieving their goals.

There are typically three types of action afflictions:

  1. You’re taking too much action – it’s unfocused and works against you;
  2. You’re taking too little action – you’re unsure of how to move forward, so you take action in haphazard and intermittent fits and starts;
  3. You’re taking the wrong action – you’re busy doing lots and lots of things, but not the things that will lead you where you want to go.

 None of these is good.

But taking effective action is actually a simple two-step process, that when followed, allows you to accomplish your goals more easily, quickly and confidently.

Step One: Planning the action.  Unfortunately, most people skip this critical phase and jump straight into the action part. But skipping the planning process is setting yourself up for failure. Planning the action is taking a moment to reflect on what you want to accomplish, determine what you need to focus on to accomplish that, identify most important action steps you can take, and then finally, determine what obstacles might get in your way so you can mitigate them.

Step Two: Taking effective action. As implied, taking effective action is all about motion, traction and momentum. It’s designed to get you where you want to go. Once you’re clear about what you want to achieve and the best way to achieve it, you can jump into action and simply work your plan. There is no more deliberating or deciding, no bouncing or spinning, because you’ve already spent your time planning.

By investing just minutes to the planning process and then taking targeted action, you can shave hours, weeks and even months off the time it takes you to reach your goal.  And, you do better work, avoid burning out, and take control of your time and focus.

What are your action afflictions?  Before you jump into action today, pause, and take some time to reflect and to plan.  I think you’ll find you get way more done – and as I said before, more easily and quickly!  Give it a try!  And, let me know how ti works!


If you could use more strategies (and support and accountability) to help you be your most productive self, please consider joining Getting an Edge.  The next program begins January, 2020.  You can find more information by visiting Getting an Edge Program.

AND…if you join before December 31st, you’ll receive a complimentary 1-hour strategy session with me (a $350 value).


Enjoy!

Erin