Business Freedom

How to be a super productive person

What does being more productive mean to you?

Being productive doesn’t mean sitting and working for eight straight hours. You’ll burn yourself out!

There are other ways to maximize productivity. For instance, cutting out distractions and turning off email notifications.

Many of us are looking for ways to live a more productive life, that’s why in this episode, I’ll share 17 strategies you can employ today to have an exceptionally productive 2018!

Key resources:

  • TeuxDeux is a simple designy to-do app for the Web and iPhone.
  • LeechBlock NG is a simple productivity tool: an extension for the Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers designed to block those time-wasting sites that can suck the life out of your working day.
  • Freedom blocks distracting websites and apps across all your Mac, Windows, and iOS devices so you can focus on what matters most.
  • Pomodoro Secrets To Productivity Freedom
  • Upwork is an online community of talented virtual workers from around the world who want freelance work, and companies who need their skills.
  • Want to learn exactly how to make your first hire in less than 30 days and start delegating work you dislike doing, shouldn’t be doing or frankly can’t do? Let me show you exactly how in Outsource Like a Rockstar.
  • Toggl: Hassle-free time tracking so your business runs like clockwork.
  • Why you need your own Personal Assistant

 

Delegate your to-dos

Behind every successful entrepreneur is a team they delegate the work they don’t love to, so that they can focus on the things they do love.

I found my first Virtual Assistant, Margaret, in February 2012. I hired her just two weeks before I headed off on my 6,500 cycling expedition down the east coast of Africa, which meant I’d be offline for over two months.

At first I had concerns about if she could handle the job, what if she screwed up, what if she stole my work or screwed up my customer relations….and then I got over myself, trusted in her and left her to run my business for two months while I cycled through an astounding continent!

Outsourcing was a necessity for me, and since then I have hired over 30 contractors throughout the years to help me, not only run my business, but to grow it, and to make sure I get out of the way when needed.

If you want more time and money, outsourcing is the key.

And it starts with delegating your daily to-dos so you can start to see the immense freedom that comes from stepping aside and giving up control of all the things you just shouldn’t be doing.

In this episode I talk about:

  • The ONE big tip that transformed my life and my business
  • The best way to figure out what you should delegate in the first place
  • My method for choosing who you should hire first

There’s a lot of juicy goodness in this podcast so listen up and take notes!

Key resources:

If you want to learn how to let go of your huge to-do list by hiring the right people to do it for you, and then set up your systems to build your dream team in 30 days or less, then check out my course:

If you want to learn how to let go of your huge to-do list by hiring the right people to do it for you, and then set up your systems to build your dream team in 30 days or less, then check out my course: OUTSOURCE LIKE A ROCKSTAR 👉 http://nataliesisson.com/outsource

If you’re not quite ready to take this seriously and start delegating right away, then at least figure out what it is that is overwhelming you by writing it down using my free template – it will be a game changer for you, once you see all the work you’re doing that you should be outsourcing.

Download the Four Lists to Freedom Template for free here

How to have a great night’s sleep

Are you getting a great night’s sleep or are you consistently sleep deprived because you’re on your smartphone or laptop too late?

I’m definitely guilty of working from a laptop in bed, or checking my phone before I go to sleep and I’m not proud of it.

But since I’m on a mission to uncover life-changing habits and routines that let you reach your full potential and give you true freedom, I’ve been consistently getting in the habit of turning off all devices by 7pm each night.

And guess what? My sleep and quality of sleep has improved a ton!

An article published in The Independent shows: “In a study of 10,000 16 to 19-year-olds, researchers in Norway found that the longer a young person spent looking at an electronic screen before going to bed, the worse quality sleep they were likely to have.”

The problem comes from the short bursts of excitement you get when consuming social media….yes they designed it to be addictive and to give you hits of dopamine. 

Dopamine motivates you to continue to replicate the original behaviour that made you feel pleasure – such as repeatedly clicking on social media posts or sending text messages.

The problem with this is that too often we can find ourselves trapped in a spiral of seeking more gratification.

Laptops, tablets and phones all emit a blue light which illuminates the screen. This blue light suppresses the body’s production of the hormone melatonin.

This hormone is essential in order for us to feel sleepy. Alaska Sleep Clinic believe: “The light emitting from these devices is similar in wavelength to daylight and can trick your circadian rhythm into believing it’s daylight and delay the release of melatonin, a hormone that promotes sleep”.

A delayed release of melatonin means it will take you longer to fall asleep.

In this episode I talk about:

  • What is dopamine and what it does to you
  • Several ways to get a really good night’s sleep
  • Key apps to use to minimize the effect your screen has on you

Key resources to check out to overcome your fear:

If you want to reclaim your evenings back, then check out my vlog on how to do that with this nightly routine

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Magical Month of May

I think the month of May is going to be magical. It’s that time of the year when there are no excuses to really dive into the important work and achieving your business and lifestyle goals.

I’ve been getting mentally and physically prepared to smash my goals which are:

  • Daily meditation and movement (through tennis, boxing, crossfit, walking, weights or yoga)
  • Clean eating 80% of the time (off to buy food for my meal plan now!)
  • Make my first revenue with my new ecommerce business with boutique dog products.

How will May be Magical?

I’m pretty focused on what I need to do to make this happen, but I also know if you want to stick to a habit and achieve your goals you need:

1) a really clear vision for how your life will be better alongside
2) external accountability to keep you on track when you falter.

So for my first goal I’ signed up to Mindful in May. You can still join me, but do so quickly, if you want to:

  • reduce the stress in your life
  • learn how to communicate more calmly
  • be better at calming yourself when you’ve been emotionally triggered
  • stop worrying so much and start being more present in your life
  • be more focussed so you can work more efficiently
  • get better at switching off and stopping the mind chatter

Mindful in May is like a personal training program for your brain, where you’ll be training to be more focussed, calm and effective in all areas of your life!

What I like about it is, that regardless of whether you’re a complete beginner or a more experienced meditator you’ll really experience a transformation. I know from just doing 5-10 minutes a day of meditation for the last 4 months, I already feel more grounded.

For goal 2) I’m properly committing to a fitness and nutrition program I invested in a few months back and following the easy and efficient food plan this week.

Then from next week we’ve signed up to MyFoodbag, which is a cool service here in New Zealand that delivers you the exact amount of healthy food you need plus four dinner recipes, so you just have to cook!

And finally for 3) just hosting the $3K in 3 Months Freedom Lab is ensuring I turn up daily to release lessons on what I’ve learned, do my research and share all my experiences with the members who are building their first ecommerce business alongside me.

If that ain’t accountability and responsibility plus massive incentive, I don’t know what else is.

In this episode I talk further about:

  • My 3 focuses for this month ahead
  • The two books I love that have made a big difference in my life last month
  • A calendar blocking technique that’s allowing me to juggle 3 business projects that you might like!

If you prefer video,  I shot this episode as a Facebook Live for you inside our Freedomist Collective group.

Catch it here now.

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Unclutter Your Life

Do you need to unclutter your life? Are you bogged down by too much stuff? Are you spending money on things you just don’t need?

Well then, let me tell you that if you choose to unclutter your life you will actually feel lighter, more joyful and more personally and financially free.

In an earlier podcast I covered off on the Art of Minimalism and all it’s benefits.

I practiced this for seven years when I lived out of my suitcase and those were some of the most freeing years of my life.

I had a rule. If I bought something new – an item of clothing or a toiletry item for example, then something had to be taken out to accommodate it.

That thing that I was ‘releasing’ would be donated, sold or given away to a friend I was visiting, and if they didn’t want it, I asked them to give it to someone who needed it most.

The result was I rarely bought anything I didn’t truly need, value or love. It was such a good feeling.

And those are still my three criteria now we have a gorgeous property and large house, that we could easily ‘overfill’ with too much stuff.

I also have three questions that I like to ask myself for any new purchases:

  1. Where would this live?
  2. What am I going to do with it?
  3. What is it replacing?

In this podcast I go into more detail about how those questions immediately help you to make better decisions. I also cover off on:

  • How to unclutter your house, one room at a time
  • Why buying new things may be covering up a deeper unmet need
  • How these three questions can help you before you even buy something new

Resources to help you Unclutter:

Read: Oprah – 10 Ways to Declutter Your Life

Take Uncluttered – A 12 week course and community, Uncluttered is designed to open up space in your life for the things, activities, and people that are most important to you.

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What Causes Fear and Why It’s a Good Thing

So there’s something important you’ve been wanting to do for a long time, but fear is holding you back.

Maybe it’s quitting your job to launch a new business, asking out that special person you’ve had a crush on for years, or even standing up to someone who has wronged you.

You know what you need to do, and you know it will help you to grow, but you can’t quite do it.

There’s a weight inside you that is stopping you from taking action, but what if this isn’t completely a bad thing?

In this episode I talk about:

  • Why we feal fear
  • Six ways to test and measure whether or not your fear is helpful

Key resources to check out to overcome your fear:

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The Art of Decluttering Your Mind

Is your mind is constantly on? Do you feel the need to declutter your head because it’s always filled with thoughts and to-dos? Do you know you need to relax and recharge but can’t figure out how?

Well good news. There are a number of techniques that exist that you can adopt into your everyday life to cure a busy and cluttered brain and clear your mind both physically and spiritually.

These are four simple yet effective techniques to give yourself some headspace:

In this podcast I share: 

  • Four simple yet effective techniques to ways to give yourself some headspace
  • The benefits of these techniques and how to adopt them into your everyday life

Key resources to check out:

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Is Meditation a Fad or a Life Changer?

Life a little overwhelming lately?

Feel like your brain is less like your friend, and more like a toddler let loose in a poorly-managed toy store?

What if you could tame that toddler, and in the process train your brain to be more focussed, less stressed and more relaxed?

And what if it took just ten minutes a day?

I know, I know, it sounds too good to be true. Well it’s not. The secret is…(wait for it)…mindfulness.

You might’ve heard of mindfulness or meditation before, and you may have heard of the benefits (of which there are many), but maybe you’ve never had the motivation to really try it?

Or maybe you’ve tried it but have fallen off the wagon?

Well that’s okay because in this podcast I share:

  • How often the human mind wanders
  • Why mind-wandering isn’t always a bad thing
  • The benefits of practicing mindfulness and being present
  • How to get started in daily meditation
  • Two of my fave meditation apps

Oh and I also mention a FREE way for you to get back on the wagon (or get on the wagon for the first time) and reboot your brain.

Every year in May, people all over the globe commit to meditating for 10 minutes a day through a program called Mindful in May. So far they’ve inspired over 30,000 people from 35 countries to learn mindfulness!

(Now that’s a lot of tamed brains!!)

The program brings together the world’s best meditation experts, neuroscientist, and wisdom teachers and inspires participants to raise money to bring clean, safe water to those in need. (So far they’ve raised over $600,000, and brought clean water to over 10,000 people!)

That means it creates a clear mind for you, and clean water for others.

To kick off the global campaign, Elise Bialylew, doctor, mindfulness expert, and founder of Mindful in May, is offering a FREE 5 days to mindfulness program to give you a taste of what’s to come.

I hope you join me on April 9-13th.

Also check out an earlier popular podcast called Mind Your Mindfulness.

 

Don’t judge your bad ideas

Are you one of those people who’s constantly coming up with new ideas, only to question them a few days or weeks later, and realizing that only a handful of them actually seem to be a good idea?

I’m here to tell you today not to judge your bad ideas, but to look at them at stepping stones on the way to greatness.

As in your greatest and most original idea ever.

In this short and sweet podcast I introduce you to Adam Grant, author of Originals and the youngest full professor at Wharton Business School.

He not only has two best-selling books and a much-read Sunday New York Times column, but he’s also down to earth and highly practical.

In this podcast I share: 

  • The key takeaway from his book Originals that changed my way of thinking around my ideas
  • Why output matters more than the quality of your ideas
  • How I have continually developed and acted on ideas and turned them into product offerings that work

Key resources to check out:

If you want more original ideas, tips, resources and a good laugh then come and check out my new weekly vlog at nataliesisson.com/vlog

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Why money alone won’t bring you happiness

Money. We all want more of it, but do we want it for the wrong reasons? Does money really bring you happiness?

Security, stability and the ability to get yourself of a crisis or look after your health are all great reasons to want to have sufficient funds in your bank account.

Yet research has shown that once you’re making around $70,000 a year, anything over and beyond that won’t bring you more happiness.

Money can certainly help you reduce stress but it doesn’t guarantee fulfillment.

Over the last eight years of running my business, I’ve noticed that when I’ve had just a little bit more money than I really need, I often felt at my happiest.

Despite the fact that I still wasn’t earning a lot, I was earning enough. Enough to buy my friend a drink or dinner, to get a gift for my family and to treat myself to an experience that felt special, but not frivolous.

And because I was living out of a suitcase for close to seven years I never felt the need to buy things, just experiences. So instead I saved my hard earned revenue.

Now that I feel financially free, I’ve put my money towards investing my own growth, in my business (mainly through new team members), property and more recently in others’ companies as an investor and advisor.

I still feel most happy when I have money to give and to spend on others, but not enough money to feel totally comfortable and as if I could afford everything. That would make life rather dull in my opinion!

In this episode I share:

  • How to get out of bad spending habits
  • The things that will actually make you most happy
  • Why minimalism can increase your financial freedom and happiness
  • The dangers of comparing yourself to others

Key resources to check out:

 

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