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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!

If you prefer video,  I shot this episode as a vlog. Catch it here now.

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

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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

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How to Stop the Comparison Game

Have you ever scrolled through, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to see a friend or peer doing awesome things? Except, instead of feeling happy for them, you feel instantly envious or depressed? It happens to all of us, unfortunately, and it all has to do with this little thing called The Comparison Game.

Scrolling the Instagram feed has the ability to make me feel like I’m not enough, in an instant. So much so that I’ve stopped enjoying this app like I used to.

I value it as a connection and business tool, but I’m tired of seeing the perfectly curated photos that only show one side of that person’s life – the one that makes you feel like you’re inadequate and your life is dull or even sucks.

YOUR aim in life should be to be the very best version of yourself, by focusing on what you do best and love to do.

So why do we all consistently compare ourselves against others?

Why do we look at people who are 3, 5 or even 10 years ahead of us in business and in life and get completely dejected that ‘we’re not there yet’ or that we pale in comparison.

This destructive habit has to stop!

You can’t even begin to know what’s behind their journey, what it took for them to get to where they are now. But you can learn from them, and emulate the great things they do, so long as you don’t try to measure up against them.

Remember, there is always someone doing better than us in something but instead of comparing yourself, concentrate on where you’re at and what you’ve achieved.

In this video, I share:

  • Five ways to stop comparison game for good
  • Difference between competition and comparison
  • How to replace negative thoughts to positive thoughts
  • An exercise you can do to stop negative thoughts

 

Posted on / by Natalie / in Lifestyle Freedom

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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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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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

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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A powerful morning routine

Everyday I get bombarded with stories about the power of a morning routine on Medium.

Yet I can no longer deny the research that says if you get up early and meditate then roll into focused work such as writing, painting or a creative activity, with no distractions, you’re far more likely to be a gazillion times more productive and successful.

Clearly that’s an accurate stat I’ve stated there, so you should take me very seriously.

The thing is it’s true.

The other thing that is true is that establishing the damn routine in the first place, is the hardest part!

Which is why so many people keep writing articles on why a morning routine, heck any routine that cuts out distractions and lets you set and act on your intentions for the day, is so powerful.

I should know. Back in 2004 when I was training to compete in my first ever Body Sculpting (Figure) competition, I had my entire daily routine down pat.

In this episode I talked about:

  • How to start a new morning routine without tying it to a big goal
  • The power routine I used while training for a competition that rocked my world
  • The new morning routine that is already making a difference in my life

Key resources to check out:

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Your Mindset Can Set You Free

This is a fantastic time of the year to bringing you Season 5 of the Quest for Freedom Podcast on Mindset Freedom.

Why is that?

Well it’s typically the time when you’re winding down for the holiday season and also planning ahead to think about 2018 and why it’s going to be different.

But it’s not going to be different until you’re prepared to start working on the very thing that can make the most significant difference to your life.

I’m talking about your mindset. That’s because your mindset can set you free.

Mindset is the foundation that freedom in its widest possible sense comes from.

You are the product of your mind. Every thought and belief you have stored inside your mind shapes your experience of life.

Your values and beliefs shape your perception of reality and as a result your ability to achieve anything in life.

I’ve found that over the years, when I am not focusing on a growth mindset, when I’m not actively learning and applying new techniques to grow my mindset, to become more focused, to get rid of those negative thoughts, those comparison game moments, things don’t go quite as well.

And it feels less free in my mind.

For me personally, this year has been a roller coaster in terms of reshaping and reframing my identity from Suitcase Entrepreneur to Natalie Sisson.

I’ve been through a business sabbatical, a complete 180-degree shift and a complete change in what I am doing and how that fits into my meaning in life and my purpose.

For you, you may too also have had quite a full on year, or perhaps you’ve been really focusing in on what it is within your mind that you can strengthen.

Or what it is that you can quiet so that it makes way for more of those thoughts that allow you to be your best possible self and give you freedom in your mind.

We’ve all been there. We’ve had the mind tells us things we don’t really need to hear.

Our mindset can be our best comrade or it can be our worst enemy and so much of that is under our control.

I think about that every single time I’m faced with a big decision or a reaction to something.

Most of the time I’d like to think I’m pretty calm, but I am also a passionate Aries and every so often something will just piss me off and my emotions will well up and I’ll react in an instant.

So I probably need to go back and revisit some of the mindfulness freedom from Season 1, Mind Your Mindfulness and recommend you do too.

Making decisions in the moment of how we think, of how we act, of how we grow, of how we fundamentally believe is all part of having the right mindset.

The Definition of Mindset

The mindset definition varies across different sources according to Dictionary it is “1. an attitude, disposition, or mood.” or “2. an intention or inclination.” and “1. a mental attitude or inclination” or “2. a fixed state of mind”.

Yet none of these actually yield the true meaning and real definition of what it is. So what is the true meaning?

A more accurate definition of mindset is the sum of the way you think.

Mindset is how your values and beliefs shape your thoughts and lead you to be the way you are.

The way you think and feel, the way your thoughts lead you to act and behave causes the results you experience in the world.

If you have thoughts which are negative or limited then you will experience challenges and likely find success and freedom almost impossible to achieve.

If you are into people like Tony Robbins, into personal development and self-help books, you’ll come across a lot of these tactics and tools.

You’ll look into your neuro-linguistic programming, regression timeline and EFT (emotional freedom technique).  I’ve only touched on a few of these myself throughout my life.

There’s other tactics like meditation, mindfulness, transcendental meditation, looking at your chakras and all these exciting things like brain waves and binaural beats.

It’s incredible how much information is out there.

If we come back to the fundamental message here, which is “the way you think and feel, the way your thoughts lead you to act and behave causes the results you experience in the world“, you can start to see pretty quickly that anytime you are having a bad day, it’s most likely because of the way that you are thinking and then acting.

So how can you change state, how can you get yourself out of that to get back on track and into a frame of mind that serves you best?

Sometimes it’s good to be angry, sometimes it’s good to be emotional but if you can channel that into something that really helps you, serve you and helps others then we are talking about reframing and using your mindset for the power of good or even greatness.

And we want to move out of a fixed mindset, negative or a limited mindset into a growth mindset. I have talked about this research from Carol Dweck in Learning with a Growth Mindset.

But what I am most excited about is that I am bringing on a special guest, Osmaan Sharif who is my freedom mindset go-to guy.

I’ve had him attend three of my last freedom mastermind retreats in Bali and Portugal and he honestly has the most amazing set of tools to be able to help people shift their mindsets in minutes.

He is the founder of Rapid Transformation and he can transform people quite rapidly if they are open to it and if they are willing.

We are going to cover off on some really fantastic topics including

  • comparison-itis – how your mindset can be negatively impact with those you look up to
  • could you be attempting to solve the wrong problem when it’s really our mindset needs to be transformed
  • negative stories – what are we telling ourselves and how is that impacting or limiting our beliefs
  • when you are really not in control and that the unconscious mind is and how we can tap into that.

I would love for you to tune in every single time we put out a podcast and that’s going to be every Monday and Thursday from now on.

And if you want to Master Your Mindset in 2018 get details on our new Freedom Lab starting January 2018.

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3 Juicy Tips for Designing Your Dream Lifestyle

When you’ve reached the final stages of constructing your ideal lifestyle vision, you are going to start working on the most important factor of your transition into a life of freedom: the plan.

Your plan, complete with goals, tasks, and deadlines, is going to usher you into your ideal lifestyle. It is going to help you become the person that you’ve always wanted to be and live the life that you’ve always wanted to live.

Without it, you would be ineffectively chasing your dreams and holding yourself back from getting to where you need to be.

Don’t get too excited too quickly. Planning out your dream lifestyle is not a thing to be rushed. It’s a thing of beauty to be crafted, and molded to your heart’s content.

I am going to help further help you construct your plan by sharing with you 3 key characteristics of a successful plan.

Are you ready to hear them? Here they are!

Step #1. Devise a Plan That Is VERY Specific

Specificity is…

  • Necessary if you want to avoid having to go back to your plan and making edits
  • NOT OPTIONAL

With that in mind, I want you to take a look at your current plan, which you crafted with me in the third section of my e-book, 3 Steps to Living Your Perfect Day, and I want you to expand upon it.

Let’s say, for example, that one of the aspects of your lifestyle vision is to be able to work from home selling a whole range of beauty products. In response, you wrote something like this:

As soon as possible, I am going to start making my own beauty products, open an online store, and begin selling them.

Do you see what’s wrong with this plan? It’s not exactly a plan.

All you’ve accomplished in writing this down is creating another dream for yourself. It’s not specific and it’s certainly not going to help you do what you want.

How do we change that?

Well, we figure out what it is you have to do to reach your goal.

Map out all the necessary steps, give yourself a time frame, and then rewrite your plan. A finished product may look a little something like this:

By next December, I am going to learn about all the aspects of planning and running a home-based business by doing an online course through Udemy on this topic.

By January, I want to have learned all about the permits, laws, and taxes associated with home-based businesses in my area.

By February, I want to have learned all about how to run a home-based business including marketing, shipping, packaging, etc.

By April, I will have learned to create the beauty products I have in mind and I will have some samples ready for launch.

This is by no means an extensive example and it can certainly be improved but now you understand what we’re looking for.

The better you know what it is you want to do and by when, the easier it will be to accomplish your goals.

Step #2. Make Your Plan Actionable

As I just stated, dates are also necessary when it comes to good planning. In the example above, we have a general monthly date.

However, this will not be acceptable when it comes to crafting your plan.

Your plan should consist of very specific goals followed by exact dates. If we continue using the example above, it may look a little more like this:

January 10th- Call my local city hall and ask them about what is required of home-based business owners in the area. Talk to them about zoning laws, permits, sales tax, and any other information that is necessary for me to know.

January 20th- Look deeper into each of the aspects that were discussed on the phone so I will know what to expect when I register my business in my city.

February 1st- Start taking a 4-week online business class that will help me learn about all of the aspects of running my own business.

March 1st- Research business coaches who have worked in my industry and look into receiving coaching to be prepared for what I will be doing after launch.

You see the pattern here, right?

The more you research your goal and the work that needs to be done in order to reach it, the easier these mini goals will be to come up with.

Even this can be broken down into smaller sections so if you feel as though your goals need to be more tightly scheduled, do it.

Remember, however, that these goals need to absolutely be done by their time frame.

If you fail to meet your deadlines, you may go off course or become so discouraged with yourself that you give up on your ideal lifestyle vision.

Who wants that? Not us!

Step #3. Keep Your Plan Realistic

I think the biggest issue that happens when we are pumped up about our exciting dreams is that we tend to overlook the minute details.

For this person above, they really want to run a home-based business creating beauty products and that’s great.

What may not be so great is if they’re creating this plan and they have absolutely no business experience, money, or experience creating beauty products.

I’m not saying that they won’t be able to reach their goals. What I’m saying is that they need to be more realistic about how they’re going to accomplish them.

If you were this person, I sincerely doubt that the 5-month goal you planned above would be sufficient time to learn everything you need to know.

Although it’s totally possible to get everything done within that timeframe, you have to look deep enough to see if you truly can accomplish it.

  • Do you have the funding?
  • Do you know how to get the funding?
  • Is that really enough time to learn all about how to run a home-based business?
  • Will that one class you are going to take be enough?
  • Do you have the extra money to spend on classes and coaches?
  • Are you in the right place and mindset to launch your business right now?

Asking yourself these questions will help you set realistic goals and give you confidence to make your idea a reality.

It is okay to take a little more time to achieve your dream. It is okay to take only a couple of small steps at a time.

If you could achieve freedom instantly, there wouldn’t be a need for books or a process!

Know yourself and take time to develop a plan that is best suited for you.

  • Maybe you need to extend that time frame from 5-months to 12-months.
  • Maybe you want to take a longer class that will further benefit you.
  • Maybe you want to get in touch with some of your old contacts who may be able to help you.

Whatever it is that you think will be the most beneficial for you, write it down and don’t put yourself down over the time frame or the steps.

The plan, besides being the most important part of cultivating your ideal lifestyle, also tends to be the most difficult.

If you need help crafting it, I definitely recommend that you check out my Plan Your Ideal Freedom Year Online Doing Workshop to achieve all this in 90 minutes or less!

I will show you how to:

  • Phase 1: Setting your vision for 2018 and figuring out your priorities.
  • Phase 2: Mapping out quarterly, monthly, and weekly actions that are aligned with your yearly goals and vision.
  • Phase 3: Helping you craft a Content, Marketing and Editorial calendar that will help you achieve freedom and success. I will give my exact template to use!
  • Phase 4: Teaching you my 6 step daily success plan that will help you unlock your productivity potential.
  • Giving you questions that you need to ask yourself in order to get the most out of my workshop and your year ahead.

On top of all this, I will also be providing you two super valuable bonuses to make sure that you take action straight away.  Head to nataliesisson.com/workshop to get started.

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