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Self-Care for Entrepreneurs

 

I am still in awe that it is now mid October 2017. Where has the time gone? I am excited for Fall season because it’s the best season of the year. Do you agree? With the fall season, we tend to slow things down and get ready for the year end and I am totally fine with that.

It’s such a nice feeling to wind down to ramp up for 2018, but we need to remember to take time for ourselves in the process. It’s hard when there’s so much more to accomplish before the year is over with, but it’s necessary. I’ve grown fonder of self-care because I realize that no one will take care of me like my mom would (ah, duh!), but she’s in FL. So, my next best option is me..ha!  What does self-care mean to you? To me, self-care means a few things:

·         Health

·         Clean Food

·         Exercise

·         Sleep

·         Rest

·         Dream

·         Quality Time

Obviously, there’s many more meanings to self-care, but these are very dear to me.  My health is more important to me at age 33 than it ever has been. I truly value my health because you only get one life to live. I intend on living intentionally for the rest of my days.  I certainly enjoy eating clean food because there was a time when I didn’t eat it at all and yep, being overweight was a result of that.  Exercise is a given…need I say more? At least do what you can. I know we like to sit in front of the computer CREATING that magic, but take a break every hour and walk around for 2 min. Better yet, jog in place!  Now, sleep can be debatable amongst entrepreneurs. I’ve had my share of “burning the midnight oil” and barely getting 3-4 hours of sleep a night, but that was not the best idea. Eventually, those lost hours catch up to you and either your mind or body breaks down. Therefore, rest is so important for the mind and sometimes you do mindless activities like people watching … who doesn’t love that? Dreaming is so important because it sets the tone for everything I do. I feel like dreaming and thinking about what could be allows answers to come my way. Again, being intentional helps! Lastly, quality time. Who do you spend your quality time with? For me, it’s my hubby, close friends and family. They mean the world to me.

So, how do you know when it’s time for self-care? I can always tell when I feel like I’m doing ALL the things in my business and nothing is happening. Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about. Sometimes you ignore the signs and just keep going on and on, but those around you will notice. They may even tell you to go have a seat! Chill out! LOL!  You want to continue to be the best you and provide great service to your clients, so please take care of yourself.  You are only one person and while you do have super powers, never be afraid to ask for help. Support is all around you. I’m here!

So, get a out a sheet of paper and write down what self-care means to you. DO IT NOW!

 

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If you would like help creating a plan for self-care in your busy schedule, please reach out to me. I am more than happy to take a few min to help you identify a few areas of self-care.  Just send me a note at jennifer@themjwgrp.com

 

Always Essential,

Jennifer

P.S. 2017 is almost over! Have you met all your objectives for the year? If you have projects to still complete or even start, please reach out to me at jennifer@themjwgrp.com. Implementation and execution is my forte. I will work with you to make sure you achieve operational excellence in your business.

 

How To Completely Change Your Pace

 

I can’t believe how far along we are in 2017. We are in the last stretch of Q3 already! Time has certainly flown by and there’s still so much to accomplish before the year is out. What are your plans and how will you tackle the remainder for the year?

For me, 2017 has been a “wild ride” of a year. We (hubby and I) launched The MJW Group, a blog, a Mastermind group, paid off more debt and began a new take on life. We now totally understand how life should function and have definitely taken on WAAAAAY more ownership than ever before. However, we still have Q4 to create and design the life that we want. I will say the only way we’ve been able to do this is changing our pace.

No, I’m not talking about walking faster … although, that would be better for me since I tend to walk slow, but I’m talking about changing the direction you’re headed towards. Let’s discuss what that involves. Think about where you want to go. What’s stopping you? What’s holding you back? Who is holding you back? Could it be a mental block? Fear? More than likely, it’s one of these choices and I label it choice for a reason.

Now, you may think you aren’t choosing to stop and not proceed full steam ahead, but you are. You are deciding every move. Therefore, changing your pace is so important. Every day you have a choice to do or not to do. Don’t believe me? Let me explain this in simplest terms…If you don’t take out a full trash can in your kitchen, what will happen? You get my point now, huh? Exactly! We all have a choice to make. So, how do you make that choice?

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During my pivot to an intentional life in 2017, I DECIDED what mattered to me the most. I have been a huge proponent of legacy and lifestyle. Once I started making a few daily changes, my pace totally changed. Some of those daily changes included creating non-negotiables with my time, leaving a full-time job to pursue my business, assigning the money I earn, and journaling. Journaling has helped the most because I truly believe when you write things down, they WILL manifest. Now, I have 3 journals that I’m writing in at once and 3 more on deck. Absolutely love my journals!

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You get the point … I hope! To start changing your pace, you must decide what it is that you want to change towards. It relates to goal setting and being intentional, but it’s so much more than that. There’s an emotional component to take into consideration as well. Emotion will allow you to become more invested in your change of pace.

I would love to hear your plans on changing your pace. Hit reply and let me know your thoughts. We love providing strategy and coaching here at The MJW Group…reach out to us if you would like to setup a strategy session to discuss in more detail.

P.S. Speaking of change of pace…we our hosting a webinar Wed, Sept 13th at 8:30p EST on “5 Reasons to Join a Mastermind.” This is your opportunity to learn more details about a Mastermind and how it can catapult you and/or your business to the next level. This is our secret weapon for success :)  Click here to reserve your spot!

 
 

What I learned after practicing more than 10,000 hours

First of all, let me start by saying that I didn’t even realize I’ve been practicing in my profession long enough to have over 10,000 hours. Actually, it’s more like 17,860 hours if I calculate the last 10 years of my life post undergrad. If you have no idea what 10,000 hours mean … let me enlighten you. I first heard the phrase 10,000 hours from Beyoncé. Yep, you read it right, Beyoncé. She was doing an interview with Terrace J. and he mentioned that some say it takes 10,000 hours to master something and she totally agreed.  I agree also because she is one of the biggest entertainers of our time and there is absolutely no comparison to anyone else like her. 

The 10,000 hours theory actually comes from Malcom Gladwell’s book Outliers. Achieving this type of master class is quite perplexing to most because most will not do what it takes to get to 10,000 hours. Let me further explain what I’m talking about. In my case, I started my Engineering career at Kimberly-Clark in Roswell, GA in their supply chain organization. Since then, I have worked for several companies over the last 10 years—still in the supply chain organization.  This is what Malcom Gladwell calls meaningful work.

But what does meaningful work mean for you. It used to mean to me that I stay down one path and nurture it fully. However, this has changed for me the last two years. Once I had the idea to formulate my own consulting firm, I knew I had to learn more than what I already knew. So, in my quest to expand my tool kit past 10,000 hours—I sought after the things I didn’t know. Have you ever taken responsibility to do that? It may seem hard to understand what you don’t know and some may call themselves an unconscious competent. However, I think it’s highly important to recognize where you are and act.

If you’ve achieved 10,000 hours, do you feel it was meaningful work?  Would love to hear from you.

 

Always Essential,

Jennifer

3 Simple Steps to Productivity

I know, I know, I know … if you read one more thing about productivity, you’re going to shut down and say, “The hell with this!” Before you disappear into no where’s land, let me express to you how important productivity is. Productivity has been an important component of my career for over 12 years now. I started out as a production scheduler (for 3 manufacturing plants) juggling so many balls in the air at once trying not to drop any one of them. After a while, that got very old and extremely tiring. I had to figure out how to go from 0 to 100 real quick (hello. Drake)!

Early on in my career, I realized that I had a duty to myself to make the best of the many situations I had to multi-task on a daily basis. We all know that most people aren’t hired to do the job they were hired to do …say what now? Yep, that’s right…you have to go above and beyond now a days.  So, what did I do? I learned and observed from several co-workers how they did their work and I figured out a way to do my work in a shorter amount of time. Basically, I learned how to create systems. Now, don’t be afraid of systems … it’s just another word for processes and I absolutely love that word!

If you can figure out a system, process, or routine for the things you do repeatedly, you should over time become more and more efficient at it. Productivity should definitely improve if you are focusing on the right aspects of the process. So, Jennifer, how does this productivity improvement really work? I mean, how can this be applied in my everyday life? Well, it’s totally up to you to make this work. Think about where you are spending so much of your time every day.  Is it at work? At home? On social media? Watching TV? Now, I’ll warn you, if this is the first time you’ve ever tracked this, it will be a SHOCKER! The first time I did this exercise, social media and TV was a huge time sucker, as well as, driving my car. Once I knew where my time was going, I made actions gradually to change these habits. Why? Because I needed an improvement in my life. No matter what environment or situation I’m in, I always follow these 3 steps to increase productivity:

1.    Reverse engineer everything and create systems

I mentioned created systems above and this has shown me a huge improvement over the years. Creating systems are very similar to having experience with something because once you do this a couple of times, it becomes routine and automatic. Now, reverse engineering is a little different because if you don’t know how to do something, this is a great method to figure out how to do it and not waste valuable time. The key here is to work backwards to save time and be more productive rather than struggle forward.

2.    Turn off the friggin notifications

That darn social media! I couldn’t believe how much time I was devoting to my social media platforms. Because I solely ran my previous business on social media, I was literally glued to my phone and laptop quite a bit. It was all hours of the day. I had to learn to schedule dedicated times to post, interact, and respond to inquiries on the platforms. It can honestly be quite overwhelming, but once I decided to turn off notifications---hallelujah!

3.    Take time for self-care

This is the most important step because without self-care you will not be the best version of you. Take time to sleep, nap (my fav), eat, exercise, and journal (my 2nd fav). There are countless other means to self-care, but these are the ones that I do the most frequently. I like to think of it as ebbs and flows. When I’m feeling defeated and burned out, I may take a nap to recharge. Once I wake up, I’m like a 5 year old at Chuck-E-Cheese … well, maybe a 7 year old—you get the point! You will be surprised how much more productive you will be and how much more you can give to others when you take the time to take care of you.

Make a commitment to doing daily, small actions to see a change in your productivity. If you decide to try one of these three steps, let me know how it goes.

 

Always Essential,

Jennifer