Productivity

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!

 
 

4 Ways To Master Time

 

Oh, how I love this subject! Don’t you? Time management seems to be a subject that is often talked about, but the solutions don’t necessarily work. I can honestly say that it certainly has been an issue for me in my adult life. Have you heard of adulting? Yep! It’s a real thing. It seems when you’re a kid, time is infinite and it goes by sooooo verrryyyyy slooowwww. LOL! We all know now that’s because when we we’re younger, we had more freedom and less responsibility. So, what has changed since you became an adult?

Of course, you may have your spouse, kids, pets, parents, career, home, etc., etc., etc. to deal with on a daily basis. It is certainly a lot to manage at once. This is why time management is not the best answer when one is confronted about their responsibilities. At least this has been the case for me ever since I decided to cross over into the Entrepreneur world. If you think it’s bad working for someone else and dealing with time management, it is worse when you work for yourself and/or employ others. I like to encourage people to adapt the term “priority management.”

So, why priority management? Because it's about getting the right things done at the right time.

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey

Well, if you can learn to master your priorities—this leads to mastering time. You may say, now Jennifer I’m confused….you just mentioned time management is not the best solution. Listen now! Priority management is different than time management because when you prioritize your day/week/month, a lot of noise around other tasks seems to fade away and you start realizing how much more time you have. Let me give you an example. Say your week consisted of getting the kids off to school, cooking dinner, appointments for your business, and going to the gym. This sounds like a lot huh? Well, in a WWJD (What would Jennifer do) moment, this would be my strategy:

1.    Starting on a Friday afternoon or Saturday morning, plan out the week ahead starting with Sunday. You will need an electronic or paper planner/calendar to perform this strategy. Write down every task you need to accomplish (getting the kids off to school, cooking dinner, appointments for your business, and going to the gym), but do not assign a specific date to them unless it is a standing task.

2.    Utilizing your planner/calendar, write down the standing tasks and assign a date to them. This can be sleep, eating, reading, gym, work, or driving. Typically, these tasks are your non-negotiables and you perform these daily.  Look at how you can batch some of these non-negotiables. For example, weekly meal prepping and listening to an audible book can be done at the same time. You can also listen to an audible book while at the gym or driving.

3.    Now, with whatever time or capacity you have left, schedule your priorities and the remainder of your tasks. Do you see extra time? Eureka! This is where you can add in buffer times in your schedule because you know things will happen. So, give yourself an extra 15 min in the morning to get the kids off to school.

4.    If a new task arises during the week, do not just add it to your schedule. Figure out what you can de-prioritize to place it in your schedule. Our schedule is in harmony now and we’d like to keep it that way. Only disrupt your schedule if it’s absolutely necessary.

Take a look at my calendar from a few weeks back....does this makes sense?

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This strategy takes a few tries to get used to, but it works. I’ve been following this method for over a year and it has helped me tremendously with my busy schedule. This example is sort of simple, but just try it with your family and see what happens. Once you start looking at your time from a different perspective, you’ll see why you should prioritize.

If you would like help executing this strategy and creating a plan that works for you, please reach out to me. I am more than happy to take a few min to help you manage your time more efficiently or share with you my schedule. Just send me a note at jennifer@themjwgrp.com

Always Essential,

Jennifer

 

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