How To Have a Productive Day

We’ve all been there. Days you don’t want to tackle the “To Do” list, right?   I used to think it was easier when I was working full-time and juggling my DS business on nights and weekends.  I knew I only had a limited about of time to be productive before I crashed for the night.  I was focused and had a plan.

Now I work from home full time and hubby works the swing shift.  It is easy to blow off at least part of the day till he goes to work, hanging out and ignoring my business completely.  I have learned (the hard way)  I won’t achieve my goals this way.  When I worked at home as a grant writer, it was easier because there were deadlines.  Belinda went to school, I worked.  Of course some would say I always worked.  I had lots of deadlines and a passion in my soul to make a difference.  Now to use some of those same tricks in my DS business at home.

Having health issues and working at home full time, some days I need an extra little push in the right direction to get me going.  What about you?  Maybe you are crazy busy and you want to learn how to be more productive so you can get back on track with your goals.  Here are some tips which might help you….

#1 – Figure out the feelings.

I’m great at stuffing them so this one is sometimes tough for me.  Are you feeling burnt out? Are you dreading one (or more!) of the tasks on your To Do list? Do you lack inspiration?  Do you over analyze everything so you suffer from “Analysis Paralysis?”.  The truth is by figuring out why you are feeling the way you are,  you can acknowledge it and then work to solve it.  Change up the routine.  Have an impromptu dance party in the living room to get the juices flowing.

#2 Accomplish Something – ANYTHING – First Thing In The Morning

I’m usually up and in my office for by 7AM.  I have a checklist of daily things I have to get done a a bare minimum.  This gets the ball rolling for me. For you,  it can be a simple task like cleaning up the kitchen while enjoying your morning coffee.  On rough days, making the bed is my one accomplishment.  Pick one thing each morning and accomplish it.  Once you are done, spend a moment enjoying how it feels to have completed the task.

#3 Adjust your Morning Routine

Start your morning off on the right foot so you have a productive mindset.  Be sure you eat something healthy with some protein in it to start your day off right.   I’m not a big breakfast person but grabbing a hard boiled egg with my coffee helps.  While you’re enjoying a healthy breakfast option, start writing down your priority list. For me, I take the top 3 things I need to do and get them done!  You may want to start with the easiest task and work up to the more difficult ones.  When you use preparing a to-do list based on priority levels as part of your morning routine, you’ll naturally start to have a more productive day.

#4 Allow Breaks during the Day

I’m learning when I take breaks during the day, I am more productive.  It’s okay to take breaks throughout your day, especially if you have a heavy workload.  Breaks like 15 – 30 minutes not 2 – 3 hours.  Once you finish a task, reward yourself.  Take a break. Grab a snack.  Put on some music and dance around.  By giving yourself rewards (breaks) when a task is completed you will maintain your confidence and motivation. It’s great to take a break in between tasks because it helps transition your mind from one priority item to another.  Just because you work from home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a regular lunch break each day.  Get away from the office.  Clear your head.  You will be amazed at how much you get accomplished.

#5 Manage Your Distractions

There are LOTS of distractions when we work from home BUT the biggest distraction is social media.   The “just want to check one thing” on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram then it is 3 hours later and nothing has gotten done.  I’ve even used the excuse of “I’m working on my business”!  I need to remind myself, if I was working for someone else, I wouldn’t be able to take personal calls or texts, so why do I do it during my business hours?  Schedule your social media time so you can still maintain your online presence without having to be logged in at all times.

It is possible to have a more productive day – every day.  When you practice these tips, you will create habits which will lead to success!  What is your best tip for having a productive day?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Why Thirty-One Gifts Now?

I know, you are thinking…. this is just another pitch to join a direct sales company.  Yes, it may look that way BUT have you ever thought about the difference in could make in your life.

What would you do with an extra $300 a month?  Imagine being able to pay your bills or even your mortgage payment each month with your Thirty-One income. What about extra-curricular activities for your kids, a new car for your family, or even paying for a family vacation, with CASH!  Imagine having the money you need for those “extras” you want for yourself and your family…EVERY…SINGLE…MONTH! .Can you visualize it or does it seem impossible?

I was one of those who never easy dreamed.  I lived paycheck to paycheck as a single mom.  I would do vision boards and then quickly have those dreams swallowed up in a pit of bills.  Take a minute and think about what you really want (or dream you had)…. I am inviting you dream because all of this (and more) has happened for so many Thirty-One consultants!  Me included!!!

WHAT IS THIRTY-ONE?
Thirty-One is a faith-based company offering a personalized shopping experience to our customers. We offer purses, totes, accessories, and organizing solutions for your home. The name is from Proverbs 31 and is built on the mission to Celebrate, Encourage, & Reward women!  Let’s be honest, we take care of EVERYONE, so we deserve a little something, right? Thirty-One began in 2003 in the Tennessee home of Scott and Cindy Monroe.  We are the #1 party plan company in the United States! Here is a piece of trivia for you…. There are over 15 million direct sellers in the US of which 80% are women, and less than 1% are Thirty-One consultants! The opportunity is HUGE!

Here is a video which shows to the heart of who we are:

Join my team by clicking here:

 

STEP 1:  Pick and Purchase your enrollment kit. You get to choose from TWO full enrollment kits!! Here is what is included in each one.  Which one is your FAVORITE?

Within 3-5 days after you enroll, you will receive a BIG HOT PINK BOX! Included in the box will be everything you need to get started including business supplies!

STEP 2: Plan Your Launch Party!

Successful consultants begin with a Launch Party!  When you host a party you have the opportunity to introduce your family and friends to your Thirty-One business!  I will be there to help with every step!  You’ll be the HOSTESS and the CONSULTANT for the party. So you will be earning commission from this party, and you’ll be raking in the hostess rewards too!

 

STEP 3:  Earn your Wishes rewards!

The Wishes Reward program is an extra incentive the company offers for new consultants, giving you a chance to earn even more FREE products, Disney gifts cards, VISA gift cards, and business supplies in your first four months.

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STEP 4:  Get PAID to PARTY!!
An average party at Thirty-One is about $600 and our consultants earn 25% commission. So, 25% of an average party is $150!! You get to choose how many parties you hold each month. The more you party, the more you earn. Where else can you get paid to hang out with friends, drink wine and eat yummy food! How much would you like to earn your first month?

We get paid by direct deposit on the 10th and 25th of every month.

 

STEP 5:  Get plugged in! 
When you join Thirty-One, you are in business for yourself, not by yourself.  You will be part of one of the largest teams in the company.  We are family (are you humming the song?) and I’m here to help!! Thirty-One offers online training available 24/7. There are local meetings and events with a director in your area, and National Conference happens in July each year!   We just celebrated our 15th Anniversary in Columbus this past weekend.  Additionally,  I am your Director and will support you with training and communication throughout your Thirty-One journey. We have team Facebook group where lots of great information is shared so you can connect with other women on our team!

Is your head spinning?  There is so much information.  Let’s make this as easy as possible:

  1. Purchase your enrollment kit for either $99 or $179
  2. Plan Your Launch Party for more FREE product as the hostess!
  3. Earn Wishes rewards (more FREE products  and/or gift cards during your first 4 months)!
  4. Get PAID to PARTY (25% commission from ALL your parties)!
  5. Get plugged in for support!

Simple, Easy & Fun!! In 5 easy steps you will be on your way to a SUCCESSFUL NEW BUSINESS!! What is the worst case scenario?  You make a little bit of money and have awesome products to keep.  OR, you will realize the more you party, the more fun you have, and the more you EARN!

Alright, so you are thinking, I’m a crazy busy mom (or working woman) and I don’t have time to party!  Maybe making some extra money isn’t your motivation….Here are some of the reasons other consultants have joined………

  • Extra money
  • Personal growth
  • Consultant perks & 40% discount on products
  • Friends
  • Fun

So…WHY would you join? Is it the fun, the friends, the extra money, or the perks? What most intrigues you about joining Thirty-One?  Have more questions, click here, and scroll to the bottom for more answers OR send me an email.  My business is an open book.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

Tasty Tuesday: Salisbury Steak

 

Today’s recipe is from Susan Popok of Traveling Vineyard.

This is one of her family go-to recipes….

Ingredients:

1 lb of ground turkey or ground beef

1 package. of dried onion soup mix

1 egg

1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

3 TBSP butter (split in recipe)

1 TBSP olive oil

1 onion, sliced thinly

1 TBSP minced garlic

1/2 pound mushrooms

2 TBPS flour

14 oz beef broth (1 can)

1/4 cup white wine

Instructions:

  1. Form 4 oval patties with first 4 ingredients
  2. Brown in pan with 1 tbs each butter & olive oil, remove, to pan
  3. Add 2 tbsp. butter with thinly sliced onion, minced garlic & mushrooms
  4. Add flour
  5. Add beef broth and wine
  6. Return patties to pan, cover & simmer for 15 minutes

NOTE: You can substitute Brown Gravy mix for beef broth and wine.

Susan Popok is with Traveling Vineyard.  Here is a little bit about this awesome company:

Traveling Vineyard began with an idea back in 2001: it is hard to know if you like a wine unless you try it first. That thought launched our entire in-home wine tasting concept. Since then we have launched hundreds of Wine Guides into successful work at home jobs. Because unlike other direct selling concepts, everybody likes to relax, enjoy and taste some free wine.

Whatever the reason, our story is still only beginning to unfold. But since the very first day our mission has been crystal clear.  By making tastings less stuffy, we hope more people will get the chance to see the possibilities in every bottle. Our Wine Guides are committed to bringing joy through a relaxed home experience that educates and demystifies wine. By going out in our communities and sharing our love and passion, we seek to build friendships and great memories along the way. Together we’ll sip, savor and change the way the world sees, tastes and shops for wine.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

How To Get Unstuck

We are at the end of the first “J” month.  In direct sales, June is one of those dreaded months where business can slow down.  Does it really slow down or do we loose our focus?  For those with kids, the summer means juggling activities and keeping them busy.  For others, it means nice weather so trips to the beach, barbecues and just enjoying time with friends and family.

Did you know, when you allow a summer slowdown, you are really forecasting what your business will be like in September and October?  What you do now will effect your business in 90 days…….It will be like restarting your business all over again when everyone else is gearing up for the busiest shopping time of the year.

Here is a simple three step process from one of my favorite business coaches, Julie Anne Jones. to get you unstuck.

Step 1:  Focus On What You Want

I know I am not alone because as  human beings, we naturally focus on what’s wrong and try to fix it, when things aren’t going our way.  The key to changing your mindset is you need to look for a solution instead of focusing on the problem itself.  I have talked about positive affirmations before – bringing the “good” into your universe, right?  One of the easiest ways to do it is to use these to get your mindset working for you.

Grab a sheet of paper or a journal and answer this question:

If the perfect outcome to your problem magically appeared, what would happen (be as specific as you can. Add details and remember to stay focused on what you want to happen, not on what you don’t want to happen). Doing a thorough job during this step will make the next two easier.

Step 2: Activate Gratitude

When I am feeling down or on the “pity pot”, I take a gratitude walk.  Sometimes it is outside enjoying nature but when it isn’t possible, I start writing a list.  Gratitude is the quickest, and easiest way to change your mindset from the negative to the positive. It’s hard to stay stuck when you’re focused on everything in your life you’re grateful for.

This step is fun…create a “Gratitude List” of at least five things you’re grateful for RIGHT NOW.  It can be as simple as “getting up this morning”, or having a roof over your head.  Keep writing for about 10 minutes.   See what happens when you focus on what you’re grateful for and how quickly things turn around for you.

Step 3:  Create Affirmations

Affirmations are positive “I am” statements about the outcomes you want.  You state them in the present as if they have already happened. Here are some examples:

  • I am attracting the perfect clients in my business and love helping them succeed.
  • I am making enough money to pay my bills
  • I am booking parties and love helping people get FREE products
  • I am at my goal weight and am enjoying eating healthy

Can’t wait to hear how your summer turns out…. Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday: Thirty-Minute Chicken

OUR DEEP COVERED BAKER AND A FLAVORFUL SEASONING MIXTURE MAKE THIS CHICKEN EASY AND IRRESISTIBLE. THIS QUICK MICROWAVE METHOD IS A REAL TIME-SAVER, PERFECT FOR A WEEKNIGHT MEAL OR WHEN A RECIPE CALLS FOR COOKED CHICKEN.

INGREDIENTS

    Chicken

  • 1 whole chicken (3 1/2-4 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    Seasoning Mixture

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

DIRECTIONS

  1. For chicken, lightly spray Deep Covered Baker with oil using Kitchen Spritzer. Remove and discard giblets and neck from chicken cavity. Rinse chicken with cold water; pat dry with paper towels. Trim excess fat using Professional Shears, if necessary. Tie ends of legs together with cotton string. Lift wing tips up toward neck, then tuck under back of chicken. Place chicken onto Cutting Board; brush with oil using Chef’s Silicone Basting Brush.
  2. For seasoning mixture, combine ingredients in (1-cup) Prep Bowl; mix well. Completely coat outside of chicken with seasoning mixture. Place chicken, breast side up, into baker.
  3. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH 25-30 minutes or until Digital Pocket Thermometer registers 165°F in thickest part of breast and juices run clear. Remove from microwave. Cover with lid and let stand 10 minutes (temperature will rise to 170°F).

Yield:

  • 4-6  servings

Nutrients per serving:

Calories 490, Total Fat 29 g, Saturated Fat 8 g, Cholesterol 165 mg, Carbohydrate 2 g, Protein 52 g, Sodium 450 mg, Fiber 0 g

Want more recipes to help you change up the boring chicken dinner?  Check out Patti’s website where there is over 250 chicken recipes to spice up your dinner menu.  If your wish  list is bigger than your wallet, host a party to earn free and discounted products.  Just like to shop, check out the monthly customer specials. 

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

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