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How to Be Your Own Boss

How to Be Your Own Boss

Do you want to be your own boss? It’s not easy, and it’s not for everyone, but it can be incredibly rewarding for the right person. Here are some tips to help you be your own boss.

1. Find your brilliance

Having passion for your work is great, and if you’re not sure what you’re passionate about, click here for a free workbook to find your passion. Even better than passion, though, is when you find your sweet spot where your passions and strengths collide with what the world needs and what people will pay you to do. When you find the spot where those areas meet, you can be amazingly brilliant in your business endeavors.

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2. Focus on your ‘why’

Think about why you want to be your own boss. What are you craving in your career, and why? Having a strong, meaningful, personal reason for being your own boss will compel you to persevere when times are tough. For more about finding your why, check out this TED Talk by Simon Sinek.

3. Become awesome at time management

When you are working for someone else, there is often some (or a lot of) structure to your days. Typically, companies have set expectations for employees. When you’re your own boss, it’s essential to plan how you’ll spend your time productively. It’s important to spend your days doing things that are truly moving your business forward, rather than getting caught up in busy-work that’s not actually productive. One very simple way to start improving your time management skills is to spend a few minutes each evening writing out a tentative schedule for the next day. This can help you stay on track toward your goals and minimize time spent on unimportant activities.

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4. Be prepared to take massive action

Many people significantly underestimate the action required to become successful in their business ventures. If you’re determined to be your own boss, get ready to take massive action toward your goals. You will need to act when you don’t feel like it. You will need to act when you’re scared, you’re tired, you’re frustrated, and you’re doubting yourself. You can have wonderful ideas, but if you’re not taking action, you won’t achieve your big dreams.

5. Become financially literate

To be your own boss, it’s important to have an understanding of finances. Understanding the financial picture of your business can help you make smart business decisions. Also, keeping track of the numbers will help you determine where you can cut costs, where to focus your efforts, and which of your services are the most profitable.

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6. Develop a mindset for success

Being your own boss will require you to step out of your comfort zone over and over again. You will need to learn to act in spite of your fear, to persevere when you are struggling, and to think big. You will need to learn how to tackle procrastination and to do things that scare you. Developing a mindset for success can take a lot of time and effort, but can drastically improve your business.

7. Become great at connecting with others

As your own boss, it will be important to focus on serving others and building relationships with your clients and partners. Delivering great value with excellent customer service will help you build your business. Life is all about connecting with others, and you will notice a positive change in your personal life and business when you work on connecting with people in a genuine way.

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Being your own boss is not for the faint of heart, but for certain people is a very fulfilling experience.

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5 Powerful Ideas on How to Be Productive at Work

5 Powerful Ideas on How to Be Productive at Work

Not being able to stay productive at work is a problem that everyone runs into at some point; no matter how much you like your job, there are certain factors that prevent you from staying at maximum proficiency throughout the whole day.

A lack of productive focus at work can lead to extra stress on yourself, missed deadlines, passed opportunities, raise denial, demotion and even termination.

So, if you are someone who has trouble with your productivity, here are five effective tips on how to be productive at work:

1. Take breaks

First and foremost, it’s important for you to take regular breaks. Trying to work throughout the whole day will tire your brain, which will then cause you to doze off and think about something else.

If you keep working your brain, it will fill up and get jumbled with information—sort of like a computer hard drive. Taking a break would be like resetting your computer so that it can start afresh, or de-fragmenting the data so that all the information is in order.

This is a great thing because it allows you to solve problems you were unable to solve previously, by seeing it differently; if you are able to organize your thoughts properly, you will be able to take in new information more easily.

There have even been studies about methods of saving time and staying proficient, and taking breaks is one of the leading factors.

According to Christine Hohlbaum, the author of The Power of Slow: 101 Ways to Save Time in Our 24/7 World, eating lunch away from your work area every day will greatly increase your productivity. Eating in your work area will give you the illusion that you are working, but whether you like it or not, your brain will begin to wander and think of something else and then you will be working tirelessly with no progress.

It’s important to take breaks before and during work too: if you come to work in a rush because you woke up late, your mind will not be mentally prepared for the day ahead, and you will spend the first 10 to 15 minutes trying to get organized and composed before you can actually start working.

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Instead, you should try to wake up 20 minutes earlier than the time it would take you to “just get” to work. Take that time to stare off into space and not worry about anything.

If you do this, your brain will be empty and ready for all the challenges it has coming for the next few hours.

If your employer only allows a set amount of breaks during the workday, that doesn’t mean you can’t just get up and walk around for a quick break every now and then.

Even if it’s only 5 minutes, it will refresh your brain and you will gain renewed energy to do your job.

Learn more about The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

2. Pace yourself and balance your workload

One problem that most people run into is that they underestimate the amount of work they have to do, and end up doing 50% of the work in the last 20% of the time they have to do it. This is due to an issue of balancing one’s workload.

When you receive a project, or are doing a job you normally do, take some time to really plan out your work schedule.

Consider how much time it took you to do this last time; determine how you can break the project into smaller parts and which can only be accomplished on certain days, and whether anything might come up that could interfere with your plan.

All of these questions are important for starting on a project, and when answered, they will help you stay productive throughout each day.

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For example, if you needed to design a project to map out the amount of aid offered in various regions after Hurricane Sandy, you can break it up as follows:

You will need to know what organizations are offering help to begin with, how much aid those organizations gave or plan to give, which regions were hit by Sandy, and which regions suffered the greatest losses.

You start this project on a Thursday and know you have until Tuesday to gather this information.

In order to stay productive, you need to plan out your work week—now you know you can find out which organizations are involved in helping the Hurricane Sandy Victims any day since that information is online, but gathering information on the organizations may require you to call them.

Since phone calls can only be done during week days, you have to plan on gathering all of that information before the weekend comes.

That is just one example of a situation in which pre-planning your project will help you stay productive; had you researched the affected regions first, you would not have received the info on the organizations until the weekend, and may have missed your chance to call them.

That, in turn, would have wasted time you could have spent working on this project to finish it.

Knowing what you need to do, when you can do it, and how long it will take you, is important in balancing your workload and being more productive and efficient.

3. Put your work first

This is an issue that usually occurs with young people who are new to the workforce: they’re often tempted with offers to go out at midday, and then come back lost in thought and unfocused on their work-related tasks.

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While it is important to take breaks, your breaks should consist of you clearing your mind, not loading it up with other less important information—like sports.

However, that is not the only situation where you need to worry about putting your work first before all else.

In a work environment, the senior employees will oftentimes push some of their menial tasks onto the newer employees. If you fall into that category, you need to know that their work is not your work, so if you have tasks that need to be done, you need to do it first.

If you are a new employee, you must learn to say no to other people even when it means you may not be in their good graces anymore. You can help others out once your work is done, but you are paid to do your own work, not anyone else’s.

4. Don’t open your browser unless you need them

In this day and age, everyone is constantly monitoring their social network. This is a major pain point for companies, which is why many don’t allow employees to access their social networks on company workstations.

When you are at work, disconnect the internet from your phone and keep your browsers closed so you’re not tempted to log onto your social media accounts or browse any sites that are not work-related.

If you keep your browsers closed and phone tucked away, only to be used in an emergency, you will find yourself being a more productive employee right away. 

5. Try to be happy and optimistic

If you always have a negative outlook on life, you will be more distracted and less motivated to get work done, so it’s important for you to start your day off right.

This can be done by having a good breakfast or by taking time in the morning to watch one of your favorite TV shows before work.

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If you are happy, you will find yourself able to work much more productively as your mind won’t wander into worrying about something else.

Also, if you stay optimistic and keep telling yourself that you can do whatever you set your mind to, the tasks will seem much less daunting and will go by much more quickly.

Take a look at more effective ways to stay positive at work:

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Happiness and optimism are the keys to being a productive and happy employee.

All in all, heed the five tips above and you will find yourself being one of the most productive people at your company.

While you do not need to master them all, each and every one of them will help you become a better and more efficient employee.

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