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7 Tips For Busy Entrepreneurs During The Holidays

7 Tips For Busy Entrepreneurs During The Holidays

The Holidays are coming, yeah! While most of the world gets excited, some of you are wondering how you are going to get it all done before it’s time to hang up the business suit and put on the reindeer sweater!

Now is a good time to create a plan and map out what needs to get done between then and now in order to free up time to relax, unwind and spend time with family and friends during the holidays.

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Reassess your goals

Take a quick look at this year’s goals. Are you on track? What are you realistically going to complete before the end of the year? Now is the time to decide what is priority and what can wait till next quarter. Decide what to focus your limited time on, and then create a schedule for the time you have left.

Schedule Work & Play

Schedule the work that needs to be done and the parties that need to be attended. If your children are taking part in any shows or events, be sure to get the dates from them as soon as possible so that you can put them in your calendar. By scheduling the work for the next couple of weeks, you can realistically see if there is physically enough time to get it all done. If not you may have to delegate or outsource.

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Delegate Work

Delegate as much work as possible. If you work for yourself get a virtual assistant to help you with your work load. Get family to help with the holiday preparations. Start by not taking on too much and the holidays will be happier for everyone.

Contact Clients

Give advanced warning to clients or other business contacts when you are taking your holidays. If everyone is aware in advance they are less likely to come looking for you when you are just about to knock off for the holidays. Don’t forget to wish them all Happy Holidays!

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Balance Work and Relax time

For some, a complete break from work will not be possible, so if you’re not allowed to completely stay away from work, make sure you have enough free time in between work. Take a look at the days you are scheduled to be off and plan the time with family and friends. You may be able to change shifts or take some personal time off if your holidays don’t tie in well with your family and friends holidays. Advanced planning is key when it comes to holiday scheduling. In some cases you may just need to say no!

Set Boundaries

Remember that being overworked is often your own fault. Do you say no often enough or set the boundaries required in order to live a happy and balanced life? Remember if you say yes to someone, you may have to say no to someone else. If you agree to work late, will you miss reading the bedtime story? Sometimes you may not have the option to say no, but when you do, make sure you make the correct decision.

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No Guilt

Don’t waste your holiday time feeling guilty. Life is for living and guilt is a wasted emotion. Be present over the holidays, and when you are working, work. When you are on holidays, don’t think about work. Focus on the people who are around you–the important, special people who you want to spend time with during the holidays. Work will be waiting for you on the other side.

So put in a little bit of time now to think about the holidays, and you will have a more relaxing and fun holiday when it does come around.

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Last Updated on June 19, 2019

8 Life-Changing Skills You Can Learn in Less Than 6 Months

8 Life-Changing Skills You Can Learn in Less Than 6 Months

Everyone has the ability to learn a life-changing skill not just this year, but in the next 6 months.

By life-changing, I mean something that can have a positive impact in your life moving forward, even if it’s something you can’t envision today. Certain skills we can immediately reap the benefits of, while others will be life-changing when we least expect it.

In this article, we’ll share 8 life-changing skills you can learn in 6 months, where you can learn them, and how you can get started today.

1. Speed reading

Bill Gates has been known to state that if he had one superpower, it would be the ability to read faster. What Bill and the rest of the mega-successful understand is that knowledge is power. The ability to process information faster from books, articles, and reports is what will help us learn faster, and therefore improve each aspect of our life faster as well.

Where you can start learning: Speed reading courses are becoming more popular, as more people realize how important it is with the limited time we have. You can check out free courses like Read Speeder or you can start learning how to use Spritzlet, which allows you to speed read articles online with a browser extension.

2. Public speaking

Research shows that people fear public speaking more than death itself. There’s something terrifying about being in front of dozens or hundreds of people, and exposing yourself completely. It’s when you’re most vulnerable, but learning how to public speak is a life-changer.

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Warren Buffett has given advice to recent graduates that the number one skill you can have to succeed is public speaking skills. Everything from communication, confidence, and sales is developed when you develop your public speaking skills.

Where you can start learning: Luckily, there are great communities out there like Toastmasters that organize local meetups all around the world. You’ll find amazing public speakers that are looking to get to the next level to beginners that are just getting started. Check out Toastmasters’ website here.

3. Spanish

As the third most spoken language in the world, the ability to speak Spanish will allow you to reach over 500M people around the world. No matter where you live, knowing how to speak Spanish is becoming increasingly more important, with the Hispanic population and economy spreading quickly worldwide. If you’re living in the US, this is even more important, with over 30% of the population being Hispanic.

Spanish is also on this list, because it’s one of the easiest languages to learn. Sure, Mandarin is an important language to learn, but it’s an incredibly difficult one to learn. If we were to measure the level of importance and the time to learn for all the languages available, Spanish would make it to the top of the list.

One of the biggest reasons why people never reach fluency in any foreign language is: using the wrong method, and lack of time.

It turns out that humans retain only 5% of what we learn from lectures, 20% of what we learn from apps (visual cues), and 90% of what we learn from immediate immersion. Yet, how do 90% of learn a new foreign language? Language schools (lectures), books, Duolingo (apps), etc that don’t provide the real-life immersion required for our brains to learn faster.

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Where to get started: If you want the most effective way to learn a language, learning from real-life interactions is the best way to do it. There are great websites like Rype, which offers Spanish coaching for busy people, solving the issue of lack of time and bringing real-life immersion to your screen. With Rype, you can book as many lessons as you want, at any time of the day, any day of the week, allowing you to fit it into your schedule, no matter how busy you are.

4. Accounting

If you’re looking to get into business, accounting is one of the core fundamentals you’ll need to succeed. While you don’t need to be an expert, you definitely should understand the basics.

This skill can also be used to manage your personal finances, to meet your financial goals, and having more control over your life.

Where to get started learning: If you didn’t learn accounting in school, no worries. You can either teach yourself using books, or check out free accounting courses online.

5. Microsoft Excel

Most people reading this probably have a basic understanding of Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet. While this is a good start, there are so many powerful functionalities that are hidden, which could make your life a lot easier.

Excel is also a great asset to have whenever you’re looking for a job, as many corporations rely on Excel to organize and manage multiple parts of the business.

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Where to get started learning: With the popularity of Excel, you can find tons of free resources and videos online to learn. Check out Excel Exposure, Lynda, and Excel with Business.

6. Blogging/Vlogging

Blogging is a powerful tool if you want to spread your ideas, build your brand, or grow your business. Since it was introduced, blogging has taken on a life of its own, and today there are ~2M blog posts being written on a daily basis.

Where to get started learning: Anyone can start blogging today. All you need is a content-management system like WordPress, which is completely free. Personally, I think the best way to start learning how to blog is to just start writing. There are techniques you can learn on how to promote your blog, but the best way to grow your blog is to write great content.

7. Weight training

Yes, weight training is a skill. It’s not as advanced as learning how to code, nor will it take as long as learning a new language, if you just want to learn the basics.

We’re not promising that you’ll get a body like Arnold Schwarzenegger, but you will see much faster results for whatever goal you have, just by understanding how to workout properly. And of course, when you’re dealing with an activity that involves physical strain, you’ll always want to caution yourself.

Where to get started learning: There are amazing body builders that are sharing all of their secrets for free on Youtube. You can check out Bodybuilding.com’s Youtube channel to get started.

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8. Photo and video editing

In the digital world that we live in, from Youtube, Instagram, and Facebook, there is no avoiding photos and videos. In fact, social media has increasingly gone away from text sharing and almost everything to photo and video editing.

Where to get started learning: For photo editing, you can use Photoshop. For video editing, you can use iMovie or Final Cut Pro. Keep in mind, there are dozens of editing software tools for video and photo editing, but what’s more important are your editing skills, not the tool itself.

Check out education websites like CreativeLIVE or Skillshare, where you can learn from experts themselves on how to best use design and software tools.

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