Business Tips and Tricks, Home Office, Hope Wissel

Technically Challenged

Happy Monday!!!  Yes, I am one of those crazy people that actually LIKE Mondays.  For me, it is the kick off to a new week with a new list of tasks to accomplish.

Over the last several weeks, I have found myself identifying as “technically challenged”.  Lately, it is more the case then ever.  With the start of the new year, many of my Thirty One sisters have been sharing things that help them in their business.  YIKES!  Technology plays a big part for many of them.

Now, I am old school – pen, paper, planner, etc.  I do have the calendar on my phone and computer synched together but they only work if you add the information to them.  I usually find that I have put an appointment on my phone but not in my planner or vice versa.  The end result – I need to have both in front of me to get any work done.

This week, I want to share with you some apps and tips that I have learned that may help you in your business.  For those of you who are tech savvy this may seem VERY basic.  I believe that there are a lot more technically challenged people out there and they are just a little embarrassed to admit it.

The first app/program that I have semi-conquered is pic monkey.  This is SOOO user friendly.  It is a great program to make flyers, Facebook covers, collages, etc.  I used it to make my Superbowl Ladies Party flyer:

Superbowl ladies party

I will admit, it took me a little while and it may not be perfect BUT I did it!  Thank you Tina for allowing me to copy your idea.  If I can do it, so can you.  I haven’t gotten the Facebook cover thing down but I will keep at it until I have the sizing right.

The next one should have been a no-brainer for me… Google docs and Google drive.  UGH! If you have a gmail account, you have access to BOTH of these apps.  I had NEVER used them.  Thank you Melissa Fietsam for sharing this with us.  I did my Birthday survey with google docs.  It was so EASY.  If you haven’t filled out the survey, please click the link so that I can CELEBRATE you during your special month.  Then I save all of my standard letters and forms to Google drive.  I was super excited when I was able to pull the information up on my phone.  I could then copy and paste the information into an email or into a Facebook message.  It is the little things that get me excited and make me a……

happy camper

Like I said, I am technically challenged but willing to learn.  If you haven’t used either of these, give them a try.  We will conquer this technology thing together.

Have  a ThirtyOne-derful day!

#technicallychallenged #google #gmail #birthday #picmonkey #superbowl #partywithHope

Hope Wissel, Unclutter Your Life

Purge

Most people clean out closets BEFORE Christmas to make room for more stuff or they do the seasonal clean.  I seem to work better when I am doing the annual clean just before the new year.  It clears my head and gets me focused on my goals for the upcoming year.

I have been following Your Organized Guide over the last month and PURGE is their big word.  I love her definition and it is so true:

And purging isn’t just for stuff, although that’s a big piece of it. Purging is also about letting go of the past, forgiving yourself, and even discarding thoughts which no longer serve you.

So, here are some things that I never thought about that I hold on to:

Pictures – So many pictures. Do I need them all? Do I want them all? And more positively, which of these pictures brings me JOY?  I cleaned a lot of the pictures out when we sold the house in South Jersey but I still have a lot of them.  Mostly the ones that do bring me JOY!

Clothes – What is the rule?  If you haven’t worn it in 6 months, get rid of it.  With the change in seasons, I usually do the “if I haven’t worn it in 2 seasons – get rid of it”.  Or what about those “just in case clothes”.  You know the ones that are too small or too big – just in case you lose weight or gain back the weight you lost.

Negative thoughts.  This used to be  HUGE problem for me.  I have found that with the help of a good life coach, I am practicing extreme gratitude and radical compassion for myself.

Saying YES even when I don’t want to.  WOW!  That is the people pleasing side of me.  Come on, be truthful, you do it too, right?  What if we were to choose to spend five uncomfortable minutes now saying NO so that we are not regretting our YES for the next several months.

Office supplies.   I opened a drawer in my office to find WAY more supplies than I really needed.  I tend to shop on impulse especially when there is a sale.  I donated a lot of them before the holidays.  I will also look at how old things are and if they are too old, I will be tossing some into the garbage!

Belinda used to say when I got in “clean mode”, if you aren’t tied down or have a purpose, you get tossed.  It is so true.  I used to be better out when we gathered a lot of stuff in the bigger house but now in the condo I try to keep things simple.

There really are good feelings that come after the initial hyperventilation of actually beginning the purge, freaking out, and thinking, “I can’t do this!”

Purging is a practice – and a good one when it is done thoughtfully, consciously, and from a mindset of love and abundance (I am enough, I have enough).

Go ahead, try it.  Do it and let me know how it feels when you’re done (or let me know why you started and never finished).

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

Unclutter Your Life

STUFF

I have been getting daily emails from “yourorganizedguide.com” over the last few days.  I don’t remember signing up for the newsletter but I have to admit, there have been some great tips.  I found this one particularly true:

So, for the weekend, I present you with a list of stuff you probably have too much of. Feel free to start purging immediately!

  • Towels and sheets.  I always thought you could never have enough especially towels when company comes.  But really, how often is that?
  • Glasses and mugs.  The ones we have are ALL the wrong size.  Hubby had them when we got married and we never changed them.
  • Travel-sized hotel freebies.  I used to gather all of these when we traveled.  Then I would donate them to an organization.  I wish I had some this holiday season to put in some bags I am putting together.
  • Bluerays, DVDs, and VHS tapes (yes, a number of people still have lots and lots of them).  I am one of those with LOTS of VHS tapes. We even still have a VCR hooked to the TV.
  • Canned food (have you actually checked those expiration dates recently?).  
  • Books (sad to say, but it’s true).  Hubby says that one day he will read them all again.  REALLY???  I would love to clear out the 10 large tubs of books that he has.
  • Office supplies (really? five boxes of #2 pencils?).  YEAH!  One that I accomplished this year.  I donated them to a local school.
  • Clothes and shoes.  You know all this just in case clothes – just in case I can fit back into the smaller size OR just in case I gain some weight.  I stopped holding on to clothes after I lost the weight which helps to keep my weight in check.
  • Knick-knacks (or as my husband says: stuff to dust).  Not much of this any more.
  • Storage containers.  Never can have enough of these since hubby is deadly with a microwave.

By just tackling one category at a time, you can make a huge difference in the amount of clutter in your life.  Do you know that when you free of the clutter in one area, things start to get better in all areas?  No, really it is true.

So hop to it!  Make Some Room.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

#organize, #organizationalproducts, #thirtyone, #unclutter

Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel, So You Want to be a Leader?

Leadership

leadership word collage

Happy Monday!!! We are halfway through September, can you believe it??? The days seem to be getting shorter and the weather is turning a tad cooler.  Vacation Veronica has packed away her suitcase for a little while (at least till the holidays) and is diving back into work.

Who motivates you in your business?  Not your why but that person that leads you (your team) or her team to do great things?  Maybe it is you for your team – that is AWESOME!  Maybe you fell into leadership and aren’t sure what to do?  Been there, done that and have a tee shirt to prove it!

So, what makes a good leader?  An effective leader can mentor, motivate, and inspire you to do great things.   Let’s go back to those school days.  When you think about ONE teacher that motivated you, who would that be?  Did you accomplish things you never thought possible in that class?  Did they inspire you to reach for a dream?  Well, in the world of direct sales (and entrepreneurship) the same is true – we need to have people in our circles that do the same thing for us.

What are the things that YOU look for in a leader?  Maybe you already have one?  Maybe you are trying to emulate some of these things to become a better leader, whatever the case; let’s see what DSEF recommends as qualities in a leader:

  1. The person gets things done. Not only can she be relied upon to keep her word, but she finds the most efficient way to meet her responsibilities. You can learn from people who maximize their time in such a way, as it allows them to accomplish more and to do it faster.
  2. He/she has good social skills and is likeable. Most leaders have a natural way of relating to others and possess a certain amount of charisma. Do you enjoy being around them?  Are they respected by the colleagues? Someone who can understand and relate to others can more easily lead those folks to achieve success.
  3. A leader wants to achieve more. A leader never stops raising the bar.  Do they work on personal development to  continual improve?  Do they share what they have learned with others?  Are you motivated or overwhelmed by this as they pass inspiration and knowledge on to you? Do they frequently assess your set of goals to achieve long-term success?
  4. The person learns quickly. Okay, so I was on board up until this.  I sometimes think I have a hard head and as a result don’t learn from quickly.  I do on the other head have focus, good listening skills, and a willingness to try new things right away.
  5. He/she is organized. Organization is crucial to maximize efficiency and make time for income-producing activities.
    A leader understands the power of working as a team. No one finds success without the help of others in some way. Working as a team has the power to bring success to everyone involved, and a leader not only understands this concept, but knows how to facilitate collaboration to make this happen. Sometimes I am just a HOT MESS!

As I continue to grow into leadership, I continue to surround myself with leaders who have these same qualities.  For me, I am practicing visualization since others see qualities in me as a leader that I don’t see in myself.  Take the advice of leaders you know and use that person as a role model.  Now I am not saying COPY what they do because some things may not work for you.

A role model is “an individual who is looked up to and revered by someone else. A role model is someone who other individuals aspire to be like, either in the present or in the future.”  See there is nothing in there that says copy or compare yourself or your business to theirs.  Remember the qualities that you look for in a leader are the same qualities that you want to emulate when you are a leader.

What are some qualities of the leaders in your life? Please share your comments below!

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel

KICK the Bad Habits

bad habits 2

Today is  the first day of a NEW season for me!  The summer is over (except for the locals), the new Fall catalog has started and I have had several AHA moments over the last few days..   I am filled with ideas and ready to kick off the Fall selling season.

I am ready to sky rocket to the stars and to do so, I want to make sure that I am not going to be stuck in one place.  How am I going to do that…… by not falling into one of these bad habits.  Thank you Ilya Pozin.

#1 – Being a Lone Wolf.  I have to admit, this is an easy trap for me to fall into because I can work independently and in a group.  To make sure that I don’t fall into this, I am brainstorming with other consultants (family and friends), looking for ways to play well with others (even those that push my buttons) and stretching my collaborative muscles.  I have even reached out to TWO groups about volunteering so I can be part of a team.

#2 – Saying Sorry.  Okay, so how many of you find yourself apologizing even when there is no need?  I know that I am not alone in this.  I am grateful for a hubby that asks “why are you apologizing” whenever there is no need.  Did you know that “Saying sorry about every little thing implies you are constantly making mistakes, and can undercut your position in the office and with managers.”  I am guessing that works with my team as well.

#3 – Taking on Every Project.  I don’t take on every project but I definitely want to jump in when other consultants share what has worked for them.  As a result, I have crashed and burned on several of those things because it wasn’t me.  The word “no” is hard for me but I am getting better at it.  I am trying hard to protect my time and abilities from too many tasks remembering that quality is better than quantity.

#4 – Being Negative.  I am not usually know as Negative Nellie to anyone except my hubby who will quickly point this out when I start the morning with a raincloud over my head.  When I sit myself down and ask the hard questions, the truth is revealed that I have been playing the comparison game.  The “what if” with Doubtful Debbie joining the party.  On the outside, I have a positive attitude that rolls with the punches but on some days Negative Nellie is just waiting to burst out onto the scene.

#5 – Doing Things the Way They’ve Always Been Done.  If you do the same thing all the time, you will get the same results.  So, if you are not happy where your business is at or you are not happy where your life is – CHANGE IT!  Not all changes will work, take it from one who has tried LOTS and many have crashed and burned.  But if you don’t try, you won’t know and just maybe, you will find a new approach that sky rockets your business.

#6 Being Disorganized.  Get organized and stay organized.  I admit that on some days, my desk looks like a hot mess and on those days, I feel like I am spinning my wheels.  Some would say that getting organized (or cleaning your office) is not joey producing so it should not take up a lot of time.  The truth is, if you don’t take the time to get a handle on the pile of desktop debris, you may never build and grow in your business.  Harsh words but so true because you are constantly spinning your wheels and getting no where.  Did you know that “Every year, Americans spend on average nine million hours looking for things they’ve misplaced.”  Imagine how many of your leads are lost piece of paper.

What is YOUR bad habit that is holding you back from success in your business. If you tackle these habits head-on, you might just find yourself moving on up the ladder.  Share in the comments!

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!