How to Get More Flexibility at Work

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Having freedom and autonomy in a career is always a valuable perk for anyone with an entrepreneurial mindset.  Being able to set your own schedule is always an ideal goal.  Most people have to operate within business hours, however, and so it can sometimes seem like there is no time for anything other than the immediate tasks at hand.  How do you find the time to work on side projects, research, train, or build your team?  Time management and communication are key aspects to finding more autonomy at work, but it is also important to set goals, eliminate unnecessary tasks, and produce outstanding results in order to gain freedom within your work schedule.

Time management is being aware of how much time a task takes and scheduling appropriately.  If you are spending too much time on emails, for example, schedule thirty minutes to read email and respond as quickly as you can to as many as possible.  Responding right away will cut down on future follow up emails from the same senders.

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Communicating to your team will help get administrative tasks delegated appropriately.  If you are on your own, consider hiring a virtual assistant to cover the everyday work tasks that will allow you to work on other projects.  Communicating clearly what you need from your team not only delegates lesser tasks and frees up your time, but also prevents having to explain something a second time.

Setting goals will help you know whether you have put enough time into your work.  By setting goals and benchmarking your work, you can feel more comfortable stopping one project and moving on to an extra one.

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Eliminating unnecessary tasks can be a difficult one, as we often fall into habits at work that make us feel like we have to do something that is actually not productive.  Do you need that extra meeting? Is an email more efficient than a call in some cases?  Are there redundancies in payroll or management processes? Look at each task you do every day and think about what can be eliminated.

And always remember that producing outstanding results will instill enough confidence in your office to give you freedom to do the things you would like to do.

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Best Productivity Apps

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Samuel Striker is a business and sales expert. He is currently Manager at KMG Consultants.

Nowadays, everybody has a smart phone that they take everywhere they go. Why not use them to their fullest potential? There are thousands of great productivity apps for smartphones users that can act as personal assistants and productivity help. Using these apps efficiently can make your professional and person life easy. In my opinion, these are the best productivity apps.

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How to Balance Work and Personal Life

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President at KMG Consultants, Samuel Striker is a business, sales, and consulting expert.

Being able to do our best at work while also scheduling specific time for our personal lives is the key to happiness for many adults. Here are a few tips to learn how to balance work and personal life.

Stick to a Schedule

Schedule time for family as carefully as you schedule our workday. Treat them with importance; they need you to be around. by keeping a calendar that gives time to work and being at home, you can eliminate stress over balancing both. It will also allow you to keep track of the promises you make and if you keep them.

Work On Yourself

Taking care of yourself is necessary if you want to stay energized to do everything on your schedule. Make sure to eat healthy throughout the day to make you strong. Exercising regularly will give you more energy to get things done. A consistent sleep schedule will only add more productivity to any day of the week. If you can get through the workday without a problem, relaxation time will be waiting for you.

Learn How to Say No

It’s easy to say yes to a request from your boss or co-worker; it can become a habit. By learning to say no to some requests that interfere with your persona life, it will save you time and energy. You can always respectfully decline offers to do extra work. It’s all about learning to stop doing things out of guilt.

Set Distraction Boundaries

If you feel distractions are keeping you from saving time for your personal life, set boundaries. Turn off your cell phone or laptop when you shouldn’t be using it. Don’t look at your work email when you are with your family. Your job expects you to work hard, but they don’t expect you to be married to your job.

Ask for Support

Let people know that you are seeking a better work-life. People will be happy to help if you have a set plan for reaching your goal. Your family, friends, or even your boss can be a great source of encouragement, and you could even set an example for them to follow.

Being able to balance your work and personal life will make you optimized to handle both at their own time. A perfect balance is not easy to perfect, but striving to be able to be happy in both ways is a great goal. Those who learn to balance these two perfectly can create a stress-free life.

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Staying Dedicated to Long-Term Goals

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Hi, I’m Sam Striker and I’m here to discuss how to accomplish long-term goals. When we come up with professional or personal goals that we think we can achieve, we feel ecstatic. It’s exciting to start on them right away, and work toward reaching the endpoint. After a while however, we sometimes lose motivation and give up. If it’s a long-term goal, we especially find the wait difficult. Staying true to goals may be hard, but by staying motivated, we can finally reach the things we’ve always wanted.

Visualize achieving this goal if you are ever doubtful. You know how amazing it will feel to have accomplished this goal and reaching the finish line. People tend to lose track of their goals by telling themselves they’ll never be able to do it. This train of thought is not healthy. Instead, picture what it’s going to be like when you get there. It will give you some motivation.

Remembering the exact reason why you set this goal is imperative. We tend to forget why we make some hard-to-accomplish ambitions, but realizing that we do it for a specific reason will help. Maybe it was to get you motivated to work harder. Or maybe it was just to say that you could accomplish it. Just remember that you set out for this goal for a reason, and you should stick to it.

Long-term goals are easy to struggle with due to the amount of time it takes to accomplish. But this should not be an excuse to quit. Although it may take a while, the time it will take is still going to pass no matter what. Why not reach the end of it with something positive to show?

Taking a look at the evidence of the progress you made so far can be very beneficial. Maybe it’s a higher number of clients, or a sales quota you want to reach. See how far you have come and use that to motivate yourself. Remember how far you have come compared to how you we have to go. This in turn creates a solid sense of accomplishment.

Turning to other people for support can help too. This could be anyone from your friends, to your boss, or even a meet-up group. Spend time with people who understand the challenges you are about to undertake, and are willing to support you. You’ll also discover other methods people use to stick to their goals.

Keeping a memo on your phone or a planner that reminds you daily can keep you motivated as well. Being reminded about your goals will keep you on track and stop you from trying to get off the hook. Staying motivated and dedicated will bring you more success than you ever expected.

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