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Become a Master of Time Management by Protecting Your Time Like a Tiger!

Become a Master of Time Management by Protecting Your Time Like a Tiger! Every Entrepreneur needs to set aside time for reading, researching and professional development. It is part of the job to stay on top of things or get left behind! Many of Rental Specialists get chewed up with issues that are not productive or even on the to-do list! Does your day get filled with distractions and problems to solve? Does your Professional Development/Progress get put on the back burner all the time? Many entrepreneurs, while driven to think about business 24/7, seem to allow for distractions and interruptions. Whether you work out of your home or in a small office, each day can be a challenge to fit everything in. Amy Porterfield, former assistant to Tony Robbins, used the term ‘Tiger Time’ in one of her blogs recently, and I’ll expand on this term. It is time to take control of our precious time!

Time to think like a tiger!

Set aside the TIME YOU NEED and be


Poor time management can be the root of many of our issues with productivity, procrastination, disorganization, and more. In feng shui we encourage a clean desk, organized files, specific colours and visuals to reap motivational energy. But, business people also need to plan to maintain the core foundation of the business. And, that takes time. If you are a true entrepreneur with a cause and a passion, you’ll need to continue your own self development in order to stay on top of changing apps, new rules or codes, breaking news etc, ~ in order to be a front-runner in your business. In many cases, you can do this right from your own computer! It is so easy to connect; be informed through webinars, on –line courses, look for reference materials and more. You’ll also need to monitor the competition. To fit all this in, you‘ll need to be more protective of your time:
  1. Identify which time of day will be your ‘working window’. This is defined as the best time for productivity to connect with others: book appointments, follow-up, marketing, post things related to your business. This should be something already revolving around your client profile.
  2. Block off your ‘tiger time’ away from this ‘working window’. This time is for YOU and business development! Perhaps you already do this with tasks/chores such as making dinner, or going to the gym, but your business foundation also needs attention on a weekly or daily basis.
  3. Reinforce the significance of this time. Close the door, turn off your phone, and clear the desk. (Feng Shui logic: A clear desk promotes an invitation for fresh ideas to land.)
Whether you are writing a blog, trying to finish a course or listening to a replay of a related topic, you need to protect your time. The need for self-business development is as important as a sacred or spiritual practice to keep you grounded and thinking positive. If scheduling an hour to listen to a recording or think creatively seems impossible, before giving up on it, remember that the outcome could be you missing that next step up in your business. Be firm and be protective of this time or, it will get eaten up. No phone calls, no interviews, no assistants, kids or laundry. Decide what is important for you, carve out the time and get to it! If you have to, pull out the claws and declare ‘no interruptions’!
Protecting your Tiger Time will reveal greater results down the road!
~Kathryn [article_about_author author="kathryn"]

An Unlikely Cure for Procrastination

An Unlikely Cure for Procrastination  Our lives are full, let’s face it. We‘ve picked up a few habits along the way, good and bad.  We have goals. We’ve made connections, plans and we are moving along. But things could be better. Something is stopping our progress; over time, projects and dreams can end up on the shelf. Often, the problem is allowing oneself to procrastinate. My experience through feng shui has taught me that many of our distractions can be traced back to the disorder in our homes. Clutter has many effects: emotional, mental and physical.  A build-up of clutter in your home can affect your office and your work.  It can be the root of your frustration and procrastination. It can also represent a ‘stuck reality’. Clearing clutter can help you break through procrastination and move forwards. It is all about the energy. Clear the clutter and you free the energy!

A house is an extension of your life,

and that includes your business life too!

If there is an area of your home that has been neglected, it is time to go in and have a peek. You will need to apply a bit of discipline, and you may need to get ruthless.
  1. Does your attic harbour the past? It is great to display certificates, awards and achievements, but when they are decades old, it will be hard to find motivation through these items. Much of this type of memorabilia ends up in the attic; high-and-dry is the best place for these items, but this type of clutter can keep you stuck in the past. The items that are stored overhead and out-of-reach are most likely high-school yearbooks, past trophies and collections or items inherited from others. CURES: Take the time to evaluate the clutter from yester-years. Copy and store items that you want to remember, and pass along the rest. When you’ve sorted through these items, take a step into the present. In your office, bring in updated items that show recent achievements and endorsements. Display up-to-date personal photos and images, with a goal of moving forwards.
  2. Are you a person that starts projects and then relegates them to the basement? Creativity can get interrupted, but when projects get set aside for too long, they end up below-grade. Many basements, lacking light and energy are a logical place to harbour these unfinished projects. The mental angst connected to these projects (collecting dust bunnies and taking up space) can be traumatic. Time to deal with them once-and-for-all! CURE: Get down there and have a look. The ones you can finish, organize their completion within a reasonable amount of time. As for the far-fetched inventions, perhaps it is time to admit defeat. Cut your losses, clean up the mess and move forward.
  3. Is your garage an expensive storage unit? The garage is a place where people store much more than their cars; it tends to collect a plethora of sports equipment, tools and seasonal items. Many of these items cost big-money and if they are seldom used, the guilt of seeing boxes and heaps-of-plenty can be a reminder of the cost. This type of clutter is not motivating and rather mournful of a bad decision. With guilt, you will not be able to reach your full potential, with anything. CURE: Would you consider selling a few things? Or, donate to a good cause? Have another look into your storage area to assess the emotional, mental and physical restrictions these items are having on you. Make room for new hobbies and interests to enter your life in the present.
  4. Are you a little depressed? A woman’s closet is full of self-esteem issues. Often cramped with miss- matched outfits and multiple sizes, it is no wonder that this is an emotional issue every morning. Trying to figure out what to wear to the office can be depressing. CURE: Clear out your wardrobe. Go through your belts, shoes, and dresser drawers; and especially your jewelry. Examine those emotions. Only keep the items that will support you, and help you to move forward.
Hanging onto clutter may represent a reluctance to ‘move on’, or even a way to escape from the present.  Have a look around your space with fresh eyes. The places you DON’T want to look at are probably the first place you SHOULD start. Dealing with clutter issues in your home will unfold into other areas; you’ll be able to address the procrastination and stuck areas of your life. Many people begin to clear an area with guilt and remorse, and then, report a positive uplift when completed. The unloading of emotional baggage comes with the action of taking charge. The challenge is getting started! This fresh New Year, 2016, is a great time to ruffle the procrastination-dust-bunnies and recognize what is cluttering your home, and your life. Let’s move forward together! All the best for a Fabulous New Year! ~Kathryn [article_about_author author="kathryn"]

How To Be A Shy Entrepreneur To Your Advantage

How To Be A Shy Entrepreneur To Your Advantage I met an entrepreneur a few months ago that has a personal life coaching business and has published a book. I really liked talking with her. She was able to articulate her ideas and we were having a lively conversation. She was talking about the need to ‘be quiet’ and ‘to listen’ to her clients. And then, she described herself as ‘shy’. Shy can be a negative word in business; defining someone who is anxious, awkward, fearful, inhibited or timid. But, shyness can also be related to other traits such as being discreet, self controlled, thoughtful, and sensitive. So, what did she mean when she described herself as ‘shy’? Shy people are often sensitive people, and tend to like doing things by themselves. They can become stressed trying to function around too much noise and too many people. To be socially introverted (or shy), does not necessarily mean you don’t like people, it likely means you prefer fewer close relationships rather than a large circle of acquaintances. In a work situation, both introverts and extroverts perform their job duties with commitment and confidence. After work, being exhausted from a full day, even some extroverts will avoid socializing, shopping and other activities. Being ‘quiet’ or ‘recharging’ is not being shy, nor is it something to apologize for. Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D, author of ‘The Highly Sensitive Person’, reports that ‘shyness’ is manifested from childhood. Parents can decide that the quieter child, overshadowed by the others, is shy. Once labelled as ‘shy’, a child will place themselves in that box because it is safe and it makes sense. And, referring to themselves as shy can be a self-fulfilling; living in other people shadows and confusing feelings with self-esteem. Stanford University hosted a psychological experiment where they recruited women who described themselves as ‘extremely shy’ and others who were ‘not shy’. The women were placed in a study supposedly about noise bombardment. Many of the shy individuals expected to become stressed and overwhelmed by the noise. When conversing with men in the loud environment, the shy women believed that their pounding heart and racing pulse was due to the loud background noise. They had become less shy because they had assumed there was another reason for their reactions, rather than their interaction with the opposite sex. Interesting, the men involved were unable to distinguish ‘extremely shy’ from the ‘non-shy’ women. ~ In Feng Shui I talk about matching people and their strengths with the right job description. ‘Shyer or quieter’ individuals have the same opportunity to climb the ladder of success. In business, extroverts can be inclined to over-react or rush through tasks, while introverts know when to back away from drama to keep sane. Quieter people have finer tuned observation skills and can choose when to step in. They arbitrate conflict with statements like; “We can finish this discussion later.” Or, ‘Can we talk about this when you are not so busy?” Introverts need to learn how to handle noise and chaos if they anticipate becoming stressed in certain situations. For example:
  • If the convention hall is to too loud and rowdy, mingle with a few people you’re comfortable with, rather than feel pressured to ‘work the room’.
  • If you need to address an issue at work, it may be better to meet with a number of smaller groups than with a single large group. This doesn’t really translate to ‘shyness’, it may simply be good judgement in how to address the situation.
It is okay to be ‘quiet’ and it is okay to excuse yourself from activities that are going to stress you out. But, let’s find another word to use to describe this behavior, one that instills or promotes confidence, self-sufficiency and power, rather than suggesting shyness. Before you describe yourself to others as ‘shy’, try out some other words like: distinguished, cultured, stylish, classy, well-grounded, philosophical, idealistic, realistic, perceptive, analytical, sophisticated, refined, mature or eccentric. You may still believe you are shy, or have shy tendencies, but choosing to label these traits in terms of positive values may give you the confidence, and the edge, you need to step out of your box. [article_about_author author="kathryn"]

Hire a Winning Team using Feng Shui (or be your own winning team!)

Personal Element Support Cycle There is more to feng shui than simply moving furniture around; feng shui relates to energy, and this extends to people as well! There is the unseen presence of energy in different personalities that can make-or-break the team in your business. In feng shui, each of the earth's properties is related to a personality type. Therefore, each person relates to a tangible item: wood, fire, earth, metal or water. These elements are naturally arranged to help and support each other, similar to how they work in nature. It is easy to see the parallels in nature: water makes trees grow, wood feeds the fire, ash turns to earth then, compresses to form metals... that move water; and the cycle continues.  It's the same with people. The extroverts are primarily wood-people and fire-people. They are both energetic, personal and hard working so they make great sales people, event organizers, actors and politicians. Wood-people are enthusiastic and can run with any idea. They gather people to help and are great at delegating. Fire-people feed off these ideas; they need to be in the limelight and are passionate fighters for their cause. The introverts are metal-people and water people. These groups work well at a slower pace. Metal-people are notorious for enforcing policy and procedures at their workplace. They are meticulous at their jobs and make great employees in banking or accounting, health and safety, draftsmen or in the IT industry. Metal-people can be quite creative and make dedicated team players. Water-people are also quiet, but more pontifical in their approach. They have no need for social outlets or feedback from anyone as they are quite confident in their own skin. They look at the big picture and try to sort out 'cause and effect' as well as the impact on the future. Often, two personality types (introvert and extravert for example) don't see eye to eye. Not unusual, as each one has the potential to bury another, i.e.: water can put out fire, fire can melt metal, metal can chop wood, etc. There is one group however, that is well-grounded, nurturing, organized and even tempered; the not-so-insignificant earth-people. Earth people are the facilitators of the cycle. They do what they can to support a cause, they are empathetic, and can listen to reasonable arguments on both sides. They make fabulous human resource persons, health care workers, executive assistants and great moms. Without earth people to balance the cycle in a group, there could be a division of the ranks. When looking for a business partner or building your team, you need to look for skills and attributes from a number of elements. Best friends from college don't necessarily make the best roommates or even business partners. Nor does it make sense to hire a sales team without thinking of the big picture; who will do the accounting and customer service? Keep these traits in mind when hiring for your team:
  • Wood-people make great sales persons. They are energetic, have great ideas and make great connections. They can be flexible dealing with people and negotiations.
  • Fire-people make great spoke-persons for a cause. They are passionate, have drive, and can attract attention. Fire-people can be exhausting to work with, so keep them busy.
  • Earth-people are a calming voice in a stressful environment. They are empathetic to others, take care of small details and treat others in a respectful way. They make great listeners and great arbitrators to settle differences with fairness and respect.
  • Metal-people can be the back bone of an organization. It takes self discipline to balance the accounts, sort out cash flow and keep devices and apps current and operational.
  • Water-people can be the most unstable. They often sound off, yet come up with great ideas on how to improve things or run things better. They thrive on cerebral puzzles and make great visionaries when in the right place. Forecasting the future growth of a company takes time and visualization; and, they don't want to do the work themselves.
If you look around your work place, I'm sure you can identify some of the character traits listed above. You may realize that some of your 'best people' are already in their 'best positions'; others perhaps not! The reality is that we need all types of skills to excel in all types of tasks. All these personality types can support each other in the cycle of elements. We need all of these skills within the elements to form a well-balanced cycle. If you work within a large business, you may have the benefit of having several people in each of these areas and can focus on their strengths. As an entrepreneur, you may not have the luxury of hiring a team to do all the tedious tasks that you don't like to do. But, these tasks need to be done. A well rounded person will have skills in all of these traits, some stronger than others.  If you have any weaknesses in any of these areas: hire some help, take a course or delegate these tasks to a professional. Having a well-balanced team is the key to a well-balanced business! All the best, Kathryn [article_about_author author="kathryn"]