There’s no shortage of business ideas – they are a dime a dozen. What is missing most of the times is ‘how-to’ get started. The question of, ‘how do I turn my passion for fashion into a viable business’ is one that can be daunting. Yet, with the right guidance, it is possible although not easy.
Everyone wants to be successful at their life’s work. Everyone wants to be amazing. If you profess otherwise, it may be because you are afraid to fail. And if you are afraid of failure, that suggests that you in fact want to succeed. So, go ahead, admit it, you want to win at whatever you choose to do in life – back to my point, we all want that.
When you are close to forty years like I am, there is no way you can make claims that you have not done some silly things. One of them for me is that there was a time in my life when I was busy as a bee. Was I being productive? Not necessarily. They say it pays (I think they mean cost) to learn. No doubt, I have paid dearly with my time. Because when I look back on the many things I’ve had my hands in, the way I allowed other people’s agenda to become my own, I know I have thrown away some of my wealth.
But then as I get older, there’s no doubt I’m wiser. As I become wiser, I believe paying it forward is a good investment. Here are some productivity tips I’d like to share with you.
- Say no to things that are not part of YOUR agenda. Avoid being busy – prioritize and do only what matters. Are you invited to speak at a conference about an off-topic matter? One that doesn’t align with your purpose? Turn it down nicely. ‘No’ is a complete sentence but if you must explain, let the person know that it doesn’t align to where you are headed. They will understand. If they don’t, all the more reason you should say ‘no’ in the first place.
- Realize that there are different levels of priority. If everything is important, nothing really is. Things like checking emails are not that crucial. Believe me, the sky won’t fall when you refuse to check your email every 10 minutes. As a matter of fact, you may want to turn off those email notifications on your phone (food for thought). Set aside a special time throughout the day for that and honour it.
- Also on the subject of email, don’t copy more people than is necessary and don’t ask to be copied on every single thing. The more people in the thread of email, the more responses are coming in that require you to at least acknowledge. Your successful self will thank you for it.
- Just like you wouldn’t want someone to skip you in a line at the bank, let new tasks wait their turn. Avoid adding them at the beginning of a queue. The more you are able to mark off older items from your to-do list, psychologically you will feel much more accomplished and motivated to stay focused.
- Schedule, schedule and schedule some more. Take it from me – someone who hates routine and to be scheduled – it is the best thing I could ever do for myself. Like I confess earlier, I was always busy but not necessarily productive. Using John Lee Dumas’ Mastery Journal has worked wonders for me. I focus on my sessions throughout the day, take the necessary breaks and can actually measure my progress along the way. You know the importance of this right? What doesn’t get measured cannot be managed.
- As you get better at scheduling, you will realize that you will need to tweak how much time you spend on a particular item/task. It will help you be more realistic as you goal set.
- Try and limit the pop-up meetings. You know the kind that wasn’t scheduled ahead of time but you are expected to attend? I know it is impossible to avoid, as for entrepreneurs, the only constant is change. You should really evaluate if the meetings you are attending are necessary towards your growth agenda.
- Use a scheduling App when trying to set up meetings. It eliminates the backing and forwarding to determine convenient times for all parties. A scheduling app like Calend.ly works wonders for me.
- Master social media involvement. Automate and schedule like your crazy. There are a myriad of tools such as eCLincher, MeetEdgar, HootSuite, Recur Post and others to help you. So far eClincher is the best I’ve come across. There are even a few that works with Instagram where you can not only schedule posts but schedule your first comment using your hashtags, etc.
- Well, this one I’m about to mention is so key (note to self). Take time to take care of yourself – rest, eat properly, take breaks in between, exercise (yes Heneka, exercise). You only have go at this thing called life, don’t waste it trying to make a living and forget to really make a life.
I would love to hear from you. How are you mastering productivity or are you still struggling? Leave a comment below.
Get the Knowledge and Resources to Change Your Life From Thought Leaders and Experts in Their Respective Fields Around the World
San Francisco, CA., July 27, 2017 – eZ-Xpo, the global leader in All-in-1 Virtual Collaborative Network Solution, today announced eZ-Xpo is powering the first The Entrepreneurial You Virtual SME Conference & Expo during September 25-28, in Jamaica.
This event is the most impactful virtual conference and exposition for Startups in history. This conference features the most dynamic CEOs and Founders, entrepreneurs, change-makers, and thought leaders to impact our community of peak performers.
The Entrepreneurial You Virtual SME Conference and Expo is the first Virtual Conference & Expo in Jamaica. You should register for this Conference & Expo as an attendee if you are in a 9-5 feeling stuck and you want:
Launch your business successfully
Create profits quickly
Impact your life, family, community and your world
This new game changer platform will empower all exhibitors and sponsors to:
• Showcase special promotion and deals or new product announcements through virtual booth (exhibitors)
• Engage with attendees with live chat, Google Hangout, Skype or Web Conferencing
• Capture qualified leads and marketing analytics with download hot lead spreadsheet
• Conduct online breakout room for live chat or on-demand discussion board
• Nurture customer relationship and trigger marketing automation from seamless integration with customer relationship management (CRM) and email marketing campaign
“We are excited to partner with eZ-Xpo to deliver this game changer solution to solve today’s challenging and dynamic market environment. Not only this platform will empower every speaker to connect, and engage with all stakeholders both live and on-demand; but also offer entrepreneurs and local business to showcase their latest products/services in a virtual booth. It is the best of all world in one place. As for the attendees, they get to experience life-changing presentations from some of the most successful entrepreneurs in their respective fields.” Heneka Watkis-Porter, Founder of The Entrepreneurial You Virtual SME Conference & Expo
“We are excited to partner with Heneka Watkis-Porter to host the first Virtual Expo and Conference at Jamaica where we connect all entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and local business managers virtually 24/7 worldwide. It also set up a global foundation channel and opens unlimited opportunities to all stakeholders for ongoing collaboration every day,” Matt Fok, CEO of eZ-XPO.
Register for at the event, please go to: https://ezxpo.net/teyvirtual
For more detailed information regarding the virtual event, please contact Heneka Wakis-Porter at email@example.com
About The Entrepreneurial You Virtual SME Conference & Expo
The Conference is for you if you have a vision of running a successful business; to do amazing things and do great work. You know that doing this will change your life, you family and your community. BUT you feel stuck and aren’t sure of the steps to take to have a successful launch and create profits quickly. We want to help you become unstuck by giving you the knowledge and resources necessary to launch your business idea. Our team of qualified and super-successful speakers will take you through the ins and outs of doing business successfully as they share their expertise with you over these 4 days. These include Digital Marketers, Coaches, Accountants, Software Developers, Copy Writers, Motivational Speakers and more.
Talent and a dream have spawned the success story of Reve Jewellery and Accessories, makers of exquisite jewellery, locally crafted and internationally acclaimed.
Anyone who has ever come in contact with Reve Jewellery knows there is talent. If you’ve ever spoken with Teasea, you know she speaks of the dream in quite passionate ways.
In an interview with, Teasea, Director of Marketing and Operations, a few years ago for the radio edition of The Entrepreneurial You, she said this, “Duane, my brother is the Director for Concept Design and Production. He is the ‘dreamer’ and I am the ‘doer’ – a beautiful ying-yang relationship. It’s really two dreams moving into one direction”.
The dynamic duo of brother and sister team behind this flourishing authentic Jamaican brand knows how do business. They have longevity, innovation and talent – all ‘must-haves’ for anyone even remotely considering entrepreneurship as a viable option. Duane and Teasea Bennett have long etched their mark firmly into the hearts and pockets of Jamaicans as well as visitors to the Caribbean, looking for unique quality jewellery and accessories.
Having been brought up in a family of entrepreneurs, they’ve always wanted to do that. After all, it’s what they’ve always known. It’s quite fun to stand on the sideline and watch their dream blossom into reality right before your eyes. They have been motivated to show the world what they have to offer. It’s no wonder why so many international and local stars wear Reve Jewellery with such pride. They are, without a doubt, one of the things that is right with Jamaica. It doesn’t take long for anyone to realize that they are two of the nicest people you will ever meet, which is a plus for business.
They have a deep desire for doing what they do. They are not just about dollars and cents, though no doubt that is quite important. They are socially responsible, contributing to building others through service. A testament to their giving nature, they have made their cozy Devon House space home to many other talented designers, local and regional alike.
As August approaches fast, the team at Reve have their hands full with a myriad of activities. One of the highlights is their annual Reve Wellness event, happening on August 13 at Devon House. Under the theme, ‘Liv gud…give tanks‘, they have been having a series of activities leading up to the big day. This is their creative and innovative way of contributing to society as wellness is at the core of their value system. Part proceeds of the event goes to the talented Cherine Anderson’s Foundation – the Reach One Foundation (ROC). You can expect yoga, fashion show, natural hair meet up, Caribbean foods and cuisine, natural tonics and more.
As someone who believe wholeheartedly in Jamaican entrepreneurs (an entrepreneur myself), I totally endorse what they are doing. Be sure to pay them a visit and give your support.
Let me hear from you, how are you making a difference in your community?
Are you a BOSS Lady?
The term ‘boss lady’, especially when used in the context of manipulative control, doesn’t appeal to me much if any. When used to represent a no-nonsense, kickass, and go-getter approach to attaining one’s goal surely, I’m all in.
It was bright sunny Saturday morning and I was exceptionally cheerful. Particularly because I was doing something outside of my routine on this day. Usually I stay home and do chores, business or simply sleep – the choice is all mine. This morning though, I was attending a business event. It wasn’t just a regular event, it was a BOSS Lady’s event (BOSS is Building Opportunities for Sweet Success). I was pumped up. The day didn’t disappoint either.
As I drove to the event I contemplated doing something which has become a bit too frequent – something that many other BOSS ladies are familiar with. I wanted to apply my makeup whilst in transit. I didn’t do it at home as I never wanted to be late to get to the Pegasus Hotel.
This was one of the times I prayed for the red at the traffic light. My prayer was answered on a few occasions but guess what? Each time I get the red, there was no one in front which means that there was much more pressure on me to be alert to know when the green comes on. As a side note, driving in Jamaica dictates that you move the very second (or before) the green comes on. Failing that, you are met choice words of varying colours.
I began to pray to get the red but to be behind other vehicles. And then something hit me like a ton of bricks. I realized how much of a metaphor for life this thinking was. Many times, we pray and seek after opportunities, but then when they come we begin to even second guess if we are deserving of it or whether we can handle the responsibilities that accompany them.
An epiphany came immediately. I was to recognize the season I’m in. If you grew up in church you know the song, “I’m next in line for my blessing”. We have been singing that song for so long that we are the counter ‘being served’ and we don’t even know it. Words are powerful. Don’t make the mistake of reversing your position by your own words.
The season I’m in is a winning season. One that dictates that my mask has to go on first so I can be equipped to bring others along to win too. It’s a season that recognize, that like the “Good Samaritan”, I have stop briefly to assist but then continue on my journey to take care of what I must so I can return and give extra assistance where necessary.
We cannot give from empty cups. As entrepreneurs, we take care of so many tasks, teams and everything and everyone else. We often neglect our own personal needs. We must stop to appreciate the season we are in and act accordingly.
I’d like to hear from you. What season are you in? Leave a comment below.
“Many rivers to cross, still I can’t seem to find my way over”. If you’re an entrepreneur, you will find yourself muttering or maybe even belting out the lyrics to this 1969 Jimmy Cliff classic.
The life of an entrepreneur is by no means an easy one. Another tune rings deafening in my head as I type this post, “It’s not an easy road, dem si di glamour an di glitta an dem tink a bed a rose”. Buju Banton knows this all too well.
Being an entrepreneur can be exciting, fulfilling and exceptionally rewarding. The adrenaline rush that accompanies the ability to risk it all for the sake of that thing that you love gives life to your soul.
But is it all what entrepreneurs make it out to be? Is all that entrepreneurial glitter, really gold? Truth be told, the journey of an entrepreneur is not without its many valleys. Yes, they are peaks too but they can be short-lived.
I could easily say that my experience belies the few short years I’ve been on this planet. For sure I have done much, seen much and visited lots of places the world over. I have met Presidents, Prime Ministers, Ambassadors and more.
From as far back as I can remember, meeting the business tycoon, Sir Richard Branson has always scored high on my list of people to see. Forgot the fact that he’s a very successful business and that he is such a wonderful philanthropist.
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Have you started your podcast yet or are you thinking about it? I’d love to hear from you, leave a comment below.