Organize Your Home: How To Start

Organize Your Home: How To Start

Whether in a small space or a large one, most of us have that space that we just can’t make sense of– that den that becomes the “catch-all” room, the play area overrun with toys, the office spilling over with clutter, or that storage are that we pretend doesn’t exist. Can you relate to any, most, or all of the above? No worries! There is a solution to get your home functional again.

I am going to break organizing your home down to 3 simple steps. Are you ready?

Step 1: Choose your space

What I mean is you have to start somewhere. Choose to start, and choose where to start. Starting to feel overwhelmed? Here are two things to consider when choosing where to start organizing

1. Start small. Find the room that needs the least amount of work and start there. This will help you conquer overwhelm, give you a small win, and help you build momentum to tackle the next project.

2. Start with the high priority area. This is the area where you spend a lot of time, sees a lot of traffic, and needs to be functional. If your high priority area is particularly large, break it up into smaller tasks (ie, organize the kitchen pantry, then the counters, etc).

 

 

Step 2: Define your space x 2

You are going to want to define your space in two ways. The first way is to ask yourself a series of questions that will help you figure out the purpose of the room overall.

Who uses the space?

What activities take place in the space?

Is the space formal or casual?

What do the functions of the space need to be?

What do you want to feel when you walk into the space?

The second way that you need to define the space is according to function. Each area in the space will serve a particular purpose. Once you have defined the purpose, you now want to arrange the space to serve that purpose by creating stations.

Creating stations may be something you already do without even realizing it. Stations may include: a reading nook, a play area, a coffee station, a prep area for cooking, a craft area, etc. Give each part of the room a purpose.

Step 3. Refine your space

Once you have been able to define the space and find its overall purpose, as well as the smaller stations within the space, it is time to refine. Now you can find places for your items and give them all a home in the area where they will best serve their purpose, and toss out or donate what you don’t need.

Here you have it! Three steps to getting organized. Now go, make your home your favorite place to be again!

An Introvert’s Guide To Going Live on Facebook

An Introvert’s Guide To Going Live on Facebook

Anyone else camera shy? No, just me? I know that I am not the only one who breaks out into a sweat just thinking about talking to a camera that could potentially be seen by millions of people. I’m an introvert, and a shy one at that, which means that I very much prefer my written words to do the talking. However, I know the importance and the power of livestreaming video. Sometimes, you have to force yourself out of your comfort zone. I have actually learned to enjoy shooting live video by following some simple rules.

So Why is it important to go live on Facebook?

First, it gives your audience a chance to get to know you, hear your voice, see your mannerisms, and interact with you. It makes you tangible and approachable to those who want to learn from you. It also helps build trust between you and your audience.

Second, Facebook’s algorithm favors live video. If you want to get your page seen by more people, do more live videos. It’s that simple.

Finally, creating live videos, using the rules I’m about to give you, allows you to create reusable content. This content can be used to write blog posts, create checklists and resources, as well as create courses.

Follow these simple rules for going live on Facebook:

 

1. Keep it short and grab attention immediately

People have a very short attention span, especially if they are scrolling through Facebook.  Use an attention grabbing headline that will make people want to check it out. Share your live everywhere, and ask your audience to share.

Keep your live short, no longer than 10 minutes, ideally between 5-6 minutes.

2. Introduce and Interact

Use the first minute to calm your nerves, introduce yourself , your company, and your topic. Interact with those who are jumping on to see you. Perhaps even have an icebreaker with the audience to get them participating. You want your audience to participate and interact on your lives. More interaction means more views.

Allow your audience to ask questions, and try to answer them, perhaps at the end of your segment. Always go over the comments after and respond to everyone.

3. Keep it simple

Your audience wants information that they can digest quickly. Focus on one topic with 3-5 straightforward bullet points. If your topic is a bit more technical, consider breaking it up into pieces and doing a series.

4. Direct your audience to a call to action

You always want to direct your audience to something you have to offer. It could be your web site, a freebie, a course, or event. Your Facebook live is a part of your funnel. How do you plan to use it to move people down your funnel? Post the link the comment section.

5. Realize that the first few times may be awkward, but it does get better.

It’s normal to be nervous. I promise with practice, it does get easier. You will stumble over your words less, and you will feel more relaxed. If you mess up your words, own it, and keep going. You will be a pro in no time!

6. Recycle your content!

Consider creating captioned snapshots of your video to use again. Upload them to Youtube. Turn these live videos into blog posts and resources for your audience on other platforms. Vice versa- do you have blog posts that you can turn into a live topic?

Going live on Facebook, or any other social platform can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Following these simple rules will prepare you to deliver amazing live content to your audience.

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25 Quotes To Inspire and Encourage Christian Entrepreneurs

25 Quotes To Inspire and Encourage Christian Entrepreneurs

As believers in the business arena, we strive first to please God. Honoring God with our work comes before success, financial gain, or recognition. We also know that we can depend on Him through the highs and lows that are entrepreneurship. It would be good to be reminded of Who we have in our corner.

1. “The LORD is trustworthy and faithful in all he does.” -Psalm 145:13

2.  “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the decision of the LORD that endures.” – Proverbs 19:21

3. “Sometimes we stand to learn the most about God from the situations we understand the least.” – Beth Moore

4. “The struggle is always part of the story.”

5.  “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” – Hebrews 10:35-36

6. “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” – Psalm 27:14

7. “Those who know Your name trust in You. For You, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek You.” – Psalm 9:10

8. “God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things, at all times, having all you need, you will abound in every good work.” – 2 Corinthians 9:8

9. “The comeback is always stronger than the setback.”

10. “When you fix your thoughts on God, God fixes your thoughts.” – Buddy Owen

11. “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear.” – Psalm 118:6

12. “Make a choice to be here now. With life raging all around, be still and be present and aware of God in the middle of it all.”

13. “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” – C.S. Lewis

14. “When the time is right, I, the LORD, will make it happen.” – Isaiah 60:22

15. “If God is all you have, you have all you need.”

16. “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33

17. “Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear a path.”

18. “God isn’t asking you to figure it out. He’s asking you to trust that He already has.”

19. “Sometimes we need to let go of really good things that are working to create space for the really great things God has yet to reveal.” – Christine Caine

20. “When you are unsure of your calling, turn to the One who called you in the first place.”

21. “The LORD will fulfill His purpose for me.” – Psalm 138:8

22.  “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” – John 6:27

23. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

24. “God is using your present circumstances to make you more useful for later roles in his unfolding story.” – Louis Giglio

25. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31

 

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How to Easily Get Everything Done On Your “To-Do” List

How to Easily Get Everything Done On Your “To-Do” List

You know those circus acts where the performer is balancing three dozen plates while standing on a ball? You feel all of the anxiety as you watch in anticipation, wondering if the plates will come crashing down at any moment. Ever feel like that about life?

Kids have school and their activities. The dogs need to be fed and walked. Laundry feels like it’s about to plan a coup and take over your entire house. When was the last time you mopped the floor? You have no idea what to make for dinner tonight. On top of that are all the tasks that need to be completed for your business.

Overwhelmed much? So what’s the secret of having it all and doing it all? There isn’t one, but there is a way to make life feel less like standing on a ball, balancing a bunch of plates.

So let’s get down to business. How in the world can you get through your super duper long to-do list?

 

1. Determine what your goals are and make sure they are SMART.

This is an important first step. It may seem a little tedious at first, but don’t skip it. What are SMART goals?

First, a goal must be Specific. For example, don’t make a goal to “lose weight”. Be specific, “I want to fit into those cute jeans that I love.”

Second, a goal must be Measurable. How will you know you achieved a goal? How do you measure success? Perhaps, you can have a goal of making a certain dollar amount this month. A good goal can be measured.

Third, a goal has to be Achievable. It has to be realistic. For example, I would really love it if my house could be the epitome of clean, like a picture in a magazine, but the reality is I live with three young children, two big dogs, and a husband. So, having a clean house is just not a realistic goal for me. It’s important to be realistic about your goals. You also have to outline what steps you need take to achieve your goals.

Fourth, your goal must be Relevant or important to you. Why do you want to achieve this particular goal? Your “why” is what will motivate you. If you don’t have a strong “why”, well, then maybe it’s not really a goal worth pursuing.

Lastly, there has to be a Time constraint on your goal. When do you want to complete your goal? Setting a time limit on  your goals motivates you to get to work. Think about it. If you know you have to get something done, but you haven’t given yourself a specific due date, isn’t it easier and likely that you will procrastinate? So set a time limit for your goals.

2. Prioritize your goals.

If you did a good job with assessing your goals, this step should be easy. Which goals are most important to you? Place your goals in order of importance.

3. Reverse engineer.

Start with your goal, and work your way backwards outlining the steps you need to take to get there. Working backwards allows you to take the time to get an in depth so you can outline a solid plan of action. This may take some research on your part, possibly studying those who have been successful at reaching the same goals.

4. Make a master to-do list.

You’ve assessed your goals. You’ve reverse engineered your goals, so you know all of the steps. Now it’s time to make your master list. You can do this in a notebook, or in an excel sheet, whatever works for you. Write down EVERYTHING that you have to do in one giant list.

If you want to be really organized you can break it down by goal (business, family, physical, etc.). Write everything down.

5. Prioritize and categorize your list.

Highlight the items on your list that need to be done first, have an impending deadline. Categorize your list into things that need to be done daily, weekly, monthly, annually, etc.

6. Attack your list daily.

Get into the habit of, either the night before or the morning of, sitting down and creating a daily to-do list from your master list. Have a goal of accomplishing 3-5 things from your list, starting with the most important items. If you don’t get it done that day, simply move it to the top of the list for the next day.

7. Delegate some items on your list.

The fact is you can’t do it all. Get some help. Involve your family in the household responsibilities. Hire a cleaner for your home.

Those business tasks can be overwhelming. A virtual assistant can take a lot of that load off of your shoulders. Read more about what you can outsource to a virtual assistant here. If you think you can use an assistant to help you in your business, contact me sharlabella@sharlabella.com .

 

25 Business Quotes For Women Entrepreneurs

25 Business Quotes For Women Entrepreneurs

Owning your own business can be exhilarating, but it can also be full of frustration, failure, and discouragement. Every successful entrepreneur knows that the road to the top is a windy one complete with a series of hills and valleys. If you’re not careful, you could find yourself wanting to throw in the towel.

Don’t quit! Remember the ones who have gone before you have been right where you are. Listen to these wise words of encouragement, even place them where you can see them everyday to remind you to keep going.

1. “Great things never come from comfort zones. ”

2. “Rid your mind of ‘can’t’.”

3.  “Find people who will make you better.” -Michelle Obama

4. “Anything is possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” – J.K. Rowling

5.  “Do one thing that scares you every day.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

6. “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” – Sara Blakely

7. “Done is better than perfect.” – Sheryl Sandberg

8. “If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it.”

9.  “Never let fear decide your future.”

10. “Strive for progress not perfection.”

11. “When you feel like giving up, remember why you started.”

12. “Never give up. Great things take time.”

13.  “God, I trusted you with my dream, and You’ve taken if far beyond what I ever could have dreamed or imagined.” – Joanna Gaines

14.  “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do, but from overcoming the things you thought you couldn’t.”

15. “Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.” – Oprah Winfrey

 

16. “If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing YOU can be.” – Maya Angelou

17. “The road to success is always under construction.” – Lily Tomlin

18. “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”

19.  “Mistakes are proof that you’re trying.”

20.  “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair

21.  “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” – Steve Martin

22.  “I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.” – Estee Lauder

23.  “The secret to our success is found in our daily agenda.” – Tag Short

24. “Create the life you dream about.”

25. “All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

So don’t give up! Even through the failures, the ups and downs, you can look back and see how far you have come and how much you have learned. I also recommend reading biographies of the successful people you admire. I think you would be encouraged as you read about their journeys.

Share this post with your fellow female entrepreneurs. We could all use a little inspiration. If you need help getting started in your business, visit sharlafanous.com.