Change From Within

19 years ago I was faced with a dilemma. My life changed dramatically. What Should’ve been a stable place called home was a place of chaos.

My marriage broke down, and I found myself alone, a single mother with two young boys aged five and 10. A house with a huge mortgage that was previously being maintained by two salaries, and lots of bills.

I could’ve given up there and then, but the fighter in me and the priding me would not allow it. I failed to give my boys a roof over their head, and the best in life that I could with what I had.

Was it easy? It sure wasn’t. There were times when I didn’t even know where the next meal was going to come from, or how I would get to work as I didn’t have enough money in my account. The term living from paycheque to pay check that’s no joke. This was my life!

The pride and stubbornness in me stopped me from asking for help where I knew I possibly could have especially from my parents.

I began to look for a way that I could replace the income that walked out of the door. This was the beginning of my network marketing journey. You see, when you are pushed tightly up against a wall you can either submit and giving, or you can fight and try and get around the wall, over the wall, or through the wall.

I stopped feeling sorry for myself and began fighting for my survival, for my sanity and for my kids. I vowed I would never be put in such a vulnerable position ever again.

My journey especially self development has been phenomenal, the support I received within this industry has made me go from strength to strength. Recognising my abilities, striving through my pain and sharing my struggles have not only helped me, but also helped others who were also going through difficult times in their lives.

Your past does not define you, your history does not define you, only you can make a change. But that change has to come from within you.

What is your reason to succeed, think about it because this will always drive you and push you and focus you to achieve.

My 5 Top Tips To Increase Exposure In Your Business

This is a really short video which I broadcasted on Periscope earlier on today. In it on my five top tips to help you increase exposure in your business.

If you want your brand and your name out there, you have to increase your exposure to your audience.

In my short video I talk about building relationships, generating and increasing the exposure to new people and more.

Please do let me know your thoughts and if you have any tips on how you can also increase exposure I’d love to hear.

Women With Vision

I was at a Dinner and Dance Ceremony last Saturday for the Women with Vision organisation.

It was founded by a marvellous and courageous lady called Jammie Koroma who herself suffered from FGM.

The ‘Vision’ of the organization is to create a safe and friendly environment to share experiences and ideas on issues pertaining to women in our society.

The activities of the group are targeted at women and girls aged 16 years and above from the Reading community, to meet socially, network, reflect, share ideas, discuss and plan events around culture and gender-related issues.

WwV meets every last Sunday of the month, and we organize awareness-raising talks on health and wellbeing to enable women in the community to understand the particular issues or topics, and the legislative and social provisions that underpin them.

They participate in other community activities, share information, empower and support each other, individually and collectively, so as to improve quality of life and facilitate integration and contribution into society in Reading.

We had a great time listening to some of their stories and I was inspired that out of adversity they had created an organisation which has empowered and encouraged women who have suffered abuse to have a voice, become stronger and most important to love themselves and find love and trust again!

You can contact the organisation Direct via email wwvreading@gmail.com

Great Tips on Time Management

I was on a great site called Lifehack the other day and found these great tips for time management. I know that I could do withe managing my time more effectively, so I found these useful myself.

“Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 tips on how to be a better time manager:

  1. Create a daily plan. Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.
  2. Peg a time limit to each task. Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.
  3. Use a calendar. Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook, calendar come as part of your mailing software. Google Calendar is great – I use it. It’s even better if you can sync it to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are.
  4. Use an organizer. The organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous item
  5. Know your deadlines. When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.
  6. Learn to say “No”. Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.
  7. Target to be early. When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time. For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.
  8. Time box your activities. This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Read more about time boxing: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.
  9. Have a clock visibly placed before you. Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.
  10. Set reminders 15 minutes before. Most calendars have a reminder function. If you’ve an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.
  11. Focus. Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way
  12. Block out distractions. What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in? I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting. When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.
  13. Track your time spent. Egg Timer is a simple online countdown timer. You key in the amount of time you want it to track (example: “30 minutes”, “1 hour”) and it’ll count down in the background. When the time is up,the timer will beep. Great way to be aware of your time spent.
  14. Don’t fuss about unimportant details You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.
  15. Prioritize. Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest. Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. Read more about 80/20 in #6 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.
  16. Delegate. If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks
  17. Batch similar tasks together. For related work, batch them together. For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups: (1) writing (articles, my upcoming book) (2) coaching (3) workshop development (4) business development (5) administrative. I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process
  18. Eliminate your time wasters. What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often. One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites. While you’ll still check FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.
  19. Cut off when you need to. #1 reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to. Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.
  20. Leave buffer time in-between. Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.
If you would love to find out more ways of being productive on a day to day basis, you can get my guide to  23 productivity secrets that will help you get more done.

Do you have any tips to be a better time manager? Feel free to share in the comments area!

Step Into your Own

Have you ever wanted to just give up your current job and go follow your passion? What is stopping you?

Opportunities present themselves when you begin to take action!

Many millenials are following their passion successfully each day.  The older generation however, have a problem with being as forward, they worry about security and stabiity.  The reality is that security and stability are a myth.  These days in the UK we run on zero hours contracts, which are not stable at all.

You won’t know until you do something whether it was the right thing to do or no.

Hope you enjoy my short podcast below, don’t forget to leave me your comments below.