Motivation Monday: Do Less List

Join us every Monday morning for Motivation Monday, where we share a helpful “homework” assignment that gives your business a creative boost and gets you thinking (and moving) outside the box each week.

Our days are consumed by more, more, more. More productivity, more progress, more…stuff. But sometimes we need to do less…less incessantly checking our site stats, less seeing how many people signed up for our MailChimp email list, less checking our Twitter mentions throughout the day.

Today, make a “Do Less” List- write down the little things you do throughout your work day that aren’t productive or useful. Think: checking Facebook too often, checking your email over and over, or peering into the fridge mindlessly.

Then make a note each time you do the activity. The simple act of writing it down will remind you to think twice before doing it, which means less time spent doing unproductive activities and more time spent growing your business.

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It Can Wait Pledge

Does this sound like you? You run by Starbucks to pick up a Venti soy latte. You’re running a few minutes late to a client meeting, so you pick up your iPhone to shoot a quick email to said client as you pull out of the parking lot.

We get it (trust us, we get it!)- as a solopreneur, you’re busy. But it’s important to remember the risks we take each time we decide a text must be answered, an email must be sent, or a Candy Crush level must be won while we’re on the road.

That’s why One Woman Shop supports the It Can Wait Pledge, which reminds us that no text (or email or blog post or tweet or Evernote) is worth the risk.

Not convinced? Here are some scary stats: according to the official government website for distracted driving, sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds- at 55 mph, that’s like driving the whole length of a football field blind. In addition, engaging in visual-manual tasks- like reaching for your phone, dialing, or texting- triples your risk of getting into a car crash.

Are you in? Welcome to a life of safer driver! Help spread the #itcanwait concept to your community:

Thank you for helping keeping the roads safer – both for yourself and others!

Motivation Monday: Alternate Phrases

Join us every Monday morning for Motivation Monday, where we share a helpful “homework” assignment that gives your business a creative boost and gets you thinking (and moving) outside the box each week.

Do you have a keyword or phrase that you always use to describe your business? That’s great for consistency’s sake, but can limit you when reaching new customers and clients or optimizing your blog posts with SEO keywords. This week, brainstorm at least 10 alternate ways to describe your business, then start incorporating these phrases into your digital marketing, networking, and more.

Some ideas: look at your competitors’ websites and social media bios, use the Google Adwords Keyword Tool, ask your friends and family to describe your work to you in their words, and look up your current keywords on thesaurus.com, or use Word Hippo to find similar words.

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