How to Get Unstuck In Your Life

How to Get Unstuck In Your Life

There are times that we can all feel dissatisfied with the circumstances of our lives. It can feel like you are stagnant and there is no forward momentum in your life. When you are feeling like you cannot move forward what do you do? Here are some simple tips to get unstuck and regain your feeling of purpose and momentum. 

Let go of the Past

Are you replaying storied of the past in your head? Do you focus on the events of the past? Or the mistakes you have made? If you are stuck reliving the past it is impossible to move into the future. If there are people, events, decisions, actions that weigh on you from the past you will want to deal with those things and let go of that baggage so that you are free to move on. 

Change Your Perspective

 When you are in a stagnant state of mind it can be very difficult to start the process of change. Trying adding some new activities that can shake up your routine and allow you to clear your mind and think in a new way. Meditation, spend time alone, journal or add some new exercise routine to your day. If you can travel or get yourself out of your routine this can be very helpful to giving you space and time to think without the pressure of your day to day routine. 

Start with Small Changes

Once you have some ideas of how to work on your state of mind, start making some changes. Any kind of change is good for the brain and stimulates creativity. Start small by changing a part of your daily routine, rearranging your furniture or making some new friends. These things sound small but they add up to improvement in your life. Little things accumulate and can lead you to feeling unstuck more quickly than you realize.  

Consider Talking to A Professional

If you cannot seem to work your way out of these feelings consider seeing a mental health professional. Sometimes talking to someone outside of your family and friends can give you new perspective and insight into how you are feeling. These people are trained to help you work through this time of your life and come out stronger and happier.

Feelings of dissatisfaction in life are normal and give us a chance to change course and even find new passions and purpose that we may not have otherwise discovered. Lean into your feelings and explore why you are feeling this way and how you can get back on track. It is your life and you choose your journey and experience. It is never the wrong time to make yourself happier! 

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Dealing with Difficult Clients Part 1

Dealing with Difficult Clients Part 1

Bill Gates once said “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”  It can be difficult to see the silver lining when you are in the midst of dealing with a difficult client. In our two-part series we are going to identify six common types of challenging clients and next week we will give our tips on how to deal with your less than ideal customers and learn and grow from the experience. 

Difficult client behavior can usually be categorized into some very typical categories. 

Indecisive/Committee Decision Makers

The clients cannot decide to save their lives. Every little thing takes long and intense thought and they have to run it by their team, spouse, cousin and drycleaner before coming to a decision. These clients are bottlenecks to your workflow and because they have so many people weighing in they have thousands of ideas/possibilities and they are scared they will choose the wrong one. 

Everything is on Fire/911

The 911 client thinks everything is an emergency and needs to be done yesterday. They have no respect for the fact that they are not your only client and can be pushy about getting things done immediately. There is no distinction for these clients between an actual emergency and typical workflow items. 

Know it All

The know it all knows everything about everything. They question and second guess everything you do and assume they know about your job as much as you do. They make you question why they have even hired you in the first place. 

Bargain Shoppers

Bargain shoppers are those who want you to discount your prices. Before they hire you they are asking for a discount, extra free work, etc. If you manage to get them into a contract without giving discounts beware, they will continue to look for freebies and discounts. 

No Boundaries

The client without boundaries calls you on a Saturday and expects that you can drop everything to work on their projects. They disregard your preferred communication channels and ignore your policies. They treat you more like an employee than a business owner who they are working with. 

Bully

The bully can be a combination of any of the above-mentioned clients, the difference is that they are aggressive and put pressure on you to bend to their way of thinking. They can make you feel pressured to do what they want or else.

Next week we will go over strategies and tactics to deal with these difficult  clients and create working relationships that benefit you and your business. 

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Danielle LaFleur

Danielle is a serial entrepreneur and has been creating and running businesses for over 20 years. She currently operates Easy As Pie Design, a website design firm and Build Your Mastermind, a business consulting agency.

Danielle has been featured in over 30 publications, worked with National Geographic in over 50+ countries, and has created a process for extracting an ROI from an ROE in training and development which is currently being used in over 100+ corporations.

Danielle encourages all of those that work with her to deep dive into their values, maximize those natural talents and skills, and create the life they have always dreamed of. She is a full believer that when you align yourself with who you are meant to be, there is an opportunity around every corner.

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How and Why to Start Journaling

How and Why to Start Journaling

Have you heard people talking about journaling? You might initially flashback to middle school diaries with the little locks, but it is something so different! Journaling is a practice that combines being mindful, being present and self-reflection and it can be life changing. 

Why Journal?

There are so many reasons to keep a journal that are beneficial to your life. It is a record of life, can help process events and feelings,  and set and strive toward goals. Some of the most successful people in history practiced journaling. Visionaries like Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, and Frida Kahlo all kept personal journals that cataloged their experiences, ideas and vision.  

If you are a person who would like to grow in any aspect of your life a journaling practice is a great way to achieve your desired goal. 

How to Start

So, once you decide you want to create a journaling practice, where do you start? Here a three quick-steps that can get you started today! 

Determine When You Will Journal

Choose a time of day that you will be motivated and present enough to journal. For some people, it is before their feet hit the floor in the morning and for others, it is a way to download the day before they go to sleep. Choose a time that works for you and make a commitment to journal daily at that time. If you realize another time would better, you can always change it up later. 

Decide On Your Medium

 Next, decide what you will use to journal. It has been suggested that handwriting helps process thoughts and feeling more effectively, so a pen and notebook is all you need! If writing is not your thing you can always open up a word document on your computer and add to it every day. You could even create an audio journal just recording on your phone. Whatever you choose to make it simple and fun to use!  

Find Some Fun Journal Prompts

Some people will have no problem writing, but a lot of people don’t know where to start. Luckily, there are countless journal prompts you can find doing a quick google search. Some of our favorite prompt questions are: 

  1. What keeps you up at night worrying? Are your worries realistic? Is there anything you can do about them?
  2. Do you have a philosophy of life? If so, what is it? If not, what is your method for making important decisions?
  3. In what areas are you optimistic, and in what areas are you pessimistic?
  4. What are your most prized possessions?
  5. Who is someone you miss?

 A journal is a way to reflect on your thoughts, plans, and goals. It can give you clarity, motivation, and peace of mind. It is a practice that can center you and bring calm to your busy days. 

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Setting Boundaries with Clients

Setting Boundaries with Clients

As your business grows and your client roster increases you can guarantee that you will start running into issues with your clients. It is likely that the issues could be fixed with a few key policies and boundaries. So, how do you set new boundaries with current clients? It can feel awkward, but you can do it in a way that feels natural and professional. 

Figure out What Boundaries are Needed

Before you start announcing new policies get a clear picture of what issues need to be addressed. Are you getting phone calls late at night, are deadlines being missed? Figure out all the places that you have frustration with your clients and write it all out. Once you have a comprehensive list creating wording around these issues addressing what your policy is and what the consequence of breaking the policy is for the client. 

Put Them In Print

Once you have your boundaries written output them in print everywhere that makes sense. They should be stated clearly in your contract, in your welcome letter and if you provide any onboarding information make sure it is stated clearly there. For clients, you are already working with sending them the new policies with the offer to chat about the changes and what that means doe their contract. 

Enforce, Enforce, Enforce

 Finally, and probably the hardest part; enforce your new boundaries. Make no exceptions. If you start excusing behavior it is a slippery slope until you are right back into your frustration point. Even if you get some pushback initially, clients will treat you in the way you teach them too. So, stick to your new policies and clients will respect you. If they do not abide by your new policies then you really need to think if you want to continue to work with them in the future. 

Setting boundaries and creating policies can feel really uncomfortable at first, but in the long run, it will allow you to enjoy your work. When you are constantly aggravated by clients you become resentful of them and their projects, so think of your new protocols as a way to give better service to those who hire you. 

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Danielle LaFleur

Danielle is a serial entrepreneur and has been creating and running businesses for over 20 years. She currently operates Easy As Pie Design, a website design firm and Build Your Mastermind, a business consulting agency.

Danielle has been featured in over 30 publications, worked with National Geographic in over 50+ countries, and has created a process for extracting an ROI from an ROE in training and development which is currently being used in over 100+ corporations.

Danielle encourages all of those that work with her to deep dive into their values, maximize those natural talents and skills, and create the life they have always dreamed of. She is a full believer that when you align yourself with who you are meant to be, there is an opportunity around every corner.

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How to create a happy office

How to create a happy office

You have probably never heard of the term Happy Office. Does a Happy Office even exist?

What would it look like? Is there even something like a Happy Office? And if there was, what would it mean to have a Happy Office?

The term Happy Office has everything to do with how you FEEL when you walk in. Can you achieve everything you want for the day? Are you inspired to do creative and productive work?

Will you still have energy left at the end of the day? Will you be excited for the next day to arrive?

Is everything organized and filed the way you like it? Can you easily retrieve important client files and projects you are working on? Is the space energizing you for your hobbies?

Tips on How to Create a Happy Office

Take a good look at everything that lives in your office then purge clutter and get rid of items you no longer want or need or that just don’t belong in your office. By doing this you will immediately feel relief: there will be room to breathe and you will enjoy your office even more.

Create a system that works for you. What do you need in your office to have the best environment to work in? What kind of work are you doing in your office? If you use it for your hobbies, do you have adequate storage? Is there enough room to spread your hobbies out? If it is more business or home office related, do you work best at an empty desk or do you need post-its, notepads and markers for your work? No matter how you use your office, make sure you create and invest in a system that works for you.

How to Make Your Office Happy

After decluttering and creating a system, it is time to decorate your office, walls, and desk. What makes YOU happy in your office? It could mean a bigger desk, or simply your desk in front of the window. Another great idea is to change the color of your wall and add an accent color.

What items hold important value to you? Display one attractive piece on your desk, like your favorite journal, inspirational notepads for all your notes and wild ideas, sports or travel memorabilia, postcards or Glassybabies. Did you know that a Glassybaby makes a nice reward?

Simply pick the one item that holds the most value to you, the item that means something significant and that inspires you to do more work in your office.

As you do this, you will feel your energy move in your body and YOU will experience the flow of creativity.

The Importance of a Happy Office

The rewards of a Happy Office are endless and will be revealed in so many ways. First, you will be so joyful to enter your office. With everything in its place and only having items you really need: every day will start with a clean slate. Second, you will be full of energy, and you will experience that you can work more efficiently and calmly. And third, you’ll notice that you are less stressed and have increased productivity when your office is HAPPY.

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Nicolette Bouw

Nicolette Bouw, The Dutch Designer is an Interior Architect. Originally from Amsterdam and a graduate of The Amsterdam School of Interior Design, Nicolette uses her vast experience in architecture, interior design, organizing and staging to create a unique company in NIBIO.

NIBIO excels in creating unique, luxury designs for residential and commercial clients worldwide. From a simple living room design to a new kitchen or new bathroom to whole home remodels and beyond.

NIBIO also creates the best environment for women working from home, by transforming their office to increase productivity and happiness.

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