Fearless Finances for Women, Tresa Leftenant

Fearless Finances for Women, Tresa Leftenant

Changing your thinking can change your life. What’s holding you back? Learn to embrace your inner power, your passions and your ability to thrive.

Tresa Leftenant, financial advisor of 25 years and author of Reinventing Her!, shares the key to overcoming low self-esteem and presents her breakthrough solutions to the three biggest obstacles women face in pursuing success. Tresa’s wisdom leads women beyond acquiring wealth to finding what truly inspires the life of happiness we deserve.

Tresa Leftenant, CFP®, Speaker, Facilitator and Author of Reinventing Her, Helping Women Plan, Pursue and Capitalize on Their Next Chapter is an Empowered Financial Planner who is fiercely committed to guiding women to become empowered to pursue their version of a meaningful and financially prosperous life.

Her professional career includes over thirty years of experience in the financial services industry, opening her own boutique financial planning practice in Bellevue, WA in 2003. Tresa is passionate about helping people understand how their internal dynamic with money contributes to their external financial reality. Tresa is also a Certified Trainer of the Success Principles and Certified RIM Facilitator. You can contact Tresa at (425) 468-6162 and at tresa@reinventingher.com

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How the Pomodoro Method Can Increase Productivity

How the Pomodoro Method Can Increase Productivity

If you are like me you are always looking for ways to be more productive. When I started using the Pomodoro technique I immediately saw an increase in my productivity. If you have not heard of the Pomodoro technique it is worth learning about how it can change your business.

What is the Pomodoro Technique?

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. Cirillo named it the Pomodoro Technique after a tomato-shaped timer he used in college to keep himself on track as he studied.

The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. The way it works is you choose a task, set your timer and work on that task and ONLY that task for the duration. Afterward, you take a short break of five minutes and start a new interval. You can do longer periods, but the ideal time has been shown to be 25 minutes. After four intervals you take a longer break to recharge.

Why Does It Work?

There are a variety of reasons why this technique is so effective. First, it keeps you focused on one task. Not long-ago multi-tasking was huge. People were praised for their multi-tasking skills. More recently the school of thought is multi-tasking is actually making us less productive. When we switch projects, we lose time and focus and get less done than if we had just focused on one thing at a time. Pomodoro has you choose a task and give it your solid focus for 25 minutes and make as much progress as possible. It is proven that complete focus will allow you to get more done than bouncing from task to task.

Second, Pomodoro helps you learn how much time a task really takes. For example, you might think it takes two hours to write a blog post, what you don’t realize is that the two hours includes checking your email, social media, and getting a cup of coffee. If you focus your time you might learn that a blog post takes only one or two Pomodoro sessions to complete.

Finally, the built-in breaks force you to move around and this helps with feeling frazzled and overwhelmed with long hours of work at your desk.

The beauty of this method is it is SUPER simple and easily tested. All you need is a timer and a task! I recommend that when you use Pomodoro you keep track of what you complete in each session and really see how your productivity increases.

The Best Pomodoro Timer Apps

  • Focus Booster (Web, Windows, macOS, iOS, Android) for freelancers who work with multiple clients
  • PomoDoneApp (Web, Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android) for using Pomodoro with a third-party task management app
  • KanbanFlow (Web) for combining Kanban and Pomodoro
  • Pomotodo (Web, Windows, macOS, Chrome, iOS, Android) for combining GTD® and Pomodoro
  • Marinara Timer (Web) for teams looking to complete pomodoros together
  • Be Focused (macOS, iOS) for simple task and time management on Apple devices
  • Tomatoes (Web) for motivating you to complete pomodoros
  • Engross (Android) for figuring out when you’re the most focused
  • Pomodoro.cc (Web) for people who are new to the Pomodoro Technique
  • Timerdoro (Web) for people who need multiple timers

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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 you are meant to be, there is an opportunity around every corner.

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Create Your Ideal Day, Week & Month for Maximum Productivity

Create Your Ideal Day, Week & Month for Maximum Productivity

As business owners, we have so much freedom in scheduling our time and often with that much freedom we end up being pulled in a million different directions and our seemingly ample time is drained quickly. By creating your ideal day, week and month you can plan out your time and structure your work so that you are maximizing every minute.

I recommend starting with structuring your ideal month. You can do this by determining how your time will be spent each week. For example, two weeks a month could be designated as client work weeks, one week could be working on your business and one week could be meetings and networking. By theming your weeks, you can better batch tasks so that you are not jumping around too much and wasting your time.

After you have your ideal month, take each week and flush it out a bit more. For example, if you are looking at a week of working on your business you can give each day a theme. Monday and Tuesday could be content creation, Wednesday could be for finances, Thursday for monthly team activities and Friday for forecasting. This allows you to structure your time to get everything done in the time you have allotted.

Finally, finish up by creating your ideal day. It would be very time consuming to do this for every day of your week, so I recommend making a general ideal day. Include everything you want to accomplish such as exercise, work, family time, driving, meals, relaxing time, etc.

There will always be unforeseen tasks, meetings, and life getting in the way of your perfectly planned schedule, but by laying out your ideal month, week and day you can start off with a plan that will help you manage your time and be more productive.

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about

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 you are meant to be, there is an opportunity around every corner.

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How to Batch Your Work to Be More Productive

How to Batch Your Work to Be More Productive

If you are an entrepreneur you have probably heard the term batching. It is the popular productivity practice of carving out a chunk of time to complete a certain task like content creation.

We all have a million things that we do in our businesses. Some have to be done in real time. Clients consultations, sales calls, networking events and some client work has to be done when it comes up. Other tasks can be done in advance and scheduled out and this is where you can utilize batching to be more productive.

Decide What is Batchable

The first thing you need to do is decide what tasks you can batch. Start by doing a quick brain dump of everything you do in your business. No task is to big or small. Once you have your list highlight all the tasks that you can do in advance of the due date. Some examples of tasks that work well to batch are:

  • Social Media Posts
  • Content Creation (blogs, podcasts, newsletters, etc)
  • Pinterest Management

Once you have your list of batchable items, you need to decide how and when you will be doing this work and get it on the calendar. This means creating a schedule.

Creating A Batch Schedule

There is no right way to do a batching schedule, it is totally customizable to your schedule and workflow. I personally think that planning for a quarter is the most a manageable. It is a long enough period of time without being overwhelming.

When creating your schedule decide how many days a week, month or quarter you want to dedicate to batching. Once you have that in place take each day and determine what you will working on during your batching day. For example, you may decide that every first Monday and Tuesday of the month are content creation and the last Friday of the month is for social media scheduling.

By creating this work flow you are removing these time-consuming tasks from your day to day plate and completing them all in a set amount of time. Once you have incorporated batching you will know how much you can accomplish and how much time you need for your tasks.

 

about

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 you are meant to be, there is an opportunity around every corner.

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