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How to build and develop your personal brand

Personal Branding

In the past, the term branding has always been associated and linked to companies. However, given technology and social media, the playing field has changed and almost every individual has a personal brand. You might not be aware but most people have a digital print but not consciously cultivated these brands.

Today it is not about if you have a personal brand, rather how you are going to guide and cultivate the brand. Your personal brand is how you appear to the world. When people get to know who you are and identify you with a specific skill or expertise, you’ll be well on your way to becoming the go-to person in your niche or industry.

Building your personal brand helps to open many professional opportunities. Creating a vision for your future and implementing this vision can lead a better job, expanded network, industry recognition, and more.

Here are few ways you can start building or expand your personal brand:

Think of yourself as a brand – Ask how you would like people to associate with you when they mention your name. How do want to be perceived?

Create an authentic personal brand and image – Your brand should be a reflection of who you are. Do you know what you believe? What you stand for? What your strengths and weaknesses are?

Undertake an online audit – Go through your social media profiles and make sure everything is current and up-to-date. Cultivating a strong personal brand is just as much about being responsive to what is being said as it is about creating intellectual property.

Buy a personal domain – Having your own personal domain is probably one of the best ways to rank you name on search engines. This can be 2 to 3 pages with your resume.

Speaking engagements – Speaking on a regular basis is an excellent way to build your brand and network. Speak from a place of knowledge and make sure you know what you’re talking about, and answer questions in a way that serves your audience.

Add value to your product – Look for ways to add value to any conversation and audience with fresh, creative content that lines up with your brand.

Share your thoughts and ideas with purpose – Remember, every tweet, social update, picture your share, all contribute to your brand.

Create a public slideshare – To demonstrate your thought-leadership you can create presentation expressing your point of view. Slideshare’s allow you upload your valuable content and make it available to your audience.

Continuing education – Identify a skill that you would like to learn or improve and commit to a plan to develop the skill.

Join an online group and conversation – To connect with other professionals and expand your network, you can join a LInkedIn group

Get recommendations and endorsements – Ask your supervisor, manager, or boss to write a recommendation and validate your skills and expertise.

Create a personal video – Create a personal video outlining who you are is a very powerful vehicle for building your brand.


Morning routine tweaks to boost productivity

Boost Productivity

We all could use a boost of energy, productivity and self-control at the start of our day. Research has found a direct link between self-control and our energy levels, moreover this link is also finite and diminishes as the day goes by much like our muscles.

Like it or not, as the day goes by we all tend to lose and find it more difficult to exert self-control and focus on our job and tasks. As we lose self-control we start to feel tired and find it more difficult to complete tasks. There is also a direct negative effect on our mood.

This loss of self-control and exhaustion as the day goes by has a negative effect on our productivity, thus making the morning hours the most important and part of the day. It is the morning hours that we are most productive and should tackle our most difficult and important tasks.

The trick is not just to work during the morning hours but to do things that will increase our energy levels and make it last as long as possible. Research has revealed a few simple thing you can to do in the morning in order to maximize your energy throughout the day and boost productivity.

Whether you are a morning person or not, here are a few tips and tricks to incorporate into your daily morning routine to boost your day:

Begin the day with exercise – As little as 10 minute of exercise in the morning gets our neurotransmitter going and make our brain feel soothed and keeps our impulses in control.

Lemon and water – Before exercising, have a glass of lemon water to help spike your energy levels physically and mentally. Lemon helps to provide a steady level of energy that last the entire day and helps our stomach to absorb nutrients.

Avoid technology – Try to avoid any screen time which will detract you and make you lose focus and succumb to the needs and ants of other people. Keep the first hour of the day for you and set a positive calm tone for the day.

Don’t skip on a real breakfast – We always hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A healthy breakfast will help to avoid obesity, stabilize your blood-sugar levels, and help to avoid that hunger feeling over the course of the day. A healthy breakfast will make your day more productive.

Set a daily goal – People who set realistic and concrete goals generally have a higher level of confidence and feeling of control . When setting daily goals, make sure they are realistic and achievable. Unrealistic goals will only set you up for failure and disappointment.

Make sure your workspace is clean – When you arrive at work make sure to clean your workspace which will help you to increase your even of concentration. Research has shown that people who work in a clean workspace out-perform people with a cluttered space.

Start the day with your toughest tasks – Given that your energy levels and productivity are the highest in the morning, it is advisable to tackle the most difficult and important task first. Jump right into your task even before you check your email and social media and avoid any forms of distraction.

Create a to-do list with time parameters – To-do list help us not forget things but they can be misleading at times. Generally, to-do lists tell you about things to do but do not take into account the number of hours you have in the day. Adding time frames to your to-do list will help you to become a whole lot more productive. It will help you to avoid procrastinating or multi-tasking in order to complete things within the allotted time.

Don’t go over meeting schedules – Meeting are generally the biggest time wasters and can ruin your productive mornings. Don’t let your meeting drag on forever and over the schedules time allocated. Setting an sticking to meeting times will help motivate everyone to stay focused and efficient.

Never multitask – It is very tempting to try multitask in the morning when you are full of energy but it will set your whole day back. Many research studies have shown that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. People that are bombarded with several streams of electronic information cannot pay attention, recall information, or switch from one job to another as well as those who tackle one task at a time. Multitasking reduces not performance and efficiency .

Learn to say ’No’ – Learning to say no is probably the most powerful and empowering word to learn to say and protect your precious morning routine. Being able to say no to new commitments will honor your existing commitments and allow you to complete your task that you set out to do. Not being able to say no will only increase your stress levels and hasten burnout and depression.


Change your life and build your self-confidence

Self-confidence tips
One if the main things that hold people back and prevent them from following their dreams is fear of failure and lack of self-confidence. Even the greatest leaders lack self-confidence. Confidence cannot be learned, rather it is a state of mind. Positive thinking , practice, training, knowledge and talking to others are useful ways to improve and boost your self-confidence.

It is a feeling of well-being, acceptance of your body and mind and the belief in your personal ability, skills and experience. The lack of confidence stem from your fear of the unknown, criticism, lack of self-esteem, feeling unprepared, poor time-management, lack of knowledge and previous failures.

If you feel that you lack self-confidence, do not fear, there are many things you can do to change and increase your confidence. Boosting your self-confidence comes about when you take control of your life and concrete steps to improve your competence and self-image.

Successful people often exude confidence and believe in themselves and what they are doing. Stop doubting yourself. If you don’t believe in your ideas and abilities, then why should others.

Here are few things you can do and make the change:

  • Groom yourself and dress for success.
  • Photoshop your self-image and change the mental picture of yourself.
  • Change your thoughts and think positive while discarding all the negative thoughts.
  • Get to know yourself and think about the good things about yourself, what you do well, and things you like.
  • Avoid all the negativity around you and surround yourself with positivity.
  • Learn to say No because it is healthy and say no with confidence.
  • Take action and act positively.
  • Prepare yourself and do well at what ever you do.
  • Understand your core principles upon which your life is build and live by them.
  • Increase your competence through education and practice.
  • Be aware and change your body language and image.
  • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and let go of the idea of perfectionism.
  • Practice being assertive without getting aggressive.
  • Get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself.
  • Find a mentor to help you to guide and show you the way to and path to success.
  • Set small realistic goals and make sure you achieve them.
  • Stop being a complainer and focusing on problem. Instead, focus on solutions and your career.
  • Understand and address your fears.
  • Volunteer for a good cause and improve the lives of others.
  • Make sure to exercise daily.
  • Empower yourself with knowledge.

How to get things done faster and better at work

Increase your Productivity

It not about the hours you put in or how hard you work, all that counts is results. Have you noticed that when you look around the office everyone is at their desk hard at work, but somehow there are always those people who are able to get more done.

Many studies have shown that there are many external influences that influence productivity from office environments, motivation, and personal health impacts, however there are also personal productivity attributes that contribute to being more productive.

We all want to get through our daily tasks, whether it is work we have to do so that we can get to the things that we want to do. This might be a crazy idea, but I bet there are those that avoid getting things done a work, but not on purpose. This might be because you are struggling with motivation or overdosing on caffeine. Whatever the issue, getting focused takes lots of time and effort.

You might feel that you are overwhelmed by the never-ending to-do list or distracted by social media, sometimes it feels that you just cannot get enough done and that there are not enough hours in the day.

Here are a few ways to help you increase your productivity:

  • Avoid multitasking and focus on what is in front of you. Slow down and work more deliberately.
  • Assign less time on important tasks and crate a sense of urgency and avoid procrastination.
  • Make sure you do the most important daily task first thing at the start of your day or shift.
  • Focus on work that is more critical and assign more activities as unimportant. All business task are not equal.
  • Take midday break and go to the gym, take a run, or walk to help boost your energy level.
  • Don’t set things aside hoping you’ll have time to deal with them later. Either do it, schedule it for later, delegate the task, or file it.
  • Meeting are time-consuming and should be scheduled and kept to a minimum.
  • Create a daily to-do lists and avoid those huge long lists.
  • When reading your email decide what you want to do with each message immediately. Either deal with it or add it to your to-do list.
  • There is nothing wrong staring at a blank screen and procrastination. It can make you a more productive employee. Adopt a strategy of recognizing and using one’s procrastinating tendencies to get stuff done.
  • Make sure you break ups day and take short break during the day to help you keep focused and energized.
  • Tidy your workspace and reduce the clutter.
  • Kickstart your productivity and learn to say no to fellow employees who ask you to do things and increase your workload.
  • Shut off all social media and unplug when you have more important to do on your desk.
  • Make sure you get enough sleep which is essential for your health, learning and awareness.
  • Turn off your phone and don’t check your email.
  • Make sure to have a good balance between work and personal time.
  • Focus on your top three tasks to better manage your time, energy, and attention.
  • Distractions like your cellphone, snacks and peer conversations are the enemy of productivity, so keep them at a distance and move away from them.
  • Wake up earlier and get an early start before other arrive and impose on your time.
  • Start brainstorming and use mind maps to generate ideas. Don’t worry if the ideas are good or not, just get out of your head.
  • Sign up for a time management course

There is huge value to being more productive. Reduced costs, improved competitiveness, better employee morale. Higher productivity can mean the difference between success and failure. So find the right approach that works for you.


How to be more productive and efficient

Increase your Productivity

Working harder is not always the key to success. Working productively, however, can produce far better results. As we all know, time is a limited commodity. The key success is not about working harder, rather it is about working smarter. There is a huge distinction between being busy and being productive.

Being busy does not necessity mean you are being more productive. It is less about time management and more about how you manage your energy each day. To be more productive you need to be able to spend the least amount of energy to get the most benefits.

Being a productive person is more about being able to work smarter, not harder, and making the most out of every day. Easier said than done, but getting more done every day in the least amount of time is achievable if you are not sabotaging yourself with bad habits.

To be more productive takes a serious amount of determination and thought. Here are few things you can change in your daily routine to be a more productive both at home and at work:

  • Avoid impulsive web browsing and getting sidetracked when surfing the net.
  • Stop multitasking and do not believe that multitasking is a better way to get things done.
  • Refrain from constantly checking your email throughout the day.
  • Always do your most important tasks and work earlier in the day.
  • Start automating all those repetitive tasks.
  • Avoid taking too many meetings. Nothing disrupts the flow of productivity like an unnecessary meeting.
  • A daily exercise routine is not healthy but also increases productivity.
  • Improve your time management skills and sign up for a course.
  • Tidy up your to-do list. If it is not absolutely necessary the get rid of it.
  • Try not be a perfectionist. The more perfectionist you are, the less productive you become.
  • Reduce your working day from 10 to 8 hours and work week form 6 to 5 days. The more you work, the less effective and productive you are going to become over both short and long-term.
  • Get rid of all those time thieves, activities or situations that distract or interrupt you from performing better.
  • Make sure you are always hydrated during the day.
  • Challenge your thoughts and develop a more productive mindset. Productive people think very differently than others.
  • Do not sit all day. Rather forego coffee or fluorescent-lighted conference-room meetings for a walking meeting.
  • Try getting an early start and make more time for productive work.
  • Schedule your more important tasks during your peak performance times.
  • Learn to delegate and avoid trying to do everything yourself.
  • Prioritize your goals. Having lots of goals does not translate into success.
  • Meticulous planning of your daily routine and schedule does not make you more productive given that things don’t always go according to plan.
  • Never charge your phone next to your bed overnight and let that LED screen damage your vision and suppress production of melatonin.