BWM 24/100 – Avoid distraction, stay productive!

BWM 24/100 – My first 100 days as an Entrepreneur
BWM 24/100 – My first 100 days as an Entrepreneur

How often do you get interrupted by a push notification on your phone?

Me pretty often. I love my phone. And I also love games. So I was very much pleased to find out there is an easy and fun way to keep my focus, reduce distraction and keep my phone away from me.

There is this productivity app …

I am currently using for the first time (just now, while writing this post) and guess I will really like it.

It’s called FOREST

BWM 24/100 – Productivity App
BWM 24/100 – Productivity App
BWM 24/100 – Productivity App Forest
BWM 24/100 – Productivity App Forest

It basically combines behaving productive with a reward and a fun element. Or how Nir Eyal in his book “Hooked” would describe it “pleasure seeking behavior becomes pain alleviating behavior”. What this means the product (App) helps you to avoid pain of procrastination and being inefficient by continuously checking your phone. Inefficiency is particularly painful, when you are self-employed and don’t get a fixed salary but get paid for delivering real value.

BWM 24/100 – Productivity App Forest
BWM 24/100 – Productivity App Forest

It does so by rewarding you (pleasure seeking) of doing unpleasant behaviour (not touching my phone although I want to). The reward in this case is you can plant a tree. Sounds weird? Well, it is, but it’s fun – gamers might like it. To actually get the cool trees you need to spend using the app for a certain amount of time.

Planting trees sounds nice but what’s the use?
BWM 24/100 – Productivity App Forest
BWM 24/100 – Productivity App Forest

Over time this tree planing thing can help you to form the new habit of limiting the amount of time spending on our phones. Or in other words – reducing the amount of time wasted by playing Candy Crush and co..

For everyone who is not too much into games this app has also offers the opportunity to invest the earned rewards in real value.

Charity bit: sponsor and plan real trees
BWM 24/100 – Productivity App Forest
BWM 24/100 – Productivity App Forest

Spending enough time being productive without wasting time on your phone you will collect coins as rewards. You can use these coins either to build a beautiful fake garden or do something great and deliver real value. The app has a charitable function where you can use the collected coins to let plant real trees – for a healthier, cleaner and greener environment. Sounds amazing? Well, I guess it kind of is. I actually should have been paid for this post 😉 But I believe sharing is caring and when someone comes up with such great product it’s definitely worth sharing it with you.

Do you know similar cool techs that help keep productivity up? Let me know! Keen to check those out.

Have a productive day everyone.

 

Build with me – Day 8 of my first 100 days as a full-time entrepreneur

BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 8
BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 8

Today I couldn’t help but wonder what’s the role of social media in our day to day life? Is this whole sharing economy the new real world? Where is the border? I myself am an absolute passionate user of social media. I often get new Facebook status updates from acquaintances “I will leave Facebook, who wants to stay in touch can get my number”. Where is the fine line? What should we share and shouldn’t?

Social Media private

As already mentioned above – I love social media and I think it’s a great way to stay in touch with your friends. Especially after moving abroad it was super nice to still be “there”. To still see what my friends are up to and to still be a little part of it. It’s also a great way to find new friends, to get informed etc.

However, I absolutely believe there is also a “dark side”. Everything we share will leave a footprint in the internet. As the internet is huge this footprint might vanish but it will never disappear. Compared to other generations we have the opportunity to leave our legacy visible for the whole world. To become limitless through the possibilities social media and www have created and will create. But we have to do this mindful. Bad news spread quicker than ever before. Things that go viral get huge and can create massive movements. Those “shit storms” can have massive consequences for the users and everyone involved’s life.

Social Media in business

I believe social media is essential!

I could finish here as this is all I have to say 😉 jk. We have to use is! Every business person has to be where the customers are. It has always been this way and it will always be this way. Selling has changed. We have become more sensible for selling and marketing. While cold calls have worked and maybe still work fine – we now value time and want to determine when we do things and don’t want to be called at any given time. (However, I still believe cold calling works within in a business setting but will get into this another time …) The same with marketing. We got more sensible. The open rates from cold e-mails have dropped. Everyone is focusing on their phones – even while walking. Therefore print media becomes less and less inefficient. Same for TV advertising. We even know how to avoid adds in Apps etc.

Therefore I believe social media is the most efficient tool for every business when we use it the right way. When we deliver massive value rather than just trying to hard sell our stuff. When we tell our story and build trust and brand awareness. When we be social and human.

When you want to know more about Social Selling – get in touch via stephanie@salestrainerin.com / SalesTrainerIn. Btw. When you are on LinkedIn  you can check your Social Selling Index here. Mine is 84. What’s yours?

Build with me – Day 4 as a full-time entrepreneur

BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 4
BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 4

Day 4 as a full-time entrepreneur…. What shall I say? The truth is, today was tough. Not really as nothing really bad happened or anything but I realised that it’s a whole lot need to be down. The amount of work you have to put into a new company to actually set the fundament can be quickly overwhelming.

What I have planned to do …

Before I actually got started this week full-time I hustled aside. I worked after hours, after a normal workday, to build my business. I registered the company, have built the webpage, created social media accounts  ….. and so much more.

I created also a plan how I gonna schedule my days as soon as I gonna pull in full-time. I had also planed to eat healthy and go the gym daily. The healthy eating bit I manage to do pretty well, however, going to the gym although there is so much work to do feels a bit wrong. Yes, I know it’s not wrong but it what it feels like.

I also had planned to schedule my work on every day according to topics. This means to have a social media day, a business development day, a research and content day, training days and consulting days. So far so gut.

What I am really doing right now….

So, as described above these were my plans and how I would love to work. Reality is – it’s nothing like that. There are so many more things to be considered when you are building a business. A routine seems like something pretty odd. For example I have to create contracts. Need to register for corporate tax etc.

What I also realised is that the english system appears to be very different from the German. Furthermore is English not my mother tongue what makes things slightly more difficult. I relocated to the UK two years ago and of course I learned English at school but it’s very, very different to living in England and speaking on day-to-day basis. It’s also more difficult to get your head around all the paper works. And I believe with speaking in a different language one automatically feels slightly less confident than in ones mother tongue.

But I can absolutely recommend the page gov.uk to everybody who is currently either founding a business or thinking about it. The page is amazingly informative, handy and very well written.

And I never shied away from a challenge so I will do my very best to fight all obstacles and get this baby off the ground!

Build with me – Day 2 as a full-time entrepreneur

BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 1
BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 1

This has been day 2 of my journey to become an entrepreneur. I sticked with my tactic to pick my 3 most important things to do, frogs to eat and focus on getting them done. This worked pretty alright. I focused for example on the preparation for my qualification course next week. A lot of reading to do and it got me even more excited to use those tools.

Differences between corporate world and being out there on your own

I have to admit it already does feel super different. And it’s not only easy. Someone like me who has worked in the corporate world for more or less 10 years is definitely used to a different style of working and thinking.

For example working hours – there is of course no one who would dictate me when to work and how many hours to work etc. but it does feel a bit weird to head to the Gym during lunch or any other “unproductive” hour. I am aware that it’s the right thing to do, to make the best use of your own energy level at any given time but it still feels “different”. And even home offices do feel differently than being an entrepreneur.

Another thing is the freedom. As an employee you agree to pre-defined goals and targets. You have regular reviews. Short, you get controlled in one way or another. I have to keep track of myself. Set not only my own targets but also set the targets and mission of a company. I have to keep the bigger picture in mind and am literally my own boss. It does feel good though but it’s really different.

What goes along with the freedom is the kind of responsibility. When working in a corporate environment you are mainly at least 2 people if not more than 500,000 people within the same company. Your desk is pretty specialised. It can be a bit more general – depending on the company size but you never need to pay attention to all areas of the business. When you are self-employed you have to. You might outsource some things but you still have to be aware of potential risks.

Thoughts?!

In general I believe it’s a great challenge to become an entrepreneur and I am more than happy I have accepted this opportunity. Let’s roll.

You can read everything about my first day as on my journey here.

“You don’t have the X-factor”

So, today is the day!

After having hired myself I am now out there on my own, taking full responsibility of my life and living my dream. Just while I was about to write this blog post to kick off my series “my first 100 days as a full-time entrepreneur” I received an email with the content

you are a great presenter, there is no doubt about that, but you don’t have the X-factor in your presentation talent that I am looking for. Please note that this is subjective and specific…“.

OK, so I am lacking the mysterious x-factor, which is subjective and specific… What does this mean? I have no idea. And I am certainly not too sure whether I should care enough to figure it out. Anyways, I decided not to care.

Rejection – now and then

In earlier days such a rejection would have eventually meant that I would think about the meaning of this phrase for ages, eventually would have feed potential doubts whether I am doing the right thing, whether I am the right person to go this step.

Today this message only gave me a massive push! A “watch me do what I was told I couldn’t” kind of push. It’s a subjective way to say “no, you are not the best match for this opportunity”. That’s it and that’s fine.

Actually this message has given me also an amazing intro for the original post topic I had planned to publish – my series “my first 100 days as a full-time entrepreneur”. I truly believe being an Entrepreneur is a lot about being your own biggest believer, knowing about your x-factor, setting goals and smashing them.

Entrepreneurship – less glamour, more hard work

Entrepreneurship combines a mix of rejection, learning not to please everyone, raising up after failure, making mistakes in the first instance, learning, trust and on going hustle and hard work.

So, today is my first “official” day as an entrepreneur. This doesn’t mean I start totally blank and without a plan but I have no longer an employer who is paying for my holidays, my lazy days or anything like this. If I don’t bring enough value, I won’t get paid. As we all know the glorious picture that is painted of Entrepreneurs on Instagram etc. I decided to share my journey, my first 100 days with you. The unglamorous, real world of a startup entrepreneur. I will blog here on MyNutShare in the category “build with me”about how I build SalesTrainerIn.

Come on, and build with me!

Please feel free to join me and leave your feedback. You can also find me on Instagram as MyNutShare and SalesTrainerIn, as well as on Facebook as MyNutShare and SalesTrainerIn.

Getting real – Welcome to the Startup Life!

 

SalesTrainerIn - my new business
SalesTrainerIn – my new business

In case you wondered why I have become slightly inactive on this page here are the reasons:

  1. I got married
  2. I founded my own company – whoop whoop

Exciting times and I want to share my entrepreneurial journey with you! So, please stay tuned and share with me what you want to know and what are you most interested in? I will have a think about the best format either by blog posts or videos or both …

In the meanwhile please feel free to check out my business page here. The company is called SalesTrainerIn and I help reduce the cost of wrong hiring decisions.