There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.— Colin Powell
… We will have to stay mentally alert and engage during a 50-year work life, which means knowing how and when to change with the work we do.
–HBR’s 10 musut Reads : The Essentials, page 43
Whether you work from home or commute to an office, there are good reasons to start the day early. There are some obvious ones like you are rested, you can get work done before other have an opportunity to interrupt or derail your day, or my all-time favorite, you are more creative because the emotions of the day’s office politics haven’t had time to get in the way.
Most mornings, hitting the snooze button a time or 10 feels a lot more enticing than catching the worm and getting to work early. However, the benefits of doing so far outweigh the drawbacks. Even if you aren’t a morning person, it might be worth considering an earlier start.
Here are a few reasons to consider getting to work early:
You get so much done
Where there are co-workers and clients, there are distractions. You have a full page to-do list for the day, but the digressions abound, (especially in the form of others derailing you), and suddenly it’s lunchtime, and you haven’t settled a single item. Before the official workday starts though, the office is quiet and calm, and the rapid fire emails have not begun, you are free to attend to some of your most pressing agenda items in peace.
You’re ready when the official day starts.
By the time the workday proper begins, you’ll be more than ready to roll. You’ll feel awake, grounded, settled-in, caffeinated. While most are still dragging, you’ll be firing on all cylinders. You’ll get more done, (and feel happier doing it), during those morning hours than usual. Otherwise, those first few appointments or meetings can feel like a bit too much, too fast.
It gives you a feeling of control.
There’s something about feeling like you’re ahead of the day that can really improve your sense of autonomy and control. Instead of trying to keep up, you’re setting the pace. Getting to work early helps you feel more in control of your day — and this boost can go a long way.
It gives you a chance to map out your day
Because the morning is a relatively quiet time, and because at this point of the day you have so many hours ahead of you, mornings are the best time of day to make plans. Taking this opportunity to map out your day, and your priorities can help you accomplish more in a more intentional way.
People will notice.
If you regularly get to work a little early, it’s almost certain that someone will notice. Most likely, it’s someone else who likes to arrive ahead of the standard work day — maybe a manager or even your supervisor. Seeing that you make a point to beat the rush will make an impression for sure. And, there’s no harm in that.
Early to bed and early to rise makes and [person] healthy, wealthy and wise
Consulting and gig engagements are known more for their flexibility than for their consistency. The gig economy thrives on companies and individuals choosing to work with freelancers, part-time contractors, and consultants who will only hang around for weeks or months at a time. The upside is that you get to dip your hand in a lot of professions and can benefit from the promise of higher incomes at a time. However, since you never know when one gig is going to end and how long the ‘layover’ between that and the next is going to be, you need to learn to manage your earning power and stay relevant at all times. To that end, let’s explore a few pointers;
Choose your skills wisely
There are fields out there that have become so saturated with talent that it is hopeless to expect them to keep growing in away that favors the workforce. These fields have a next-to-zero probability of raising their rates, so chances are that you will get stuck in a rut. Go for emerging gigs that require specialized, hands-on skills and esoteric knowledge.For instance, there are is a lot more need for cryptographers, translators, and 3D graphic design specialists than there is for, say, freelance writers or plumbers.
Keep tabs on the hours you work
The general rule here, is not to give away you work..
Do not dabble in any professional work where every single hour is not billed. This is because, at the end of the day, your earnings are going to be spread over the course of your work hours, which stretches your per hour earnings thin and puts you in a bind. Overtime is not a good idea either, because you end up with less money for longer work hours (especially if there is no binding overtime agreement), and don’t even let me get started on the very real potential for a burnout.
Diversify your work streams
A lot of freelancers out there choose to focus on a single revenue stream. That is a dangerous way to live because then, you have nowhere to turn to when work in your niche starts to thin out. Even if you essentially work in one profession, make sure that your sources of income are well distributed in that network. You can also identify your strengths and spread them across a number of manageable income streams. If You have piled up a good amount of money over time, think about investing a little in something that won’t take too much of your time but will earn you an income on the side.
Have a plan in place to manage risk
The gig economy exposes you to both legal and income risks. Legal issues such as the provisions in the contracts you sign could put you in a position where there is little, if any, wriggle room. This Limits your chances of getting a few gigs with client B even when still attached to client A. Since you don’t want legal exposure that eats further into your time and money, you need to always have a clear understanding of what you are setting yourself up for before you ink that contract. As for income risks, just have a budget with a saving plan in place and always tuck away about 6 months’ worth of rent and utilities just in case you fall through the cracks
Manage your brand.
Branding is all about perception. You want to keep the outlook of a savvy, modern professional who knows all the nuances in your niche. Focus on developing yourself professionally. Never shy away from any opportunities to learn, and find a way to front yourself as a source of authority in your area of expertise. Keep your brand visible by using the internet in the right way-think blogs, websites and social media.
Building income in the gig economy is easy, but staying afloat even during lean times is tricky. By Adopting freelance work best practices, you get to diversify your streams while at the same time stashing some financial resources away for when work might become hard to find. Whatever you do, just make sure you stay relevant and flexible enough to cope with the changing tides in the freelancing space.
“Depending on what [your habits] are, our habits will either make us or break us. We become what we repeatedly do.” ―Sean Covey
I encountered, what I will admit is a pet peeve today, which is why I’m writing this article. I needed contact someone whom I correspond with regularly, but I have no reason to call or be called by them. So, after checking my phone, went to their email thinking this would be a fast and easy way to gather the contact information. Well, not true. I did eventually gather the information and contact the person, but what a waste of time, which is time they are being billed for one way or another.
Example Signature Block
|Ewing A. BusinessProfessional
Senior, Technical Generalist
Favinger Enterprises, Inc.
100 Spacious Sky, Ice Flats, AZ 85001
Phone: (800) 900-1000 | http://www.favingerentprises.com
Which email should have a signature block?
- The signature block should be on every email (both initiated by you and replied to by you), this was true even before the days of remote work, but for remote workers, contingent works, and works who travel frequently it can be a productive enhancer.
- Plus, it is simply the professional thing to do and saves everyone time and frustration. Not to mention it makes you look unprofessional not having one. do you really want to do that to your personal brand?
- As if that were not enough, including your signature block is free advertising for you and the company you represent.
- Additionally, most email accounts let you build one or more signature block, which can be embedded in your email.
Where to place your Signature Block?
- The signature block should go at the bottom of your email. I still use the five lines below the last line of the body of the email to provide white space before the closing, as I learned when writing business letters decades ago.
What should be in a signature Block?
- The signature block should be compact and informative and at a minimum should include:
- The closing is simply a polite way of saying I’m ending my message now. I usually go with the tried and true ‘Sincerely’, but others go with ‘Thank you’, ‘Best Regards’, or ‘Best Wishes,’. The main points, it should be short, polite, and professional.
- This section should be followed by two lines
- This line is your professional name (First Name, Middle Initial, and Last name) and designations (Ph.D.…etc.)
- This is your chance to say who you are and brand yourself to the reader, in a way which your email address cannot. Especially, when you consider that many of us don’t control what work email address is assigned to us.
Your Business Title
- Including your business title provides some insight into your role and professional expertise.
Your Company Name
- Much like your title, providing the Company Name and Address lets the reader know who you represent and, perhaps, more importantly, it is free advertising for the company.
Your Phone Numbers
- Including your phone numbers, both office and cell (if different) enable people to quickly reach out to you if they need or want to. Not everybody keeps all their infrequent business contacts in the phone directory.
- Putting your phone numbers on your signature block, also, enable the potential caller to verify that the numbers which they may have are still correct.
There are other items are sometimes included, such as:
- A company logo to enhance the appearance and quality of a signature block
- The Company’s website to help customer find out more about the company and to direct business to the company
- The senders email to reinforce the email address in the header of the email.
However, the guidance provided above will make you look a lot more professional in a hurry if you have not been including a signature block in your emails.
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Why you should love your work
Sooner or later you will wonder why you are not passionate and energized about your work. At the same time, an inner voice will tell you to suck it up because work is only a four-letter word and you are not supposed to enjoy it.
It is a misconception because loving your work can bring manage benefits. Work should enable and empower, not entrap. Here we have some of the reasons why you should love your work.
Helps with your success
When you love your career, no one can stop you from getting successful. You will do everything that it takes to assure that your customers love what you are offering, and your boss appreciates your every move. You would prefer to collect the appreciations because your every move will be well planned, and you will not be afraid to take it to the next level.
You are always ready to learn
You will do anything that will help you in future when you love your work.
- We all know that technology is evolving, and you will take every step to assure that you learn how to work in the new environment.
- You will be ready to attend all the conferences and other presentation only to learn something new
- When you love what do training is easier to take and will feel less like an imposition, and you will never want to miss your chance of learning something innovational and new
- With the passage of time, your knowledge, experience, and skill will grow
You will be willing to work until an older age
The best thing about loving your work is that you would prefer to work as long as you can. Most people, who do not love their work, spend most of their time waiting for the retirement. As soon as they are retired, they feel like their burden has been relieved.
However, when you love your work, you will never like to leave it. You will love to continue your job one way or another to assure that you are never disconnected. The word retirement will not be present in your dictionary. There are a few individuals that have worked till their last breath only because they loved being the part of their country.
More energy and determination
You will have more energy to put into your work when you love it. You will take all the risks, and even if you have to stay up all night, you will do it only to assure that everything is fine with your work. You will give your work everything to make it reach the level of success of which you have dreamt. You will be determined, and there is nothing that can reduce your motivation when you are working.
You will be ready to make a difference
When you start loving your work, you will notice that you will begin to think about new projects and products that will enhance the visibility of your business and this approach that will help you outpace and create your competitors. When the market is getting highly competitive, it is not easy to prove that you are different but when you love your work you can do anything to stand out. It might not be easy in the beginning, but with passion, you will get used to it.
You will quickly overcome challenges
One of the most significant benefits of loving your work is that you will be ready to face all the challenges thrown your way. You would take them positively as a way of growing and learning new things. Every morning you will wake up with a new energy and enthusiasm. You will be waiting for the new challenge that comes your way. The problem-solving skills will improve, and you will notice a difference in your mood and attitude. It will be easier for you to work with your team and your company will grow.
Tips for loving your work
In case that you have lost the passion and it has become hard for you to love your work or have the required energy. Do not worry because we have got your back with some of the important tips that will help you grow quickly.
1-Discover what you love
Confusions can happen anytime, and that is why we often make the wrong decision. It is important that you have proper mentoring because it is the only way to find out what you love. With the help of mentoring all your doubts will clear, and you will know that you have taken the right decision.
Once you have found what you love it is important that you take the required risk to make it happen. It is a reality that when we are trying to do something new and unique, our family and friends will oppose us. They love us and want the best for us, and that is why they will try to pursue you to do something else.
However, if you understand your goals, it is important to take a chance. You should take their opposition as motivation because it will help you to show everyone that you can turn the thing you love into a successful business.
When you are doing what you love there will come a time when you will have no support. You might need some financial help, but no one will be there for you because they think that you are wasting your time and you will waste their money as well.
However, you have to stay healthy and confident. The reason is that if you break at this point, you will never be able to stand up again and show people the potential you have within you. Take some help from the lenders and assure that you have the best business plan, work hard and prove.
4-Know what you value in life
There are three things that you have to pay attention to
It is vital for you to identify that which one of these factors are most important to you. Once you will learn it will become easier for you to follow the path you love. There are different sides of the business, and it is essential that you learn which one of them you like the most.
Understanding the purpose of your life is important because only then you will be able to follow the right path. If you want security make sure that you make yourself secure first before you start to invest in your business. Once you get what you want it would be easier for you to pay attention towards your job. It might take some time, but you will eventually learn what you to do and when to take the right decisions.
5-Do not say ‘will do,’ just do it
The most common mistake that we often make is that we keep saying that we will do something, but we do not take the required steps. We keep delaying the tasks and actions we should seek to accomplish what we want. In the end, the only regret remains because the right time is not available anymore.
It is essential that you do things today, instead of leaving them for tomorrow. Take baby steps in the beginning. Once you start doing what you want, nothing can stop you from taking everything to the next level. It is the time for the decision and so stop wasting your time.
6-Use power of attraction
You might find it funny, but the power of attraction exists. Once you start giving everything to what you love, others will notice your passion and enthusiasm. They will see that how hard you are working and, so they will love to invest in your work.
Your hard work and passion will give the impression that you are trustworthy and true to your work. That is why people will be attracted, and it will help to increase your revenue with the passage of time, and it will attract more individuals, and there will be no going back.
How Consulting can help you love your career
Once you are ready to love your work, but you are finding it hard to do so consulting will be the best option. Consultants will never let you lose your positivity and passion. Here we have a few ways in which consultants can help you.
The biggest benefits you will get from consulting is self-motivation. The best consultants know how to train you to always stay at the top of your mood even in the worst conditions. Experienced consultants will teach you different tricks and techniques that will help you to deal with even the toughest situations. In time you will learn to manage your stress, and so you will find something productive even in the darkest hours.
Learn to collaborate
To make the business successful, you have to develop and work with the team. There are a few leaders that think themselves as complete, and so they will not pay attention towards what their team is saying even if they are correct. It will make them hate you. Consultants will teach you to collaborate with your team. They will guide you to take their advice so that it will become easy for you to manage the tasks and you will always be open to new ideas and techniques.
You will notice that with consulting you will be able to find the solution to every problem. The reason is that consultants always have the best solution to every problem or they will find one in limited time. When you stay with one, you will learn their tricks as well. Even your team will be surprised that how easy it is for you to deal with different problems.
Helps you find your path
In case you are not on the right path, there is no need to be concerned. The consultants will ask a few questions to look for the reason that might have been disturbing your inner peace. Once they find the issue, they will help you to acknowledge it. They will be at your side in every situation, and so soon you will be able to make the most important decisions easily without any distractions or issues.
Consultants will be your perfect mentors. They will guide you regarding everything and will assure that you never take a wrong decision. They have more experience than you have and they have faced the world as no one other has. So they will mentor you in every tough situation. You can turn to them whenever you feel stuck or disturbed. Let them know your issues, and they will understand that where you are going wrong to help you out.
Once you learn to love your work, you will have a more peaceful and successful life. It is never too late to change your path and do what to love or find passion in what you are already doing. Take help from the best consultants because they know what you need the most. While selecting the consultant, you have to be very careful. All the consultants are the best, but every one of them has specialties in different fields. Make sure you select the one who meets your requirements in the best possible way. Let them know your goals and issues, and they will tell you who is the best for you.
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