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10 Christmas Gifts For Network Marketers

10 Christmas Gifts for Network Marketers

Happy holidays! Tis the season time again and I have teamed up with Santa’s helpers to bring you the BEST gifts for network marketers. Whether you are buying for your team, a friend, or a family member, these gifts are sure to be a hit.

10. Eric Worre Go Pro

Eric Worre Go Pro

Books make excellent Christmas gifts. This book is absolutely amazing for a network marketer. I have learned so much from Eric Worre over the years and was fortunate to speak at some of his events! Everyone will learn something from this book.

9. Tea Bag Holder

Tea Bag Holder

I LOVE tea! Drinking tea throughout the day is a great way to stay hydrated and keep your energy up when working from home. One of my pet peeves is when the bag and string slip into my tea cup. I love these fun teabag holders – they keep my tea bag in place and make me smile every time.

8. Toodledo Subscription

Toodledo

This is a great Christmas gift for your network marketing superstar! I use Toodledo to keep track of all the tasks I have on my plate. You can also set reminders and recurring tasks which makes organizing your MLM business much easier.  Your calendar isn’t where you want to stash all the to do’s.   Once I started using toodledo, my calendar became so clear and so clean – just appointments and calls!  Plus toodledo captures all those sticky notes and the running commentary we have going on in our heads all the time trying to remember too much stuff.  I LOVE Toodledo!  My assistant, Anne Perry introduced me to it years ago.

7. Dream Board

Dream Board

This fun cork board is the perfect place to pin your dreams. Focusing and manifesting your goals and dreams is very important in the network marketing world. I have a few boards at home and on Pinterest that give me daily inspiration.  What you see on a regular basis will become much more real to you.  Dream Boards are incredibly powerful.  It is almost spooky how some of my dreams have come true – to the degree that I just stare at the dream board and shake my head at the reality of what has shown up in my life that mirrors the dream board exactly!  Even my engagement ring!

6. Book of Inspirational Quotes

Inspirational Quotes

I love posting inspirational quotes in my newsletters and on my social media accounts. I always have a few books like this around so I can easily find new quotes to keep everyone motivated, including myself 😉  It is a nice pick-me-up for a few quiet moments a day.  It is so important to fill our minds and hearts with great messages.  Mindset makes a huge difference.  We think it is all about the technique, the how to’s and those are important but without a great mindset to put the how to’s to work, it won’t matter.  Stay inspired!

Christmas Gifts for Network Marketers!

5. Adult Coloring Book

Coloring Book

Sometimes you just need to take a break and clear your mind…and coloring is a great way to do it! You wouldn’t believe how relaxing it is to pick up a few pens and color. I recommend pairing with a nice cup of tea.  🙂  Coloring books have become quite popular for adults lately.  Another type of mediation.  My sister in law, Kath has colored in her journal for years!  It is very soothing.  Remember how much you loved it as a child.  You still do – you have just forgotten.  I rediscovered coloring books at a spiritual retreat last year.

4. Laptop Travel Bag

Laptop Travel Bag

Network marketers travel a lot! We are also constantly giving presentations, sending emails, hosting webinars and posting on our social media accounts so we need our computers with us whenever possible. This bag is a great Christmas gift because it protects your gadgets AND slides nicely over your suitcase.  And odds are good, if you have a travel bag, it is probably looking shabby or you have had it awhile.  Time to upgrade and I love that this one fits on top of the suitcase.  Easier to get around the airports.

 

3. Fitbit

Fitbit

Having a daily exercise is vital when you are working from home or traveling a lot. I love the Fitbit because it helps me calculate my activity and connects online so I can read my stats anywhere I go!  It is inspiring to see how you are doing throughout the day.  My goal is to step at least 10,000 steps a day and this helps me to reach that goal many more days than if I didn’t have this tracker.  It is easy to sit at the desk for hours and to talk on the phone in our business.  We need to get up and move!  I know I do.  This is a big 2016 goal for me!

2. iPhone Photography and Video Kit

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Video marketing is a powerful tool in building your MLM business. I love this kit because it let’s me turn my smartphone into a mobile video studio. It also has a remote control so you don’t have to move your phone every time you start and stop. Pro tip: make sure you have great lighting or the video will look grainy. And….always shoot your video in a horizontal format.  This is a great and very easy to use gadget.  And the final product is much more professional because your hand isn’t shaking the camera!

1. iPad

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iPads are a great Christmas gift for network marketers! You can use it for scheduling, communication, sharing tools and giving presentations. It is also great for working while traveling.  It feels different than your laptop or primary workstation at home too.  There is a bigger “fun” factor.  Presentations and videos look great on it too.  Prospects are impressed when you share your products and opportunity easily and casually on your iPad.

Figuring out the perfect Christmas and Holiday gifts for your loved ones can be stressful.  I hope this list helps give you some ideas for the holiday season. Santa is working around the clock to make all your gifts – and the elves too 😉 Happiest of holidays!

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NETWORK-MARKETING-ROCKSTAR

P.S. I hope my tips on how to make a video are of value to you. If you liked this blog post, I think you will love my blog post on How to Find the Best Prospects!

 

5 Tips For Actually Working at Home!

5 tips for working from home!

As anyone who works from home knows, it can be quite difficult to stay organized while in your home office. Although there are many advantages (like avoiding rush-hour traffic or being able to go to work in your pajamas) there are some very real challenges. It can be quite strenuous to keep your home office organized and free of distractions, such as household chores, errands, TV, children,spouses and pets. Not necessarily in that order!  Here are some tips for working from home so you can stay on track!  Especially during the Holidays this can be really challenging, but on the best of days, getting done what you need to in your home based business from your home office is a feat!  I love it and I can’t imagine otherwise but it does take focus and discipline too.  I haven’t had to drive a commute for 10 years and I can tell you, I do not miss it!

Working From Home

1. Remove the distractions. After all, distractions are the number one reason for being unproductive while working at home. Are you tempted by all the wonderful shows you could watch on TV? Or maybe the washing machine and the dishwasher calls you?  And the kids can be a bit demanding too if they are front and center.  As much as possible, keep these distractions out of reach.  Also, I like to keep my office area clean when working from home, that way I am not distracted by the things that need to be cleaned up.  I am someone that needs some order so I often start the day just tidying up my office for a few minute so it “feels good” to me as I am working.

Working-From-Home

2. Create your own dedicated office space.  It is very difficult to stay focused and motivated if you are working in your bedroom or on the couch. It is very important that you dedicate an area in your house to being your office space. Otherwise, it will be very difficult to keep your train of thought on track if you have a number of distractions staring you in the face because you are working on the living room couch or the kitchen table. If you don’t have an actual room for your home office with a door you can shut, then carve out a real space wherever it is and put a sign up for the family that when you are in work mode, they need to wait…Easier said than done, I know but we do train people (even family) how to treat us.  It is good for your family to see you focused and accomplishing too.   The best way to mentally get yourself into work mode is to create an area that is your dedicated office or space.  Make it feel good to you.  We spend a lot of time working so enjoy your surroundings whether that is a bouquet of fresh flowers, or your favorite music in the background, create an environment that you enjoy.  Simple things really do add up.

3. Keep your office stocked and ready to go. Make sure that you have all the supplies that you need so you don’t have to stop what you are doing to go grab them. I also like to have my favorite teas and healthy snacks stocked so I have something to keep me fueled.  Now that you are ready to go, practice setting aside 2 hours a day for dedicated focus time.  It is amazing how much you can get done when you power through 2 hours of serious focused time without distractions.

Are you working from home?

4. Set office hours that you will stick to. Just because you are working from home does not mean that you should work random hours. Or work all the time which I have been known to do…If you kind of work all the time, it isn’t dedicated or as focused.  Trust me, it is more fun when you can really dedicate the time to it versus being kind of paying attention to work and the family or other distractions at the same time.  This is a tough one for me but the experts say that you should come in at a set time each day and then leave at a set time.  I am laughing as I write that because that will definitely be a new discipline for me but I am willing to try!  If you have a family, it might be a good idea to keep a sign on the door with your office hours so that everyone in the house knows that your work time is off-limits. That will also serve as a visual reminder for you to keep on working 😉

5. Stay connected! Working from home does not mean you have to be isolated. Sometimes people will say they don’t like to work from home because they feel lonely or they miss the friendly banter with people at the office.  When we work from home, we need to work harder to create that.  Coffee dates and phone calls or quick walks outside can make a big difference.  Keeping in touch with your team on a regular basis can fulfill the personal touch we all need too.  All of these things will also help you remember that you are not alone on the job and keep you motivated.   There are so many advantages to working from home.  I love it and truly can’t imagine having to work in an office anymore but if you are new to this, there are some adjustments to make.  Whether you are new or not, I hope this article gave you some food for thought.  For all of you celebrating Thanksgiving this week, happiest of times with your family.  I am grateful for all of you and our community!

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NETWORK-MARKETING-ROCKSTAR

P.S. I hope my tips on how to make a video are of value to you. If you liked this blog post, I think you will love my blog post on How to Find the Best Prospects! You also may enjoy this additional training about Success Secrets From Top Team Builders from Ray Higdon.

How to Stay Focused During the Holidays

How to Stay Focused During the Holidays!

We are about to enter the holiday season once again and with that comes a new round of being busier than ever. There just is never enough time to bake holiday cookies, attend the parties and buy all those last minute gifts for your friends and family plus do all of the work you normally have to do. Many of my team members that work from home always ask me about tips on how to stay focused at work during the holidays so that is what this week’s blog is going to be about! Here are 10 tips for staying focused on your work during the holiday season:

How to Stay Focused in 10 Easy Steps

How to Stay Focused and Relaxed.

1. REMAIN CALM. I know your to do list may seem overwhelming as your time seems to be shrinking. But don’t let your personal stress affect your work performance or diminish your productivity. Remember to take some time off from work to spend holiday time with family or even get a little shopping out of the way. That way you can have a chance to refresh yourself during the busy holiday season.

2. Make a to-do list. Even though it may seem overwhelming, it will give you a chance to clear your mind and focus on the most important things that need to be. I like to create one giant list then prioritize by importance. I also love using a website called Toodledo.  Highlight the tasks you must have completed by the time your family arrives in town to celebrate the holidays. Or, if you have tasks that MUST be done during those days, prioritize what needs to be done, set a time and goal. Do the most important things first!

Use a To Do list: How to Stay Focused

3. Make a daily plan. If you have a plan for each day of the holiday season, it will help you be more organized. Create a plan so that you can assign work tasks to each day, as well as holiday shopping and travel time. If you have children, it may be a good idea to also think of activities to keep the kids busy and occupied.  You won’t be able to get everything done, so make sure you are focused on the top 5 things that will really make a difference.  Don’t get bogged down in the busy work.  Focus on the “A” level activities.

How to Stay Focused = To Do List

4. Get a jump on your to do list. Start working on all those year-end projects ahead of time. Even start your holiday shopping earlier than you did in the past. That way you can attend all of the holiday parties and family obligations later in the month, knowing that you have the time and that you are better organized.  Make sure you delegate too.  My husband always says I have learned the art of delegation.  Delegate with a smile and a please and thank you but make sure you are including the people who can help you with tasks.

5. Look out for distractions! They are everywhere during the busy holiday season. When you are setting aside time to work – do that! Let your family know that for the next 3 hours you are off limits.  Don’t get distracted by online shopping. That can wait until later. Remember, if you are trying to do too many things at once you will get overwhelmed. Sometimes going to a coffee shop or library can be helpful because there aren’t as many things to pull you away from productivity.  It can be a nice break in the day too.

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6. Create boundaries. If you set aside time to work, make sure that everyone in your family knows that it is your time and that you should not be disturbed unless it is an absolute emergency. Put your phone on silent so that you are not tempted to answer the phone. On the other hand, if you set aside time to spend with your children, parents or other loved ones – don’t get distracted by work! Family time is especially sacred during the holiday season and should be one of your major commitments.  Make sure to put the phone down during these times.  We are setting examples for our kids and loved ones.

7. Take care of yourself! Remember to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. Try to exercise more this holiday season – don’t let your to do list take away from your normal routine. Also sleep more, not less so you have the energy to deal with everything you have to do during the day. Finally, watch what you eat and drink. Everyone eats more sugary foods and alcoholic beverages during the holiday season, but remember those will impact your next day at work, both mentally and physically. This one is hard, I know! Often we get sick in January because of how much we “overdid” in December.  If we take better care of ourselves in December, we can usually avoid the January blahs.

8. Don’t over commit yourself. It is all right if you cannot make every holiday party or function. Your friends will forgive you! Just be sure to prioritize and balance your holiday activities with your work obligations. In the long run it is better to keep focused and maintain a good work-life balance.

My Best Tips on How to Stay Focused

9. Remind yourself each morning to stay focused at work. Forget about all you have to do and focus on each day’s obligations. Make sure that when you are working, you are focused on the tasks that have to be done, and not thinking about what you have to do in the near future. I like to wake up with a cup of tea and look over my to do list. This really gets me in the right mindset for productivity. When you are at the actual holiday function then you can focus on the holidays and having fun!

10. Remember what the holiday season is about – celebration and spending time with friends and family! It is one of the happiest times of the year and does not have to be chaotic, even though there are lots of pulls for it to be that  – it is what we make of it!  Enjoy the simple things.  Your decorated house or your kids happy faces when they find the perfect gift, baking, the first snow, the way the light changes at night….  The list goes on and on.  I love the holidays and have learned over the years, that less is more.  We don’t have to make the 30 kinds of cookies we did when we were kids.  Think about your holiday traditions and continue to do the ones you only really love!

I truly hope these tips on how to stay focused will make this season less stressful. You got this. Follow these tips and I am confident you will focus on your work during the busy holiday season!  The holiday gatherings are a perfect place to share your products and business with lots of people that you don’t see all the time too.  Just be sure to ask questions, provoke curiosity so that they are actually asking you what you are up to!  Most of all, enjoy this precious time with your family and friends.

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NETWORK-MARKETING-ROCKSTAR

P.S. I hope my tips on how to make a video are of value to you. If you liked this blog post, I think you will love my blog post on changing your daily routine to become a top earner! You also may enjoy this additional training about Success Secrets From Top Team Builders from Ray Higdon.

5 Ways to Stay Focused During Summer!

Wondering How to Stay Focused When the Beach is Calling You?

Working through the summer months can be very challenging, especially when you are running your own business! With kids out of school, and vacations right around the corner, it can be hard to stay focused on working. Instead of getting distracted with all the fun things these sun-filled summer months have to offer, make this work in your favor. Over the years I got creative to make my vacations and life work for my business. Now I get to enjoy a booming business and the BBQs and trips to the beach all at the same time.

Here are My Best Tips to Help You Stay Focused When the Beach is Calling You!

Stay focused during the summer months!

 

1. The sun is shining, birds are chirping and you….well, you need to make phone calls! One trick I found was getting a good quality headset for my phone so I could take walks and make calls at the same time. I always bring a small notepad and pen in my pocket just in case I really need to jot something down. Or I just send myself a text message right away.  You never know, the fresh air could inspire your next big idea. Stay focused by working while enjoying the things you want to do!  It is a good idea to take hourly stretch or walking breaks.  I have been known to sit at the computer for hours on end – it isn’t easy to push away but better for our bodies and mental clarity when we do!

2. Make sure you have enough energy! There can be a lot going on during the summer as far as events go, so budget your day wisely and make sure you get rest. We live in a sleep deprived culture.  If you aren’t getting at least 7 hours sleep a night, then you are prematurely aging yourself.  I am not an early to bed, early to rise kind of person but I do most nights get at least 7 1/2 hours.  Start your day off with a good breakfast, vitamins and maybe a strong cup of coffee! Think about what the word breakfast means: you are breaking the fast and jump starting your metabolism.  Set a goal to eat within 30 minutes of getting up in the morning.  If you fuel your body with what it needs, it will provide you with stamina to get your work done AND have fun.

How to stay focused during summer!

Meeting new people while on a trip to Florida!

3. Social events like picnics, family reunions, bbq’s, birthday parties and swim club parties are a great place to network and talk about your business and attract new team members. Be READY to talk about your business. Stock up on business cards that you can hand out when you are attending fun summer events. DO NOT oversell, or be too pushy with people – they are there to relax! Keep the conversation light, but highlight a few key points about your business. When someone asks you how you are or someone asks you what you do, be enthusiastic about how you have found a better way and how much you love having your own business!  Let them know about what amazing things your business is allowing you to do. That will speak for itself! Keep cards and samples handy so you can connect. If your company has great before and after pics, know how to get to that link quickly so you can flash them on your smart phone while you are chatting with someone.  And don’t wait too long before reaching out to follow up with people.  Your speed in getting back to them will prove to them that you are serious and professional.

4.  Don’t think you have to skip vacations to keep up with work! Stay focused and know that you can make your trips work for you. Talk to as many new people as you can and get the chance to know them. Networking is important in any industry and can often be easier when you have mai tais in hand. People are also more relaxed and open to having conversations, just always remember to keep it light.  That person sitting next to you on the chaise lounge may become your best friend and best business partner.

5 Ways to Stay Focused During Summer!

5.  Stay focused during summer by fine tuning your time management. Keep everything on a calendar and make sure you are giving yourself enough time to complete your tasks. This is especially important if you have kids since they will be out of school and have a lot of free time. Good thing teenagers sleep in because that is when I get a lot done!  If you are working from home and need some dedicated quiet time, try to find a great summer camp that your kids will love.  Sometimes when the kids are home, I also take a “work break” by walking down to the local coffee shop.  The kids get to stay home and I get to focus and dig in for a couple hours.  If your kids are young, then schedule some play dates with other parents so you have a few extra hours a week to work.  You can also stay focused while on the go by sending out a few emails or making some calls while waiting for your kids to get out of practice. Always think of how you can multitask your way to success!  You really can build your network marketing business in the nooks and crannies of your day!  In the summer, it feels even more important to be focused on the A level activities.  You know the ones that make your bank account happy!

I hope these tips help you navigate your work life during the tempting summer months! I always keep in mind that my hard work DOES pay off and helps keep my business booming.  Summer vacations are a blast.  I hope you enjoy yours to the fullest.  Next week, my husband and I get to go to Tahiti for 10 days with our network marketing company.  I won’t be working much during this vacation but I do plan to bring my iPad to take advantage of the down time to work on my presentation for Eric and Marina Worre’s first annual “The Most Powerful Women in Network Marketing History” event that takes place in August this summer.  You should take a serious look at attending this event.  The line up of speakers is amazing and I am honored and humbled to be included on this list.  Have a great week!  Here is the link to check out the big event in August.  It would be great to see you there.

Best wishes!

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NETWORK-MARKETING-ROCKSTAR

I hope these network marketing tips are of value to you. You may find this blog post – Network Marketing Tip: Creating Your Dream Life – helpful too! Here you can find additional training, “Straight Talk on Fear and Procrastination“, that can really help you with procrastination. If you learned something in this article, share it on Facebook! Also, comment with your thoughts below.