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  • "Hey, how are you doing?"

     

    Personal Productivity Author & Speaker Lauren Midgley

    Have you ever had that situation where somebody came up to you and said, "Hey, how are you doing?"

    Your response was, "I'm so busy, I am so overwhelmed with all that I've got going on."

    What just happened when you did that with that individual? You signal to them that you really don't have it together. You're busy like everybody else and you really didn't provide them any information about what's going on in your life.

    They ask because they really want to know. What I'm suggesting is you may want to consider telling them a different phrase and say, "Well yeah, I am busy and so good but here's what I'm doing. I'm doing this and I'm doing X and I'm doing Y," and all these things because that's what they want to know of what's actually going on with you.

    What I'm asking you to do is I'm asking you to banish that phrase I'm so busy, I'm so overwhelmed from your vocabulary. Because what happens is it provides you and others a mindset of self-talk that you're overwhelmed and that you can't keep on track and keep on top of your own productivity. That's not what you want to do. Banish that from your vocabulary.

    What you want to say is, "I'm doing well. I'm doing this and I'm doing that" and how are you doing, what's going on in your life. Don't let them say, "Oh, I'm so busy and overwhelmed." If they say that, challenge them on it. Ask them, "Oh I know, we all are but what really is happening?" Tell me exactly, what are you doing today? What's on the next week for you? What's the big project that you're working on?

    Banish I'm too busy and overwhelmed from your vocabulary.

    About Lauren Midgley

    Lauren Midgley, based in Dallas-Ft. Worth Texas, became an entrepreneur in 2010 after a 25+ year career with two Fortune 500 companies in a variety of positions: Franchise Development, Sales, and Marketing. Skilled at helping others with their personal productivity, accountability, leadership, sales growth and marketing, Lauren understands her audience and their motivation. Her depth of knowledge and understanding come from being an executive managing a team and being a business owner herself. She engages the audience through interaction, thought provoking questions and unbridled enthusiasm. Her goal is to shift their thinking and action to get results.

    Lauren is a professional member of the National Speaker Association and is on the Board for the North Texas Chapter. She has an MBA and undergrad degree in Marketing. Lauren is proud to have acquired the Certified Franchise Executive certification from the International Franchise Association.

     

  • One important skill to master is your follow up skills.

     

    Personal Productivity Author & Speaker Lauren Midgley

    One important skill to master is your follow up skills.

    It really does impact your productivity and how others view you. As an example, went to a networking event recently and I actually went there with a couple of people in mind that I wanted to meet of needs that I had. I needed a photographer, I needed a graphic artist to help with my website and I'm looking to change on car insurance. I actually met three people in that process of the networking. We exchanged cards, we had the niceties. What are you looking for? What am I looking for? They knew exactly what I was looking for. Lo and behold a week later I didn't hear from any one of the three. I was shocked.

    The reason why I was shocked was because I was clear with my need and what I wanted to do.

    I was a buyer. I was a consumer. I wanted to purchase. They clearly did not have very good follow up skills. With my card, I don't know where it went, what they did to it, threw it away, doesn't matter, but it was a lost opportunity.

    My question for you is, do you have situations where you have lost opportunities because you don't have a good follow up system, follow up productivity mindset?

    About Lauren Midgley

    Lauren Midgley, based in Dallas-Ft. Worth Texas, became an entrepreneur in 2010 after a 25+ year career with two Fortune 500 companies in a variety of positions: Franchise Development, Sales, and Marketing. Skilled at helping others with their personal productivity, accountability, leadership, sales growth and marketing, Lauren understands her audience and their motivation. Her depth of knowledge and understanding come from being an executive managing a team and being a business owner herself. She engages the audience through interaction, thought provoking questions and unbridled enthusiasm. Her goal is to shift their thinking and action to get results.

    Lauren is a professional member of the National Speaker Association and is on the Board for the North Texas Chapter. She has an MBA and undergrad degree in Marketing. Lauren is proud to have acquired the Certified Franchise Executive certification from the International Franchise Association.

     

     

     

  • Are you overcommitted, overwhelmed, overfrustrated, overpromised?

     

    Personal Productivity Author & Speaker Lauren Midgley

    Are you over just being over? I can imagine. We all are. It's one of those things in our world that we are finding that we have just way too much going on in our lives, so much coming at us.

    Productivity really does matter.

    How do we look at being overwhelmed? What do we do? What do we make different about that? How do we find our way so that we actually get done what we need to get done?

    I like to present a concept of the overwhelmed triangle.

    At the top of the triangle you have the situation where it's what do we bring on ourselves that gives us an overwhelm?

    What do we bring on that is new information that causes us to do something different and then what do we do about others who overwhelm us with things they want us to do?

    Naturally we have a situation where in fact it comes out of so much.

    Example, if we have a lot of information impacting us on a day to day basis sometimes we just absolutely freeze. We just really don't know where we want to go with all these information and we don't get done what we need to get done.

    Part of what I'm going to talk to you about today is how do we make a difference in our own world? Particularly as a business owner you've got chaos going on in your business and you know that in fact this is not good and people are not productive not getting done what they want to get done.

    As a business owner you're concerned about your profits, you're concerned about your clients and you're concerned about your revenue.

    What happens with all of that is that if your team is not productive it really does make a difference in your perspective of running your business.

    Chaos is chaos. How do you get rid of the chaos? It's one of those things where you tough to take a look at that overwhelm and say, "I'm going to do something different, we're going to have the team look at something different, we're going to have people actually do different behaviors to make that impactful for your business."

    Profits means something but ultimately what it means is getting down at the human level of how people, what motivates them to get things done.

    What motivates them to make it happen and what motivates them to not do things that you want done and more focus on the fun things. 

    How do you stop that?

     

    About Lauren Midgley

    Lauren Midgley, based in Dallas-Ft. Worth Texas, became an entrepreneur in 2010 after a 25+ year career with two Fortune 500 companies in a variety of positions: Franchise Development, Sales, and Marketing. Skilled at helping others with their personal productivity, accountability, leadership, sales growth and marketing, Lauren understands her audience and their motivation. Her depth of knowledge and understanding come from being an executive managing a team and being a business owner herself. She engages the audience through interaction, thought provoking questions and unbridled enthusiasm. Her goal is to shift their thinking and action to get results.

    Lauren is a professional member of the National Speaker Association and is on the Board for the North Texas Chapter. She has an MBA and undergrad degree in Marketing. Lauren is proud to have acquired the Certified Franchise Executive certification from the International Franchise Association.

     

  • Forty percent of our productivity is lost on a daily basis.

     

    Personal Productivity Author & Speaker Lauren Midgley

    How does that happen? It happens because we're jumping from task to task all day long. You could call it mind jumping, you could call it task juggling but here is how it happens. It happens where we have our email open, we have our to-do list, we have our calendar, we have our text, we're looking at the files on our desk, someone stops by our office.

    We end up with a lot of tasks that impact us on a day to day basis.

    Where does that take us? It takes us to mental fatigue.

    Have you ever been in that situation at the end of the day you hadn't really done much except be at your desk all day working but you are so mentally fatigued when you left at the end of the day. It happens.

    How do we make that be a little bit different in terms of going in in the morning looking at our calendar, looking at our to-do list, looking at those files and figuring out how it can be a little bit different because here's what happens now.

    At eight o'clock you get there, you open up the calendar, you open up your to-do list, you look at the files and you begin thinking exactly what is it that I need to do today? What do I need to accomplish? How am I going to be productive?

    At about that point in time you see an email come dinging through on your outlook and it's of interest to you. Has nothing to do with work. Now it's about 8:05 and you click on that email and it's about the high school reunion. Has nothing to do with work but you're really interested in it. Obviously it's much more fun than the work that you have ahead of you.

    You begin opening that email, you click on the pictures, you look at all the links. The next thing you know it's 8:25. Oh my gosh, got to get back to my day.

    What's going on? Again, you open up that calendar, you open up the task list and you look at the files that are on the desk. What do I have to get done today? What just happened in that whole process was your mind jumped to somewhere else and you're a lot less productive.

    How do we overcome that? My belief is that is truly where you have to be intentional and focused about what you want to accomplish. Because if in fact to plan your day, let's say the task really is only about five minutes to do what I just described without going to the email that was the fun email but it's really only five minutes.

    Suppose you do that and then you begin to work on the rest of the things that you have to get done. What happens is we end up with mental fatigue, we end up with errors, a lot of unfinished tasks and things that just don't go as well as we'd like. Vary how that situation at the end of the day you walk out of the office and you look at your to-do list and you've only checked off a couple of things and you really didn't get done all the things that you wanted to get done. In fact you are really dealing with everybody else's agenda. You went to meetings, you responded to phone calls, you did emails but you never found the time to get done the things that you set out to do that particular day.

    Here's the solution and how you deal with that forty percent productivity loss on a daily basis.

    You stop the mind jumping, you stop the mind juggling and you are focused and more concentrated on how you actually go about your day. When you feel your mind beginning to jump and go to that next task and you haven't completed the one that you're on, stay with it so that in fact you accomplish more on a daily basis. Let's bring that number of forty percent down to a smaller number that really makes you feel a lot better so that you walk out of the office and you say, "I've had a great day today. I got the things done that I really needed to get done." Close the door and you're ready for the next day to begin when it begins but tonight, I'm done.

    About Lauren Midgley

    Lauren Midgley, based in Dallas-Ft. Worth Texas, became an entrepreneur in 2010 after a 25+ year career with two Fortune 500 companies in a variety of positions: Franchise Development, Sales, and Marketing. Skilled at helping others with their personal productivity, accountability, leadership, sales growth and marketing, Lauren understands her audience and their motivation. Her depth of knowledge and understanding come from being an executive managing a team and being a business owner herself. She engages the audience through interaction, thought provoking questions and unbridled enthusiasm. Her goal is to shift their thinking and action to get results.

    Lauren is a professional member of the National Speaker Association and is on the Board for the North Texas Chapter. She has an MBA and undergrad degree in Marketing. Lauren is proud to have acquired the Certified Franchise Executive certification from the International Franchise Association.

     

  • How will you capture new information?

     

    Personal Productivity Author & Speaker Lauren Midgley

    Second situation. I met with a lady yesterday, shared some information that was valuable for her. She really liked it and she said to me, "Now where can I write this down that I can remember it?" That happens to all of us.

    We get new information in... If you remember I had talked about a overwhelm triangle where we are overwhelmed by things we do, overwhelmed by others but overwhelmed by new information. She was getting some new information but she actually didn't know where she wanted to put that information. Because what happened in her mind, in her process, let's go through the steps. It was important information. She wanted to get back to it, she wanted to follow up and she wanted to make sure she had that information in order to move forward in her world. What was the trigger? How many of us actually pull out a post it note, we find a scrap piece of paper and we capture that new information that's really important to us in a haphazard way where we don't really have a system?

    My recommendation is to consider how will you capture new information that's important to your world that will make you more productive so that somewhere down the road next day, week later, you're not searching for that information especially if it's important to you in your world of productivity.

    We have to have that system so that we know it's captured in a consistent place but also it's where we know in fact we can go back to it and also we know that there's a trigger that will allow us to pull that information up easily and we don't have to spend a lot of time making that happen.

    Again, that goes back to follow up skills. If in fact she had a follow up system rather than a scrap of paper, she could easily capture the information, put it in her phone, put it on a piece of paper, tickler system and remind her to go back at a certain time to gather that information.

    Follow up skills are really, really important and it's woefully lacking in our world today. You can be a stand out person if you follow up consistently and have a system that works for you.

    About Lauren Midgley

    Lauren Midgley, based in Dallas-Ft. Worth Texas, became an entrepreneur in 2010 after a 25+ year career with two Fortune 500 companies in a variety of positions: Franchise Development, Sales, and Marketing. Skilled at helping others with their personal productivity, accountability, leadership, sales growth and marketing, Lauren understands her audience and their motivation. Her depth of knowledge and understanding come from being an executive managing a team and being a business owner herself. She engages the audience through interaction, thought provoking questions and unbridled enthusiasm. Her goal is to shift their thinking and action to get results.

    Lauren is a professional member of the National Speaker Association and is on the Board for the North Texas Chapter. She has an MBA and undergrad degree in Marketing. Lauren is proud to have acquired the Certified Franchise Executive certification from the International Franchise Association.