5 Tips for a Productive Day

Routine, Routine, Routine… We’ve all been told this, yet we tend to ignore the value of having a good morning routine.  WHY?!  Because we are good at doing things that are bad for us.  Ha…we are also good at creating habits and we can create good habits if we want.  When I get out of my morning routine, it always makes the day feel off.  But If I have a good morning routine I feel more confident going into the day.  Here are my 5 morining rituals that set me straight for the day. 

1. Set bedtime & wakeup time 💤

I get up at 5AM every day, except for Saturday…some times. 🙂 Have a consistent bed time and wake up time. It helps your body sleep better and wake up easier. It also sets you up for a good morning routine.

2. Workout 🏋🏻‍♀️

I like to workout in the morning. It gets your blood flowing your body moving and wakes up the mind. You of course can work out later in the day, but with my busy routine and business I find I’m less likely to make excuses to not work out if I get it done first thing in the mornings. Bonus: the gym tends to not be as crowded in the mornings. 

3. Take time for yourself 🧘🏻‍♀️

Meditate – After you get the blood flowing and the body moving, it’s nice to take a few minutes to rest and clear the mind before the day starts. You can start with 5 cleansing breaths or go for a full 10-20 min meditation. What ever works for you, it’s good to take some time for you and your mind. I love using the Headspace app. 

4. Healthy Breakfast 🥑

You’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I don’t know about that, but I do know if I eat a healthy breakfast it sets the tone for the rest of my meals. Just like waking up and the same time each day, be consistent about what you eat in the morning. I find a protein shake with lots of greens, fruits and vitamins is the best start for me. It doesn’t way me down and I feel energized and ready to go. 

5. Dress for success 👗 

I know many of us are working from home and PJs are the most inviting. You don’t have to do a full suit, but try to get out of the yoga pants a couple of times of week. Even if you are just going down the hall. Trust me you will feel different about work that day. Smile too! 😊

What morning routines do you have that make you day more successful?  Share with us!

5 Things I do as an Entrepreneur

Most entrepreneurs are moving quickly and making decisions, right or wrong, to move forward.  Other people are constantly telling you how to do things, questioning your every move, pushing back, and telling you no.  It’s hard to always know what path is the right direction for your business and yourself.  Here are 5 things I have developed over the years that help guide me on my entrepreneurial journey. 

You should try one or all 5 of these. It will help you operate every day and for the big picture. 

 

Surround Yourself with GREAT People

As an entrepreneur your time is valuable, and your mental health is even more precious. People who are negative or heading in a different direction will drag you down. Surround yourself with people who are not just supporters but that you can also learn from. Your business success is dependent on it.

Example: Join a leadership forum where you can share and learn from people who have the same mindset as you…growing a business.

Gratitude Journal 

I reflect on all the amazing things in my life and appreciate them in writing every day.

Learn from your mistakes

This is a hard one, but as an entrepreneur, you are going to make a lot of mistakes. Own them and learn from them. It’s the only way you will get better.

Example: Why something goes wrong, memorialize it by having a team debrief, writing up the situation and solution. Review significant learning situations with your team monthly, quarterly, and annually. 

Go outside of your comfort zone

When things are going well, it’s easy to get complacent and keep the status quo. So, always be looking for challenges and ways to improve your business. This means seeking out opportunities that are out of your normal routine and that may seem scary at first. You will learn a lot and improve from every lesson.

Example:

  • Status Quo – You are not good at speaking, so you always let other team members present.
  • Out of the comfort zone – Join Toastmasters to learn how to speak in front of people.

Eat Healthy 

This doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the foods you like, it means having a meal plan for what you will eat and NOT eat. Food is fuel for your body and mind. You will have more energy, be more positive, and think clearer for yourself and your business.

Example: Only drink on the weekends, Cook dinner at least 5 days a week, say NO to the office cookies.

You can do it!

If you are struggling or want to talk more about entrepreneurship, reach out to me at reb@reblmarketing.com. 

I love talking to other entrepreneurs and business owners.  Together we can change the world!

First Who…Then What

Recently, several people recommended that I read James Collins’s book “Good to Great.” I’m currently on the third chapter: First Who… Then What. If you want to grow your business, Collins advises, you need to get the right people in the right seats. Of course, this is always easier said than done.

This made me think about why I started REBL Marketing: so that the small businesses we serve could have access to the marketing knowledge and experience my team and I generate through our outsourced model. I’ve worked in small companies, where I was expected to do all marketing-related tasks, but the reality is that one person can’t be exceptional at everything.

Look, I get it. When you are just starting out, you have to do as much as you can within your budget. A lot of the time, that means being reactive instead of proactive with your marketing efforts. But when you hit that phase of your business when you are able to invest in marketing and grow your business, working with a team like REBL can help you develop a strategy and implement a strong marketing plan at a fraction of the cost of hiring a full-time marketing person.

If you are looking to get the right person (or persons!) in the right marketing seats, give REBL a call at (858) 848-7325. We can help REBLutionize your marketing program.

Processes & Procedures for Your Agency with Reb Risty

Reb Risty, Head REBL at REBL Marketing, was recently a guest on Julia McLaughlin’s ‘Her Agency Toolkit’ podcast, a podcast designed to encourage and inspire women entrepreneurs working in digital marketing.

Reb discussed the importance of building processes and procedures for your agency, since as an agency owner herself, she is intimately familiar with the challenges inherent to the process.

You can listen to the whole podcast here:

https://www.podbean.com/site/EpisodeDownload/PB107A267ZQ8UG