The Self Improvement Toolshop

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You are the Boss

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Before I started my work at home business I worked in an office.  I enjoyed working in an office but I knew that I could earn a substantially better income if I had my own business.   

Transitioning from an office based job to a work at home business was challenging.  In my office based job I had a series of tasks I was responsible for.  In my work at home business I was responsible for everything.  That was a huge change.   

If something did not go right I could not hold the boss or a co worker responsible.  IF something did not go right I was responsible.  When something did not go right I felt annoyed, disappointed, frustrated, discouraged, irritated, concerned.  I felt stressed out.   

Feeling stressed out will happen when you have a work at home business.  No one likes to feel stressed out.  It is not a pleasant feeling.  So what should you do when you feel stressed out?   

The answer is simple.  Take a break.  Do not take a break in your home office. Leave your home office.  Go into another room.   Give yourself five minutes to de stress.  Set a timer.  If you set a timer you will not focus on when your five minutes are up. You will have the whole five minutes to focus on de stressing.  Do whatever relaxes you.  Have a snack, daydream, do some breathing exercises,  listen to music, take a walk,  look out your window,  play with your pets, give yourself a mini massage, do some stretches, meditate,  light a scented candle,  have a laugh.   

When your five minutes are up go back to work.  Do not dawdle.  Go to it.  If there is one task that is still causing you stress put it aside.  Move on to another task.  The only rule here is you must tackle the task that is causing you stress by the end of your work day.   You can not put it off.  You may have to do it and feel stressed anyway.  You are the boss and that is what bosses have to do sometimes.  Here’s to your success at your work at home business. 

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Marcia, Your Confidence Coach

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January 31, 2007 Posted by | being the boss, de stressing, home business, organizing your home businesss, self improvement, work, work at home, work at home business, work at home challenges | 2 Comments

Organizing Your To Do List

Organizing Your to do List

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Each day you need to prepare your daily to do list for your work at home business.  At the end of your day you should review your daily to do list.  When you do this you will notice that there are some tasks that you did not complete.  You will probably carry these over to the next day.  After a few days you will notice that there are certain tasks that you have not completed.  You have carried these tasks over for a few days and they are still incomplete, or untouched. 

This carry over of to do tasks can have two outcomes.  The first one is excellent.

FIRST OUTCOME

Now you have learned something about how to organize and prioritize your to do list and your day.  You have noticed that the to do tasks that you carry over are probably not important nor urgent.  They were not completed and things turned out fine.  They were not completed and things are still moving along.  You are succeeding at your work at home business.  This is exactly how you prioritize your list.  This is exactly how you learn what you must do and what you thought you had to do.

SECOND OUTCOME

Now you have learned something about how to organize and prioritize your to do list and your day.  You have noticed that the to do things that you carry over are probably VERY important and or urgent.  You have learned that you avoided doing the important things.  You have learned that doing the important things make you feel uncomfortable, queasy, and nervous.   You have learned that you procrastinated doing the important things.  Don’t worry and stress out over this.  You will conquer this and get back on to the path to work at home success. 

Here is the solution.  DO THE THINGS YOU AVOID FIRST EACH DAY.  Jot down some ideas on how to approach these tasks.  Mull over these ideas.  Practice and rehearse how you will approach these tasks.  Then do them.  Don’t worry if you feel uncomfortable, queasy and nervous doing these tasks.  Each time you do a task that is uncomfortable you will get better and better at it.  You will be back on your path to success at your work at home business.

Please leave a comment.  Let me know what you would like to hear about. 

Thanks, Marcia Your Confidence Coach

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January 30, 2007 Posted by | choice, confidence, home business, knowledge, organizing your home businesss, self improvement, to do list, work, work at home, work at home business | Leave a comment

Planning Your Day

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When you work at home you must to plan your day.  The best way to plan your day is with a list.  You must write down what you need to get done for the day. 

Do not keep these items in yout head.  Storing to do items in your head is foolish.  You will forget some of the to do items if you store them in your head.  You will focus on the do items that are not important.  You must focus on the task at hand.  If you store a list in your head you will be distracted.  You will be focusing on remembering your to do list. 

Make a written list.  I like to keep  a notebook especially for my to do lists.  I date each entry.  I cross out what I have completed.  I review what I did not complete.  Any incomplete tasks that still require action I transfer to the new to do list.  I do this at the end of the work day.  Things are fresh in my mind. 

Using a notebook for my to do list is an organizational tool.  My daily tasks are in one easily accessible place.  If Iget discouraged I can look back and see what I have accomplished. 

Since you are a beginner at working at home write down everything and anything you want to accomplish for the day.  It is fine if it is a big list for the day.  The important point is to put your tasks on a list.  The important point is to remove these tasks from your mind.  The important point is to be able to foucs on the task at hand. 

Keep doing this everyday.  You will get better and better at wrting down your tasks. 

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Marcia, Your Confidence Coach

January 29, 2007 Posted by | self improvement, work, work at home | Leave a comment

To Work Or Not to Work

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Making a Choice

Knowledge is clearly important to acquire.  It is especially important when you are making a decision.  Making a decision about your work is crucial, complex and challenging. 

To Work or Not to Work – You are a stay at home parent.  You have been thinking about paid work.  How do you decide what to do?  Knowledge should be part of this decision.  The other part to this decision is intuition.  You will have to find the balance between the two for yourself. 

What is intution?  These definitions are from the dictionary. 

1. direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension.
2. a fact, truth, etc., perceived in this way.
3. a keen and quick insight.

Definition 1mentions “truth and fact.”   Defintion 2 also mentions “truth and fact.”   Defintion 3 mentions “keen and quick insight.”   It clearly seems that intution is important.  For myself I define intution as a physical feeling  For me it is that odd feeling I get in my stomach. 

Intution and knowledge work together in making a decision.  Sometimes they may seem at odds.  It will be your choice how you balance the two.  I personally pay very close and careful attention to my intution.

Protect yourself from work at home scams. 

Marcia, Your Confidence Coach

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January 28, 2007 Posted by | decision | Leave a comment

What is Confidence?

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So what is Confidence?  There are multiple definitions of confidence.  This is what the dictionary has to say on the definition of confidence. 

belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities; self-confidence; self-reliance; assurance: His lack of confidence defeated him.

certitude; assurance: He described the situation with such confidence that the audience believed him completely.

Clearly confidence is something inside of us.  Confidence is something you want. Confidence is something you may feel you lack.  However, it is false thinking to believe you have confidence or you do not.  Having confidence is not a black and white issue.  It is actually a complex trait.  

If you think back you will see that there were many times when you acted with confidence.  You may not have felt confident but you acted with confidence. The next thing I want to tell you will surprise you.  It is a simple statement.  Feelings are not facts. This is a concept you need to learn and repeat over and over. Think about that for a few seconds.  You may have felt you lacked confidence in a situation yet you acted in a confident manner.  Feelings are not facts. 

I have just provided you with a piece of knowledge.  Knowledge is important.  Knowledge relates to confidence.  You are confident when you know what you are talking about.  If you have knowledge you can make choices that will benefit you.  With knowledge you can make confident choices. 

The link below will give you knowledge if you are interested in having a home business.  With that knowledge you can make an educated decision if having a home business is right for you. When you educate yourself and gain knowledge you can make the right choice.
Marcia, Your Confidence Coach

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January 28, 2007 Posted by | knowledge, self improvement | Leave a comment

Welcome from Marcia, Your Confidence Coach

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Welcome to the Self Improvement Toolshop 

Hello.  My name is Marcia Siegel.  I am a Your Confidence Coach.  I love helping people be whatever they want to be. 

Being a confident person is a sure fire way to become your personal best.  Being a confident person is how you become a better you.   I want you to enjoy your life.  I want you to be a participant in your life.  I want you to be able to truly experience your life.  I want you to be able to tackle whatever comes your way.  

I will be here to deliver words of wisdom, tips, ideas and information.  Together we will make you “A Better You”.  

Marcia, Your Confidence Coach

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January 26, 2007 Posted by | choice, decision, home business | 2 Comments

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January 26, 2007 Posted by | self improvement | Leave a comment