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Taking A Bath With Yaro Starak Improved My Productivity

Michelle Dale - Monday, August 30, 2010

Having built a really steady comfortable income with my online business consultancy and virtual assistant services company, I decided that I wanted to try something new. I want to really start giving something back to my industry, Virtual Assistance.

The concern that I had is that I barely have enough time in the day already, running the company full time, managing the staff, and of course being a mum to my 1 and 2 year old… I had found some sort of a balance in my life, but doing the additional business development would of course tip the balance I had created.

After giving it some thought I decided the course of action I was going to take, I joined Yaro Starak’s Membership Mastermind Course and Blog Mastermind Course.

I have followed Yaro now for a very long time, because I am really drawn to his down-to-earth attitude to business, his zest for life and his ability to confidently make money online.

I joined having serious doubts that I could make the time for all the extra work, but I have always been up for a challenge. It turned out I was wrong, humans have an amazing ability to adapt to their situation and their circumstances. Which is exactly what I did.

So here are 5 Creative Ways in which I integrated the additional work for this new venture into my day.

1) Listen as much as possible.

Turn the music or the radio off and start listening to learning material while you work. This is good for when you are doing the more mundane “auto-pilot” tasks during the day.

In the evening I run a bath, and I take my iShuffle in (clipping it to my hair so it doesn’t get wet!), lay back, relax and listen to Yaro’s modules, interviews and advice, while in the bath :) Funnily enough I absorb information much better this way.

2) 10 minutes exercise every morning.

I am serious, I don’t enjoy exercise, I would rather be laying on a sun bed sipping a Mai Thai, but I truly became more productive once I started doing 10 minutes of Yoga first thing in the morning from a DVD. It gave me a positive start to the day and helped me concentrate more, and I am losing weight which is a bonus.

3) Take a note pad wherever you go.

I take a notepad with me wherever I go – or use my iPhone so I am able to quickly record ideas and notes as they pop into my head.

4) Do a research shopping list.

In order to learn more about how I was going to put all my work together I made a research shopping list, this is basically a list of things I needed researching into — to get links, downloads, blogs, websites, audios, videos – basically everything I could think of to kick-start my new venture. I gave this to one of my Virtual Assistants to go and get the items I needed on my shopping list. This saved me a lot of time, and I was able to simply work from only what I actually wanted and needed, and not have to sift through all the not useful/time wasting content I didn’t want.

5) Subscribe to feeds.

I needed to learn a lot about what was already happening out there, and with billions of websites, forums, blogs and kitchen sinks which I needed to know about and monitor daily, there was no way I could start doing the rounds every day checking to see any new activity. So I subscribed to the RSS feeds for everywhere I came across which had relevant and interesting content which would be useful in my learning process. I am all about quality, not quantity, but you need to sieve the quantity out to find the quality. I set a time each day to quickly scan through all my feeds, picking out the ones with catchy headlines and pertinent information. The rest I don’t bother with. Information overload is a terrible thing – people can easily get sucked in by it and before you realise it, hours have passed by, so by doing this, I can save myself time and get the really valuable information I need, a bit like a magpie picking out the shiny things from the rubbish.

So there you have it! That’s how I took Yaro Starak (and lots of other people) in the bath with me, and how you can too.

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Hi I'm Michelle, an entrepreneur specialising in virtual assistance, a digital and real world nomad, and a down-to-earth mother of three.

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