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PositivityChange Post : Issue 30 : Organized during Tax Time

Tax time has saved my tail this week. You’ve read this right! Tax time has saved me because it will give me a capital infusion to make my business cash flow positive. I admit that I am amazed that tax time is my saving grace (It always is when you don’t owe either the state or the federal governments). I am buoyed by this newfound good news because this entire second quarter I have been letting you know that I intend on being cash flow positive. Now I am in a position to realize this personally and professionally.

Also this is the first time that I have gone to a tax preparer to have my taxes done. I will start doing this because they’re more knowledgeable than I am about this area. I will use an accountant or tax preparer again next year because it is just more efficient to focus on my area of expertise.

Now I do wish to impart a nugget of wisdom to you: save your tax documents to the cloud. I have made it a practice to save my documents to Google Drive. Having them stored on the cloud, has saved me time. I would have been sent back home to retrieve these documents if I don’t have them available to me. Therefore, I recommend that you scan and save this year’s tax documents to the cloud for easy retrieval. Don’t take my word for it. PC Magazine has rated Google Drive as one of the best cloud storage products. Read the article for more options!

In the vein of time management, I have found another resource giving you 66 time management tips. These are great for you to use during tax season and beyond it!

Positive Change with Home Organizing

Since we are organizing your taxes, we can also organize your home. From Good Housekeeping, here are 100 of its best organizing tips

Here is another article from Women’s Day magazine giving you 30 more home organizational tips.

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Newsletter : Issue 16 : Time to Shine!

 

Happy December! The December time management series continues this week with more articles; because, there is still plenty to do before January.

5 Steps to Creating a Checklist

Today is December 26, 2016. There are five days left in 2016. There is still plenty to do. Here is the latest article, 5 steps to creating a checklist.

5 Steps to Creating a Checklist

FREE Time Management YouTube Live Webinar This December 30, 2016 at 8pm EST

I am ending 2016 on a high note with my hosting a free time management webinar, Friday, December 30, 2016 at 8pm EST. I want to help people improve their time management skills. I have been writing my December time management series because too many bypass this month for January; however, there are 31 days in December a lot that you can accomplish. Remember, you don’t want to be in the same place in 2017 that you are now. Here is the link:

http://positivitychange.com/timemanagement

In Case You Missed It

7 Steps to Creating a Goal Tracker!

Here is the December 24th. Time management series article. A goal tracker is essential to optimizing time and maximizing your productivity.

7 Steps to Creating a Goal Tracker

Ten Things to Do in Ten Days

Here is the December 21st time management series article. I am giving the reader ten things to do with ten days remaining.

Ten Things to Do in Ten Days

 

Positive Change Radio – Christmas with Carla Replay

Here is the Positive Change radio replay of my Christmas with Carla episode: http://tobtr.com/s/9696515

Upcoming

There will be more December time management series articles coming to the community so keep your eyes peeled.

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Ten Things to Do in Ten Days

 

Welcome to an all-new installment of December’s time management series. Today I will be discussing the ten things that you can do in ten days towards accomplishing your goals. If you have missed this series, here are the other three time management articles:

Happy December, there’s still plenty to do:

http://positivitychange.com/2016/12/happy-december-theres-still-plenty/

Three Things to Do with Three Weeks Left:

http://positivitychange.com/2016/12/three-things-three-weeks-left/

Two Things to Do with Two Weeks Left:

http://positivitychange.com/2016/12/two-things-two-weeks-left/

Below are the ten things to do in ten days. These ten tips will guide you through completing your goals, decluttering your environment, increasing productivity and morale plus building future momentum.

  1. Don’t Panic, Get Organized!

This is not the time to freak out! You have a short time period to accomplish something. Besides panicking is a time waster that you can ill-afford with a deadline right around the corner. Getting organized is a much better way towards spending your time. Organize every outstanding task regardless of time period. Right now during this stage, you just want to acknowledge everything around you.

  1. Focus on the now!

Now we are whittling down on what to do in a time crunch. You have only ten days to complete something; therefore, anything over ten days needs to be abandoned immediately. You need short-term wins right now.

  1. Make lists

Take all of the short term tasks and list them. You want to know all of the outstanding tasks that you still have to do during this ten-day time period.

  1. Prioritize

List these tasks in order of importance with the ones that have the biggest consequences (positive or negative) first. This helps you see where you should throw your attention.

  1. Break it down even further

Many people stop at prioritizing because they feel like listing all of the tasks means that they have accomplished something. That’s wrong because even though something will take less than 10 days does not mean that it is a priority. Some tasks can actually harm your progress towards the most important tasks out there. Eliminating the non-essential short-term tasks save time which you have very little of to begin with.

  1. Schedule down time

You are not a machine! You are a human who eat and sleeps. Oftentimes, when creating the schedule, people leave these things out and the results are disastrous! Remember, that on average a person works 6 ½ hours of an 8-hour day incorporating lunch and scheduled breaks. Be realistic when creating your schedule.

  1. Build in a buffer

Just like you have built in breaks for the people, your schedule needs a buffer too. A buffer gives you leeway just in case something takes longer than expected. I recommend having a 1-2 day buffer on a 10-day schedule just in case. If you are under the gun, you don’t want to create a schedule with no wiggle room. One thing is for certain: there are always surprises which is all the more reason why you create a buffer to protect you from uncertainty.

  1. Set up a goal tracker

You do have to measure your progress in real time. A goal tracker keeps everyone honest by tracking how many milestones and tasks are completed within the allotted time.

  1. Reward Yourself for Progress

This is a morale booster. Reward yourself and your team whenever you have completed a milestone. You are celebrating progress; but also it boosts the morale of your team because you are closer towards your goal.

  1. Kill the Inner Critic

Last but not least, kill the inner critic! Negativity has no place here. Regardless of who did or did not do whatever, you have ten days remaining to accomplish something. The last thing you need is negativity and infighting. Killing the negativity and dissension are two ways towards ensuring that you complete your tasks in ten days.

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Three Things To Do with Three Weeks Left

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There are three more weeks left in this year; and, as we inch closer towards the end, most people are still skipping December for January. As I have done this December (read Happy December here: http://positivitychange.com/2016/12/happy-december-theres-still-plenty/ )

Access where you are now

Look at where you are right now. Are you satisfied with how this year has gone? Why or why not? If you are great. Still start looking at how you can still make this the best 21 days left this year. If not, then see what you can do or which area(s) you can start to improve with 21 days to go.

Find one things that you can do right now and finish it

Okay so there may be many unfinished things in December; but, find one thing that you can finish by year’s end. Tying up loose ends give you an emotional boost. It is the small wins where you can build momentum towards the New Year.

Start planning for the New Year Now

Regardless of how this year has gone, start planning for the New Year now. Do not wait until January 1st to plan for it. Starting now means not only writing down your goals but immediately testing out these ideas. Why wait until next year to see if your ideas work now. These next 21 days give you more than enough time to determine whether your ideas are worth pursuing in the New Year.

These three things will help you be your most productive self during these next three weeks of this year; and, well into next year.

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Newsletter : Issue 13 : Make It a December to Remember

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Hey everyone! Here is an all-new PositivityChange newsletter and I am here to spread positive cheer! This has been a busy (but productive) week here. Remember, there is still a whole lot you can do now in December to end this year on a high note and to start off January on your best footing. Here is the PositivityChange article ‘Happy December! There Still Is Plenty to Do!’ as a reminder:

http://positivitychange.com/2016/12/happy-december-theres-still-plenty/

Online Shop http://positivitychange.com/shop is Open Now!

I am extremely happy to announce that the PositivityChange online shop is now open! I have switched my online store platform from WooCommerce to Selz. The difference has been amazing. Selz is more user friendly and can hold large digital downloads. My store has personal branding and project management items. Here is a product highlight:

  • Expand Your Personal Brand bundle ($15)

This bundles contains the Amazon bestselling book and workbook. My personal branding book giving you the top 20 branding lessons to ensure success. After each chapter, there is a corresponding exercise allowing me instantly implement all of my personal branding advice. My workbook has 40 separate personal branding exercises. That’s a combined total 60 exercises all

for the price of $15! http://expandyourpersonalbrand.com/bundle

You can shop the online store here: http://positivitychange.com/shop

In Case You Missed It

Last Thursday I discussed how you can still get things done this December. Don’t overlook December for January when there was still a whole month left to create positive change.

Positive Change Radio episode:  

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missphenomena/2016/12/01/happy-december-theres-still-plenty-to-do

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Newsletter : Issue 11 : Learning How to Become a Beginner

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First Happy Halloween everyone! Today is a festive day full of fun and candy! Now that is positive change. In the spirit of Halloween and change management, below is a story about Jack the pumpkin and how he is navigating Halloween using change management principles:

­ http://www.hrvoice.org/this-is-halloween-and-change-management/

I know that my readership are high achieving professionals whom are experts in their respective fields. I know from first-hand experience that becoming a beginner is very hard especially when our current habits are detrimental towards your continued success. One of the fears is starting over as a beginner. It is because you are so accustomed towards being an expert. You hate the sunk costs of the trial and error of becoming a beginner again. Yet when things are not working, it is essential that you change. Remember, you have 61 more days left in 2016 and if you start today, you will no longer be a beginner come December 31st.

http://positivitychange.com/2016/10/week-pcm-allowing-beginner/

Since I have mentioned that after Halloween, there are only 61 more days, I am pulling up article from the archives about maximizing your productivity and positive change in the last 2 months of the year.

http://positivitychange.com/2015/11/meeting-deadlines-for-the-final-60-days-of-the-year/

Finally, as I have mentioned in a previous email about my involvement of being part of the HER Chronicles 2 anthology. I am very happy to be a coauthor. This project affords me the opportunity to tell people my financial literacy story about moving from ChexSystems to over 720 credit. Most people want to improve their credit but don’t know how. I have done it and my story, Fighter : We Aren’t Born, We’re Made! HER Chronicles is available for pre-order here: http://herchroniclesbook.com/

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Phenomena LLC Is Offering a Free Personal Branding Course to Help Busy Professionals

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Read the original press release here: http://bit.ly/1swiYAy

Carla R Jenkins, CEO of Phenomena LLC, is offering a free personal branding email course. Boost Your Brand with 5 Personal Branding Tips is an email course giving the professional 1 personal branding tip every day for 5 days. In addition, each lesson comes with a corresponding exercise after every lesson. Ms. Jenkins remarks that ‘it is essential to make this course as interactive as my book, Expand Your Personal Brand’. Expand Your Personal Brand contains 20 chapters with 20 corresponding exercises. Boost Your Brand email course accomplishes the same thing on a smaller scale. ‘In today’s globally competitive environment, it is indispensable for every professional to have his own personal brand.’ You can sign up for this course here: http://positivitychange.com/course

Carla R. Jenkins

Carla R Jenkins is a phenomenal expert specializing in positive change management. As the CEO of Phenomena Management Consulting, Carla Jenkins is a business visionary and trailblazer who coaches and leads organizations and individuals in addressing their business, economics, branding and project management needs. Furthermore, in 10 years’ work experience, Ms. Jenkins has received 4 promotions in 10 years. She is also the chief blogger for PositivityChange.com, a positive change management blog, and PM.Expert a project management blog.

Carla Jenkins has been rated #12 out of the top 21 change management experts on Twitter by Change Blog. Ms. Jenkins is ranked along with such luminaries like Mike Lehr, Andre Harrell and John P. Kotter. Here is the link:http://change.walkme.com/21-change-management-influencers-you-absolutely-need-to-follow-on-twitter/

Visit Carla R Jenkins at her website: http://carlarjenkins.com/

Buy Expand Your Personal Brand on either Amazon or http://expandyourpersonalbrand.com/ or http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EXTELEE