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Creating Your Own Custom Productivity System: Part 2

Sonia Simone and Chris Garrett

In this session, Sonia and Chris continue their session on creating your own productivity system, adapting proven techniques and making them your own. They talk about:

  • How to set goals and manage priorities
  • Managing your creative energy
  • Taming the “procrastination monster”
  • Tools and apps to help make your system stronger

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Creating Your Own Custom Productivity System: Part 1

Sonia Simone and Chris Garrett

There's so much productivity advice out there! Systems and apps and books and special calendars ... all of it designed to turn you into a perfect productivity machine.

But you aren't a machine. And a productivity system you buy "off the shelf" probably won't fit you perfectly.

In this session, Sonia and Chris show you how to create your own system, adapting proven techniques and making them your own. They talk about:

  • The most important elements your productivity system needs
  • Suggestions for tools and apps you may want to incorporate
  • Advice about keeping it as simple as possible (but still get the important stuff done)
  • Special considerations for creative work
  • Thoughts on how to keep your system relevant as your needs change

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7 Ways to Beat Stress and Overwhelm

Sonia Simone

There’s no doubt about it ... January can be stressful.

Fortunately, stress (even January stress) can be managed. This week, Sonia shares some of her time-tested techniques for making the best of stressful times.

In this session, Sonia talks about:

  • The difference between healthy stress and the toxic kind
  • Strategies for managing overwhelm
  • The hidden gift of stress
  • Getting ruthless with your schedule (particularly useful for the start of a new year)
  • Tips and techniques for self-care

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Blog Post Tear-Down!

Sonia Simone and Will DeWitt

It’s time again for another great blog post tear down!

Unsure whether your content is really hitting the mark? Need another set of eyes to tell you what’s working, and what needs some improvement?

Sonia Simone and Will DeWitt hosted a fun (and kind) critique, where they took a look at your blog content and gave their honest take on how you can get your blog to the next level.

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Authority Business Coaching: Hashim Warren

Hashim Warren with Sonia Simone

This is our friendly “hot seat”-style call, which is an exclusive offering for Authority members.

Each coaching call focuses on one member’s business, and this month we chatted with long-time community member Hashim Warren. As Hashim posted in the forums, he’s facing a dramatic and unexpected change -- and we wanted to give him a hand.

Hashim has done a great job “digging the well before he’s thirsty,” and has been doing freelance work as a side hustle for years. He already has several clients booked. What he’s looking for is clarity, and just maybe, a breakthrough idea for the next chapter of his business life.

We talk about moving through the “analysis paralysis” of too many options, as well as exploring the kind of business Hashim wants to construct for himself. And we talk about how to set reasonable goals for Hashim’s first year as a solo entrepreneur.

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Replay Q&A for December 8th, 2017

Sonia Simone and Chris Garrett

In this Q&A, Sonia Simone and Chris Garrett answered your individual business questions. Listen to the replay using the player above, or download the MP3 using the link provided.

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Breaking Out of Your Content Comfort Zone in 2018

Sonia Simone and Chris Garrett

If you always do what you’ve always done … you’ll keep getting what you have right now.

While we don’t necessarily believe in change for its own sake, sometimes we all need to shake things up in order to move forward. And when that happens, overwhelm can stop you in your tracks.

In this session, Sonia and Chris will help you get moving again. They talk about:

  • Working with imposter syndrome
  • Handling sales-driven content, even if you’re uncomfortable with selling
  • Taking the plunge into a new medium (will 2018 be the year you’re ready to tackle video?)
  • How to move past the intimidation factor with webinars (or any format you’re not familiar with)
  • Finally getting your book (ebook or otherwise) written
  • Using habits to beat the intimidation factor

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Staying Sane in a World of Digital Overwhelm

Sonia Simone and Lisa Buyer

Lisa Buyer was a passionate early adopter of social media, and is a longtime PR veteran. She is also the author of the upcoming book, Digital Detox Secrets, about how we can keep our cool, creativity, and calm -- even in this “always on” digital world we live in.

In this session, Lisa and Sonia talk about how to adopt the habits and strategies that let us use social media productively, without getting consumed by it.

They talk about:

  • The causes (and cures) of social media stress
  • How to stay competitive without burning out
  • Planning for productivity in the face of digital distractions
  • Apps that can help us keep our balance
  • How to find your true social media purpose

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Replay Q&A for November 10th, 2017

Sonia Simone and Tony Clark

In this Q&A, Sonia Simone and Tony Clark answered your individual business questions. Listen to the replay using the player above, or download the MP3 using the link provided.

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Authority Business Coaching: Merle Benny

Merle Benny with Sonia Simone

This is our friendly monthly “hot seat”-style call, which is an exclusive offering for Authority members.

Each coaching call focuses on one member’s business, and this month we chatted with Merle Benny of Thinc.

Merle Benny has been in marketing for a long time -- 20 years now. In the past 10, she's focused on helping nonprofits with their marketing and fundraising, often working with clients who don't see themselves as marketers.

She's put significant time and work into creating a simplified program that can help those clients, but that project hasn't borne fruit yet. She'd also like better clarity on the right revenue model for her business, and to get away from spending quite so much time "trading dollars for hours" with her coaching practice.

In this session, we work with Merle to get more clarity on her offer, help her develop a focused plan without quite so many "shiny objects" to chase, and see what we can do to move her closer to her revenue goals.

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