As a freelancer, you never know where your life might bring you. You could be in an Uber on your way to a client meeting or working nonstop until 2 am. Life might be unstable, but your meals shouldn’t be.
Meal prep not only build some stability in your life, but it also helps to prevent you from being “hangry”, which might harm your customer relationship. Even if you are not meal prepping, it is a great idea to bring some snacks with you to keep your energy up.
Here are 5 steps to start meal prepping to conquer your day:
1. Know your objectives-
Like anything else in life, you need to figure out your objective with meal prep. Is it to increase your intake of fiber? Is it because you want to save money? Increase the intake of protein and build more muscles? Figure out your objective before you come up with a plan
2. Find Recipes-
After finding your objectives, find recipes that would fit your objectives. Experiment with it to make sure they taste good so you can stick to your meal prep plan. If the recipes aren’t great, find something else that suits your taste buds better. No one wants to eat a bad meal. And if the food tastes horrible, you might leave it in the fridge to rot instead of being motivated to bring it to work. Depending on your skillset, you want to find recipes that match your skill level instead of being frustrated by a complicated recipe with over 50 ingredients.
3. Start Small-
After finding a recipe, start small. A small batch could be less overwhelming and also, if you hate the recipe, you will be wasting less food than if you had started out making a big batch. Again, test, experiment, and repeat. If you like a recipe you tested, make a batch slightly bigger than your regular dinner and pack the leftover for the next day. Boom! You meal prepped!
4. Get Containers-
One of the objectives of meal prepping is to reduce waste, so make sure to get durable, reusable containers so you can pack your meals for the week.
5. Figure Out Your Schedule-
It takes planning to meal prep. Figure out your schedule and plan ahead. Allow yourself a slot in the week such as a time in the weekend to meal prep for the week. This could be a time that you grocery shop and cook.
Treehouse Society has a half-sized kitchen for the meals you prepped!
March is Women’s History Month. Women have made genius inventions throughout history. This post is about the life-changing inventions by badass women. They contributed to inventions ranging from computer programming to X-rays to telecommunications.
Radioactivity- Invented by Marie Curie, a Polish and naturalized-French scientist who researched on radioactivity. She discovered two elements, polonium, and radium. At the time of her discovery, people were unaware of the effects of radiation exposure and she worked unprotected in a converted shed next to the School of Physics and Chemistry of Ecole Normale Superieure where she taught. On top of working unprotected, the shed itself was poorly ventilated and not even waterproof. Her work did not end there. During World War 1, she developed mobile radiography units to provide X-ray services to field hospitals. She is the only first person to win the Nobel Prize twice.
Computer programming- Invented by Ada Lovelace, who was an English mathematician and writer. She is also the only legitimate child of Lord Byron and Lady Byron. She published the first algorithm intended to be carried out by Charles Babbage’s proposed mechanical general purpose computer, the Analytical Engine.
Computer Language Compiler- Invented by Grace Hopper, an American computer scientist, and United States Navy rear admiral. She had always dreamed of a programming language written in English and invented the first computer compiler that the world has ever seen. She obtained her Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale University and was a professor of mathematics at Vassar College before she joined the Navy Reserve during WW2. She also popularized the phrase, “computer bugs”.
Recursive Function- Invented by Rozsa Peters, who was a Hungarian mathematician and logician. During the war, she was banned from teaching due to her Jewish origin and was also confined in a ghetto in Budapest. During the time, she wrote her book, “Playing with Infinity: Mathematical Explorations and Excursions. After the war ended, she was able to receive her first full-time teaching appointment at the Budapest Teachers’ Training College. By 1951, she published a key finding on “Recursive Functions” and continued to publish important papers on recursive theory throughout her life. By the mid-1950s, Peter applied recursive function theory to computers.
Telecommunications Technology- Invented by Shirley Ann Jackson, an American physicist. She was the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate degree at MIT. She started working at the Theoretical Physics Researcher Department at Bell Laboratories in 1976 where she researched the optical and electronic properties of 2 dimensional and quasi-two-dimensional system. Her research eventually enabled others to invent the portable fax, touch-tone telephone, solar cells, fiber optic cables, caller ID, call waiting, and etc.
Without these badass women, our modern world would look very different. We might still be communicating via pigeons delivery and never be able to check out our bodies by X-Ray when we break our bones.
High demands from work can cause a lot of stress or threats in life. Stress is a way for your body to respond to react to its environment into a “fight-or-flight” response. It is your body’s way of protecting you. If you deal with the stress properly, it will help with focus and being more alert/ However, if dealt with improperly, it could cause weakening of immune system and long term stress could lower life expectancy.
Sometimes, stress could be an addicting feeling since it gives you a sense of thrill and adrenaline going through your body. It almost feels like you are being productive, even though in reality, you are just sitting there stressing. There are people out there that confuse stress with productivity. If asked what they achieved all day, they probably will tell you that they felt as if they were productive, but in reality, have achieved nothing on their list. On top of that, the stress will probably kill them in the long run.
There are causes of stress which could be caused internally or from the environment. Internally, it could be caused by insecurity, pessimistic worldview, negative self-talk, perfectionism, being rigid, and inability to adapt. Externally, it could be caused by work demand, life changes, financial burden, and lack of time to relax. The news and media could also be a huge factor of stress as well given our current day political climate. Although stress could be an external factor, if dealt with correctly internally, it could be channeled into positive energy.
Here are some ideas on dealing with stress so it won’t kill you.
~Taking a deep breath to regulate your senses, especially when hearing of hard news.
~Learn how to take time off work, and that Rome wasn’t built in one day. Some people go so hard that they burned themselves in their work within a short term of starting a project.
~Go on a walk while brainstorming to think of the big picture.
~Learn work-life balance and spend time with people whom you feel understand you.
~Hit the gym to get your endorphins kicking.
~Meditate for ten minutes to help you control stress, decrease anxiety, and improve cardiovascular health. (Not sure how to meditate? Join us on Meditation Monday!)
~Decrease your caffeine intake to lower your cortisol level. Since both caffeine and stress can elevate cortisol level, your mood could soar and plummet with it, causing a higher amount of stress and harming your health.
~Deal with problems when they arise, not dreaming of potential problems that might happen. Sometimes, overthinking would kill more stress than necessary.
~Cut out alcohol in your life. Even if alcohol makes you feel good in the short term, but could have long term psychological and medical impact, which will do more harm than good.
Make sure to not be too hard on yourself internally as self-criticism isn’t going to help with any situation. Staying positive while working to lower the amount of stress and stay productive.
Life is short. While being productive is really important, we also have a limited amount of time on earth to live the best life we possibly could. It is also great for mental health. Shilagh Mirgain, Ph.D., a health psychologist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health relied on her bucket list to keep track of her “inner wisdom” throughout her life. She even used her bucket list to help her summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, which had been on her list for 20 years. Here are 6 reasons why you should have a bucket list for your life.
1. It makes it more real
Some ideas seem crazy until it is on a piece of paper or a list. Maybe today it seems crazy, but after 5 days of looking at the list, it won’t seem like such a crazy idea after all.
2. It gives you a sense of what is important
As what Shilagh Mirgain, Ph.D. stated, it gives you a sense of “inner compass”. It is supposed to help you determine what is important to you in your life.
3. It adds excitement in your life
It is proven that it is a lot more exciting in planning something than actually doing. While you are planning something, it allows you to look forward to that particular moment in life when the event might actually happen.
4. It gets you out of your comfort zone
Your bucket list of adventure should be exciting ideas of things to do that would not only get you off the couch but also get you out of your comfort zone.
5. It gives you a sense of accomplishment
Finishing something on your to-do list will give you a sense of accomplishment. Being able to have trekked Patagonia or have scuba dived in Indonesia might give you a better sense of accomplishment and help with self-esteem.
6. A great conversation piece in a party
It will help you become a cool person at a party with great stories to tell. It might really help with social networking and gaining business relationships.
Bucket list might sound like a cheesy idea, but it definitely helps with finding your inner compass and fill your life with purpose. It will help build character and solidify your sense of being.
Work has been revolutionized by technology since the industrial revolution. There are many jobs that people have never heard about due to replacement by technology and the people with these past careers moved on to a more efficient society. For example, milkman, young men who deliver fresh milk daily door to door were replaced by the invention of the refrigerator. The ice-cutters were replaced by the invention of freezers. Knocker-uppers were replaced by alarm clocks. Switchboard operators were replaced by telephones. Travel agents were replaced by the invention of the internet. Video rental employees in Blockbuster were replaced by Netflix.
With every technological advancement, there were people willing to adapt and ones who were too stubborn. Of course, those who were willing to adapt eventually win out the ones who refused to change. As an entrepreneur, one must adapt and adjust to the market and the times. Here are a few ways your business could adapt to AI.
Maybe there are daily small tasks that you don’t want to do, such as scheduling and booking. Make Alexa or Siri do that for you. There are also AI virtual assistants who do it as well.
Think about how your company operates-
Write an operational manual and think about the ways to replace whatever you can in your operation with AI.
Have better insight-
Collecting data for your company but had been too overwhelmed by other tasks to find patterns in your data? Utilize AI for that.
Utilize AI at HR
HR is about to be revolutionized by AI. No longer would recruiters spend most of their days scanning for candidates to interview and spending the next part of their days scheduling interviews. There are many AI tools out there from scanning candidates to scheduling interviews with them to make your hiring process easier.
Use a Chatbot-
No longer are chatbots only available to large corporations. You can employ chatbots in your daily life and your company to answer repetitive questions.
Adapt to make your life and business more productive. You should be spending your time to focus on things that actually matter instead of focusing on some frivolous tasks that should be replaced by a robot.
Excited to start your new business in the new year? If you are getting a slow start to 2019, maybe this is the time to start looking into starting your new consulting business! Here are 6 ways to start your consulting business and make sure you dominate 2019.
1. Target Your Niche
You need to figure out what industry you know best. Do you have a background in accounting, marketing, or engineering? Figure out if your potential customers need service in your background. Identify the potential customer’s needs and problems so you could use your skills to solve their problem.
2. Solve a Specific Problem
Use your background to solve a specific problem. The more specific the better. Your potential customer probably already told you what problem they are having in their operations or life, so know specifically what needs to be solved.
3. Know Your Value
The problem you solved could’ve saved your customer thousands of dollars, but instead of charging the % of savings for him, you are charging hourly. Charging hourly could mean that you are under charging for your service! Get out of that mindset. Who cares how long you spent on the problem? Let it be 3 hours or 5 hours, as long as the value you created for your customer is greater than the bill, there is a net gain for your customers. So, forget the hourly bill and consider your service as a package deal.
Go meet people! Check out Eventbrite and Meetup for events where your potential could be gathering. Working from home is great, but go to a coworking space to socialize. Who knows? Maybe they are working out of a coworking space to stay lean.
5. Have a Customer Conversion System
As a new consultant, you need a customer conversion system that would make sense. Let it be organic website traffic, ads, networking where you first establish contact with your customer, you need to keep being engaged with them. Lifecycle email marketing seems to work as a method to keep customers engaged. A cool fact, even Mailchimp tags contacts nowadays! Make sure to develop a way to keep your customers engaged.
6. Come up with an agreement that works
Benjamin Franklin, the founding father of the United States swore to never do business without a contract. Make sure to make an agreement for your clients based on the service you provide. Make sure that you receive legal advice for your consulting work. After all, your consulting gig is still a business and legal is super important for business!
Meet other like-minded individuals at Treehouse Society either coworking or at an event!
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is coming in as a force that will change the world as we know it. No, we are not talking about Westworld revolting robots.
AI is being adapted to the world believe it or not. In fact, according to the PwC’s Global Artificial Intelligence Study, AI will contribute $15.7trillion into the world economy by 2030. You could either fight with the force or use it to your advantage.
Besides Alexa and Siri, you could take a look at the AI tools below to make your life easier.
Hopefully, with these tools you would be a lot more productive in 2019. Instead of having AI replace you, adapt fast and utilize AI to make your work easier!
2018 is now gone and we’ve passed almost half of the first month of 2019. But while that may be so, you aren’t way past the year to launch your business. The first couple of months of the year are still here to offer you opportunities to reflect and plan to launch your business. But if you aren’t planning to start a business, here are 5 reasons why you should consider it.
1. Modern Customers Are In for More Personalized Service
With businesses further adapting to a modern customer, a new business that prioritizes a seamless, personalized service and fast delivery will be available. Modern customers today gravitate to online services that can provide them with better user experiences. Yet, most businesses fail to adapt to the modern times. The New Year would be an excellent opportunity to launch a business and take advantage of attracting these potential modern customers.
2. Improved Technology Will Make Business Operations Easier
Technology is more advanced than ever. You could probably build whatever you could dream of. Among the technologies to be expected this year include predictive analysis and AI, which will deliver fantastic customer experience. It will be a game changer this year, particularly in giving businesses greater insight.
3. Plenty of Small Business Opportunities
If your goal is to become wealthy, launching a small business might not give you that chance. However, small business might be able to generate you an income to live with instead of working for the man. This year’s forecast shows a bit optimistic on global trade growth, and the economy is leaning to positive. With that, starting a business this year might finally realize your dream of becoming your boss and making all the decisions.
4. Significant Changes on Banking is on the Way
Even before the end of the year, there are already significant changes in banking. These changes will no doubt create a massive disruption in how you make your payment. With more radical payment methods coming along with improved technology, your mobile phone will be your wallet. With this are many opportunities to bring a potentially profitable business closer to your target audience.
5. The New Year is a Time to Do Something You Love
Of course, besides the changes to come this 2019, there is no reason to launch your business that is more compelling than doing something you love. If it has always been your dream to start your own business and you think you it is time, then go for it. If you work hard running your own business and truly enjoy what you do, you have the stakes to make it a success.
If you are unsure if this year is the perfect year to launch your dream business finally, the reasons mentioned might be enough to start. But like what the last reason is all about, it matters a lot that you love what you do. It is essential to choose a field where you are passionate in so you can stay in the business to make it scale.
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Mindshare capture is the amount of space a company occupies a customer’s mind. According to Investopedia, “Mindshare is a marketing term that describes the amount consumer awareness or popularity surrounding a particular product, idea, or company. Practically, it is the consumer perception of a particular brand or product compared to their rivals as measured by the amount of talk or mentions generated by the public or the media.” The more mindshare a company has, the more market share it will convert and the brighter their future will be. It is not easy to capture the minds of people in the modern days as an average person at the computer probably has more than 5 tabs open at a time, plenty of messages coming through, and social media newsfeed being as hyped as ever.
If your company can successfully gain mindshare of your customers, it will lead to more sales. Once your company had gained the mindshare of your customers, probably 3 out of 5 tabs opened on your customers’ web browser are at your company’s web page. And as humans are social animals, your customers might chat with their friends via social media, texts, or word of mouth which will make mindshare capture even stronger.
Here are 4 ways to ensure success in gaining mindshare.
1. Have a unique and great product-
If you have a great product, your customers will for sure come back for more. For example, Coca-Cola has had the same great recipe since the 1800s. Another example would be Amazon, which was a unique way to sell books on the internet. Both Amazon and Coca-Cola were great for their unique product.
2. Offer great customer service-
People definitely remember if they were made to feel special and they would definitely tell their friends about it.
3. Have your product always be available-
Make sure your product is always available. Not only would your customers be excited about it, but also, you could only make money when your product is available unless you are running a Kickstarter campaign. But, you are building a real company so make sure it is always available.
4. Make your customers feel something-
Your customers should be excited, happy, fascinated, or whatever feeling they have while using your product. The more they feel while using your product the more your company will occupy their mind. Apple was a master of this. Their ads would make people feel something and Steve Job’s presentation would make users feel like they are different just by using Apple products.
Get started on capturing the mindshare of your customers today!
Time is a valuable asset. As the old saying goes, “Time lost can never be regained.” One must take ownership of one’s own time to never waste it. Time management is a super important element in productivity to achieve what you want in life. We are going to explore ways to have better time management to take control over our own productivity.
1. Prioritize your day
Always prioritize your day according to your goal in life. List the activities that will bring you closer to your goals in life. Once you align your life goals, it is a lot easier to know what your priorities are for the day, week, or even months.
2. Make a to-do list
After you prioritize your day, make sure to list them out with a to-do list. A to-do list helps with reminding what needs to be done through the day. On top of that, crossing out items on your to-do list is very satisfying and it can boost your will to go on being more productive for the rest of the day. If you had put the same item onto different to-do lists in different days or weeks, that means that is an item that is either unnecessary for you to do, or it is a very important item for you. Make sure you determine what it means and go forth with it.
3. Stop checking your email
Checking your email is counterproductive. Make sure to set a limit for yourself so you are only checking your email once or twice a day. There is no reason to constantly check your email. People who sent you emails could wait for your response. Remember, if someone wants something from you, that is their problem, not yours.
4. Do all your work from the same device
Doing work from the same device means no wasted time trying to find documents you are trying to find from a random device.
5. Use the time blocking method
Essentially, break down your tasks down in 25 minutes batches as that is how long a human mind could spend focused on something. This way, you could time yourself and make sure you are maximizing your blocked time.
6. Schedule social media posts
Especially if you run a business, stopping everything to post on social media could be a waste of your time. Try to find an app such as Hootsuite to schedule your posts throughout the month so you don’t have to waste time posting on social media daily.
Time management is all about cutting down time for productivity so you could enjoy your life a lot more. Sitting at the desk longer doesn’t mean you are producing more work out of it. If you are unproductive after more than the desired amount of time of sitting at a desk, consider taking a break or going out for a walk. Make sure the time you spent at your desk is actually laser focused and productive so you are not wasting time sitting in the office when you could enjoy doing other things and living life.
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