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The Heidi B Show


Apr 29, 2021

Increase Your Productivity with Sara Mayer

At some point, the line between our personal lives and work blur. Instead of waking up refreshed and recharged from sleep, we find ourselves still tired, sleepily scanning through our emails. Exhausted and overworked, we end up leaving some tasks and responsibilities for endless tomorrows. We shrink bigger goals into smaller, ‘realistic’ ones. We forget why we even started doing what we do.

In today's episode, Sara Mayer shares helpful tips on setting goals and being more productive. She talks about the importance of focus in achieving your goals. Sara also discusses the things that can keep you from reaching your objectives. 

If you want to know more about the steps you can take to bring you closer to your goals, this episode is for you!

Here are three reasons why you should listen to this episode:

  1. Learn Sara's top three goal-setting tips.
  2. Know more about the importance of taking small steps and planning when working toward bigger goals.
  3. Discover how to be productive with Sara's advice and productivity hacks.

Resources

  • My first book, Relationship Ready: How I Stopped Fucking Randos and Started Cupcaking My Soulmate, is available on Amazon and Audible.
  • FREE workbook! Apply the lessons you learn from this episode as you listen! Subscribe to my mailing list, and I'll send it right away!
  • Connect with Sara: Website | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn  
  • Join Bold Goal Crushers, a support group that helps each other in reaching their goals.
  • Donate at BeePositive to help in Sara's fundraising project. Learn more about the project by visiting their Facebook page and Instagram.

Episode Highlights

The Journey of Sara's Consulting Business

  • Sara used to work for a higher education company. She was asked to create training for people struggling with their sales role.
  • She watched the top performers work and observed that they were not very efficient workers. They were just out-working everybody else.
  • Those working full time were incredibly focused and had a planned day. They took their leave after work hours. 
  • These were issues that needed to be addressed. Sara started her consulting business doing training as a side hustle. 

Top Three Tips for Goal Setting 

  • Set goals from a place of positivity. 
  • Do not shrink down your goals. Set bold goals and outline or break them down into steps.
  • Every week, you have to do something that gets you closer to your destination. 

Tips on Getting More Productive

  • We are not multitasking; we are mind-shifting. We shift our focus from one thing to the next.
  • Time blocking increases productivity. Block off your calendar, focus, and work on one topic at a time.
  • Sara's biggest suggestion is to focus on working on something. You need to turn off your email notifications.
  • Sara suggests not checking your email first thing in the morning. Focus on something that gets you closer to your goal.
  • Listen to the full episode to learn about the craziest goal Sara ever helped a client achieve!

BeePositive Fundraising Project

  • The Man and Woman of the Year is an annual fundraising campaign. The winner raises the most money in 10 weeks.
  • Sara's goal is to break the Arizona record. She wants to have the most extensive team in the country.

What Gets in the Way When People Set Big Goals?

  • Life gets in the way as well as other people's priorities.
  • People don't realize how quickly the weeks go. 
  • Time passes. You must reflect on what you did to get closer to your goals.
  • The problem can also be with over helping others, especially in a work setting.
  • Teach somebody else how to do it. It will save a lot of time in the end.

Sara’s Productivity Hacks

  • Sara has a lot of downtimes but is incredibly focused. 
  • She makes sure to plan. 
  • She plans for even the simplest things, weeks and even months ahead. She won't need to take on different things.

Sara’s Daily Non-Negotiables

  • Sara doesn't take meetings before 9 a.m.
  • She doesn't check her email when she first wakes up. She instead takes the time to journal and read for 30 minutes.
  • For Sara, she does the most important work between 9 and 10 o'clock. 

Sara’s Advice for Suffering Women

  • Take a step back and encourage yourself. 
  • Reflect on why your goals are essential.

5 Powerful Quotes from the Episode

"You don't need to know the whole path. You just need to know what's the next step."

"I think we forget to build the runway in because we get so used to hearing these kind of overnight success stories, and it can be kind of discouraging when we think that that's the norm."

"One of the best ways to build momentum is to take action in the right direction, or to start to achieve these little mini goals around the big goal."

"One of the things I do really well is I think about all the steps that go into even the simplest thing like going on vacation, and I plan for that."

"Why is this goal so important? Decide if it really was a goal of yours or just something that you didn't do last year and you think you have to do."

About Sara

Sara Mayer is the owner and creator of Sarah Mayer Consulting. She is your go-to expert on organizing your hectic days, weeks, and months into manageable and functional chunks of work. Sara has personally mastered maximizing every minute of every day to ensure that she meets the expectations set before her. 

Sara is a distinguished Toastmaster, and she's received numerous awards, including the prestigious Sandra Day O'Connor Community Service Award. She's a founding member of the Joy Rights Society served on the Association of Junior League International Governance Committee. 

Connect with Sara through her website, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.     

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Heidi B