It’s Monday again and it’s time to start the week with a good energy!
Monday Productive is a weekly interview format, featuring peak-performers from my network, who share 5 ideas on how to boost your productivity and stay at the top of your game.
Today’s guest is Klaudia Kaliisa. Klaudia is a fitness coach, personal trainer and content creator. Since she graduated from her bachelors she worked for a small-, medium- and big-sized companies within quality and project management. 2 years ago she completely changed her career path and today she is on the journey of self-employment, helping people reach their health goals! She is at the same time doing her master’s degree and on top of that she is doing 2 semesters in 1 while running her business.
1. Klaudia, you are a fitness coach and personal trainer. What are the main challenges of today’s business professional when it comes to energy and well being? Give me 3 quick tips that anyone can apply tomorrow already to improve.
The main challenge when it comes to energy is that most people do not have it. We are busy running from meeting to meeting, answering nails, running our social media accounts and we struggle with our energy levels simply because we do not have time to rest and sleep well.
My 3 quick tips that can help you get more energy during the day are:
✅This is a MUST – 20 min workout in the morning. No need for a gym membership. Just simply quick run outside, HIT session with your fav trainer on YouTube in your living room or do a quick yoga session if you simply can’t train hard in the morning. This will give you a quick boost not only in the morning, but for the rest of your day.
✅ Before you turn on that coffee machine as first thing after you wake up treat your body with a fresh juice. Combine veggies and fruits depending on your preferences and help you body cleanse from the previous day. That will boost your energy levels and prepare your body for a new day and in the long run that vitamin boost will improve your well-being.
✅ 5- 10 min of meditation per day will help your mental well-being and might help you destress. At least it works for me. It helps me disconnect and turn my brain off for a moment, lets me forget about all the tasks I’ve got to do that day. I noticed that after weeks of practicing meditation every single day I became much more calm in my everyday situations, which before would make me feel stressed.
2. You are self-employed and that usually makes time management even more difficult. Do you have a system for planning, goal-setting and prioritization? From your experience – what works, and what doesn’t?
First thing I do before I open my laptop is writing a to-do list for that particular day. I first just write them randomly down and then prioritize them to know what are the most important things I need to do that day. Whenever something else pops up in my head during the day, I write it on the bottom of the list, so I do not disturb myself while working.
I use a notebook to write down my tasks every morning, so old school I know! I also use Trello app on my phone to park all my new ideas that I get in my head every day and cannot start working on them right away.
This is something that has been working out for me quite fine. The day I do not write my to-do-list down I get lost, checking Facebook way too many times and at the end of the day I end up doing half of the things I was supposed to do.
3. Achievement vs Fulfilment? Is it possible to have both? How does one find their own balance, their own “sweet spot” of living a meaningful and productive life?
I do not think they are mutually exclusive but I believe achievement without fulfillment is an empty place. I think if you have and know your purpose in your life and work, then every achievement that gets you closer to that goal, to that purpose fulfils you.
The sweet spot is staying true to yourself and defining fulfilment, according to your own beliefs, without yielding to society’s standards. Going to bed every day, knowing you had an impact on someone’s life from your family, to friends and to strangers. A great example in my daily life is smiling to everyone, everyday and always saying thank you.
4. In the last 24 months – what habit or belief have you acquired, that helps you to be more productive today?
I have learnt and started believing that no one cares for your success, it is you who has to get up early in the morning, answer all the emails, attend all the meetings and no one really cares. And it is your life and your goals so I stopped caring about all the friends who would tell me I am too busy to have a cup of coffee with them, or that I am too ambitious. There was a time I would waste my days wondering if people got offended because I did not show up at that party or forgot their dogs birthday.. Now I know who truly is a friend will stay there, but others are just energy vampires and I do not want to waste my time on that.
5. What do you do when you get overwhelmed, but you still have a lot on your to-do list? How do you get back on track?
If it is physical tiredness, I either take a nap and take about an hour off my day or I got to bed very early and get me some good 8h sleep to feel energized the day after. I know there is no way I will be productive if I do not get the proper rest. So I’d rather go to sleep and leave it for tomorrow because then I know I will have more energy.
If I feel overwhelmed for a few days, I take a day or two off. I watch Netflix, I do yoga, I meditate and if possible, I go visit my parents in Poland for a weekend. This lets me recharge and take on the tasks with a fresh and clear mind.
[BONUS] Name one to three books that helped you to become a better leader?
I believe to become a better leader of people, you need to first become a better leader of yourself and I got plenty of titles here but let me mention my 4 favorites:
If you have any questions to Klaudia, please leave your comment below!
Stoyan Yankov is a serial entrepreneur, productivity & performance coach, professional speaker and startup mentor. Stoyan is also a co-founder & managing director at Samodiva Masterminds, a company with a focus on high-end mastermind experiences and corporate offsites. Prior to that, Stoyan worked in film & video production, digital marketing and advertising.
Hundreds of startup teams around the world have applied successfully the #perform methodology, to boost their productivity and team cultures, which Stoyan co-developed with Cristobal Alonso (CEO, Startup Wise Guys). Today they are finishing their book: ‘#perform – The Unsexy Truth of (Startup) Success’, including cases and examples from the founders of some of the most successful startup teams in Europe.
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