“Most of us can get things done faster [than we do]. Most of us can relate to the feeling of having a project you’ve had three weeks to work on, and now you’re at crunch time, and you only have two hours to finish.” – Amanda Kingsmith
Every week at Praxis, participants and alumni gather for Praxis Wednesdays, our weekly group discussions featuring guest speakers, academic debates, and skills workshops.
This week, we were joined by podcast host, yoga studio manager, and Praxis advisor Amanda Kingsmith for a workshop on staying disciplined in self-directed projects – everything from working remotely to freelance projects to the Praxis boot camp.
About the guest: Amanda Kingsmith has been working with Praxis for almost two years, and has been working remotely for two and a half. Besides her work as a Praxis advisor, Amanda manages a yoga studio, runs a yoga YouTube channel, and hosts two podcasts (MBoM: Mastering the Business of Yoga and The World Wanderers Podcast – the latter of which she co-hosts with Praxis Placement Specialist Ryan Ferguson).
Amanda is an expert at staying disciplined and motivated in your work when you don’t have anybody else keeping track of your schedule. In this workshop, she drew on her coaching and from her own experience and shared her top tips for staying motivated, being productive, and meeting deadlines.
- organization – best ways to track your to-do lists
- the importance of keeping a calendar
- using pivot points (main, nonnegotiable events in your day) to structure the rest of your day around
- setting self-imposed deadlines
- structuring start and stop times into your day
- organizing your workspace
“All of our actions have consequences, and even if they don’t have any consequences for anyone else, they still have internal consequences, for yourself. It hits our self esteem, it hits us internally when we don’t follow through. It hits our integrity.” – Amanda Kingsmith