Business consultant and marketing coach Ling Wong manages her own life (which includes a husband and two young children as well as a thriving business!) and encourages her multi-passionate, multi-talented clients to avoid distraction and stay on track through clarity and discernment.
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Make a Life that Matters Through Clarity and Discernment
Those who identify themselves as being creative love the idea of thinking outside the box, but Ling Wong, a self-described “intuitive brainiac” who works with creative people for a living, says having structure helps organize her life. Being productive, for her, means being able to respond to demands, either from her family as a wife and mother of two boys or her clients, in a timely manner.
Just because I’m home doesn’t mean I’m not working. That’s another thing that a lot of people, especially people who wear lots of hats — woman, mom, wife — need to train those around them to understand.”
Using fitness as a tool for productivity
Ling is also a fitness enthusiast, making time each day for working out when she feels antsy during her work routine. She’s found several benefits that come from taking time to be active during the day:
- Letting your thoughts marinate
- Giving you something to think about during your workout
- Coming back to your workload with renewed energy and a new perspective
That space when your mind can just go wander is where magic happens.”
At the end of the day
- Knock things off your to-do list that can be accomplished even if there are distractions
- Feel good about the work done
- Get a plan ready for the next day
- If you find yourself with a day you feel has gotten away from you, focus on the one thing you can get done and do it so you can feel good about the day
Coping with Bright Shiny Object Syndrome
Those who identify as multi-talented and multi-passionate, like Ling, know how new ideas and thoughts can lead to distractions from doing what’s important and not spending time and energy on what truly matters. Ling’s strategy for coping with this is clarity and discernment.
- Get clear what you want to be known for
- How are you going to communicate yourself to the world?
- Understand and focus on your strengths
- Distribute your message using that strength (e.g. writing, producing, video, photography).
- It’s easy to become stressed trying to do something new the correct way, especially if it’s a weakness for you, which would lead to mediocrity at best.
- Discernment comes after clarity because you can’t keep your focus where you need to without that clarity.
- This can be applied to any facet of one’s life, not just business.
- When Ling has an idea she doesn’t want to focus on at the moment, she pulls up a Microsoft Word document and writes her ideas there to look at when she can focus on them at a later time.
Productivity tools Ling uses
Two calendars, one digital and one wall calendar.
- Ling finds value in using the printed calendar for planning the bigger picture, such as doctor’s appointments, reminders, and the days her kids are off from school, so she can coordinate her work schedule around those days.
- Sticky notes help as well, since they provide a sense of fluidity — events are not set in stone and can be moved around. (I love this idea and plan to implement it in my own planning!)
Articles Ling recommends
- My #1 Productivity Tool Revealed (It’s not available online)
- How To Be More Efficient and Effective In Your Business
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Ling Wong is an Intuitive Brainiac. Through her unique blend of Business + Marketing coaching with a Mindset + Psychic Twist, she helps the multi-talented and multi-passionate maverick solo-entrepreneurs distill ALL their big ideas into ONE cohesive Message, nail the WORDS that sell and design a Plan to cut the busywork and do what matters, through her intuitive yet rigorous iterative process born out of her Harvard Design School training and 10 years of experience in the online marketing industry.
Ling has the superpowers to help her clients optimize the space between individuality + originality vs. “tried-and-true” marketing so they can express their WHY unapologetically and profitably without reinventing the wheel.
In addition to being a business woman, Ling is a wife, mom to two little boys, and a fitness enthusiast. She lives with her family on the US west coast.
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JiEun Lee says
OMG…!!! I couldn’t believe what I was listening at the end of the episode. Thank you so much, Laura. It felt weird to listen to my own voice. Enjoyed this episode as well. I guess my struggle is that I have no clarity therefore I have difficult times.
Laura McClellan says
It always feels weird to listen to my voice, too, JiEun! Thank you again for taking the time to call. I appreciate the feedback, and am grateful to have you as a listener. Have a great weekend.