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3 keys to efficiently working with your virtual team

processesDo you have a headache? As a business owner, you have so much stuff crammed into your head, it must feel like it’s going to burst. Creative ideas, new services, project deadlines are just a few things stored in there.

If you have, or are thinking about having, a virtual team, you must set them up for success. It’s easy for virtual team members (whether they are full time employees or subcontractors) to feel disconnected from your business. You have a mission and vision for bringing value to your clients. Keeping your virtual team informed, connected and committed can happen if you use these 3 keys: [Read more…]

Are you doing too many chores in your business?

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This weekend we open our cottage for the season. I can already smell the scent of bacon and coffee in the morning.

I was telling my friend Carol how excited I am and she turned to me with an exhausted look and said, “Isn’t having a cottage a lot of work?”

The simple answer is Yes, but we learned early on a very important fact.

The secret to being a happy cottage owner is to spend less time on chores and more time doing the things we love. [Read more…]

How to escape perfection paralysis

I have a confession. I have been stalling to do something in my business that I know will move it forward and help many people. But I’ve been delaying. Procrastination is running rampant and I’ve come up with a dozen reasons why I’m not ready to put it out there, yet.

Has this ever happened to you? I’m sure I’ve seen you at the Perfection Paralysis Party.
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Many business owners just like you get caught in the perfectionism trap. Playing it safe. Afraid to put yourself and your work out there in a bigger way. One thing I know for sure: your quest to get it perfect is keeping you small. [Read more…]

How to unplug while on vacation

Unplug on vacationDefinition of a vacation: An extended period of recreation spent away from home when no work is done.

Imagine you’re reclining on a beach, feeling the heat of the sun on your skin and basking in the glory of another perfect day. You can feel yourself finally letting go of your work-related stresses. And then suddenly you hear a ping on a device somewhere in the distance.

In that moment, the relaxation of your vacation is shattered.

As if awakened from a dream, you are transported back to your To Do list, to your clients and to the never-ending pull of work.

How do you escape the grind of work so you can focus on relaxing? Perhaps the real question is, why is this so difficult?

It doesn’t have to be a struggle. There is an easier way to allow yourself to escape the pressures of work. Here’s how you can successfully and confidently disconnect from work while on vacation. [Read more…]

7 ways to recharge in your off hours

rechargeThere’s nothing like a long weekend to remind yourself how important it is to disconnect from your work in order to recharge and renew. Nowadays, the line between personal and professional has become so blurred bringing work home has become the norm.

It’s time to reclaim one day of your week that is reserved for you to renew and rejuvenate. Consider it a reminder that you have an identity outside of your business or occupation.

Wondering where to begin? Here are 7 keys to unlock the healing power of a day off work. [Read more…]

How to manage projects for ultimate efficiency

manage projects for ultimate efficiencyDo you feel like some of your days are out-of-control; as if the clock is on fast forward and you’re exhausted just trying to keep up? As a business owner, you are guaranteed to have hamster-wheel days; however, too many will leave you on the brink of burnout.

There is another way to work [Read more…]

3 steps to investing your time wisely

investing your timeI have a confession. I am addicted to the TV show Gilmore Girls. (Yes, I’m late to the game since it’s been off the air for a number of years … thank you Netflix). I binge-watched the whole first season in a matter of days. My family saw this as a huge waste of time.

Which made me think of you. [Read more…]

How to delegate so it actually gets done

DelegateThere’s no doubt delegation can be one of the most difficult transitions you have to make in your business. This is especially true if you consider yourself a control freak when it comes to how things get done.

Having a control mindset means you have positioned yourself to be the bottleneck in your business. There is only so much of you to go around, so setting your business up this way will lead to:

A.  Your business plateauing
B.  You burning out
C.  All of the above

How do you let go of doing the back-end boring stuff so you are able to focus on the revenue-generating activities you love? [Read more…]

Are you at risk of becoming a productivity zombie?

ProductivityHalloween is my favourite time of the year. While it’s fun to see the houses decorated and the kids in their costumes, most of all I love the mini chocolate bars. So many kinds, so little time.

This spooky time of year also reminds me of the dreaded productivity zombie. If you’re unsure of what one looks like, here are three key features:

  • Reduced speed of movement relative to normal humans
  • Profoundly reduced or absent cognitive function
  • Ignores or is oblivious of fellow zombies

What has turned these once A-type go-getters into productivity zombies? It’s hauntingly simple. They have succumbed to bad habits. Sometimes the transformation is gradual and often goes undetected.

If you think you might be turning into a productivity zombie, here are 10 traits to be aware of: [Read more…]

5 steps to setting boundaries in your business

BoundariesWhen you first started your business, you may have felt it was acceptable to work nights and weekends. After being at it for a few years you feel like you’ve paid your dues.

Unfortunately, your work hours haven’t changed.

Your clients have become accustomed to you being available 24/7. Constant connectivity has become your new normal. However, without boundaries you are operating from a reactive place; taking orders and putting out fires. This way of working is not a sustainable way to run your business.

Here are steps you can follow to get back in control of your time: [Read more…]