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…]

How to include self care into your busy schedule

How to include self care into your busy schelduleTake a look at your calendar for the week. Is it packed full of meetings, client work and events to attend? Now take a look at it another way. Is there any time reserved just for you?

The truth is, the time when you most need to care for yourself, is the time when you tend to drop it. The more stressed and time-strapped you become, the more you trade in self care for another hour or two of work.

If this sounds like you, here are five ways to successfully include self care into your busy schedule. [Read more…]

3 reasons why a DIY business won’t work

Orange fronted hard hatDo you remember the day you decided to start your business? Remember the excitement and anticipation you felt knowing you were going to share your talents with the world, have an impact and make a difference?

You thought to yourself, “Finally, I’m my own boss … the CEO of my company. I’m finally in charge of my destiny!”

Then reality hits you like a cement truck.

You’re on your own. It’s all up to you now. Generating income – or not — is ALL on your shoulders.

“If I want something done right, I’ll do it myself.”

These words become the mantra for running your business. This is your new belief system. It’s what drives you to stay up late putting out your newsletter, to skip a weekend because you have to create another slide presentation, to postpone a vacation because your business needs you.

You want things done your way and you believe it will take you longer to tell someone how to do it than if you just did it yourself. Not to mention, your belief that you’ll save money.

And that is how your DIY business is created.

The reality is this … doing everything yourself is impossible, impractical and it’s no fun AT ALL. More importantly, it isn’t sustainable for you or your business.

Here are 3 reasons why running a DIY business won’t work for the long term: [Read more…]

Your checklist for unplugging from work while on vacation

unpluggingThe definition of vacation is “taking a break from work” or vacating the office. There are three very important reasons for taking a vacation from the busyness of work: to relax, renew and rejuvenate.

You need downtime, otherwise, stress and burnout will come knocking. Tweet that!

A recent HR management study showed that 40% of workers “feel more productive and better about their job” when returning from vacation. Stats or not, think about how YOU feel when you return from time away from your office.

It’s likely you feel a sense of wellbeing that comes with giving your brain and your body some time away from the daily routine.

The truth is it’s getting harder to completely disconnect from work while on holiday. Expectations from clients and colleagues may have impeded your ability to feel guilt-free when you’re offline.

Here’s a quick and easy checklist you can use to prepare for your off-the-grid downtime and make unplugging easier so you can enjoy your time away. [Read more…]

5 crazy things I do to recharge when I’m sick of working

5 crazy things I do to recharge when I'm sick of workingIt’s 9:15 am and I already know I’m going to have one of those days. The kind where the easiest task feels like a chore. The kind of day where I feel really, truly L.A.Z.Y.

Sound familiar?

When I feel this mood set in, I know it’s time for a boost; otherwise, I’ll spend my time procrastinating, getting distracted and wasting time.

Here are 5 crazy things I do when I’m sick of working and have to recharge to get things done. [Read more…]

My secret formula to prioritizing your work

Prioritizing your work is as simple as ABC. Here are 3 simple steps to get you there.

Prioritizing your work

Step 1: Put all your tasks into the following ::

A = Business Critical :: These are the urgent things that often come up out of nowhere and whack you on the side of the head. These things pull you away from the priorities you had set for yourself. At the end of the day, you feel stressed and tired from putting out all those fires.

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3 Ways to Reignite Your Passion for Your Business

Another Valentine’s Day come and gone. Did you receive flowers from your business? How about a box of chocolate? Maybe a nice card?  Me neither. (Sigh.)

reignite passion for your business

Sometimes loving your business can feel one-sided

The good news is, it doesn’t have to be that way. A few tweaks, mixed with a dose of productive habits, and you’ll be doing the Tango with your business in no time!

Here are three easy steps to reignite the passion [Read more…]

5 ways to regain the passion for your work

heart_treeIt’s time to bring back that loving feeling for what you do!

Remember the excitement you felt when you launched your business or started on your career path? Everyday was exciting and new. You loved it and you flourished.

But then something happened to stamp out that spark that used to burn so brightly.

For me, it crept up on me quietly yet deliberately.

I didn’t even know the passion was leaking out of me until one day I woke up and felt empty.

In that moment, I didn’t jump out of bed anxiously anticipating the workday ahead. Instead I pulled the covers over my head and tried to hide. It was then I knew I had burnt out.

That was 5 years ago when I was a web consultant.

Looking back at it all, this is what I know for sure. [Read more…]