A sure-fire way to accomplish your work

LucyI love autumn.

The air is crisp and cool, the trees are full of colour and I get to wear big comfy sweaters.

It’s a great season to take my dog, Lucy, for a walk in the park. Usually, we have an hour to romp and play, but this day was different.

I had a project to get done, so this walk was all about Lucy doing her business … and fast.

But as we entered the park, it looked like a squirrel party. They were everywhere and Lucy was in heaven. Her all-time favourite thing to do is chase squirrels.

As I watched her burst into a full sprint after a squirrel who dashed toward the nearest tree, I could feel myself getting progressively frustrated.

Couldn’t she just focus and get on with the task at hand?

And then I thought of you!

Are you wasting your time and energy chasing squirrels rather than getting on with your work? [Read more…]

How to stop babying your business

Baby On Board

My little bundles of joy are about to turn 13!

My daughter … and my business … are about to become full-fledged teenagers. I know it sounds cliché, but they really do grow up fast.

We got the call from the adoption agency during the same week I signed my first big retainer client in my business. Nothing like adding stress to the mix!

My business and my daughter grew up together

When we brought home our daughter we were ecstatic. We excitedly bought all the stuff she’d need: a stroller, crib, car seat, toys and many cute outfits. Our world changed forever.

The same was true for my business. I excitedly created a logo, built the website and got my business cards printed. I was full of hope for the future. Finally, I was my own boss. I had a say in every part of my business. [Read more…]

Is your business taking you on a scary ride?

rollercoaster_smallSometimes running your business feels like being on a roller coaster.

I’ve only been on one once, but I’ll never forget the feeling: being completely vulnerable and at the mercy of the next unexpected turn and plummet. Quite frankly, it was scary and most of the time I felt like I was going to barf.

Have you ever felt that way about your business?

It comes down to being proactive

If your business feels like a scary ride it’s likely because you’re working in reactive mode, rather than in a proactive space.

The difference is monumental.

Being proactive means controlling situations by causing things to happen rather than waiting to respond after things happen. It means planning the future rather than working in the moment.

Working in a reactive space leaves you open to overwhelm, stress and burnout. Click to tweet!

Operating in reactive mode only serves to wear you down. You’re constantly moving from one task to another, never stopping to plan or take time to innovate and grow our business.

Most people know when they’re in reactive mode. They feel an over-arching sense of stress that grinds them down. But if you’re unsure, it’s time for some self analysis.

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Are you the type to burnout?

goldfishHave you ever taken a personality test? Myers-Briggs is the first one that comes to mind, but there are many. The goal of each is to give the person taking the test an indication of the different characteristics of their personality.

The theory is, once we better understand ourselves, we can be more insightful about our behaviour and why we do things a certain way, or why we do things at all.

Self-awareness can be powerful, especially when it comes to burnout.

While each person is different in their own unique way, there is this constant thread: burnout can strike no matter what your personality type.

Here are 5 personality traits of which you should be aware if you are to stop burnout in its tracks.

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10 warning signs of burnout

Matches on a row with one burnedAs an entrepreneur, chances are you’re a high achiever. Let’s face it, you have to be if your business is to succeed.

You’re passionate about what you do; however, that often comes at a price. It’s called burnout and if your business has ever felt “hard” to you, then you’re at risk.

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