Prioritize your TO DOs easily and efficiently

Do you struggle with making a decision on what to work on first in your day? Maybe you know what to work on, but it keeps slipping away because your inbox is full of emails from people who all want a piece of your precious attention.

Before you know it, you’ve just spent the first hour of your day working on someone else’s priority.

Let’s change that for you.

Let’s make sure you are focused on achieving your important work … not someone else’s. Let’s protect you from those pesky distractions that come in and hijack your day.

In this video I’ll share with you my system, that I use myself and with my clients, to make prioritizing your tasks easy, so you get the right things done.

Most people don’t do this in their business

As a kid, my mother taught me to say “thank you” whenever someone did something nice for me. It could be as simple as having a door held open, or as personal as receiving a gift.

I’ve been thinking a lot about my mom recently. She passed away several years ago, and all the wonderful lessons I learned from her still resonate with me. The most important is showing gratitude.

This got me thinking about you, and how you give thanks to those who support you and your business.

With the hectic pace of running your business, having time to reflect rarely happens, yet it is essential to your overall state of mind and directly influences the people around you.

When you take time to give thanks, people notice and good things start to happen in mysterious ways. Plus, it makes you feel good inside.

So how do you create gratitude systems to ensure appreciation becomes a habit and a natural extension of your daily routine?

Watch this video where I share 3 things you can start doing right now, to show gratitude in your business.

What to do when your business gets off track

Imagine waking up to find your business has become your worst enemy.

Somehow it has become unrecognizable to you. The vision you had when you first started up has blurred and somehow things have gotten out of your control.

On the outside, it looks like it’s smooth sailing. Business has never been busier, heck you even have a waiting list! What could be wrong?

The thing is … it wasn’t what you ever wanted.

I recently had a conversation with a very busy business owner, who broke down in tears because she was falling out of love with the business she created. She was ready to give up everything because …

The business she had was not the business she ever wanted.

In this video I share three questions to ask yourself … no matter what stage of the business lifecycle you’re in … that will put you back on course.

3 ways to deal with your inbox

If you’re like most people, you battle with your inbox on a daily basis. And, if you’re like most people, you haven’t won that battle … yet. Let’s change that for you.

Maybe you have hundreds or thousands of emails tucked away in your inbox. And on one level they are all tugging at your arm, beckoning for your attention. Sometimes it’s hard to resist their call. Especially when you are looking for a distraction to take you away from what you’re working on.

Next thing you know, you’re scrolling up and down looking for a quickie that you can open and delete. There is so much satisfaction and instant gratification that comes from dealing with an email in some fashion. (I get a rush every time I delete an email!)

Perhaps you like to play the open, close and mark as unread game. That’s a great time waster (but then you already knew that, right?).

In this video, I’ll show you 3 simple ways you can start managing your email so you can take back control of your inbox, your time and most importantly your focus.

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The must-have system in your business

If you only have one system in your business, this one is it!

Your signature system is your proprietary, step-by-step process that you take your clients through to get them from their current state to their desired state. It’s how you solve their problems and relieve their pain-points.

It is the most important system you have in your business. Consider it the powerhouse among all of your systems. What makes it unique is that it has two faces. One face is directed at your client, showing them exactly how you work, which builds confidence and trust. The other face is directed at your team, showing them the steps involved for working with clients, which builds consistency and efficiency.

Your signature system may currently reside in your head. If you were to tell me that you intuitively know each step of your process, I would say to you, it’s time for a data download. If your signature system stays in your head, three things will happen:

  1. Delegating will be painful or impossible.
  2. You will be the bottleneck in your business.
  3. Your business will plateau.

None of these are scenarios that I want for you. Watch this video where I take you through three simple steps to design your signature system.

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How to stop doing everything in your business

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

These words may have become the mantra for running your business, and may have become your belief system.

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.

And that’s 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.

 
Watch how you can change the DIY mantra that may be replaying in your head that leads you to do things you really don’t like doing in your business (and likely aren’t that good at doing!)  
 

Your challenge this week is to be aware of when the DIY mantra starts playing in your head, and to change how you respond.

At first, it may take you more time to train someone how to do things, or to write out a step-by-step system for getting it done. Remind yourself that this is time well invested in you, your team and your business.

How to welcome clients into your business

How do you welcome clients into your business?

The reason I ask is because this came up recently when I was working with a client to design and systematize her client onboarding process. She asked me a very interesting question, which I’ll share with you in this video.

The way you make your clients feel is so important to running your business. 

Your new clients want confirmation they have made the right choice in selecting you to help solve their problem. Your Client Onboarding process does just that.

It’s an important part of the client experience with you, your company and your brand. It’s your way of greeting new clients, showing them around and making them feel comfortable in your business.

Here are some tips to help you make your clients feel welcome:
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How to be less available in your business

What I’m going to share with you may seem counter-intuitive to you and even impossible. You may say to yourself,  “Valeri, being less accessible to the outside world is crazy. I have clients who require my attention, prospects that may disappear if I don’t respond immediately, and people who just plain need me.”

I get it. I’ve been there and I work with many clients who initially have the same concerns.

Watch this video where I’ll share why you may want to shift the accessible 24/7 habit.

You may be in an industry that requires you to be accessible at all times. Your livelihood may depend on being the first to respond to prospects. Perhaps you’ve built a reputation as always being available. If this is you, then that is a deal you have made with your business. [Read more…]

20 love notes to your business

business love“Years ago I fell in love with you. The attraction was instant and intense. I could feel the passion rise inside me the minute I set eyes on you. In that instant I knew the inescapable truth: You complete me.

Does that capture the way you feel about your business? For me, it is true. My business is my passion. That’s not to say it’s easy. Like any relationship it has its ups and downs.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here are some inspiring quotes to get you in the mood to love and appreciate your business. [Read more…]

5 powerful ways to show gratitude

GratitudeThanksgiving is a special holiday in North America. Historically, it commemorates the harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621 where thanks was given for the bounty of crops.

Fast forward to present day. As a business owner, do you give thanks to those who support you and your business? Do you celebrate all that you have accomplished?

With the hectic pace of running your business, having time to reflect rarely happens, yet it is essential to your overall state of mind and ultimately your productivity.

So how do you create gratitude systems to ensure appreciation and giving thanks becomes a habit?

Here are 5 powerful ways to show gratitude in your business. [Read more…]