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…]

When to streamline your business

Have you ever said to yourself, “When is the best time to streamline the back-end of my business so it can grow, thrive and scale?”

This may seem like an easy question to answer, but I assure you it has many moving parts. I’ll give you my perspective in this video; however, the real answer may be somewhere else.

It may not be what you want to hear, but I suspect you won’t be surprised. I encourage you to keep your mind open to what is possible.

What I’ve learned from working with many business owners over the years and from running my own business for close to two decades is this:

If you wait for all things to be perfect you will never begin. Build for the future you envision, not for the here and now.

Here’s to building an efficient, effective + productive business.​​​​​​​

Do this if you want to scale your business

You do so much in your business. In many ways it’s an extension of you. It’s always with you and even in your off-time (is there such a thing?) your mind can’t help but wander to it. I was exactly the same the way until I learned a lesson that changed everything.

It happened when I was having a hard time keeping all the balls in the air. It felt like everything was spinning and I just couldn’t keep up with the demands anymore. I started wondering if I even wanted to.

I started to feel like a failure in my business. Can you relate? [Read more…]

How to make it a day of time well spent

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As a productivity expert I’m careful with how I use my time. I try to use it for activities that will advance my work and my life in a direction that is right for me.

Time is the most important investment you can make. Time is more valuable than money. Why? Because money is a renewable resource. Time is not.

You have the same 1,440 minutes in your daily time bank as I do. Each day it’s replenished with 1,440 more minutes for you to use at your discretion. When it’s gone, it’s gone.

How do you invest your time? [Read more…]

The secret ingredient to make your productivity soar

FocusDo you believe time management is the answer to all your productivity problems? If so, it’s time for a reality check. Time management is a big lie. There, I said it.

The truth is you can’t manage time. We all have the same 1,440 minutes in a day. The only thing you can manage is yourself: your attention, concentration and energy.

To successfully accomplish your work, you have to hone and own this one thing you can control …

Focus is your productivity superpower. [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…]

7 Productivity secrets of successful people

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Do you ever wonder how prominent people accomplish so much?  I often attribute it to having access to lots of money and resources. However, what I discovered might surprise you. Their success and productivity has more to do with the simple things in life, things that you and I can access easily.

Here are the 7 ways successful people stay productive.

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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 efficiently deal with email

ProductivityYour overflowing inbox is a minefield of unanswered questions, untended requests and incomplete tasks. If you listen closely you can hear things slipping through the cracks.

No wonder you open your inbox with a sense of dread.

I get it. I used to be there myself until one day I reached my breaking point. I couldn’t bear the constant nagging from all those voices inside Gmail, each one wanting a piece of my attention and precious time. So for half a day I embarked on the journey to inbox zero. The simple three-step system I created to get there will work for you too. In fact, I use it every day to keep my inbox empty. [Read more…]

5 steps to a CLEAR desk

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Can you see the top of your desk or does it look like a wasteland of file folders, business cards and the random paper clip?

If you’re like most busy professionals, cleaning up your desk is low on your list of priorities. At least until you reach your breaking point.

If that time has come, schedule some time to tackle the clutter on your desk. To help you, here’s my decluttering system I use with my clients. It’s five easy steps to get you closer to feeling in control of your workspace again. [Read more…]