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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Why you need to step away from your business

I’ll bet your business is keeping you very busy. It seems when I ask: “How are things?” everyone responds with, Busy.

Busy with the business.
Busy with the kids.
Busy just living.

To be honest with you, I do this too.

Busyness leaves you spinning, exhausted and burnt out. 

The challenge of being in a constant state of busyness is you are operating in reactive mode. You are caught in the weeds with no capacity to see beyond.  Being strategic, creative and innovative get kicked to the curb. 

In this video, I offer you a ticket out of Busy. It will take you to a place where you can see your business from 30,000 feet up in the sky. Where you can get clarity and focus. I’ve accompanied my clients to this magical place and I invite you to do the same.

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Why it’s okay to have a messy business

Has your business ever felt so messy you wanted to hide from it? Literally. The shut the laptop and run for cover kind of hiding.

You are not alone. I’ve been there, my clients have been there and practically every business owner I’ve meet has been there.

Face it, business can get messy, even at the best of times. Actually, especially at the best of times because that’s when your business is so busy, you can’t get to the back-end operational details that keep things running smoothly.

The truth is, things have to get messy before they can get organized. Messy is a rite of passage to a better way of operating.

It should feel somewhat uncomfortable and bumpy along the road. That is totally okay and to be expected.

In this video I give you permission to embrace the disorganization that your business may be experiencing at this very moment.

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My secret to creating an Operations Playbook

When you think of having standard operating procedures in your business, do you think of a dusty binder sitting on a shelf that nobody looks at? Or perhaps you know it’s something your business needs, but have no idea how to start, so you procrastinate and continue to keep all the operational details stuck in your head.

Let’s change that for you and for your business.

It doesn’t have to be an overwhelming project and you don’t have to be the one to put it together. I have a long list of clients who came to me for that very reason. I find systems sexy and fun … they don’t.

The important part is to get the processes out of your head so you are no longer the bottleneck in your business. Imagine not being interrupted all the time because your team doesn’t know HOW to get things done. Freedom!

Watch this video where I’ll share my approach for creating an Operations Playbook that is useful, usable and adapts to your evolving 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…]

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…]

Organize your workspace for maximum productivity

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The ability to focus and do your best work is directly related to your surroundings. A place where you are able to get your best work accomplished, in less time and with less stress.

When you have an organized office, your productivity soars, you feel calm and in control of your workload.

Here are 5 things to include in your office to make it a productive and inspired setting in which to get things done.
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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…]