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How to stop doing what you stink at doing

Stop SignI’m just back from a conference where I joined 150 other entrepreneurs to learn how to market our businesses more effectively. I was excited about learning how to spread the word about intandem so I can help more people like you … who are determined not to burnout of your business.

We did a bunch of very helpful and interesting exercises, but one in particular brought you to mind. I’m going to share it with you AND give you a downloadable PDF so you can do it yourself.

To start the exercise, we were asked to map out all the “stuff” we do in our businesses sorted into these four quadrants:

  1. Stuff you LOVE to do
  2. Stuff you LIKE to do
  3. Stuff you CAN do
  4. Stuff you STINK at doing

After 5 minutes of draining my brain of all the TO DOs I have on my list, my business reality was all out in front of me. Sorting it into the 4 quadrants was eye opening. Mine looked like this: [Read more…]

A super simple way to get those B.I.G projects done

 

boxesDo you find yourself facing, what seems to be, an insurmountable project? Are you procrastinating, distracted and using any other delay tactic you know to avoid getting started?

Here’s a shortcut that will change the way you work. 

When you find yourself staring down the throat of that next humungous, daunting project, take a deep breath and ask yourself this one question:

“What is the absolute next thing I have to do to move this project forward?”

Resist the temptation to over-analyze and get too far ahead of yourself. It could be the tiniest thing:  writing that first sentence, creating a project folder, making a phone call or booking a meeting room. Whatever that first step is, make it an easy one and take it. You’ll be amazed at the momentum it creates.

My step-by-step approach to slaying those b.i.g. projects

Now you’ve gotten started, here is a 7-step method I’ve developed to help you continue to move forward. [Read more…]

Top tech apps to get you organized for the New Year

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 10.33.40 AMI was at the grocery store the other day looking for plain yogurt. Not Greek style. Not fruit on the bottom. Not fat-free. Not probiotic. Just plain old yogurt. It seemed like an eternity before I found the right type.

Have you ever felt that way when faced with choosing a technology tool?

Sometimes the simplest things are the most difficult to find.

Whether you’re looking for an accounting app or a task management tool, choosing the right one can be daunting.
This week’s Shortcut is going to cut through the crap and reveal 5 new tools I’ve welcomed into my business to keep intandem humming along.

Get ready to be more productive + efficient in 2015 with these top tech apps: [Read more…]

Five essential systems every business needs

GearsIs your business rocking? Maybe it’s moving so fast it’s making your head spin. Or maybe things have quieted down for you giving you time and space to rethink how you do things.

In either case, I’ll bet this thought has crossed your mind more than once: I need to change the way my business works!

Like any successful business owner you always keep a close eye on your business. You can feel when things aren’t running the way they should. Your gut tells you when you’re wasting time recreating the wheel or doing things inefficiently. You can smell a lost document a mile away, you just can’t see it!

If you want your business to thrive, it’s important to build a solid foundation of systems to support it. I call this your Business Ecosystem. It’s what happens behind the scenes – things that are integral to how your business is organized and how it functions.

Without a healthy and balanced Business Ecosystem, you may start to see your business as “hard.” You’ll feel overstretched, overcommitted and overwhelmed. [Read more…]

5 simple ways to love yourself

I Love MeWhen was the last time you did something special for yourself? I’m thinking dinner with your best pal, a day at the spa or even just enjoying a good book.

I can’t remember the last time I had a time out.

It’s not because my husband doesn’t chip in with the kids and domestic chores. It’s not because I don’t have a grip on work/life balance (although this is a work in progress). And it’s not because I’m a control freak.

The simple truth is … I put the needs of others ahead of my own.

Make no mistake, I’m not a martyr. Simply put, it has become a habit to put myself last, especially since having kids. When I’m on an airplane and the flight attendant demonstrates the emergency procedures and instructs us to put on our own oxygen mask before our child’s, I shudder. But I get the subliminal message: take care of yourself, so you can take care of others.

It’s time to make a change

Being good to yourself doesn’t mean becoming self absorbed. It simply means taking care of your health, happiness and overall well being. The good news is it doesn’t have to take up a lot of your time and it doesn’t mean humungous shifts in the way you do things now. [Read more…]

Feng Shui your office in 60 minutes

FengShuiGuest post by Michelle Cooke Little, Feng Shui designer

People tend to complicate things. We don’t mean to, but to some extent, we all do. It’s our nature.

When our workspace gets complicated it shows. We’re surrounded by clutter, it may take on a dark, dingy atmosphere and it’s generally not a place we can be our most creative and productive selves.

Let’s change all that. Let’s simplify our workspace, using the principles of Feng Shui to take us there. It doesn’t have to be difficult. I’ll show you four ways you can implement Feng Shui in your office in 60 minutes. [Read more…]

Digital Organizing Part 3 – How to easily organize your bookmarks

This is the last of a three-part series on organizing the digital side of your business.

icons of browsers applicationsWhen was the last time you thought about the bookmarks in your browser?

If you’re like me, the bookmarks (or favorites) area in your browser barely gets any attention. In fact, I’m willing to bet your bookmarks list is full of links to unused and forgotten websites. Am I right?

Bookmarking websites can be a very useful and time-saving way to access relevant information on the internet. The purpose of bookmarking is this: as you come across interesting articles or websites, you create a bookmark so can reference it later.

However, for many later never comes. And so, you are left with a long and disorganized list.

Because the bookmarks list is hidden from our view, we never really think about it. It’s sort of like that junk drawer in your office. The reality is what gets noticed, gets organized. Tweet that!

To keep your bookmarks organized, you need to create a system, similar to your filing foundation.

Once it’s in place, accessing that memorable website will be a snap. Using my CLEAR approach (which I use in the CLEAR Your Clutter workbook) here’s how you can easily organize your bookmarks in 5 steps. [Read more…]

Organize Your Computer Desktop

uncluttered computer screenThis is the second of a three-part series on organizing the digital side of your business.

If your computer desktop is littered with random documents, it’s time to get organized. One, because it’s a mess and finding files in a mess takes more time and energy. Secondly, because it slows down your computer. All those homeless files take up operating memory from your computer. With less memory available your computer will run slower.

Clutter is a catalyst for wasting time. Tweet That!

It might be overwhelming to think about organizing those files, but if you followed the steps in the first part of this series, getting your computer desktop clear off will be a cinch.

Here’s how … [Read more…]

Digital Organizing Part 1 – Organizing your computer files

This is the first of a three-part series on organizing the digital side of your business.

laptop with computer file foldersThe start of a New Year is a time for renewal. Never are people more motivated to make positive changes in their life than in January.

Losing weight, exercising and getting organized are the most common New Year’s resolutions North American’s make each year. They are also the ones that are the hardest to keep.

While I can’t help you shed those extra pounds or work up a sweat, I can do something about the state of your business. Creating systems to help you streamline how things get done is one part. But what I’m about to show you will revolutionize and simplify the way you organize the digital side of your business, particularly your computer files. [Read more…]

12 Days of Business Efficiency

snowflake_smallYou may have noticed this too … the Christmas carols have been playing in the stores for weeks. I asked the cashier if she was getting tired of hearing the same songs repeatedly, she looked at me and said, “I don’t even notice them anymore.

Have we all been numbed to the spirit of the holidays?

I love the holiday season. Whether the celebration is Christmas, Hanukkah or Winter Solstice, it’s a time for friends and family to gather and share food, laughter and gratitude.

In keeping with this spirit, I’ve put together my version of the 12 days of Christmas, from a business efficiency perspective. With all the love floating around at this time of year, it’s important to heap some of it on your business. [Read more…]