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.

3 keys to efficiently working with your virtual team

processesDo you have a headache? As a business owner, you have so much stuff crammed into your head, it must feel like it’s going to burst. Creative ideas, new services, project deadlines are just a few things stored in there.

If you have, or are thinking about having, a virtual team, you must set them up for success. It’s easy for virtual team members (whether they are full time employees or subcontractors) to feel disconnected from your business. You have a mission and vision for bringing value to your clients. Keeping your virtual team informed, connected and committed can happen if you use these 3 keys: [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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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…]

How to organize your conference materials

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This is a three-part series with tips and tools to take the stress out of attending a conference.

You’ve returned from your conference with an armload of materials. You may be tempted to drop it in your office to sit untouched for months. Imagine what would happen if you immediately put the information to good use so your time at the conference could be considered time well spent.

Here’s your step-by-step action plan to make that happen. [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…]

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…]