My secret to getting more done

As the year draws to a close, you may be focusing on 2018 and what it means for your business. No doubt, you’ll see a lot of organizing supplies, planners and workshops on the market, all promising to help you prepare for the year ahead.

I like to take a practical approach to help you get your work accomplished. I’ve developed this system from years of experience giving productivity workshops and working 1:1 with my clients. My system is based on a three-step productivity formula called Focus First™.

In today’s video, I’ll show you the foundational first step of Focus First™ that you can take right now to give your productivity the boost it needs. Imagine starting 2018 with a fresh list of goals you know you will accomplish.

If you feel frazzled at the end of the day, or if you’re tired of having your priorities slip to the bottom of the list, then this video is for you.

P.S. After you watch, please hit return and let me know if you’ve heard of the game I mention in the video. I’m really interested.

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The real reason you’re not getting your work done

Do you get to the end of your workday and are satisfied with all you’ve accomplished? If you’re like most busy business owners, the answer is likely No (at least most of the time).

You might find that you’re constantly putting out fires, being interrupted by your team or your clients, or spending way too much time in your inbox.

While it’s easy to place the blame on external factors that are pulling you away from your work, there is another way to look at it.

In this video, I’ll share with you the real culprit that is putting a damper on your productivity.

Once you’ve reframed the challenge, you’ll be able to address it and your efficiency will SOAR.

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.

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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How to prepare your business for the climb

Does your business sometimes feel like an uphill climb? Similar to riding your bike in the wrong gear? That’s what I experienced the other day while I was out on a bike ride. I was on some pretty steep hills and I thought of you and how hard running your business can be.

This is what I know for sure:

If you don’t prepare for the growth that has come, then the busy times will feel like going up a hill in the hardest gear.

You’ll feel like you’re pedaling as fast as you can, but you don’t seem to be getting the traction or speed you need to support that rapid growth.

Watch this video where I’ll encourage you to think a little differently about how to prepare your business so you can sit back, relax and actually enjoy the climb.

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Is your business built to SOAR™?

The other day a client said to me,

“Valeri, some days operating my business feels like I’m running in mud!”

That image stuck with me, and I thought about how true it is. Sometimes running your business can be a chore. If you are feeling frazzled and frustrated by your business, let’s make a change.

I believe you can design your business so it’s built to SOAR™. This means your business is:

Systematized – with the inner workings streamlined and documented so delegating is effortless.

Optimized – with all the operational details organized so everything runs efficiently.

Automated – with the right tech tools in place so the heavy lifting gets done 24/7.

Repeatable – with consistent best practices implemented so you feel in control.

Sounds dreamy doesn’t it?

Watch this video where I share my take on making this dream come true for you.

Here’s to building your efficient business!

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.​​​​​​​

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…]

How to unplug while on vacation

Unplug on vacationDefinition of a vacation: An extended period of recreation spent away from home when no work is done.

Imagine you’re reclining on a beach, feeling the heat of the sun on your skin and basking in the glory of another perfect day. You can feel yourself finally letting go of your work-related stresses. And then suddenly you hear a ping on a device somewhere in the distance.

In that moment, the relaxation of your vacation is shattered.

As if awakened from a dream, you are transported back to your To Do list, to your clients and to the never-ending pull of work.

How do you escape the grind of work so you can focus on relaxing? Perhaps the real question is, why is this so difficult?

It doesn’t have to be a struggle. There is an easier way to allow yourself to escape the pressures of work. Here’s how you can successfully and confidently disconnect from work while on vacation. [Read more…]