3 keys to make your resolutions stick

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Do you love the first week of January? The smell of possibility is in the air. It feels like a clean closet or an organized junk drawer. There’s nothing like starting fresh, with a blank canvas awaiting you. So often, the first brushstroke comes with making New Year’s Resolutions.

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions?

Perhaps you’ve read the headlines that only 8% of people follow through on their resolutions. Not a high statistic, but not to worry. I’ve got your back! I’m going to divulge the 3 keys to secure success. I use these myself and with my clients .

My resolution is to help you achieve what is possible for you in the year ahead. [Read more…]

Scary stories about running your business

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The tale of the haunted graphic designer

It was a dark and stormy night when I heard the cry for help from Jennifer, a successful graphic designer. What she told me sent shivers down my spine.

“The piles of things (mostly bookkeeping) that are backlogged in my business are alarming and highly intimidating. What can I do?”

Having a scary mountain of mundane tasks that keep slipping to the bottom of your never-ending To Do list is a nightmare. Especially when you would rather spend your time doing what you love in your business.

Unfortunately, those hair-raising routine To Dos must get done. So, I shared with Jennifer, 3 productivity boosts to battle her terrifying tasks. [Read more…]

How to make time for your important work

Make time for your important workWhen was the last time you had a day where you accomplished 100% of your work? Have you ever had such a day? Many people I work with struggle with having their time hijacked by other people’s priorities.

In the ongoing battle for accomplishing your work done, there is a secret weapon I’m going reveal. I’ll also show you how to use it to complete those tasks lingering on your To Do list. [Read more…]

My secret formula to prioritizing your work

Prioritizing your work is as simple as ABC. Here are 3 simple steps to get you there.

Prioritizing your work

Step 1: Put all your tasks into the following ::

A = Business Critical :: These are the urgent things that often come up out of nowhere and whack you on the side of the head. These things pull you away from the priorities you had set for yourself. At the end of the day, you feel stressed and tired from putting out all those fires.

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3 Ways to Reignite Your Passion for Your Business

Another Valentine’s Day come and gone. Did you receive flowers from your business? How about a box of chocolate? Maybe a nice card?  Me neither. (Sigh.)

reignite passion for your business

Sometimes loving your business can feel one-sided

The good news is, it doesn’t have to be that way. A few tweaks, mixed with a dose of productive habits, and you’ll be doing the Tango with your business in no time!

Here are three easy steps to reignite the passion [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…]

5 ways I boost my morning routine

Stress - business woman running lateA couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article about the benefits of getting up earlier (7 habits to help get your butt out of bed.) There’s no doubt many successful professionals prefer to get a jumpstart on their day by getting up at the crack of dawn. But, whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, we all have one thing in common … we all have to wake up and get our work done.

It used to take me a long time to get my sleepy head in the mood to work. The busyness of the morning would send me in a million different directions. If you can relate, then I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Actually, it’s more like 5 secrets. These are the things I do to streamline my morning routine so I can get on with my day and accomplish my work. [Read more…]

3 procrastination-busting strategies to get your work done

Chalkboard drawing - now or laterImagine this …

You get a call from your most important client. They need a project completed. You have 48 hours to get it done.

What would you do?

Push it to the side so you can cruise Facebook, respond to some emails and go work out?

No.

You move mountains to get it done.

You’re a professional. Your clients come first. So you rearrange your schedule and get to work.

The question is this: why do you approach this scenario differently than when you have our own projects to do?

It simple, because you can. As business owners, we’re only accountable to ourselves for our own work.   And when it comes to our own work, we’re usually more flexible with delivery dates. What happens is we get really good at procrastinating.

But procrastination only leads to overwhelm. And who needs that when we’re running a successful business?

So let’s change all that. Follow these 3 simple steps and you’ll beat the procrastination bug once and for all.

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5 habits that are secretly killing your productivity

Wasting timeHave you ever reached the end of your work day feeling like you didn’t accomplish anything? You worked eight solid hours, skipped your lunch and only left your desk when nature called. Still you feel worn out and deflated.

How is that possible?

Well, my friend, you’ve become a victim of a productivity killer. These are habits that are preventing you from being efficient and effective at work.

Often you don’t even know you’re doing them. They seem innocent enough at first, but left too long, they wreak havoc with your time and energy.

If work leaves you feeling unfocused and overwhelmed, check to see if any of these habits sound familiar. Then, follow the action steps to lead you back to a place of control and calm.

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3 ways to automate your business right now

clock and gearsI recently asked a group of entrepreneurs and small business owners to imagine they had a magic wand that would grant them one wish to solve their most pressing challenge in running their business.

Without hesitation, the majority of them told me it would be to have more time to serve their clients and grow their business. They all strongly disliked dealing with the day-to-day operational tasks that were important to keep their businesses running smoothly.

The truth is you don’t need a magic wand to get your wish. What you need are the right tools to automate certain areas that drain your time, energy, and money.

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