How to delegate so it actually gets done

DelegateThere’s no doubt delegation can be one of the most difficult transitions you have to make in your business. This is especially true if you consider yourself a control freak when it comes to how things get done.

Having a control mindset means you have positioned yourself to be the bottleneck in your business. There is only so much of you to go around, so setting your business up this way will lead to:

A.  Your business plateauing
B.  You burning out
C.  All of the above

How do you let go of doing the back-end boring stuff so you are able to focus on the revenue-generating activities you love? [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…]

Are you at risk of becoming a productivity zombie?

ProductivityHalloween is my favourite time of the year. While it’s fun to see the houses decorated and the kids in their costumes, most of all I love the mini chocolate bars. So many kinds, so little time.

This spooky time of year also reminds me of the dreaded productivity zombie. If you’re unsure of what one looks like, here are three key features:

  • Reduced speed of movement relative to normal humans
  • Profoundly reduced or absent cognitive function
  • Ignores or is oblivious of fellow zombies

What has turned these once A-type go-getters into productivity zombies? It’s hauntingly simple. They have succumbed to bad habits. Sometimes the transformation is gradual and often goes undetected.

If you think you might be turning into a productivity zombie, here are 10 traits to be aware of: [Read more…]

5 steps to setting boundaries in your business

BoundariesWhen you first started your business, you may have felt it was acceptable to work nights and weekends. After being at it for a few years you feel like you’ve paid your dues.

Unfortunately, your work hours haven’t changed.

Your clients have become accustomed to you being available 24/7. Constant connectivity has become your new normal. However, without boundaries you are operating from a reactive place; taking orders and putting out fires. This way of working is not a sustainable way to run your business.

Here are steps you can follow to get back in control of your time: [Read more…]

3 sneaky time thieves and how to crush them

Time ThievesThere are three “time thieves” lurking in your day. They are sneaky, cunning and hard to see. At first glance they pretend they are going to make a big difference to your business, but in the end, they are just a big waste of time.

I’m going to reveal them to you now and show you what you can do to protect yourself. [Read more…]

Be inspired by these 20 Olympians

Inspiring Olympic quotesHave you been glued to the Olympics? I have to admit, I’ve taken a keen interest. It’s so inspiring to see the determination and dedication of all the athletes, regardless of which country they represent.

If you’ve ever wondered what drives the competitive spirit of these athletes, I’ve rounded up 20 inspirational quotes from Olympic medalists and their coaches.

Perhaps some of these will resonate with you as you grow your business, serve your clients or just go about the race of life.

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5 steps to creating a crack-proof password

crack-proof passwordsI’m reading a spine-chilling novel about a woman, Laurel, who is being held captive by her deranged husband because he suspects she is being unfaithful. I’m at the part where he accesses her computer and finds a secret email account. She won’t give him the password so he downloads a computer program that will crack the password. Within hours, he gains entry to her email account.

That’s when I thought of you!

How safe are all those online accounts you have? Do you use your pet’s name because it is easy to remember? That, my friend, is a mistake. [Read more…]

How to include self care into your busy schedule

How to include self care into your busy schelduleTake a look at your calendar for the week. Is it packed full of meetings, client work and events to attend? Now take a look at it another way. Is there any time reserved just for you?

The truth is, the time when you most need to care for yourself, is the time when you tend to drop it. The more stressed and time-strapped you become, the more you trade in self care for another hour or two of work.

If this sounds like you, here are five ways to successfully include self care into your busy schedule. [Read more…]

3 reasons why a DIY business won’t work

Orange fronted hard hatDo you remember the day you decided to start your business? Remember the excitement and anticipation you felt knowing you were going to share your talents with the world, have an impact and make a difference?

You thought to yourself, “Finally, I’m my own boss … the CEO of my company. I’m finally in charge of my destiny!”

Then reality hits you like a cement truck.

You’re on your own. It’s all up to you now. Generating income – or not — is ALL on your shoulders.

“If I want something done right, I’ll do it myself.”

These words become the mantra for running your business. This is your new belief system. It’s what drives you to stay up late putting out your newsletter, to skip a weekend because you have to create another slide presentation, to postpone a vacation because your business needs you.

You want things done your way and you believe it will take you longer to tell someone how to do it than if you just did it yourself. Not to mention, your belief that you’ll save money.

And that is how your DIY business is created.

The reality is this … doing everything yourself is impossible, impractical and it’s no fun AT ALL. More importantly, it isn’t sustainable for you or your business.

Here are 3 reasons why running a DIY business won’t work for the long term: [Read more…]

The secret sauce to making habits stick

The secret sauce to making habits stick

Last year I lost 15 pounds.

I hadn’t planned on losing weight, it was a side effect of seeing a naturopath and going on a three-month cleanse. Part of the cleansing process was sticking to a healthy diet, eliminating alcohol and taking vitamins.  I felt great. For a moment.

After the cleanse ended, I went back to my usual patterns. The glasses of wine, the bread and no vitamins. The weight also returned.

One year later I’m right back where I started

Looking back, I now see how much time, energy and money I wasted for a brief glimpse into what could be. With the help and accountability of the naturopath gone, as well as the healthy eating routine and reward of the dropping weight, I went right back to my usual ways.

That’s when I thought of you [Read more…]