How to stop doing everything in your business

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

These words may have become the mantra for running your business, and may have become your belief system.

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.

And that’s 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.

 
Watch how you can change the DIY mantra that may be replaying in your head that leads you to do things you really don’t like doing in your business (and likely aren’t that good at doing!)  
 

Your challenge this week is to be aware of when the DIY mantra starts playing in your head, and to change how you respond.

At first, it may take you more time to train someone how to do things, or to write out a step-by-step system for getting it done. Remind yourself that this is time well invested in you, your team and your 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…]

How to make it a day of time well spent

time spend

As a productivity expert I’m careful with how I use my time. I try to use it for activities that will advance my work and my life in a direction that is right for me.

Time is the most important investment you can make. Time is more valuable than money. Why? Because money is a renewable resource. Time is not.

You have the same 1,440 minutes in your daily time bank as I do. Each day it’s replenished with 1,440 more minutes for you to use at your discretion. When it’s gone, it’s gone.

How do you invest your time? [Read more…]

7 ways to recharge in your off hours

rechargeThere’s nothing like a long weekend to remind yourself how important it is to disconnect from your work in order to recharge and renew. Nowadays, the line between personal and professional has become so blurred bringing work home has become the norm.

It’s time to reclaim one day of your week that is reserved for you to renew and rejuvenate. Consider it a reminder that you have an identity outside of your business or occupation.

Wondering where to begin? Here are 7 keys to unlock the healing power of a day off work. [Read more…]

3 steps to investing your time wisely

investing your timeI have a confession. I am addicted to the TV show Gilmore Girls. (Yes, I’m late to the game since it’s been off the air for a number of years … thank you Netflix). I binge-watched the whole first season in a matter of days. My family saw this as a huge waste of time.

Which made me think of you. [Read more…]

Create your simple paperless office system

create your simple paperless office systemThis is the third of a three-part series called The Paper Chase.

Does the idea of having a paperless office bring joy and calm to your mind? Having less paper clutter around you allows for a greater flow of creativity and clarity. There are other rewards too: saved money, more time and it’s better for the environment.

Knowing where to start can be confusing. Here are three easy steps to make the transition smooth and stress-free. [Read more…]

10 steps to automate your invoicing

10 steps to automate your invoicing

Do you love to make money, but when it comes to collecting it, you procrastinate? Here are some simple techniques I use with my clients to automate their invoicing process. ​​​​​​​ [Read more…]

3 simple steps to make tax time painless

Tax stopwatchA colleague approached me at a meeting, cup of coffee in hand and a pained expression on her face. Something seemed terribly wrong. Did she lose a big client? Was she ill? Was her coffee decaffeinated? No. It was tax time and she was feeling the effects of a year’s worth of avoidance.

Her plea for help could not go ignored.

Here is your 3 step plan to getting organized for tax time. [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.

[Read more…]

5 Reasons to Use a Digital Calendar for 2012

calendar on a smartphoneI was with a colleague the other day and we were setting up our next meeting. I whipped out my smartphone, she sheepishly reached into her briefcase and pulled out her paper planner. Then she whispered, “I still use a paper planner, isn’t that pathetic?” Now, she may have been embarassed because my focus is helping people use technology to work smarter. But the fact is, if you’re using a paper system that works for you, then that in itself is working smart.

But for those who are currently using a paper calendar and contemplating switching over … this blog is for you. (For those who are digital already, read on. There may be some features you didn’t know about.) [Read more…]