December is here! And we’re already a week into it…how did that happen? That means great times with family, listening to holiday music, drinking eggnog, and basking in the joy of all the great things we accomplished this year.
Or does it?
Maybe it means stress over how to pay for presents, the dread of spending time with an annoying relative, and the shame of not reaching your business goals for 2017. The good news? We can prepare for a calmer holiday season, and do things that will help us feel good about the year that’s coming to an end. Here are 4 tips for a great December:
1. Get organized
Yup, it’s time to take a breath and get organized. Do it now before the hectic holiday season is in full swing. Make lists of what you want to accomplish in your business. Get your files organized for the end of the year. Make lists of gifts to buy, cards to send, and things you want to experience over the holidays! Don’t let the chaos of the season...
Someone recently asked me for my best piece of business advice, and I didn't have to think too long about what that would be. So, here it is. The number one thing that I’ve found creates the biggest results for my clients:
That’s it! At first, it might not sound very exciting, until you start looking at the amazing results you can get out of it. So, let’s break this down a little bit. Here's why I get so excited and geek out over strategic planning, and how it can give your business a huge boost!
One of the biggest challenges we face in our businesses is finding the best way to take our big ideas and turn them into reality. Strategic planning is a process that helps us do exactly that: take our big ideas, goals, and dreams, and make them a reality. It gives us a road map to follow so that we’re not just taking shots in the dark.
Here’s why strategic planning is so good for any business: it reduces frustration, stress, burnout, and...
Have you ever felt like you were putting so much focus on your work that the rest of your life was falling apart? Maybe you have no energy left for yourself and your family at the end of the day. Or maybe you’re caught in a vicious circle of feeling guilty when you’re working too much, and then feeling guilty again anytime you’re not working. It can feel like nothing we do is ever enough.
Our culture has made it okay for people to sacrifice their personal lives for their work – and not just made it okay, but almost expected! But there is a growing movement of people who are looking for something more than just grind and constant hustle. People are realizing that life is too short to spend it being stressed, overworked, and miserable. People are looking for more balance in their lives.
But what is balance anyway? It could be argued that work life balance doesn’t really exist, especially in the early stages of a career or a business, when there are...
Have you ever started the day full of great intentions for getting lots done, and at the end of the day you realize that you didn’t get much of anything done at all? I certainly have, and that’s why I want to share my 4 best tips for staying focused.
First, I have a quick story to tell you. Earlier this week, when I was planning my day and I saw the date, I realized that it was my friend’s birthday. Normally I try to stay away from social media early in the morning, but I wanted to wish her a happy birthday right away. I went on Facebook to post a little birthday message on her wall and got distracted by my news feed. Next thing I know, it’s 20 minutes later, I shut off Facebook and I hadn’t even written the message! I completely forgot what my intention was to begin with! It really got me thinking about how much time can be wasted browsing and clicking online. It happens to most of us, but if we can work on staying focused, imagine what a leg...
Have you ever had that nagging feeling that you should be setting up systems in your business but you’re not sure where to start? Wouldn’t it be great if you could run your business more efficiently so that you could spend more of your time focused on growing it?
What tends to happen, especially with small businesses, is that you get so used to doing everything yourself, and you’re so busy doing it, that you don’t take the time to document everything that you do. Then, when you want to hire more people or scale your business, you’re not sure how to approach it because you’ve kind of been winging it so far, and most of your decisions are based on instinct.
If this sounds like something you can relate to, you’re not alone because so many business owners struggle with this. It’s something that gets overlooked most of the time, but if you can get good at creating systems early on, before you really feel like you have a need for them, it...
I had a friend ask me to do a post about when to stop working when you’re an entrepreneur. How do you know when you’re supposed to stop working? He was saying that working all the time and “hustling” is great for your business but it’s bad for your life. Right off the bat, I would argue against that. Anything that’s bad for your life is going to be bad for your business as well.
We live in a time where it’s popular to have the attitude that you have to hustle all the time and work harder and harder to have any kind of success. I disagree with that, I don’t think it’s true at all. I think that if we work to the point where our personal lives suffer for it, it’s going to negatively impact our businesses.
This post is for people who are asking themselves those same questions: How hard should I work? When should I stop? How do I know when it’s time to stop working? This is not for those of you who want to work around the...
When I made the switch from working a job to starting my own business and working from my home office, I was amazed at how free I felt! Now I ultimately decide when and how much I work. How awesome is that?
I've got a great groove going on most days now, but it didn't happen overnight. Working from home has its challenges, and it's not always sunshine and rainbows. Being in charge of everything in your day is great, but there are a million distractions at home, and how you choose to approach your work directly impacts your ability to financially support yourself and your family. That can be a lot of pressure!
Thankfully, great habits can make all the difference. I have a ton of entrepreneur friends who know a lot about this from their own experience, so I asked them for their favorite ways to stay productive, focused, and balanced when they work from home. These are their tips - in no particular order - along with a few of my other favorites.
1. Create a dedicated work...
Last week I was in a creative rut. It was almost as if I had so many different sources of inspiration that I was overwhelmed with the choices and needed some time to sort through it all and find some clarity. I felt the need to figure everything out YESTERDAY and as a result, I felt completely creatively blocked. It wasn't my most productive week to say the least, but I still had high expectations of what I wanted to accomplish.
This week, I'm determined to get a fresh start and put this low behind me. I started thinking: What did I do differently last week anyway? I had been on a good productive streak for the last little while, what made last week different?
For one, I had decided that since it was the last week of the kids' summer vacation, I should relax and not worry about getting up early. So, I slept in...every day. I can't believe the impact it had on my week! Before last week, I had adopted the great habit of getting up early every morning. I love the early hours, before...
The planning vs. action debate keeps popping up in business.
I'm usually pretty neutral in a debate because I love to look at things from both sides. In this debate, I really do see the benefits of planning (ahem - that's what I do, I help entrepreneurs strategically plan to reach their goals!), but nobody reaches their goals without action! The two go hand in hand, and a combination of planning and action is usually the best approach.
Obviously, endless planning without taking action is pointless, but taking blind action without planning means you have no idea where you're going. It's vital to strike a balance between the two in order to get the best results.
So how do we do that anyway? How do we balance planning and action? Some of us are more comfortable in the planning phase, and some of us are more comfortable jumping right in. It's that whole dreamer vs. doer theme coming up again, right brain vs. left brain. It's hard to balance both when we lean more in one direction...
Have you ever struggled with making tough decisions? Have you you experienced being so worried about doing the wrong thing that you ended up putting it off and not doing anything at all?
This is something that I used to struggle with quite a bit, and I know that a lot of other people do too. I used to agonize over tough decisions and get caught in the "analysis paralysis" trap. Sometimes I would over-think it to the point where I would avoid the decision altogether!
Over the years, I've gotten a lot better at handling tough decisions. I've researched different approaches to making good decisions, and I've also looked back at ones I've made in the past - comparing the good ones to the not-so-great ones - and looking at how they were different.
Making decisions is a lot easier now because I've found some great ways to cut through the chatter in my own mind, and make decisions without all the doubt and uncertainty. Here's how you can do it:
1. If you haven't already done this, now is...
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