As a small business owner or entrepreneur, there are many things that need to get done for your business to move forward. You can feel like you wear a million hats, and most days, it feels like there are five sitting on your head at once.
When you look at your project management tool or to do list, although you can see that you're making progress and cross something off, it seems like two or ten more items get added and you wonder how it will all get done.
As you look over your list, are there some items that you dread doing because you are not using your strengths, so you feel like you struggle to complete them? What happens to your other tasks and responsibilities when you are spending so much time and energy on a task that is draining you?
In order to lead your team or business, there will always be things that need to get done that you may not excel in doing. However, that does not mean that you must personally complete every item that your team or business needs to have done....
As you lead your business or organization, it can get noisy and overwhelm can start to creep in.
Lots of information come in from different sources, and you must decipher which ones require your attention to move your vision forward.
Sometimes it can feel like there’s so much happening.
So much information you’re receiving that it’s hard to hear that still small voice inside that’s ultimately guiding you.
Sometimes the information is more noise and not helpful or necessary.
Other times, it’s needed for your business to succeed, but even in those cases, too much data can cause overwhelm.
This doesn’t mean you have to do everything yourself or at that very moment, but it does mean that you must decide if it’s important to do or not do and take action accordingly.
Simply stop, get quiet and get back to basics.
By stopping and taking a moment to calm your mind and block out all the...
So let's talk about continual learning, and specifically when you've invested money or time or both to advance or strengthen your skills as a leader.
Perhaps it's a small investment relatively speaking like reading or listening to a book. Maybe it's a course or seminar you attended, or training your company has sent you to for the day. Or perhaps it's working with a coach or consultant. And even it didn't cost you money, it was your time spent there, including the time spent creating the space to go and getting caught up again (or close to it) once you returned.
When you first went through the course, the seminar, or even worked with your coach, you probably took some notes as a way to help you process what you're learning. Once the course, seminar or coaching sessions are finished, you have every intention of fully implementing what you've learned.
Then more time passes, and although you know you learned a lot, you might feel like you should have learned more or that...
Here's a productivity hack that's a quick and easy way to clear away the mental clutter by capturing your thoughts whenever they come to you - use a voice recording app on your phone.
I don't know about you, but there are plenty of times when an idea comes to me, and I don't have paper or a pen nearby. Instead, if you use the notes app on your phone, or open an email to send to yourself, you can voice your thoughts out as much as you need to, then send the email or open the notes app later when you're ready to work with it. It gives you something to start with and helps you to clear away the mental clutter, so you have more space to focus on what's going on in the present.
You know I love quotes.
Sometimes they are little bursts of inspiration or motivation, and sometimes they are gentle reminders to take action to change.
When I first saw this quote by Therese Fowler:
“Some rules are nothing but old habits that people are afraid to change”
two different paths came to mind – one was external and the other was internal.
Let’s take the external one first.
For your business to grow, systems and guidelines are essential. They create the opportunity to streamline work, increase productivity, set clear expectations, and map processes so that everyone involved is on the same sheet of music. These can easily become habits for the business or organization. Habits because it’s what is known and expected, even if they don’t make sense anymore.
What was helpful at one time may be outdated now, but unless it’s revisited and reexamined, it will continue to do what it’s always done.
To make sure your business...
As you lead your organization or business, time becomes a resource that you might feel you don’t ever really have enough of.
There’s always something that needs to be done. Something that requires your attention for the vision to move forward.
Just as some tasks or projects are completed, new ones are added to the list. It can be all too easy to not take a break because it feels like there’s much more to do. And even when you are passionate about what you do, you can still reach a point where taking time out for you would serve you more than continuing to tackle your growing to do list.
When those points come, do you take the break, leave the office or computer and really let your mind rest or is your mind still at work?
What if I said that taking care of yourself needs to be on your priority list and not only when you are reach that breaking point?
It might seem selfish when there’s so much to do and...
Let's set the stage a bit:
It’s the start of the week, and you have a list a mile long full of tasks that need to be done.
You take a sip of your coffee (or in my case, tea) and wonder how you are going to get it all done.
Perhaps you start checking email, only to realize you need to make a phone call before you head to your first meeting – either virtual or in person.
After finishing the call, you realize you need to update a few notes to be ready for the meeting, but you still have to get this one email sent before you leave, so you switch gears again and finish the email.
Then with only a few minutes to spare, you scribble some thoughts on a sheet of paper and race to your meeting.
As the morning progresses and you are in another meeting, you realize there are some emails you want to check, so you decide that you can listen to the meeting and respond to a few emails, too.
Does this sound at all like something you’ve experienced?
If so, you probably...
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