Sprint through the next quarter with ease

Sprint through the next quarter with ease

“Spending time on secondary priorities is the reason you have 20 half-finished projects instead of 5 completed ones.” ~James Clear Can you believe that spring is officially here, and quarter two of 2017 is already here? I don’t know about you, but these past weeks have flown by. Now, I don’t want to spend a bunch of time hashing over the past three months, asking you if you’ve stayed on track with the goals and plans you laid out at the beginning of the year. If I were a betting woman, I’d guess that you’ve made progress on some plans but others have stayed in pause mode because of lack of time, clarity or resources to take action. Am I right? Regardless, I want to use today’s episode to kick start that fire in your belly and help you get ready to make the most of quarter two. Because while quarter one is already over, quarter two is still ahead of you beckoning you to make the most of it. I wanted to share one of the best ways I know of it get back in the swing of things and set a path for progress. And that’s working in 90-day increments, with a mix of longer-term work and more specifically, short sprints. Listen in to today’s episode:       Sprint through Q2 with ease Click To Tweet There’s a time to go slow, and then there’s a time to sprint. Click To Tweet Reach your goals faster by adding a few sprints to your project plan mix. Click To Tweet Full Transcript: Can you believe that spring...
What you need to get about decision fatigue

What you need to get about decision fatigue

“When things aren’t adding up in your life, start subtracting.” ~Anonymous Think about it for a minute. How many decisions do you make every single day? I bet it’s in the hundreds. We live in a society that pulls at us from every direction. We often feel pressured to perform to a certain standard (you know you succumb once in while at least!). Whether it’s the Martha Stewart birthday party or the tough decisions an entrepreneur is faced with on a regular basis, it doesn’t really ever end. In those crazy moments, when the sense of overwhelm strikes and we’re forced into another decision – big or small – how can we trust the quality of those decisions? What can we do to eliminate decision-making so that our stress can be reduced and peace of mind improved? In today’s podcast, we will review what causes our stress to elevate, what it is that we ourselves contribute to the cycle, and some strategies to implement to improve your quality of life, reduce triggers and find opportunities to do better and therefore, be better. We have a tendency to complicate things and it just doesn’t always have to be that way. It’s the simple things sometimes that send us over the edge. Join me so we can tackle the exhaustion factor involved and discover how to stay ahead of the decision making fatigue syndrome.               Can’t seem to get a handle on things? Decision fatigue might be the culprit. Click To Tweet Think you need more willpower? Try this instead. Click To Tweet Poor choices come...
Here are the 3 things I’m doing to achieve more this year

Here are the 3 things I’m doing to achieve more this year

Sometimes, you just don’t feel it. After attempting to record a different episode for this week’s podcast and struggling to get it done, I had a stroke of insight about why I was feeling so indifferent to doing the work. Instead of spending the morning deep in my own work, I had instead spent it consuming other people’s content. I fell down the rabbit hole of link after link after link, and before I knew it, I had whittled away too much time ingesting information and not making anything. This noticing gave the idea for today’s podcast as I experiment with a new way of navigating the way I do my work. I identified three core things I need to be putting my attention toward in 2017 to grow my business. And while none of this is particularly new, what was clear is that the order of when I do these three things matters. A lot. Listen to today’s episode and find out the three things I’m doing to achieve more this year.    Three ways to achieve more this year Click To Tweet Recommended Resources The case for drinking as much coffee as you like StrengthsFinders 2.0 by Tom Rath What questions to ask when your business needs to change CEO Fast Track Guide Thanks for listening! I want to thank you for listening and to those that have taken the time to review the show. If you like the Beyond PRO Podcast, please consider leaving an honest review in iTunes. Your review goes a long way to help this podcast get found by more people. Thank you! You can...
Where to focus when you don’t know where to focus

Where to focus when you don’t know where to focus

It’s not that you don’t want to be focused. You get how staying focused on what matters most is crucial it is to the growth and development of your business. You’ve probably tried a number of strategies to get yourself more focused. Perhaps you’ve set a timer while you work. Maybe you’ve turned off all social media distractions on occasion. You may have even buddied up with a fellow entrepreneurial friend to keep yourself accountable. And yet, you find yourself wandering. You can’t seem to complete the things you start, and you often question where you’re actually working on the right things in the first place. I am ALL for focus. I believe it’s a skill that we must develop as business owners, and those that do will lead the pack. But focus for the sake of focus isn’t the goal. If that were true, you could easily find yourself ‘focusing’ on reading cat memes on Facebook instead of writing a blog post. Or you could find yourself focusing on client work and never on the growth of your business. Focus matters. But what matters more is WHAT you focus on. And that’s where you might be getting stuck. So let’s talk about where to focus when you don’t know where to focus. I want you to be clear about where to put your valuable time and attention so that you can get the most from it and start to see results quickly. And by extension, I want you to know where NOT focus, giving yourself permission to say “No” or “Not right now” to the activities that aren’t...
My Sunday Night Planning Ritual (BPP #025)

My Sunday Night Planning Ritual (BPP #025)

It’s a fine balance, isn’t it? As entrepreneurs we struggle not to be consumed by our work, to spend time with our families and to make sure we have it all under control. It’s great in theory, but how do we live it out? How do we find that sweet spot that allows us to work on our success and our business, and also gives us the freedom to choose our own path? Suggesting a Sunday night ritual may sound almost hypocritical coming from someone who works diligently at being with my family when I need to be with my family, but part of what keeps me sane is spending the few minutes I do on Sunday evenings, getting a head start on my week. If I go to bed knowing that I’ve set up my week and I’ve got a handle on what’s ahead, I sleep better. I also wake up better, because the anxiety of Monday morning chaos combined with wondering what I’ll be facing work-wise has been removed. It’s not about being a workaholic, it’s not about giving up my Sunday evenings, but it is about working smarter. If we truly commit to a 15 minute jump start to get focused and create a plan, we are freed up to concentrate on other things. Keep in mind what will work for you, what will set you up for success. Maybe it’s end of day Friday or Saturday morning over coffee – whatever plan you know will work, work that plan. I look forward to having you join me on the podcast to discover that finely tuned...
How to gain more control by designing your ideal week (BPP #023)

How to gain more control by designing your ideal week (BPP #023)

Squirrel! Your phone vibrates as a text comes through, your email pings and your little one asks for a cookie while you’re speaking with a potential client on that phone. You feel pulled at from every direction, but as an entrepreneur you also feel that you are required to be available for every distraction that gets thrown at you in any given moment. How do you combat that sense of defeat before you even begin your week? Can it really be as simple as designing it ahead of time? What’s the point if the busy-ness of it all is just going to disrupt the best laid plans? Living life by design puts you in the driver’s seat and allows you to solidify your own agenda before it gets taken over by the demands (or plans) of others. Think about it: why does someone else’s agenda or even lack of planning constitute an emergency on your part? Why do we live in the belief that it’s required of us to respond to the pings and beeps as they arrive? Gaining more control by designing our ideal week puts our priorities at the forefront, and therefore gives us pause to consider our actions or reactions before we succumb to the week in and week out hamster wheel of circumstance. After all, if we don’t execute on our own business goals and live our values, we pay the ultimate price of not experiencing the success that we started out to achieve. Join me on the podcast as I share how I set up my ideal week, along with how to get the...

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