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...
Behind-the-scenes: How I use CoSchedule to manage my content 

Behind-the-scenes: How I use CoSchedule to manage my content 

I’m a big believer in using technology to help your business run better. In fact, I put together an entire PDF download of all the tools I use to power my business. You can find it by clicking here.  And while there are many great tools out there, there are a few that are too good not to bring extra attention to. That’s how I feel about CoSchedule. Welcome to another behind-the-scenes post showcasing a few of my most beloved tools and exactly how I use them daily. This week I’m showing you the amazing power of CoSchedule. Missed last week’s post? Click here to read about my love for Evernote. When I discovered CoSchedule, my first reaction was, “Finally! I have been waiting for this for years!” After using, or more accurately, trying to use a number of tools to manage my content – from Excel to the WordPress Editorial Calendar to a paper version to even my beloved Evernote – I simply wasn’t happy with the way any of them worked in my business. Some were clunky, some required I use tools I loathe (anyone else hate Excel as much as me??) and some just weren’t robust enough to be entirely useful. That all changed when CoSchedule entered the scene (and it’s only gotten better since I first signed up!). CoSchedule is a complete editorial and marketing calendar tool to enable you to plan out all of your online marketing efforts – from blogging to social media to podcasting to videos and more. And it’s visual. This is one of the main reasons I was attracted to it – I like...
Behind-the-scenes: How I use Evernote to be more efficient and stay focused

Behind-the-scenes: How I use Evernote to be more efficient and stay focused

I am constantly asked how I use Evernote. So today, as part of a three-part series, I’d like to take you behind-the-scenes and show you exactly how I use Evernote to power my business. Stay tuned next week for a behind-the-scenes look at how I manage my content marketing, and then the following week for a look into why I switched from Aweber to ConvertKit. Evernote has long been my favourite tool, and the one I use daily. The way I’ve used it has changed over the years, but its value to me never has. In fact, as I set up new systems and advance the way I use Evernote, it’s value to my business only continues to increase. First, know that I am a tech lover and often an early adopter. I’ve been using Evernote actively since July 5, 2009, and my use has only grown over the years. And while I’m often a loyalist to tools I love, I won’t continue to use them if they don’t integrate and work across all my business platforms. This is one of the many things I love about Evernote – it integrates with many of the tools I already use. So let me show you the way I’ve set up Evernote for my business (and life).  I don’t intend for this to be an Evernote tutorial, but rather a glimpse into how Evernote can actually be applied. I often can figure out *how* to use something, but love to see how other people are putting it to use. That’s the purpose of today’s post. If you are looking for a comprehensive step-by-step users manual, I highly...
How to never lose focus again with this one tool (BPP #015)

How to never lose focus again with this one tool (BPP #015)

Are you working ON not just IN your business? Most entrepreneurs, particularly those that are service-based, spend most of their working hours doing one of two things: 1) servicing their clients and 2) doing low-level admin tasks like email processing, social media perusing and chatting, and jumping from idea to idea or task to task. While providing stellar service is a critical component of your business, and handling the daily admin tasks of your business still need to get done, they shouldn’t come at the expense of finding time to work on the development and growth of YOUR business. And that’s why you need today’s tool to make the most important stuff happen. On today’s episode, I give you the tool I use to grow my business and I use with all my clients. And then I walk you through the six key areas you must be focusing on as the CEO of your business (and how to find time to do it). Listen to today’s episode to find out more.     How to never lose focus again with this one tool Click To Tweet PRO Tip: Schedule time to work on, not just in your business. Here’s how: Click To Tweet Learn the 6 key tasks every CEO should be focusing on. Click To Tweet Resources mentioned: CEO Fast Track Guide My PRO Plan Early Bird list  PRO Project Plan: a 90-day roadmap to make your big idea happen The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber  Beyond PRO Podcast archives Plan for Success No. 1, How to get over your fear of planning Plan for Success No. 2,...
Boost your chances with a set of these (BPP #014)

Boost your chances with a set of these (BPP #014)

Ever wonder what it really takes to sustain success? You probably know what you need to do to create positive change in your business. Maybe you’ve even tried to put some of these changes into place. But at some point, you fall off the wagon and can’t sustain the action you previously committed to. Why is that? And what would it take to actually do what you say you’re going to do, over the long haul? I believe you’ll drastically increase your chances of success with a set of these. Curious? Listen to today’s episode to find out more.       Boost your chances of success with a set of these. Click To Tweet What does it take to sustain success? Find out in today’s Beyond PRO Podcast episode. Click To Tweet Want to make your big idea happen? Start with a set of these. Click To Tweet Resources mentioned: >>PRO Project Plan: a 90-day roadmap to make your big idea happen << (free download) Headspace (meditation app)  5 Minute Journal (for gratitude practice) 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 review & rate the show here Beyond PRO...
The super simple strategy to overcome overwhelm (BPP #013)

The super simple strategy to overcome overwhelm (BPP #013)

It’s easy to come up with great ideas and exciting projects. I bet you have a million of them right? But how are you at turning those great ideas into reality – a finished product your business can continue to benefit from? For many entrepreneurs (especially us solos), this is where things can get a little dicey. The ideas are great, but executing on them until completion? That feels way too hard. We get overwhelmed in the details. We aren’t sure where to start. We go strong for a couple of weeks only to flounder when we hit the messy middle. But there’s one easy way to ensure you make your big idea happen. It’s called reverse-engineering and I break it down for you in the second episode of our 4-part Plan for Success Series. (Missed part one? Click here at to listen in). And to ensure your success, I’ve created a comprehensive PRO Project Plan that you can download for free, and use each time you have a project you want to reap the rewards of rather than languish in the oneday-someday bin. So, go grab your copy by clicking here and then follow along with me as I break it down bit by bit. My hope is that you’ll never get overwhelmed by a big project again, and you’ll start to put this roadmap to work in your business today. Enjoy the episode:         Want to go from big idea to reality? You’ve got to do this first. Click To Tweet The super simple strategy to overcome overwhelm Click To Tweet Ready to make...

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