When minor tasks aren’t so minor

When minor tasks aren’t so minor

Are minor tasks taking you all day? Let’s face it – it’s easy to get to the end of the day and realize we’ve spend the bulk of it dealing with the minor and minutia. If you find yourself spending all day to compose an email, write and article, or create a memorable video, chances are that you’re getting very, very distracted. Rather than get to theoretical about what’s getting in the way of your focus (we’ll save that for another post), I simply want to give you some easy-to-apply distraction-busting tips. Because remember, working better doesn’t mean working harder. These are simple tips that carry a powerful punch: 1. Kill your internet. Your mind will be blown at how much more productive you are at a computer with no internet connection. No “research” that transforms into a search for the perfect crazy cat video. No twitter, IM, phone, or any other element that crushes your time. Gather your research materials, and when it’s time to put rubber to the road, cut your internet off – it’s too tempting to write when a stress reliving diversion is just a mouse click away. When I’m really getting distracted, I grab my notebook and a favourite pen and head for the closest coffee shop or outdoor area. Some of my best ideas have come without a tech boost. 2. Addition by subtraction. The brain works in very strange ways. The more stuff you can see, the more your brain can latch onto it and create an “urgent matter” in your brain – notice how easy it is to get distracted by...
BPP #010: Growth Strategy No. 5, Think big and far, act small and soon

BPP #010: Growth Strategy No. 5, Think big and far, act small and soon

Welcome to episode #5 of the Growth Series! In the previous four episodes we talked about how to deadhead your business, and how to position it for smart growth, how to leverage the 3 key ways to grow and how to cultivate a growth mindset. Missed them? Catch up here BPP #006  or BPP #007  or BPP #008 or BPP #009. Today we’re talking about how to think big and far, but act small and soon. Because strategic growth comes from being able to cast a powerful vision, but anchor it in the day-to-day actions that will make it a reality. Bottom line? You need to do both. Or, you need to hire someone to help you with the skill set you don’t have. Enjoy the episode:     Growth Strategy No. 5: Think big and far, act small and soon. Click To Tweet Business truism: To walk with the giants, you’ve got to start with baby steps. Click To Tweet Success is built in the actions you take today. Click To Tweet If you don’t know where you’re headed, you’ll never get there. Click To Tweet Resources mentioned: >>> The Tools I Use pdf download<<< My PRO Plan Early Bird Notification List  Double Double – Cameron Herold  StrengthsFinder 2.0 – Tom Rath  Erin Cassidy at ArtSocial (my amazing graphic designer) 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...
BPP #008: Growth Strategy No. 3, Leverage the 3 key ways to grow

BPP #008: Growth Strategy No. 3, Leverage the 3 key ways to grow

Welcome to episode #3 of the Growth Series! In the previous two episodes we talked about how to deadhead your business, and how to position it for smart growth. Missed them? Catch up here BPP #006  or BPP #007. On today’s episode, I’m going to demystify what it takes to grow a business. At a macro level, there really are only four ways to grow – and we’re going to focus on just three of those. Let’s go beyond bright shiny tactics and hone in on the three strategic ways you can start to grow your company now. Go have a listen, and then work through the printable that accompanies this episode. Use it to identify the growth strategy that would best support your business at this time.       Leverage the 3 key ways to grow. Click To Tweet How to stop overcomplicating, overworking and overspending in your business. Click To Tweet Business growth boils down to these three things. Click To Tweet   Resources mentioned: Leverage the 3 key ways to grow — free printable BPP #006: Growth Strategy No. 1, Deadhead your business  BPP #007: Growth Strategy No. 2, Position your business for smart growth Built to Sell – John Warrillow    Subscribe to the next three Growth Series episodes!   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 &...
BPP #007: Growth Strategy No. 2, Position your business for smart growth

BPP #007: Growth Strategy No. 2, Position your business for smart growth

Welcome to episode #2 of the Growth Series! Last episode we talked about why it’s critical to deadhead your business as a precursor to growth. Missed it? Catch up by BPP #006 . On today’s episode, we’ll focus on positioning your business for smart growth. Because growth for the sake of growth is neither smart nor fruitful. In fact, it’s a fast path to burnout, mistakes and disappointment. Instead, let’s create a smart growth path that aligns with your priorities, capacity and readiness for risk. Go have a listen, and then work through the printable that accompanies this episode. If you spend 15 minutes now, you’ll save yourself a lot of stress and frustration in the future. Growth for the sake of growth is neither smart nor fruitful. Click To Tweet Position your business for smart growth. Click To Tweet Ready to grow your business? Here’s what you need to ask first. Click To Tweet   Resources mentioned: BPP #006: Growth Strategy No. 1, Deadhead your business  Position your business for smart growth — free printable   Subscribe to the next three Growth Series episodes!   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 Podcast. Here are a few recent reviews – thank you!!  I am so encouraged and motivated by Stephanie and her business...
BPP #004: How to life-proof your business

BPP #004: How to life-proof your business

Have you life-proofed your business? That’s what we’re talking about on today’s episode of the Beyond PRO Podcast. This topic is personal, because I recently had a significant back injury that impacted my ability to run my business. As I navigate this, I’ve been thinking about what we as small business owners need to do to make sure our businesses are ready for any life event – expected or unexpected – that comes our way. In this episode, I give you five things you should have in place if you want to truly life-proof your business. If you don’t yet have them, that’s ok – but start to build toward them during your CEO time. In the resources listed below, you can download a free checklist that you can use to work through each one so when life throws you a curve ball, you’ll be ready. Have you life-proofed your business? Here are 5 steps to be ready for a curve ball. Click To Tweet   What are you doing/going to do to life-proof your business? I’d love to hear. Tweet me at Twitter, let me know on Instagram or pop over to my Facebook page and join the conversation. Resources Mentioned: Life Proof Printable How I had a baby and doubled my income – Denise Duffield-Thomas CEO Fast Track  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. You can find the show Beyond PRO Podcast. Here are a few recent...
“I’m no longer in a constant state of flux.”

“I’m no longer in a constant state of flux.”

Let’s get right to it. If there was a singular piece of advice I could offer a small business owner — whether they’re brand spankin’ new to business, or a seasoned pro — it’s to get clear on their strategic priorities and construct their workflow, activities and commitments around those priorities. Anything that doesn’t support them, gets cut or put to the back burner. Because there are always 86 quadrillion things you could be doing, but likely only a few you really should be doing in service of your business. When you honour those priorities, your business just works better and you stay out of the weeds. Focus isn’t always easy, but it is imperative. Click To Tweet And that’s exactly what Heidi did after taking My PRO Plan with me. Heidi and her husband run Rock Canyon Coffee (one of the MANY reasons I like Heidi so much- wink wink), and they’re looking to really scale up this year. She needed a plan. Here’s her story: “Rock Canyon Coffee is me, Heidi, and my husband Craig. He makes a great product, I make a great business. We’re a micro-roastery focused on the art and craft of roasting coffee – creating rich, deep, flavorful brews without bitterness and bite. We believe in bringing our community together, one cup at a time. My roles focus on creating systems to streamline all the nitty gritty details of running a business. I love connecting with both our wholesale clients and our retail customers by writing articles for our blog, posting to social media and creating old fashioned face to face events. Before...

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