It’s a sobering question isn't it.
If you are not at your desk, actively working, is your business 'working' without you?
So many of those I speak to have this idea of passive income. This is the vision of a business which makes money while we sleep or at least while we are away from our desk. More often though it breaks my heart when I hear the stories of stress and overwhelm from feeling like everything depends on you, financially or otherwise, and the pressure is crushing...
Seems like a pipe dream doesn't it, but, in truth, a big part of the solution boils down to time and how we use it.
I did some market research last year and 90% of respondents said that time was the biggest challenge to getting things done in their business.
I challenged the time conundrum a few years ago and realised that it's actually how we use time and our time mindset that is the roadblock.
I've discovered that there are 4 ways to challenge how we get things...
We've just had a very interesting conversation in the FastTrack Club ...
We started by acknowledging that it was the 30th April, and we are 1 quarter and 1/3 into the year. We also took a moment to say well done for everything we have achieved to date this year - which is A LOT.
It's important to celebrate the good stuff. The hard work, the goals we've reached, the self-care we've practiced or the new boundaries we've set.
So many of us have that devilish little voice inside our heads that stops us from stopping at all, 'I need to do X next...' or 'I should be doing this...' or 'people will think I'm lazy if I ...', or some variation on that inner dialogue.
BS, if you'll pardon my French.
We need to learn to celebrate our wins for what they are. To remind ourselves of what we have achieved already and not just what is still in front of us.
So this long weekend I'm saying, you've done enough.
Take the time off, guilt-free.
If you're not right,...
"You are a goal and accountability coach."
If you told me this a year ago, I would have said you were mad.
Wow. This day last year I was a live event manager.
How times change.
Like me, you have your own Covid story and, like me, you are probably thinking that it was this week last year that everything changed.
My gamechanger came on March 4 when I got the first phone call that my event, due to take place in 4 weeks and we had worked on it for many months, was being pushed out. So began the great exodus. The entire live event industry quickly felt the effects and all live events, be it conferences, seminars, tradeshows, festivals, concerts and any others you can think of, were cancelled and have not returned since.
I could go down that rabbit-hole, but for the purposes of this email, I'm not going to.
Instead I am going to share the 10 valuable lessons that this year has highlighted for me and my business.
It's the last Friday in February. Can't quite believe it myself and yet, here we are nearly 2 months into 2021.
Lockdowns, home schooling and trying to stay sane have been constant companions, but let's take a time out for ourselves to consider our businesses.
I wrote this email as I wait to start this mornings FastTrack Club and it always makes me think about the week gone by and, today, we are taking time to think about what we want to achieve in March before Quarter 1 ends.
Have New Years Resolutions fallen by the wayside?
Have you lost the will to push on the business front?
Or indeed, have you come up with a new zeal for the business because of a new idea or support?
Whatever your experience has been I encourage you to take a moment, here and now. 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes - it could really help you. You and your business are valuable and you need time to stop and reflect to make the most of the time to come. Working on your business is the only way...
This past week I had no less than 4 people tell me that they were feeling stress symptoms and were physically ill because of something that was going on with their businesses and the impact on life, or vice versa.
Our business, our job, should not make us ill. It's not ok and, if you are there right now, I am so sorry to hear it. It totally and utterly sucks. Let's just call it out.
I'm no doctor, but if you are feeling sick to your stomach over something, experiencing brain fog, over-eating, not sleeping, can't make yourself do something or generally feel like you are weighed down, something has to give and, if it's you, it won't be pretty.
As someone who has broken out in hives triggered by stress, my advice is that recovery starts with a decision and only you can make it. Remember the amazing guts and gumption that you are made of and say no to feeling like crap. Say yes to feeling positive, energetic and inspired.
Whatever is at the root of it,...
You may be familiar with this headspace ...
There is always so much to do (what you 'should' do) and so little time. Something for the business, for a client, for a child, for the family and less likely something for yourself. Something that will keep the train on the rails and everything will be ok. 'I just need to survive until...' or 'when this is done I will...' or 'when I think/feel/do/know then I will make sure that I do this for me or for the business'. And you feel more tired, unmotivated and distracted with each passing week. I just need to keep juggling and everything will be ok.
Here is it the advice that I wish someone had told me years before I copped it for myself. Let it fall apart.
Imagine this Gemma.
You just stop.
Stop being the superglue.
Stop being so focused on getting things done that you are not thinking about what you are actually doing or the results that you will get.
Stop for a minute, an hour, a day, a week or...
I was asked in GoalMaster recently about how to prioritise the priorities and it's a great question. I woke up this morning thinking about it and decided to share my top 10 ways to achieve this.
There isn't an instant shortcut, much as that would be welcome.
The ideas on how to do this come from multiple different angles.
Because each of us are different.
Each of our lists are different.
Each of our goals are different.
This means that what works for one person will not exactly work for the next. This is the immense power of individual strategy at its best.
Ultimately, you will have to exercise your own judgement on what will work for you.
Let's remind ourselves about one key thing before we get to Quadrant 2.
Quadrant 1 items generally need to be dealt with in the short term (hours...
I used to be useless at boundaries. Totally useless (eyeroll). I was always stressed, always exhausted and eventually my body gave out. Since then I've had to learn something that I didn't event know I didn't know.
I remember what it felt like to first say no to a thought, to an idea. Previously I would have gone down the rabbit hole all while thinking that I was on the right track and doing something I needed to do. I was just threading water rather than living and I didn't even realise.
Turns out a lot of what I was doing in a day was actually not contributing to what I really wanted and needed in my life. Go figure!
So have a think about these questions:
With the General Election in the U.S. this week, minds are inevitably drawn to the first 100 days in office, whether new or returning. The benchmark was first set by President Franklyn D. Roosevelt back in the 1930’s and his productivity and action has never been matched since.
The first 100-Days has since become synonymous with indicating the overall success and efficacy of one President over another.
As solo business owners the first 100-day concept also applies to us. We only have a certain bandwidth and so our strategies and focus become even more important as we aim to invest time where it can have the most impact.
After the initial 100 days of focus (or good intentions), other things inevitably distract and draw us away from the original plan and strategy making the wins more challenging to achieve. The rest of the time is often spent playing catch up or just trying to get through the massive to do list. The message is clear. Get things done and get them done fast...
Simplicity is seriously under-rated. Seriously.
Do you find it easy to keep things simple?
If you do, then hats off to you. You have a rare gift and it’s a skill to be treasured.
For many others, including me, it’s not something that comes naturally. It’s something that I’ve had to work on every minute, every day for years.
Part of me wishes that I could have ignored that gnawing feeling, you know that one that told me I hadn’t quite figured something out, but the concept made too much goddamn sense and so I had to persevere. Some of the words of wisdom were ‘if you can’t explain it simply then you don’t understand it well enough’ (Einstein) or ‘Elementary, my dear Watson’ (Arthur Conan Doyle) or K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid/Unknown).
Not being Einstein or Sherlock Holmes, where does that leave us mere mortals?
I simply had to challenge the way I saw things.
When we talk about simplicity, it could be for a business...