Episode 134 - 5 ways you can do better

 

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When we are surrounded by problems it is easy to get frustrated or flounder. Join Kristin and Jeff as they discuss ways you can do things without burnout and the drama that can accompany any changes that we make. 

Also, we would like to give a shout out to Cyn Hendrix from The Pharmacist Awnesrs podcast for a great analogy during the live recording on our facebook page. 

The 5 ways you can do better

  1. Assess what you can control
  2. Set expectations
  3. Be Present
  4. Make small changes
  5. Check-in regularly

 

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Episode 126 – 5 things being new parents has taught us about small business

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Kristin and I could have panicked. Hearing about how much disruption a newborn can cause in our lives. Even with our fear, we chose to focus on the other advice given to us from most of the parents who talked to us. A newborn will be difficult. However, it will be the biggest blessing we can have and take the opportunity to learn how to have a better life and small business

Kristin and I understand that we will spend the rest of our lives raising our new son. Let us share with you what we have learned to improve our company so far after having a new child.

  1. Have procedures and checklists for EVERYTHING
    1. Daily focus planner
  2. Purchase tools that make your life easier and automate things
    1. Baby Brezza Formula Pro
    2. On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep
  3. Create a schedule and task lists
    1. Trello
    2. Butler
  4. Do the most important tasks first...
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Episode 123 – Leaving room for their dreams

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So often we hear that spouses are not respecting our dreams, but then in the next post we see people angry with their spouse for wasting your time. Respecting each other is a key to having a happier marriage and is key to living the small biz life.

  • Episode 25 - Family buy-in and business success upside down
  • You should not expect them to understand your dreams, you do not have to understand theirs
  • Commit to looking for Win-Win resolutions
  • NEVER SCORE
  • Marriage is a team, successful teams
    • Respect each other
    • Know who is in charge of what
    • Who is in charge of what
    • Set common goals, look for overlap share results
    • Open communication
    • Willingness to sacrifice for the team
  • Resolve the conflicts better
    • Do not engage the spouse
    • Understand what could make it work better for you
    • What are you willing to give up, to get what you want?
    • Have a good knowledge of the problem
    • ...
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Episode 121 – No more excuses

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Are you stuck in a funk growing your small biz?  Have you been putting off improving your health? Have your relationships suffered? Have you not been sleeping? It is the time that we all start living the small biz life and stop being lived by it. #NoExcuses 

You are not alone

Kristin and I have spent much of 2017 with you. We have had many excuses. Some real, but most where just extensions of our fear. Leading us to waste a lot of time, that is so precious. Join us in this podcast episode as we look at some of our biggest excuses, and some of the excuses we hear all the time. And how we can start working past them to live a year with no more excuses.

Any of these problems sound familiar?

  • What held us back?
    • Small goals
    • Using the pregnancy as an excuse early in the pregnancy
    • Lack of focus
    • Fear of selling
    • Too much to do, not enough planning
  • What is...
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Episode 106 – 3 major mistakes getting tasks done, and how you can start fixing it now

Stop floundering creating task

Have you ever been told that if you work hard you will succeed? I was. I believed it. For years whenever I had an issue I just started to work more. Work more hours! Push! Push!
I kept moving.

I would do great for a while and then I would burn out. Sometimes I would kill it and prosper, but to be honest most of the time I seemed to go nowhere.

It was frustrating. However, I just kept doing it. I would also get very focused on the work. I was told if I just work smarter. all my problems would go away. I just needed to focus on the type of work I was doing. However, that failed to make my life better, or my business larger.

I also went through a period, where I cut out all the work that I didn't like, that was the worse mistake. I lost touch with so much that was important to my business because I did not want to do work I did not like. I would store up all that crappy work until I was forced to do it. I managed to 10x the work I hated. This is a 10x you...

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Episode 105 – Dealing with the Equifax Breach

Before you panic

It is best to be concerned about your data. Between all of our smart devices and services that connect our data over the web. It seems like it is only a matter of time before we have our identity stolen. 

However, panic is never a plan. We need to understand how the latest breach effects us and what we need to do to better protect ourselves.

 My biggest concern with the Equifax Breach 

Equifax is one of the three credit reporting agencies in the United States.  This breach exposes the name, address, birthday, and Social Security number of 143 million people. 209 thousand people had their credit card information lost. And 182 thousand lost documents by Equifax according to www.equifaxsecurity2017.com. The first thing you need to do is go to  www.equifaxsecurity2017.com.

What to do now?

Chances are you or someone in your family have been exposed.  Here are the quick steps you need to do if you are part of the 143 million.

Ways...

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Episode 104 – How to get it all done

We all have so much to get done. Our small businesses can turn us into workaholics. Our family and friends are always trying to distract us. And all those hobbies take time. So can we really get it all done?

Human nature says no

Think of how much life has changed for humans since the dawn of recorded history. We have created air conditioning, air planes, escalators, teddy bears, the Theory of Relativity and all those major changes happened in the first 5 years of the 20th century.

As a species, we are driven to make our life, and the life of our family members better.  It has taken humans from small tribes of hunter gatherers to data scientist in ~5,500 years. So stop worrying about getting it all done, until we reach a utopian state we will always come up with new tasks to do next.

So stop trying to get it all done

Your time is better spent trying to learn how to figure out what to do and how to do what you are doing better to get to your next goals. And...

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Episode 92 - Simplifying your life

We spend a lot of time trying to simplify our businesses, but how often do you think about simplifying your life? In this episode, we discuss tips for simplifying your life. 

Simplify your home

  • Minimize your stuff
  • Automate your home maintenance
  • Have a cleaning kit
  • Pick up 15 minutes each day
  • Choose quality first

Simplify your money

  • Automate your bills
  • Pay off your debt
  • Have an emergency fund
  • Wait 24-48 hours for major purchases
  • Live simply
  • Be grateful
  • Find the root reason for overspending

Simplify your routine

  • Having a morning and evening routine
  • Create a monthly meal plan
  • Recreate leftovers
  • Have a few Plan B meals in the freezer or pantry
  • Don't get the mail until you are ready to deal with it

Other mentions

Episode 86: Finding your daily focus

Episode 33: Quick dinner tips

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

72 ways to simplify your life by Zen Habits

Dyson cordless vacuums

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your...

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Episode 85 - Building dreams together

Being a small business owner can be stressful. Sometimes, our businesses can add conflict in our relationships with significant others. In this episode, Jeff and Kristin discuss ways to minimize this conflict so you can start building dreams together. 

Even if your significant other does not work in your business, conflicts can exist. These conflicts usually stem from a lack of understanding between the business owner and non-business owner significant other. Creating more understanding between the two of you will allow for more joy and less stress. 

Understanding yourself

Conflicts often arise because the business owner does not have a clear vision for her business and how it will affect her life. Here are a few questions to ask yourself if you are in this position:

  1. What are your dreams?
  2. How will your business help you achieve these dreams?
  3. What steps are you taking to achieve those dreams?
  4. Are you setting deadlines?

We also recommend that you take the 5 love...

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Episode 77 – Letting go of perfectionism

In our journey meeting small business owners, we keep seeing the problem of perfectionism. And yes it is a problem.

We love improving processes.  We also know that the sooner we can identify and correct errors the easier they are to correct. However, we have noticed that most incarnations of perfectionism are holding people back from the success they deserve.

They approach the problem of perfectionism with good intentions. However, as they fill up their life with more and more tasks, they end up with hurting themselves. They trap themselves in a loop that makes it impossible to move forward in life.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Do not let your perfectionism be the pavement

In order to better address the issue, we found a wonderful series of articles over at the website Personal Excellence. Celes put together three wonderful articles on the subject on these topics.

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