The business cycle can be crazy. We can work nonstop and it can feel like we are not getting anywhere. Have you ever stopped to ask yourself if you are working on what is important? Join Kristin and Jeff as they explore this important topic.
Many small biz owners struggle to even get three hours of time per week to grow their business according to this OfficeMax survey
Kristin and Jeff extend this hand of invitation for you to start planning for success in your business. However, before you join Planning Club, you need to accept the 4 rules of Planning Club.
Okay, If you tell people to listen to the episode that is alright. However, so often we plan and talk about the plan but fail to follow through with execution. So plan well, verify your actions daily and then EXECUTE.
Have you ever had that day where you work for hours, and check off dozens of items off your to-do list and feel like you have achieved nothing? I have. I have had so many days I started to look at this years ago when I worked at UPS. I started to find that we have a way of creating busy work for ourselves. We create so much of it, we start to use systems to create track it. And private industry has responded with those applications. The task management apps and website.
It can make you get more work done. I am a big believer in getting more done in less time. However, It appears the systems can become a burden. I have worked with many large businesses and government agencies that would start creating more and more applications to track the work that then left the workers in a bind.
If you spend more time tracking yourself, then...
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...
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?
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.
In today’s episode, we will be talking a lot about the benefits of hobbies, and they are real. You can promote the increase of eustress, and decrease your distress. Essentially, help remove the bad stress and try and replace them with positive stress.
As this happens, you will see less of that horrific morning and work fatigue. So much like sleep, hobbies are a great way to promote increases in productivity, improved social supports, and do it while having fun.
After all, don’t all the gurus tell us to model successful people before they sell us a complex system on helping improve our productivity? And how many of them told us to spend more time having fun with hobbies.
I am still looking for that guru. I am so sick of trying to work smarter practicing systems that might help my productivity in about a month of intense practice....
Hey, we understand. Jeff resisted this notion for years. Because the idea that if you sleep more, you can get more work done in less time is counter-intuitive. However, Jeff was researching content on the basics of improving performance. We found lots of evidence that sleep is the foundation of performing at a higher level.
Yes, since adopting a few new strategies many of which we learned at Brendon Burchard’s live High Performance Academy (not an affiliate), we have both found an increased level of energy, less time lost to little energy, and greater focus for the entire day.
The results have been so astounding we have rescheduled our whole content plan at Small Biz HQ to dedicate April 2017 to help our friends and peers.
If you do not know, Jeff is a skeptic. So, he follows up...
We all have way too much on our to-do-lists. Trying to determine what takes priority can be difficult. In this episode, Jeff and Kristin discuss how to prioritize all the things you need to get done.
Often, we try to get everything done at the same time and end up getting nothing meaningful done. Knowing your priorities is an important step to finding the meaningful tasks in your business. Your top priorities should always be products and people.
Products include everything you sell. If you don't have something that will generate income, you won't be in business for long.
People are those who will assist your business and those who will become customers. Focusing on relationship building is an important part of your business. How much time are you focusing on it?
Don't get caught up in perfection. Don't get caught up in the technology. There are always ways to simplify the process so you can get started easily. If you are getting bogged down in the details, tells...
Your task list can say a lot about your business and your mindset. In this episode, we discuss what your task list says about your business and how to design a task list for success.
We believe there are three types of task lists: the nonexistent, the mundane, and the dream vision task list. Each of these types of task lists tells us something about your business.
As the name suggests, this is not having an organized task list. You may have scattered pieces of paper or no list of any kind. These businesses are reactive and operate without a plan. These business owners may have created goals but these goals are often not achieved because there is no plan to achieve them.
These business owners may believe they have a level of freedom but are often frustrated by their lack of progress. They may have a slow start each morning trying to decide what to do or may get lost in email or social media due to not knowing what the...
Are you having trouble with sticking to your goals? You may be thinking too small.
When we dream big, we get excited about our lives again. We see an amazing vision for ourselves and that vision allows us to push beyond those goals we made in prior years.
If you want to start dreaming bigger, check out the Dream Catcher Assessment we have developed to help you dream bigger in six key areas of your life and create an action plan to move in the directions of your dream vision.