How many of you make a new year’s resolution to lose weight or go to the gym? How many of you actually reach your goals? This is a prime example of knowing WHAT to do but not staying motivated to actually DO it.
Today is my 50th BIRTHDAY! In some ways, I have been looking forward to this birthday and in some ways, I have been dreading this birthday. 50 – holy crap that’s old…Well, at least it was when I was 15. It’s not old now that I am 50. But boy oh boy, this birthday is different and is my birthday of reflection…Being that I’m in marketing, I decided to make a checklist – We all love checklists right? LOL! So, here it goes – the 50 Things I’ve learned in 50 years (in no particular order)
As an Entrepreneur, you take care of everything to grow your business, but are you taking care of you?
It takes a lot of dedication, stamina, and energy to build a successful business. You have to be willing to work harder than everyone else — pushing yourself to your limits. All, while never giving up. There are downsides to living this lifestyle, and many entrepreneurs tend to forget to take care of ourselves in the process.
5 Tips to keep you healthy in your biz:
1. Make exercise a daily routine.
This one has always been a challenge for me, but it keeps my brain sharp and my stress low. Not to mention, it keeps me happy! Find the time, put it on your schedule, make it convenient and as stress-free as possible. Listening to your favorite music while you exercise adds pleasure to the process and relieves boredom.
2. Eat Healthy.
When I get off track of my health – my business, as well as my body, suffer. When I eat healthy, I optimize and perform at a higher level. Observe how you respond to certain foods. Proteins tend to sharpen your wits and energy but carbs are necessary ingredients but too many after lunch and your afternoons will drag. Maybe a good time to exercise if you’re not a morning person.
3. Unplug from your biz.
This summer was the first time in six years I was able to take a vacation with the kids. I truly unplugged from work – no emails, no phone calls, no catching up on work – just sun, fun, laughs, and some great quality time with the family. When it was time to get back to work, I was fueled, relaxed and the creative juices were flowing. Try to take a little “you” time each day, sometimes a few short breaks help us recharge.
4. Get on a good Routine.
Staying on track and holding yourself accountable is very attainable when you have a solid schedule that works. I am much more productive when I have a routine and my calendar scheduled out to stay on track. I’ve always found that having a routine each day helps me with productivity, organization, and a general good mood. To maximize your results, prioritize your tasks to be sure you are focused on the most important tasks most of the time.
5. Manage Stress.
Let’s face it, we are entrepreneurs and stress is just part of the equation. I suffer from chronic adrenal fatigue, so managing my stress is even more critical. Achieving work/life balance is easiest when you have a definite plan to attain it and are not just trying to squeeze in personal time to a hectic work life. Getting a good Coach and support team in friends and family always helps too.
Now that you have some great tips to get started, let’s make sure you have a good routine for your business, whether you are working part-time or full-time in your business, making the most of your time will keep your business in tip-top shape. Let’s chat about getting a good routine and plan into place. SCHEDULE a time to connect.
If you’ve ever looked at another entrepreneur and wondered how she manages to get it all done, the answer might surprise you. She’s got good systems.
It’s true. The most productive people all have one thing in common: they don’t reinvent the wheel every day. Instead, they’ve figured out the best, most efficient way to do every task, and they create a system to do just that.
No matter what business you’re in and what projects you find yourself tackling, a systemized approach will help you:
- Work faster and produce more
- Produce higher quality results with fewer mistakes
- Easily outsource the tasks you don’t like to do
The Magic of Templates
How many times do you answer email from potential clients? What about responding to customer complaints? Or mailing your JV partners about an upcoming launch?
All of these tasks and more become effortless when you create fill-in-the-blank templates that can be repurposed for specific cases/people. Templates can be as simple as a “canned response” in your email client or help desk, or you can use software such as Dubsado for questionnaires, templates, workflows etc.. You might even create a template document in Dropbox or Google Drive to house all your templates for easier access.
While templates will undoubtedly save you time, the real beauty is that once they’re created, you can easily outsource things like email and even sales. Simply instruct your assistant on the proper use of your templates, and you’ll be free to do other, more important things.
Checklists Prevent Mistakes
It might seem counterintuitive, but when you perform the same tasks over and over again, it’s easy to miss a critical step. You might think you paid your affiliates this month—you might even remember doing it—only to look back and see it was never completed. As a new coach or even a seasoned business owner, checklists reduce the possibility of failures.
But when you implement checklists, it’s suddenly much more difficult to miss an important task.
You can easily create checklists for all your common tasks and projects using nothing more than a text document. If you’re managing a team, checklists in your project management system allow you to see exactly what tasks are complete, and which are still outstanding.
Templates and checklists turn smart business owners into productivity superstars, and it’s easy to get started. The next time you answer an email you’ve answered before, save your response. The next time you set up a new product in your shopping cart or create a new opt-in page, take the time to record the steps. These documents will make future projects easier and faster to complete, and best of all, you can hand them off to your assistant to do instead.
Ready to create a template and checklist?
My favorite tool for staying organized, creating templates and checklists is Teamwork. But you can use other programs such as Microsoft Word, Pages, and Notes. There are other apps out there like Google Keep, Clear, Process Street, Dubsado – the key here is to find what works best for you and stick to it.
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