The Final Step in this 7 Step series! Today is all about the little tweaks and adjustments you can make to save more time. We'll look at your tools, apps and software to automate and streamline your workflow. This will allow you to focus on the high impact actions that will help you reach your goals.
How can a VA help you grow your business?
A VA or Virtual Assistant can be many things. It’s a broad description,similar to how a tradie or tradesperson can be an electrician, a plumber, or a builder.
Watch the video for more (or read below).
It's so easy to get caught up in getting everything done in the day to day running of your business. But when was the last time you stopped and made sure you and your team are still working on the RIGHT things?
We all start a new year with the best intentions to be more organised and do great work and help more people, don't we? But then you get back in to the office and everything has piled up .... It can be very overwhelming and you feel like you're falling behind before you even begin.
So today I'm share my steps for starting the new working year on the right foot!
I've been walking around lately like the shoemaker with crappy, worn out shoes. Not so much with physical clutter (though there are plenty of toys around the house). But my head has been overflowing with ideas and wishes for how I want my biz and life to look in the future. I just haven't been able to put the pieces together or known where to start or how I would find time to do it all!
I've been playing with trying to plan and set goals for weeks and was just overwhelmed. But this morning something changed...
During my first conversation with new clients, I ask them to explain their challenges and what they need help with. Very often they end up explaining some event that has occurred that was the beginning of the problem (whether they were conscious of it or not). While I have always been understanding of the effects these types of events, my recent bout of morning sickness has given me a whole new personal perspective on it.
For a lot of businesses, Summer, Christmas and the holidays are the busiest times of the year. Some look forward to it, with lots of clients, lots of profit... it's why you're in business right? For some though, this busy time brings stress and exhaustion.
I have noticed a few people lately mention to me about struggling to make decisions. I always end up explaining Decision Fatigue to them so they understand that it's not just them and they're not just "hopeless".
Do you have things floating around in your head that you need to do? That's mental clutter. Check out my quick tip for WHY you need to get rid of it and HOW.
So what's your mental clutter? What are you going to do about it? Let me know in the comments.
Or if you need help setting up Systems to manage your to-do actions, get in touch for a no obligation chat.
Can you believe it's nearly the end of financial year? This year, that means the cold has finally kicked in, but for many it's also that dreaded time when you have to dig through a nasty pile of paperwork, figure out what needs to be sent to the accountant and then wait for a nice hefty bill. But wait! There are other options!
Well can you believe we are officially one quarter of the way through the year 2013 already?
It's a good time to stop and check in with yourself, how are you going with your New Years resolutions? Have you lost focus? Is there still something that you want to achieve for 2013? Now is the time to take stock, when you still have 9 months of the year left to make a difference on the goal, project or habit you want to work on.
If you have made some headway, give yourself a pat on the back (or your reward of choice), check where you can make improvements and make sure you're still on course, then keep going!
If you haven't made much of a dent, that's ok! Don't beat yourself up, it doesn't help. Have a think, what's the thing that's holding you up? Think about all those excuses you've made, are they realistic obstacles that you need to overcome or are they just excuses? What's the Real obstacle? Is this goal even important to you anymore? no? thats ok too! Stop feeling guilty about it and take it off your to-do list.
The first step to get you on your way is answering all these questions and figuring out how to beat that obstacle. Is it lack of funding, lack of time, lack of knowledge? Then make a budget, set a schedule, do some research or ask for help. Just work on the one thing that will help you get started. Making those first steps might just give you the momentum you need to keep going.
We're all busy, with information and demands coming at us constantly. It's impossible to effectively manage all this stuff in your head, and whether you're a paper person or a gadget person, it pays to be a list person.
Some people only need a single to-do list but what if it gets too long? Or you write it on scraps of paper and keep losing them? Or you don't have it with you when you need it?