As a business coach, I am often hired for accountability and motivation. I help my clients deal with their busy lives that are jam-packed with home life, kids, messy house, husband, no sleep, animals, stress, and then not to mention the never-ending business to do list!
I often hear, “I just didn’t have time” or “it’s been so crazy.” Sound familiar? For my clients, it’s less about life distractions and more about what keeps them working on their business which comes down to one word”: motivation. Why is it so hard to get motivated? Let me share my thoughts.
Some of my clients get overwhelmed very quickly or don’t know where to start. Others feel frustrated because they feel they don’t see immediate results. Without a detailed plan and/or schedule they can’t seem to get motivated to see a task through. And then there’s the procrastination caused by fear or dislike.
I love helping my clients power up their productivity, creativity and profitability. Generally, when we as business owners become overwhelmed or start feeling anxiety it’s because we are thinking too much. We are projecting thoughts and how we are going to feel, and it hasn’t come yet!
So, to help you get motivated and out of the overwhelmed feeling here are 5 tips:
I would love to hear how you get motivated? Please share in the comments below.
I got a call recently from a woman who wanted my help planning out her 2019 year. At first, I was so happy that she came to me but then my next thought was why haven’t you planned out your 2019 year out already?
After speaking with her I quickly realized how overwhelmed she was. She didn’t know how to start. She was frozen in fear, frustrated at herself for not being able to figure it out and embarrassed to seek help.
Of course, I congratulated her on taking the first step. Then we scheduled her 1:1 coaching session with me and we worked on her plan. By the time we were done she was excited. She couldn’t wait to start implementing. She said, “This is the first year in my business that I am truly excited.”
For me, I love planning. It comes second nature. I can easily see how things go together and make sense. I thought this would be a great blog post if I could give a few tips around business planning for your 2019 year.
Here are some tips:
Please give me feedback and let me know if you have questions or if this is helpful to you.
Have a productive week!
I have a networking group called Women Empowering Women networking. The last Wednesday of each month I have a meeting where I create a space for women to network, learn and be part of a community.
It’s a group that I have been working on for the past 3 years now. My tribe has grown, and it has taught me so much.
This past summer, it clicked for me. I needed to step up my game with WEW and so I did. I started by taking control of the meeting. I gave examples for women to visualize and implement. I provided education that they needed now to help them grow their business. I created a space where they could network and learn more about each other. I showed them how to lead with your heart. And in turn they showed me right back.
During our December meeting the women of WEW surprised me with flowers, a basket of goodies and a gift certificate to a spa. I was totally surprised and taken back a bit. They showed me that they appreciated all the hard work I was doing to provide them with the tools and tips they needed. It continues to light me up each and every time I think about it.
I am now creating a fun project with all the special messages that were written in dozens of cards I received so it can be a reminder of why I do what I do.
I love being a business coach and I love being surrounded by so many awesome women.
It’s amazing what happens when you lead with your heart!
I would love to hear how you lead with your heart. What did you learn when you did?
As a business coach, I often see entrepreneurs make the biggest mistake at this time of the year where they decide to put their business on the back burner so they can get through the holidays.
I get it! Trust me, I know the feeling. You have so much going on, you’re not seeing the clients or products sell and you’ve had enough!
But putting your business on the back burner means you will lose your potential clients interest. Then by the time you are ready to pick up again, it’s like starting over.
And because you are putting your business on the back burner you are allowing the gremlins to win. For those that don’t know what I mean by gremlins, it’s the inner chatter we allow to continue.
Yes, business is hard. Yes, it’s even harder during the holidays. But it’s about planning, tweaking and being consistent. So, if you are one of those who is planning on putting your business on the back burner what specifically haven’t you done in your business? What specifically have you avoided in your business? What inner chatter do you continue to allow?
I am having a Planning and Vision Book Workshop this Saturday at the Princeton Venture Co-Working Hub in Watertown. This might be the very thing you need to help you get through the holidays. You can check it out by going to www.doreendilger.com/planningworkshop.html
For those that do manage, what things do you do to help with the stress of the holidays?
Have a great week!
STOP HAVING YOUR EMAIL MANAGE YOU & START MANAGING YOUR EMAIL!
No wonder many of us are overwhelmed with email. 100 Billion emails are sent and received in the United States.
You know your email is managing you when…
Email management is not just about moving emails to a folder to read it later for the goal of achieving Inbox Zero! It is about creating a system that allows you to communicate effectively with your clients.
Managing your email will also help you to be more organized and have less stress. And if you are organized enough it will help with follow up and possibility getting the sale.
Let’s get into 12 simple tips on how to start managing your email.
The 4 Secrets of Productivity, According to 7 BillionairesForget the small hacks -- these productivity secrets of Bezos and Zuckerberg have material impact. By Brian de Haaff Co-founder and CEO, Aha!@bdehaaff
Frigid offices. Summertime weather. Fantasy football leagues. What do these three things have in common? Studies say they all cause your productivity at work to plummet.
You cannot always control your environment, but you can control what you get done. And more than that, you can learn from others to be even more productive. Sure, there are simple ways to achieve more -- like finding the ideal room temperature or cutting out Monday Night Football.
But these are small hacks that will only do so much. There are more meaningful ways to be your best. And you can learn these skills by following the lead of some of the world's most successful people.
Here are four secrets for getting important work done, according to these billionaires and successful entrepreneurs:
1. Make room for big goals
Staying productive is about setting big goals and then taking serious steps to accomplish them. This is why Mark Zuckerberg makes room each year for a new challenge, saying he wants to "learn new things and grow outside my work at Facebook." To date, he has done everything from learning Mandarin to meeting a new person each day outside of work -- big goals that fit into his overall vision for work and life.
Amazon's Jeff Bezos takes a backward approach to this goal-oriented thinking -- literally. He makes room for big goals by starting with the customer's needs and working backwardto build skills to get that work done faster. Says Bezos, "We learn whatever skills we need to service the customer. We build whatever technology we need to service the customer."
2. Give each day a job or theme
The way you structure your day can either hurt or help your productivity. When CEO Jack Dorsey was splitting his time between Square and Twitter, he stayed productive by giving each day a theme -- Mondays for management, Tuesdays for product, etc. As he explains, "There is interruption all the time, but I can quickly deal with an interruption and then know that it's Tuesday, I have product meetings, and I need to focus on product stuff."
Then there are the "no-meeting Wednesdays" adopted by Dustin Moskovitz. The Facebook co-founder and Asana CEO believes that the mandate gives him and his team a solid amount of time each week for "focused, heads-down work."
3. Set limits for tasks, emails, and meetings
Wasted time and fewer results -- no time for that. Successful folks know how to make the most out of every minute and meeting. For example, businessman and former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn sets time limits on single-purpose, non-operational meetings. "The maximum is one hour and 30 minutes. Fifty percent of the time is for the presentation, 50 percent is for discussion."
Sheryl Sandberg sets another kind of limit -- the length of her emails. The Facebook COO and author says she responds to every single work email, but she saves time by keeping the responses short. "I would rather give a short, quick, incomplete answer than wait and do it better," she says.
4. Establish "deep work" zones
Focus, focus, focus. This is the final and perhaps most important productivity secret. Take Bill Gates, for example. In his 20s, he adopted a productivity technique called "deep work." And so he would set aside stretches of time each week to do his most challenging work without any distractions -- no stopping, not even for sleep. Author Cal Newport, who wrote a book titled Deep Work, has said, "Deep work is important ... not because distraction is evil, but because it enabled Bill Gates to start a billion-dollar industry in less than a semester."
You might try all four approaches. Or chip away, one tip at a time. The point is, these productive billionaires focus on doing a few things really well each day -- not a hundred things haphazardly.
And that might be the ultimate productivity secret: focus. When you bring more and more of it into your life, you might be amazed at what you can accomplish in a single day.
What are your productivity secrets?
The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.
PUBLISHED ON: SEP 13, 201
3 Bedtime Rituals of the Most Successful People. Do these 3 nighttime things to prepare for a successful day ahead.
Evening is one of the best times to create habits that yield sustainable success. More specifically, the things you do before bed will have a direct impact on the next day. So if you want to win the day, you need to win the night before.
PUBLISHED ON: AUG 13, 2017
About the Author: Doreen Dilger – Certified Manifest Method Coach. Tagline: Master Motivator, Excuse Eliminator & Goal-get-her.