In this episode, I take you on a tour through my toolbox and share my top time-saving tools I can’t live without. I discuss the key functions of each program, their unique features, ways to customize them to meet your unique needs, and discuss why I absolutely love using these particular tools in my business.
I also talk about the solution to wanting to read more, the problem with Frankensteining your processes and tools, and the must-have program that can turn any small business owner into a self-sufficient graphic designer.
I hope you enjoy my episode on time-saving tools and encourage you to pursue finding tools that could level up your business. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk!=> Continue Reading
In this episode, I introduce a strategy I use every week like clockwork to clear my task list so I can have more focused time to invest in my highest value activities.
I dive deep into how you can keep low-value tasks from inundating you and running your week, discuss the immediate, positive effects of completing your weekly Rapid Fire Power Hour, and walk through the three questions to ask to determine which tasks should be completed during your Power Hour.
I hope you enjoy my episode on Power Hours and encourage you to start scheduling your own on a weekly basis. Now let’s get to the straight talk!=> Continue Reading
The first radio news program was broadcast in 1920 by a station in Detroit, Michigan. Shortly thereafter the first public entertainment broadcast aired in the United States, followed by a sporting event. Radio became mainstream within a couple of years. Families spent their evenings huddled around their single radio listening to the news, an entertainment program, or a sports game. A few short years later televisions were introduced into American homes and by 1947 thousands upon thousands of households enjoyed family time in front of their TV. Just prior to the year 2000 it was believed that 98 percent of homes in the U.S. had at least one television set – and many of those sets were on for over seven hours a day! Yes, as technology advanced throughout the twentieth century, more and more people gravitated to boxes of wires, tubes, receivers, antennae, and computer chips for their information, education, and entertainment needs.
In this episode, I introduce the seven steps to creating a time blocking success schedule along with my top eight tips to aid in its creation, discuss the foundational strategies to maximize productivity, and talk about why it’s important to go slow to go fast when it comes to productivity.
I also revealed the secret to not double-book yourself, what you need to hold sacred in order to be successful with time blocking, and which activities you absolutely need to plan for because they tend to creep in and take over your entire day.
Now let’s get to the straight talk!=> Continue Reading
In this episode, I introduce the idea of your BIG Why, discuss how having clarity is vital to your success, and talk about my own BIG Why which drives every business decision I make.
I also weigh in on whether or not your BIG Why can be superficial, discuss the effects aggressively pursuing your BIG Why can have on your life, and go over the questions you should ask yourself to determine your BIG Why.
I hope you’ll enjoy my episode on your BIG Why and encourage you to make the effort to figure out your own purpose behind your determination to succeed in business. Now let’s get to the straight talk!
Are you being robbed of your time, money, and opportunities without even knowing it?
Improving your productivity will bring you more peace, more enthusiasm, more momentum, and more money. In this episode, I sit down with World Champion of Public Speaking winner, speaking coach, and the brains behind the very successful Stage Time University, Darren LaCroix as he walks us through his entrepreneurial journey, the tactics he has used to keep himself on the fastest path to achieving his goals, and why it's important to embrace organization.
We also talked about an easy way to gain credibility in your industry, spending time on your highest value activities, and Darren’s daily routine that sets him up for success. This was an awesome discussion with Darren that I know you’ll enjoy. Now let’s get to the straight talk!
Jim Rohn says, “Time is our most valuable asset. Yet we tend to spend it, kill it, and waste it. Rather than invest it.” How are you investing in your time? Are you using it wisely or wasting it? Productive people become successful people because they consistently invest their time into their best activities. To be able to do that, they say no to more things than most people.
Did you do the same thing this morning that you did yesterday morning when you first woke up? Maybe you made a dash to the bathroom, brushed your teeth, or checked Facebook. Maybe you leaned over to kiss your sweetie, checked your emails, or stretched. Likely, you have weaved routines throughout your day and did not even realize it. After all, routines are just habits layered on top of each other.
Routines. Who wants them? Sounds boring. The word itself produces visions of structure, formality, rigidity, and restrictions. You may think of yourself as a free spirit and hate the idea of routines, but if you were to analyze one day in your life, you’d find you have routines weaved throughout your day. Routines are simply habits layered on top of each other that are performed in a specific sequence. We all have routines. Over time, they become automatic behaviors in our daily lives that we don’t even have to think about; we just do them. Routines are a force to be reckoned with. If you are not intentional with your time, you could be unintentionally creating routines based on bad habits which makes your productivity suffer. It’s important you make routines work for you, not against you.
Do you often feel inundated with tasks that never seem to get done? They could be pesky little ones that take only five minutes or colossal ones aimed at changing the course of your business, but you likely know what I’m talking about. In this digital era, we have every sort of productivity app imaginable at our fingertips and yet still, most business owners feel overwhelmed by the smorgasbord of tasks on their plate. What if I told you repurposing only one hour a week could vastly improve the extreme level of frustration and stress you feel juggling your never-ending tasks? Eliminate the Monday blues? Get back on track? Well, it can! You just have to use that hour with intentionality.