Category Archives: Productivity

How to make progress AND enjoy the process

Being an entrepreneur myself, and having engaged with hundreds over the years, I’ve learned there are two traits most of us share: Big ideas Impatience Now this is a pretty bad combination because, as we all know (intellectually, at least), turning a big idea into something that is of value and delivers results to our clients takes time and a LOT of practice. And who wants to do that?! At first blush, no one. But when you shift your mindset,…

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5 ways to be more productive and less busy

Have you ever responded to the question “how are you?” with “I’m SO busy!!!” I know I have. But really, when did our lives become so overwhelming that we’d offer such a poor answer to a genuinely nice question? All it does is force the other person to comfort or commiserate with us, and where’s the fun or value in that? As a default position, being busy is an alarmingly easy one to take. And we’re being enabled every step…

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How to change your relationship to time (and get more done with less!)

Ever since I had kids, I’ve found myself saying one of the following way too much: Hurry up I don’t have time I’m too busy Let’s go!!!! Sounds fun, right? Always feeling like you’re running against a clock isn’t fun. Projecting that onto little people feels even worse. And being the personal development junkie that I am, I started reading up on time to see if I couldn’t get to the bottom of how it works, and more importantly, how…

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How to work less and make more

Having worked with creative business owners and freelancers for more than 15 years, I’ve learned that the path to entrepreneurship is rarely straight.  Many of us (myself included) fell into entrepreneurship and never went back; some were pushed via a layoff, and a scant few knew entrepreneurship was for them and had a plan. Is it any wonder the holy grail of entrepreneurship, the freedom to choose whom you work for, when, and for how much, feels like a pipe…

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3 ways to bring more freedom into your business (without sacrificing income)

  FREEDOM. Isn’t that one of the reasons you decided to go into business for yourself? Freedom to: Work with whom you want Work when you want Work the hours you want Work where you want Charge how much you want Grow as much as you want Did you said ‘yes’ any (or all) of the above, yet your reality tells quite a different story?  Perhaps you’re making great money, but you work ALL the time.  Or maybe you work…

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The 4 questions successful entrepreneurs ask themselves

Have you ever felt the intuitive nudge to take BIG action in your career or business?  Perhaps you’re feeling the call to re-brand your business, move your office outside of the home, hire staff or engage a coach.  Whatever the action, these surges forward typically involve a significant investment of time, energy and money. So why is it, even thought we know the time is right, we just can’t bring ourselves to pull the trigger?  It’s that inner voice that…

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5 ways to kick self-sabotage in the pants

As an entrepreneur, you’re wired to take risks and seek out new (and most likely, uncomfortable) experiences.  You see others doing great things and know that the success of your business depends on constantly pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone.    But that constant comparison and discomfort can be tough to deal with day in day out. On the days when we feel isolated, unsupported and defeated – retreating to a more comfortable place is sometimes the only choice available…

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How to resist the lure of a new creative idea (and make the ones you have happen)

Have you heard of “Bright Shiny Object Syndrome”?  It’s when the lure of a new creative idea pulls you, helpless, away from whatever you’re doing.  New ideas are sexy, full of promise and potential. They haven’t proved difficult or demanding and they haven’t yet asked us to compromise.  Who wouldn’t want to ditch the hard work and hassle of turning an idea into an actual finished product for something so shiny and pretty?   But here’s the thing.  Businesses aren’t…

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4 ways to harness the power of focus and achieve your goals

I recently watched an awesome documentary about Brazilian race car driver, Senna.  The movie is great for so many reasons, but what really stuck with me was golden rule that ALL race car drivers know   Don’t look at the wall.  Why? Because the car will go where you eyes are looking.  Instead, they are trained to defy their instinct and look at where they want to go, not what they want to avoid. If that doesn’t drive home (pardon…

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5 ways to take inspired action and get results

  I once went to a networking event where one of the speakers was a Facebook executive.  She said that the company motto was “Move Fast and Break Things”. They got new ideas out there as fast as they could, saw what worked and what didn’t, and fixed the problems as they went along. When I thought about it later, I realized that the trait was common to all of the outrageously successful entrepreneurs I could think of. The Richard…

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