Are You the Asked or the Asker?

Mary Cravets I've been fortunate to work with the AMAZING marketing and business coach Mary Cravets the past few months. As we strategically looked at my business, clients, part marketing efforts and goals we created a Marketing Blueprint of activities to accomplish each month. I love Mary's approach, as it deals with data. No second guessing. No throwing spaghetti against the wall hoping [...]

How to Increase Productivity by “Killing Two Birds”

Your time management plan should be as unique as you are! As you develop strategies and blueprints and ideas to work as efficiently and effectively as possible, be sure to use your strengths! One of my clients (we'll call her Bobbi) knows she needs to add more time to her day / week / month to focus on self-care.  Bobbi has learned that her [...]

When Does a Habit No Longer Serve You?

In our first conversation, my new client Mary told me she struggled to manage the huge amount of email she received. The way she looked at it, she isn’t spending enough time each day processing the 150 and 200 emails she receives on average (and of those, 60 – 70% require additional action on her part). Mary's habit is to devote 30 minutes at [...]

How to Succeed as a Solopreneur

All my clients are different.  Yet, so many similar issues come up in our discussions. Some are more experienced business owners than others, and some have discovered effective ways of managing their workloads. But the common themes of juggling home/work balance, managing overwhelm, and getting important tasks done every day are never more challenging than with a start-up enterprise. Deby contacted me after starting her [...]

Stop Procrastination – with AWE!

Confess it - you probably procrastinate every day. Look at what you have written down in your note pad, journal, to-do list, or calendar. How many of those tasks have you started? And how many have you completed? The reasons we procrastinate are numerous.  Maybe fear of success.  Possibly fear of failure.  Could be the task doesn’t align with your values and goals.  Often, [...]

How to Overcome “Stuck”

Procrastination is a topic that clients often ask to discuss during our coaching calls.  Sometimes they lament, "I know I'm a procrastinator, it's just who I am, I wish I could change."  Others will comment, "I want to stop procrastinating, I know it's 'bad' for me, but I just do my best work when I'm under pressure." Sometimes clients will say, "I'm so excited [...]

Don’t Confuse Busy with Effective!

About 2 years ago I wrote a post about confusing motion with progress ...the trap of believing that because we are BUSY we are PRODUCTIVE.  It's an easy trap to fall into!  In fact, when I work with clients we often refer to this as "productive procrastination". Over the next few weeks, I'm going to expand on the solutions I provided.  I think you'll [...]

Magical Thinking

Does this sound familiar? "With my new full-time job and my daughter’s busy soccer schedule, I just don’t have any free time at all right now to work on creating better time management skills. Plus, we are getting ready to move so I have a lot going on. As soon as my schedule mellows out a bit, I'll be ready to start coaching and improving [...]

How to Spend Your Time Wisely

It's universal - we all want more money and more time.  Once we spend our money  - we can still make more.  But once we "spend" our time, it's gone forever. So why do we tend to "waste time" every day?  For most of us, wasting time isn't intentional, it just "happens."  It's frustrating to get to the end of your day and realize [...]

Why You Want to Celebrate Rubber Eraser Day

Today is Rubber Eraser day.  Yes - really - it really is.  I'm not making it up!  What I found thought provoking is Rubber Eraser Day comes the day after Reach as High as You Can Day. Think about it - when you STRETCH yourself to reach as high as you can, when you push yourself out of your comfort zone, when you implement [...]