How to Overcome Shiny Object Syndrome

When it comes to “new ideas” business owners are inundated with them. “Too many ideas and not enough time or help to implement them all!” is a common refrain. A key to success is having a framework for deciding which ideas to pursue and which are just the “next shiny object.” The Challenge If you’ve ever thought, “I get all excited and I want [...]

Busting the Myth: Delegating Takes Too Long

Effectively delegating is a skill. As with any skill, the more you practice the better you become. Often clients share with me their HORROR stories of the times they have tried to delegate and “failed.” One of the common frustrations is that “by the time they explain it, they could have just done it themselves.” Depending on the task being delegated, this may be [...]

A Case Study: When Goals Change

When you align your vision, goals, and actions, success is guaranteed. Think about it, as long as the activities you spend your time on each day relate directly to the path you want your life to take, you will be living a life of intention, focused on the priorities that are most important. Seems simple, right? One of my clients (we'll call her DeAnn) always [...]

How to Eliminate What Is Not Essential

To paraphrase Leo Babauta in the Power of Less, simplicity boils down to two things: Identify the essential Eliminate the rest Seems pretty simple (pun intended), right? But in reality- it can be a little tougher! It takes focus to identify what really is essential, and follow-through to eliminate the rest. I've been working on implementing this principle for about 4 months now with varying degrees of [...]

Get More Done by Delegating…Like a Pro!

When you have dozens of tasks on a bursting-at-the-seams to do list, you just have to work harder, right? WRONG! This is the time to work SMARTER, not harder, and hand some of those tasks to someone else. After all, there are only 168 hours in your week, and when you try to do EVERYTHING, you'll either forget about or neglect to do something important - for [...]

The 6 Triggers of Procrastination

A few months ago I had an interesting online discussion about procrastination and prioritizing (procrastination as reactive and prioritizing as proactive).  According to Tim Pychyl, author of Solving the Procrastination Puzzle, everyone procrastinates. Different people procrastinate in different ways, and for different amounts of time. According to Salary.com, 31% of people admitted to consciously wasting an hour each day, and 26% admitted consciously wasting 2 [...]

What I Learned at the NAWBOWBC

I just returned from the NAWBO WBC, which is the Women's Business Conference sponsored by the National Association of Women Business Owners. What an experience! This is my second year attending (last year it was in San Antonio, this year in Columbus), and I certainly felt better prepared to navigate with my best business and personal interests in mind. Here's what I learned - [...]

What is the Cost of Procrastination?

I'm reading The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey and I LOVE this book! In fact, I'll probably be referencing it in a few blog posts over the next few months. One of the experts he quoted was Tim Pychyl, who said, "Everyone procrastinates." If that doesn't make you feel better about procrastinating, what will?! However, we all procrastinate in different ways, some more often [...]

The Magic 168 Solution to Time Management

Data rules!  When it comes to being effective and efficient - nothing can take the place of having accurate data when making decisions. Do you have enough time to get everything done each day? Most people say "no"!  In fact, 90% of my clients come to me because they feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff on their plates. Early in our coaching relationship, [...]

How Is Willpower Like a Battery?

Do you find, like most of us, that some days you are "more on your game" than others? You can't be efficient and productive every single day, can you? Do you say, “I have all the willpower I need. I can tap into it anytime I want. I am the master of my domain.”? The amount of willpower (or, motivation) you have each day and [...]