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Spring Clean Your To Do List

If you’ve had something on your To Do List for one week or more, DELETE IT off your list, go on do it.  You will feel a lot better about it not being there every morning when you look at it and it will save you the time of shifting it to the next day, then the next day, then the next day in your diary whilst also feeling rubbish that you still haven’t done it.

I mean, if it is that important to you, you would have done it already right?

So if this little note has made you think s^*$ I really do need to do that, think about why it is you’re putting it off.  Then break the task down into small achievable goals with a date and a time to complete them, starting with the biggest and most challenging first.

If you need help, ask the right person, if you need more time, get up early tomorrow.  Whatever works for you than commit to it and do it.

And just keep remembering how good you’re gonna feel when you’ve done it and it’s off your To Do List for good.

Happy spring cleaning!

J x


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What will you do for you in 2012?

What did you have on your personal to do list in 2011 that was going to make you happier, more balanced, that bit more relaxed.  Do you remember?

Now, if you’re doing it, brilliant, keep it up.  If you didn’t get round to doing it, what were the reasons.

Were you too busy running after business, too busy doing that other project that just had to be done (when realistically someone else could have done it), too busy running the family home after work.  Generally too busy giving to everybody & everything else, aside from you?

Whatever the reason, the year is nearly done so we can’t change that, however what we can do is focus on 2012.  So let’s do just that.

Firstly, are you committed to making a change, if yes read on, if no still read on!

What are you going to do to give yourself a more balanced life, make yourself happier, ensure you have more you time in 2012.

Will you delegate to your team, leave work on time or focus on getting into shape, what’s your goal?

The brilliant news is, you just need to make one change and it will have a positive effect on other areas of your life.

Let’s take the examples I just mentioned, when you do delegate, you can leave work on time, which makes time for exercise.  Simple!

Write down what you want to achieve.  Go on.

Now, what do you need to do to ensure you can set about achieving your goals successfully.  For e.g. do you need to plan what to delegate the day before or even better (if it works for you) plan the whole week ahead, the delegation plan!

Whatever is going to make it easier for you to achieve your you time, write it down.  Now.

We need to be realistic about your goals, things will come up from time to time, that’s life, life does not run in a straight line. So, what are the possible obstacles or distractions that may arise.  Write them down and next to them write how you will overcome them.  For e.g. make sure you leave work an hour early the next day.

Now make a note in your diary when you will take your first action.  Tell somebody who will hold you accountable, that way they can keep an eye on you and ensure your doing what you set out to do.  If you want to mail me your start date, I’m more than happy to check that your keeping on track.

Congrats, you’re on your way to making more you time and having a healthier Work/Life balance!

If you have any questions on the above, drop me a line, I’d love to hear from you

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Delegate and reap the benefits

Your business is your baby you want to nurture it and be there for it and take control of it because you don’t feel comfortable leaving it by itself.  If you don’t feed it, it won’t grow and it will just, well die really.  So that feeling of “I must control my business” (I’d like to think you read that bit in a robotic voice) can be pretty intense and I get that, albeit in good measure.

As your business starts to grow you get to the stage where you want/need to employ some fantastic creative’s to work alongside you.  This way you can grow your business successfully with the demand that it has created.

Now that you’ve employed one, two maybe five people to work with you and grow your business, where are you at?

Are you delegating work so you have a healthy relationship with your business and your team; which has a knock on affect of having a good Work/Life balance, because you don’t have to be doing everything yourself.  If so congratulations, it feels good doesn’t it.

Or are you paying one, two maybe five people to work with you and grow your business and your not actually delegating enough to them.

So not only are you working yourself into the ground, you’re not getting the most out of your money because you’re not using your team to their full potential.  Sounds a bit of a mad way to run a business doesn’t it.

When babies are learning to walk, you let them go on their own.  You’ve been walking for years so you guide them.  Once they can walk it frees you up from carrying them everywhere.  You’ll still keep an eye on them from a distance, however there is no need to carry them all the time.  By carrying them all the time you’re just going to wear yourself out unnecessarily and also stop them from building confidence and improving.

Think to years ago when you were just starting out, you were chomping at the bit to get involved.

Remember the excitement/nervousness of being able to do your first window, first sales pitch, first collection, first presentation, first staff meeting.  That feeling of I’ve got so much adrenalin I don’t know if I’m going to be sick or be amazing (yep we’ve all been there). Then the feeling of being proud, a real sense of achievement or even relieved that it was done.

And remember the more you were given, the better you got and the more you grew (which meant your boss could leave work at 17.30).

I bet one of the contributing factors that you are where you are today is aside from your amazing creative talent, years of working your ass off, charm and wit; someone back in the day gave you the opportunity to shine and grow.  They believed in you.

By delegating you will have more time to helicopter your business, what do I mean by helicopter your business?  Well simply looking at it from a bird’s eye view, look at all areas.  Where you can improve and how you can grow, what and who is working and what can be done better.  Plan your business moving forward, where do you want to be in one, three, five years time.  If not you’ll be working day to day and chasing your tail.

As well as having more quality you time and planning your business you’ll also be creating a stage for the next generation of creative’s to perform on.

Plan today what you will delegate tomorrow and make it easier for yourself.  Guide your team, delegate and reap the benefits.

Have a great week and remember to do something for you.


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