Posts Tagged ‘productivity’

Defining Success

I’ve discovered, with help from Michelle Lee, The Coachapist, that I make a lot of rules for myself that prevent me from having fun and being successful. I’ve focused on the importance of fun before but haven’t talked much about how spending time defining success is a valuable activity. In my case, I’m beginning to…

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Planning for Delegating: The First Step

Most solopreneurs and self-employed service providers want to delegate the stuff that doesn’t make sense for us to do. The trouble is, most of that stuff isn’t “knowable” automagically. It’s not like we can flip a switch so that someone else knows how to execute at least 80% as well as we would. (But perhaps somewhere…

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Sleep: More Important than We Think, Probably

Sleep is an important activity that we might be underestimating in terms of impact on productivity. That’s why it is the Day 15 challenge of #30DaysofQ2.  (Whoaaa, we’re halfway there!) We don’t always think of sleep as important as we should, especially if we are getting 6 hours of it. In fact, subjects getting 6…

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Asking for What You Need

Too often we don’t ask for what we need. Especially women. That’s why I created Authentic Women’s Exchange–an invitation-only “netplaying” (vs. netWORKING) group that provides the space for women to ask. We met today, as always, on the 13th of the month. So today is not so much a challenge as it is an affirmation.…

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Increasing Skills as a Quadrant 2 Activity

Increasing skills through professional development and training–in any format–is an important but not urgent activity.  I remember from my corporate days how we would plan for it at our annual review. But actually scheduling it was different. There never seemed to be a good time to take “off,” to be away from the office. There…

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Planning Never Gets Old for Project Managers

I manage projects, for my own clients and select agencies.  Project management just comes with the job when you’re an in-house marketer, which is what I was before starting my own gig. Aside from taking an e-learning course once, attending a PMI meeting as a guest, hanging out with Phoenix Digital PMs, and listening to…

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Planning for an Expense: Day 9 of #30DaysofQ2

Financial planning. Budgeting. Forecasting. The most organized, business savvy folks wouldn’t DREAM of not planning when it comes to money. And yet the solopreneurs I speak to sometimes are not planning for an expense. What I mean by this is they have not thought about what they would like to spend on a given service.…

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Dipping Down into Q4: Day 8 of #30DaysofQ2

I’m a day late. I fell off the productivity wagon. The good news? I went on a fun ride. Finally. As I mentioned before, I tend to work and not make time for play.  With my recent 45th birthday, I decided to make more time for friends and fun. Monday night I did just that.…

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Recreation as a Quadrant 2 Activity

It’s Friday! What better day to embrace recreation as a Quadrant 2 activity? This one is a no-brainer. And yet, to make time for fun–aka meaningful entertainment experiences–can seem, well, wrong. That’s the challenge of living in Quadrant 2, especially for solo service providers, self employed folks, and solopreneurs like me.  I’ve talked about the…

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