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the surprising thing that helped me take my business to the next level


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I always have a coach on hire.  Always.  I see it as an investment in myself and in my business, and it’s an investment that has paid for itself many times over!

I learn something new with each new coach and with each new session.  Sometimes I decide to focus on a specific “issue” in my life: relationships, self-leadership, health and wellness.

Right now, I’m working with a business coach.  I have enough experience now to know that even though she’s a “business” coach like me, the changes I’m making are affecting my life as a whole.  (And the same is true for the “life” coaches I’ve worked with – they helped me improve my business, too.  Coaching is cool like that.)

The most awesome thing I’ve implemented lately surprised me with how well it works.  I was resistant, but my business coach made me do it.  😉  

I’ve developed a business routine (some might call it a schedule, though I’m kind of allergic to that term).  I have certain times of the day, each day of the week, when I know exactly what I’ll be working on.  It feels like I’ve stepped up to be my own boss.

You know those days when you kind of wish you had a boss who would set some regular hours for you or expect a project done by a certain date?  You feel like the accountability would help you be more productive, right?  To keep moving toward those big dreams you have, even when it sounds like more fun to grab a latte and scroll through facebook.  

Well, that’s what setting my routine has done for me.  Every Monday, for instance, I sit down to write to you.  On Friday mornings, I go over my financials and email prospective clients or set up a lunch date with a fellow entrepreneur (networking, if you will – another term I’m kind of allergic to).  

I haven’t been perfect, of course, but setting up and following a routine has helped me grow my business more in the last two months than I’ve grown it in the past two years.  It works that well!  I block out chunks of time in my planner: some for my coaching biz, some for my dance studio, and some for miscellaneous errands, appointments, personal time, etc.  Then I keep prioritized lists for each chunk.  

So when I sit down to work, I know exactly what to dive into first.  It’s pretty amazing.

If you want to try setting your own routine, here’s a tip: map it out in a google doc first.  Put times, maybe in 30 minute increments in a column on the left hand side.  Then put the days of the week across the top.  Fill in accordingly.  I color coded some of my time chunks – blue for the dance studio, green for coaching, etc.  If you’d like to take a peek at mine, shoot me an email, and I’ll send you a link.  

Next, transfer it to your planner or your online calendar – whatever you use to keep track of your work schedule.  Then stick to the plan and get to work.  For me, this has created some much needed mental space, because I know when the next time I’ll get to work on one of my businesses is coming.  No more worrying that I’ll never get around to everything I want to do!  

Another tip: don’t overschedule.  Make sure to include plenty of time for the miscellaneous, unexpected things that come up during your week.  It’ll help you feel more successful, and you can start to get a realistic look at what you can actually fit into a day.

Have questions?  Let me know!  I’m always just an email away.  

Have tips to add?  Comment below.  I’d love to hear them!  I’m always looking for ways to get more done in less time.  That leaves me more space for the things that are most important to me, helps me get on with the business of living my life.  🙂


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