When something comes up four times over the course of two days I know it's serious. Entrepreneurs are lousy at taking care of themselves.
* Entrepreneurs routinely work long hours.
* Entrepreneurs often beat themselves up for not doing enough or not doing it well enough.
* Entrepreneurs ... Views: 23
I said, "Does anyone have any questions for me?"
The response, "Yes Carrie I do. Since you've been in business for over ten years will you share the top three things that you believe have led to your success?"
It was a question I didn't expect so I thought a moment ... here's the answer I ... Views: 60
At the beginning of February I committed to a new challenge at my gym... to run (or walk) a total of 144 miles over three months. It amounts to 12 miles a week. It was a big commitment for me. I already spend about four hours a week at the gym in classes that I don't want to give up. To add ... Views: 188
I've seen it happen again and again. You wake up in the morning ready to go. You've already decided, "Today's the day." It might be the day that you're going to clear off your to-do list. Maybe you'll spend the day making sales calls. Or maybe it's the day that you're finally going to ... Views: 143
I was teaching a class the other day and one of the participants said ... it's like brain hoarding.
You've got so many amazing ideas, so many cool things you want to do. So many opportunities you want to take advantage of. You don't want to let them go.
The problem... like hoarding, ... Views: 150
We've all heard that going to events and networking is very important. Meeting someone in person is generally a much faster and effective way to get to know him or her than through online methods.
There are some people who are born networkers. I'm not one of them. I didn't like networking ... Views: 94
It's like you're throwing a temper tantrum.
You know what you want to do. You know why you want to do it. You know how to do it. It's important. The growth of your business depends on it. But, no matter what you do the three-year old kid inside of you is stomping his or her feet ... Views: 68
I was speaking to a colleague who, like me, is a coach who works with other business owners. We hadn't spoken for about a year. I was happy to catch up with her. When I asked her what was going on, she told me that she was looking for a job in the corporate world. She missed the ... Views: 197
My daughter, Sammi, goes to Lehigh University (my alma mater) and just pledged a sorority.
Sorority recruitment (or rush) at college is a pretty intense experience. Sammi referred to it as a solid week for "girl flirting". At Lehigh rush happens DURING winter break. The freshmen girls go ... Views: 152
Whew...I just made a list of the categories of things we must handle regularly as business owners. Before I started to list them, I was thinking that it would fall into four or five categories. The list grew. I came up with ten areas that entrepreneurs must work on regularly. I've listed ... Views: 166
When I sat down at my computer I was instantly overwhelmed. I opened my email and it was overflowing. I knew there were messages in there that needed my attention. There were emails from current clients, prospective clients, and colleagues looking for information. There were opportunities ... Views: 169
A client of mine was frustrated. She was talking about the pace of growth in her business. She was telling me that things were shifting, that her message was getting clearer. That she was feeling more confident every day. She also shared with me that her business was still not where she ... Views: 174
I was speaking with a client earlier today who related a story to me about a river in Louisiana that was jammed full of logs. Nothing was moving in or out. Many strategies were employed to loosen the jam but nobody was able to clear it. Everyone and everything was stuck. Finally someone came ... Views: 127
Time management 101 tells us that we should figure out how long something will take us to do and block out the time to do it. Makes sense on the face of it. What bothers me with this way of thinking is that it puts the project in control of your "time budget" instead of you deciding how you ... Views: 163
Have you ever said?
• I don't have time to do it right now.
• I'm already overwhelmed; I can't add anything else to my plate.
• There aren't enough hours in a day.
• One of these days...
• Maybe tomorrow...
These are the words of your dreams waiting to be followed. Not pretty, ... Views: 293
My clients tell me of a love/hate relationship with systems. The love part comes because systems make things easier. The results are predictable, you know what you need to do and know where all the things you need to do it are. The hate part comes because there is a belief (which I disagree ... Views: 261
I went for a walk the other day and saw a squirrel gathering acorns for the upcoming winter. I was thinking about how much easier his life would be if only he could go to Target for all of his acorn needs.
I pictured the sale Target would have in order to attract the squirrels and imagined ... Views: 281
Hunger, noise, temperature, surroundings, energy level and overall health. All of these impact how well you function, your productivity and the quality of your work. It doesn't matter what your business plan or marketing strategy is, the one thing that will make or break your bottom line is ... Views: 251
One of the biggest challenges an entrepreneur faces is that there is no road map for what they want to do because it's their dream that they are following. They don't have a boss telling them what projects to work on and no teacher giving them homework assignments, teaching them what they need ... Views: 378
I like to believe that I know what's most important to concentrate on. After all, the reason people hire me as their business coach is to help them get focused, set priorities and keep them motivated and productive, so that their projects get done and their business grows.
So why have I felt ... Views: 561
I participated in a duathlon last week. It was a 2-mile run followed by a 10-mile bike ride and finally a 2-mile run. After 64 minutes and 35 seconds I was done. I was sweaty and tired. I got a medal (we all did). I know it was an accomplishment. I trained for it. Now here's the part ... Views: 353
I was on the treadmill, one mile into my two-mile run. Once I finished, I would get on a bike and ride for ten miles, then back to the treadmill for another two miles.
Running doesn't come easy to me. Frankly, neither does biking. I signed up for the duathlon at my gym as a challenge. I ... Views: 619
The weather here in NJ has been pretty stormy lately. A couple of hours ago, it was dark outside. Thunder was rumbling. Everything seemed to be in place for a terrific downpour but the storm didn't come, at least not then. All we got were a couple of raindrops that quickly disappeared. Hours ... Views: 311
Networking is vital to growing your business. Simply put, unless you go out and meet people nobody will know you exist. If they don't know you exist they can't hire you. You can be the best "networker" out there but unless you follow up with the people you meet you are wasting your time.
I ... Views: 119
Procrastination is the result of many things. Oftentimes it's the result of simply not wanting to do something. You know you should or that you're supposed to, but you don't do it. This is what I hear when I talk to my clients about going to networking events. They know it's the right thing ... Views: 185
Wouldn’t it be great if we could do it all? Imagine never having to think about having the time or resources necessary to do a project because you had all the time and resources in the world. Wishful thinking huh?
The truth is that you don’t have infinite access to time or resources. There ... Views: 342
I decided to write an article about getting things done and not worrying about perfection and found myself in need of my own advice...
I like to think that I subscribe to the idea that "good enough" is good enough. Sure it's important to do a good job and make sure there are no major mistakes ... Views: 309
Have you seen the show Hoarders, Buried Alive? Many people are entranced by it. It’s reminds me of when you drive down the road and pass an accident… it’s hard to turn away. I’ve heard people say that they are amazed at how “those people” live. Can’t “they” understand the difference between ... Views: 838
My sons, Eric and Josh, graduated from middle school last week. I had a conversation with them about moving onto high school. I expected to hear "I'm looking forward to high school," "I'm nervous" and "I hope there isn't that much more homework" but, after all of the complaints I heard this ... Views: 1192
Springtime is a season of activity and anticipation. During spring, the view outside my window seems to change everyday. It starts when the bare branches of the trees suddenly seem to get fat and then like magic the leaves appear. The birds are busy flying all over the place and building ... Views: 331
Guess what, I figured out where a lot of clutter comes from. You might not be happy to hear this but, you may be creating it yourself. This is actually good news, because when you know what causes the clutter you can learn how to stop generating it.
I went food shopping this past weekend. ... Views: 298
OK, I'll admit it; I love getting rid of things. A couple of weeks ago I was sitting in my office and suddenly had the urge to purge. I filled four bags with papers, notes and other things that weren't serving my needs.
The reason I love getting rid of things is because of the space I ... Views: 359
Like many kids, my son Eric has crooked teeth. About a year ago we started along the orthodontics route and he got a Herbst appliance. In case you're not an orthodontist, a Herbst appliance is designed to do some preliminary moving and adjusting before "real braces". Unlike a retainer it is ... Views: 318
I get to the gym often. Yesterday, I took a class called "Cardio Boot Camp". I went in thinking that it was going to be just another class; that I'll get my heart pumping and I'll lift some weights. As soon as the music started I sensed a change, it was a really tough class.
Many of the ... Views: 371
I know a lot about getting organized and clutter, yet the more I talk about it the more I realize that getting organized and decluttering is not what it's about.
So then what is it about? It is about creating time, space and energy so you can focus your attention on the things that are ... Views: 291
Distractions, it's a topic I've written about before. Some of us are simply more susceptible to distractions but based on what I've been hearing lately and what I've been experiencing myself it's getting worse for everyone.
Did you know that one of the best things you can do to increase ... Views: 505
Constructive procrastination, or what I call "I'll Just Do This One Thing First" syndrome, is something I excel at. Even as I type these words my brain is busy searching for something I "need" to do first.
According to the dictionary to procrastinate means to postpone or delay needlessly. We ... Views: 296
Everyone talks about clutter these days. A whole industry has sprung up around it. There are TV shows, magazines, books and professionals like me to help you deal with all of the stuff that you have in your homes, offices and cars. Here are 4 tips you can use IMMEDIATELY to help you stop the ... Views: 299
Many people have trouble staying focused on what they are doing. I got this email recently, take a look, does this sound familiar to you? "I know what I have to do but never do it. I get side tracked, then I lose track of time and next thing I know the day is gone and I've done nothing. It ... Views: 472
It’s all over the news, ADHD is everywhere. Kids have it in record numbers, adults have it too. Is ADHD the latest craze? Is ADHD real or is it just an excuse? What is ADHD anyway?
ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is commonly referred to as ADHD, ADD, AD/HD or ... Views: 398
A client of mine recently said to me "I have to work on my time management but I never get to it!" Does this sound familiar? Problems with time management seem to lie at the heart of the difficulties faced by many adults with ADHD.
Everyone has issues with time management especially when life ... Views: 262