5 ways being disorganized is making you feel busier than you are

Almost everyone with whom I have worked has overestimated how busy they were. It’s not that they weren’t busy, it’s just that they felt much busier than the work demanded because they were disorganized. How many surgeons enter the operating room hoping that the right tools will be sterilized and ready to go? Zero. That kind of organization and preparation … Read More

3 Things I Do Before I Check My Email In The Morning

For small business owners, email is a blessing and a curse. Your inbox is likely a place that could contain exciting opportunities (they said “yes” to my pitch!) as well as time-consuming, but necessary tasks (please fill out this 40-page form to renew your worker’s comp insurance) that distract us from our highest and most valuable work. That’s why I … Read More

This is how your ego holds you back

I’ve been researching pickleball lately because I am looking for a way to exercise without realizing I’m exercising.  Because I know very little about pickleball, and don’t feel embarrassed at all about knowing very little about pickleball, I am seeking out and soaking up information like a sponge. I’m watching videos and YouTube and asking for insights about how to … Read More

My Favorite Ways To Make Travel Days Less Stressful

I’m firmly convinced that I do my very best thinking on planes, but that doesn’t mean air travel is without its share of complexities that can really stress you out. And since I spent the majority of yesterday at 30,000 feet, here are my favorite ways to make travel days less stressful… Those are my favorites, but what about you? … Read More

Four Habits That Make You Feel Overwhelmed

You probably assume that feelings of overwhelm are a reaction to external factors. My employees keep interrupting me… The market is changing and I need to adapt… I have so much to do and there aren’t enough hours in the day… There are certainly plenty of external factors that will make things more difficult for you, so it’s time to … Read More

Procrastinate the worry, not the work

It’s so easy to find yourself unsure of what to do next, or overwhelmed by how to get started, so you put off the work for an hour, a day, a week…  Which gives you plenty of extra time to worry. Somehow the worrying always gets done. But what if you did the opposite? What if you chose to put … Read More

The Most Surprising Thing A Client Has Ever Told Me

When I reflect on the myriad calls I have shared with overwhelmed small business owners, the one thing that surprises me the most is that nothing has ever been particularly surprising. Sure, a few circumstances have been a little more exotic than others, but the underlying themes are ultimately the same: I’m stuck and I don’t know what to do…  … Read More

The secret to having more good ideas

The two things that are most likely to prevent you from having good ideas are simple: You don’t have to be the smartest person on the block to have good ideas, but you do have to invest time to think AND be willing to generate a stack of ideas that won’t work.  Here are some things you could try… How … Read More

Stop trying to be good at everything!

Does anyone remember a professional basketball player named Michael Jordan? Look him up. He was really good. Rings on rings on rings good. He was an iconic, generational talent, and is regarded as one of the top two NBA players of all time on every list I could find.  And he was very terrible at baseball. Minor league baseball. I … Read More

Nothing ever changes

I grew up in the 80’s and learned a lot of valuable lessons from sitcoms. Unfortunately, these shows also drove home a subconscious message that still haunts me to this day: nothing ever changes. That massive promotion that would change everything for our fictional heroes? Yeah, it never materialized. The winning lottery ticket? Yeah, that got lost in a series … Read More

4 ways to make delegating easier

No delegation, no freedom. You know you need to do it, and I’m going to give you four ways to cancel your excuses and make delegation happen. Fix your processes One reason delegating feels so difficult is that your subconscious knows that it’s going to be embarrassing to hand off a messy process..  Maybe it is riddled with workarounds that … Read More

5 things you should document right away

Getting started is the most difficult part of documenting your processes and workflows. To help you get started, here are 5 things you should document right away… What is one process you will document this week? If you are ready to get serious about documenting your way to delegation, check out my Make Your Business Work For You Mastermind that … Read More

6 questions to ask when a process is broken

I want to share one of the most profound things I have learned in nearly 20 years of small business ownership: the workaround is not the solution. In the heat of battle you are likely to find short-term workarounds to get a project completed. You are going to use duct tape and bubble gum to make things work in a … Read More

What do you really want?

My knowledge of SpongeBob SquarePants is incredibly limited, but here’s one thing I’m certain of: Mr. Krabs loves money.  He knows exactly what his business exists to do FOR HIM and he’s a model for the rest of us.  When you have complete clarity about what you want from your business you can better contextualize the difficult days (because there … Read More

Stop saying YES so quickly

Making your business work for you is going to fundamentally change your relationship with your business for the better, but how in the world do you keep yourself from being held hostage by all of your commitments? Here’s one way: stop saying “yes” to things you shouldn’t say “yes” to. Instead of instantly agreeing to take on another exciting new … Read More