Tag Archives: Planning

If I started over….

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I’ve been in business for a while - I’ve bought and sold a surf shop, started an accountancy business and launched a series of products and services that have assisted many business owners navigate the sometimes rocky world of business ownership. But if I started over what would I do differently? Read More »

Are you sabotaging your business decisions?

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Business is all about decisions. And the speed at which you can make them effectively has a direct impact on the growth and stability of your business. So let me ask you this? Are you sabotaging the big decisions in your business by not having all the relevant information at your fingertips? Read More »

Plan your break, rather than it breaking you

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Holidays of any sort, be they school holidays for your children or family vacations, all require planning when you have a business. With my business we have monthly, quarterly and yearly deadlines to met. As such, it’s imperative that I map out when all the school holidays are for the year on a wall planner at the beginning of the year. That way I can see if any of those super important deadlines occur during school holidays and present a conflict for the schedule I have with my children. The same goes for scheduling in vacations. They are often booked around ongoing commitments that can't be moved. Planning plays a big part in ensuring your transition from work mode to play mode is successful. Read More »

Missed some baby steps?

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When a child is learning to walk sheer determination kicks in. Regardless of how many falls or mishaps, once they have a taste of it they need more and are single-minded in achieving the goal to walk. They continue to try over and over again until they succeed. One focus, one aim; achieve, tick; onto the next goal. And think about it - they literally take baby steps (hence the expression) to achieve walking. The first step is crawling, next standing, then walking. Single, focused baby steps achieve the end result. Once we’re adults we tend to “rush over” baby steps, anxious to get to the end result. And often, as the end result is slow coming, we are left feeling disappointed, unmotivated and doubtful of our intentions. I have been guilty of this many times. In this fast-paced world we live in, we have forgotten about taking single, focused steps to achieve the end result. So, how can you maintain your motivation, drive and focus to achieve your end results, without sabotaging yourself along the way? Read More »

Be an Action Jackson

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Could you tell me right now exactly what you will be doing for the remainder of the week? Some of you will give me a resounding yes. Others will say no, I don’t work like that Alycia; I’m too creative or I go with the flow. How's that working for you? Have you achieved all your goals up until now? Have you made progress on those fab ideas you've had? Your business is growing purposefully? No? I thought so. Being fluid and in the moment is just not going to push you - or your business - forward purposefully, regardless of how spiritual and connected to source you are. Read More »

Have you lost your loops?

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Have you lost your loops? I’m a fan of the GTD (Getting Things Done) system; not a fanatic, but someone who sees the benefits of incorporating such a system into my life. Although, I will add if I was fanatical I probably wouldn't get overwhelmed like I do occasionally. If you’ve not heard of GTD, what rock have you been under? Seriously David Allen and his Getting Things Done system has been around for some time, and has an almost cult-like following. Try Googling GTD and you'll see what I mean. Read More »

I failed but that’s okay…

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Do you set goals only to feel frustrated and disappointed when they’re not met? This happened to me this quarter. I set some specific bold goals to really move my business forward and did not achieve them. All was not lost though; I achieved my financial goals - smashed them in fact. But, I'm a bit of a doer, and to not achieve my goals left me feeling a little down on myself.  The reality is I wasn't slacking off; after all I wouldn't have achieved my financial goals if that was the case. But my attention was diverted to business foundation matters, resourcing up, establishing new clients and an opportunity that took up such a considerable amount of time that in the end I decided to let it go. Read More »

My system broke, now what?

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My attention has been diverted away from my own business of late, three months in fact. I have been so busy with existing clients - and new clients coming on board - that I have neglected my own business. I have long been a proponent of structuring your week for the various functions of your business. For me that's client days on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, Wednesday is business development day and Fridays are my follow up and admin days. This system has worked well for not only me, but for clients and readers of my material. Read More »

Systems break

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So last week I took a break from my business appointments. And I really mean a break - I made sure nothing was scheduled and I concentrated solely on the systems in my business. Yes there were still calls to answer, but I took myself away from my desk and set up either on my kitchen table or my local cafe, whichever took my fancy. My goals for my "systems break" were to get a better handle on our new project management system and revisit some processes in the business. Read More »

Get your momentum started

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Have you noticed that the momentum you have when start your week, your year or even your day has a big impact on the results you achieve? It’s momentum - the impelling force or strength - that gets things happening. The fabulous thing about momentum is that once it starts rolling, its takes a lot to stop it. But the trick is to get that momentum started in the first place. Read More »