Do This To Create Real Focus In Your Business Each Week

In today’s blog post, do you find that sometimes you’re super productive and then other times there seem to be a million and one things drawing your attention in different directions?

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Maybe your distraction is checking in on emails, you can’t avoid those little red pop up notifications catching your eye, or you get caught up in social media.

I have a mantra for this year: “Make the plan. Stick to the plan!” It’s way too easy to get sucked into other projects/opportunities that take you away from your overall goals.

I’ve had a few things that have really helped me keep control over what I’m doing.

  1. I read The One Thing by Gary Keller – a fabulous book. No guesses for what the focus is on in this book! You could argue that you don’t need to read it really as it’s just all about focusing on one thing, however, it’s totally worth a read. It really shifted my thinking around how I work day to day
  1. I read another book called The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran – This was a game changer for me. It’s basically where your work year is divided into 12-weeks. Now I can’t get my around there being 4 years in 1 year that they talk about in the book, but I do work now in 12 week blocks. I LOVE the short, sharp focus of goal setting and focused projects during that time. Week 13 is for review.

As a result of all of the above I create super strict boundaries for my work now. I only work on 3 different areas at a time; 2 business and 1 personal usually.

If you want to get ahead in your business here’s a super simple 7-step strategy to keep that focus:

  1. Spend some time planning

Plan out what you’d like to achieve in 12 weeks (If you’re not sure what your goals are check out my Coaching Tools Company blog post where I share how to create goals in 90-minutes or less 

  1. Decide what your top 3 priorities are and work in ‘Espressos’ – My version of sprints

If you’ve not heard of sprints, they are where you set really clear goals for a 2-week block of time, and then take action to achieve them. Having short blocks to work within keeps the motivation and momentum going, rather than feeling overwhelmed. I personally don’t call them ‘Sprints’. I’m not really sporty, and I like coffee so mine are called Espressos of course! Thanks to Sophie Jewry for coming up with that name for me!

I also find it a bit challenging doing a 2-week block as I find I do less in week one and then panic in week 2 where I’m so behind lol, so my Espressos are all a week each.

  1. Each day decide what your top 3 priorities are

(Your MITs – Top Most Important Tasks. I learned about these from Leonie Dawson many years ago, but I think they might have originated from Stephen Covey. Let me know if you know the original source. Always make sure your 3 priorities help you achieve your overall 12-week plan.

  1. Block out time in your diary for each of those 3 priorities and work ONLY on those priorities.

I learned about time blocking many years ago from my friend, Geraldine Kelly, Once you’ve hit your 3 priorities you can move onto the next ones.

  1. Add in a buffer for unexpected eventualities

We can’t always guarantee something won’t come up so add in some buffer time (and no, that buffer time is not for you to watch more cat videos on Facebook, teehee!) Getting really good with your boundaries will help you with this one though. I’ve got lots of articles over on my blog around boundaries. 

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  1. Review your progress at the end of the day.

What worked? What didn’t? What can you do differently tomorrow?

  1. Spend a few minutes planning out your next day

It’s way too easy to get distracted at the start of a new day. By planning in advance you’re ready to hit the ground running.

If you decided to have a play with this super simple 7-step strategy to help you keep your focus, let me know how you get on. I’d love to hear from you.

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What Would Your Future You Do?

In this blog post, I will share 3 mindset hacks to help you quieten down your mindset monkeys.

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When you want to get visible in your business, your little mindset monkeys start acting up, so you want all the mindset hacks you can get to quieten them down. In today’s episode, I’m sharing 3 simple mindset hacks to do just that.

So let’s say you’re about to publish a blog post, or do a Facebook live, maybe a little post in a big group, and you’re telling yourself you’re not good enough, who’s going to listen to you anyway, you’re not this big ‘expert’ that everyone tells you that you need to be. You’re just little ole you.

You’ve got some limiting beliefs holding you back. As we were taught on our coaching training, in the middle of the word beliefs, is the word ‘lie’. They are lies that your brain is telling you to keep you safe, so let’s work through this limiting belief.

  1. Challenge the limiting belief 
  •  Why do you believe it?

It will help to know.

  •  When did you decide that?

Limiting beliefs start when we make a decision about something. The decision might be that you’re not good enough for example. At some point in time you will have made that decision, which is fabulous, because you can make a new empowering decision today.

  •  Where did this belief come from?

This is where we want to build some evidence for this belief. Quite often you’ll have lots of evidence, and that’s okay. We can still work with it.

  •  Find alternative evidence to contradict it

Now it’s time to break down that belief by getting evidence to the contrary. You may have to create some new evidence which will mean being a bit brave. As you build your evidence ‘library’ you’ll start to feel more confident and won’t be held back by your limiting belief.

You can be really successful in your business. We just need to get you a new monkey that helps you to believe that. As one of my clients said, a friendly, furry gremlin!

Next up you might be using negative language that’s holding you back. Let’s work on that one too.

  1. Change negative statement from present to past

Override your brain

Your brain can’t tell the difference between fact and reality which is why when you watch a movie and cry, it’s because your brain doesn’t know that it’s not true. So let’s move these negative statements into the past and let your brain assume they are there. Try these phrases on for size:

  •  In the past I used to be xxxx, now I’m ….. i.e. In the past I used to be rubbish at writing blog posts, now I’m learning by writing a few blog posts, and getting feedback

There’s always more to learn, even when you’re a master. Over time your skill will improve and you’ll be the expert you want to be. Letting go of the negative now will open you up to new possibilities.

The final mindset hack is about stepping into the future. When you imagine your future you, you can step into some of those qualities and traits that will boost your confidence.

  1. Imagine your future you, that’s feeling really confident.

How would the future you behave?

Maybe you’d be more confident, ask for more of what you need, reach out to people to invite them to work with you, create more videos, write a training programme. Act like that now, as if you already have all of those traits

What would you do differently?

Maybe you’d start your day slower, working on your mindset first. Maybe your diary wouldn’t be back to back with clients, but you’d create some space for your self-care so that you serve your clients while running on a full tank of energy

How would you go about your day?

Perhaps you’d have a massage booked in. Maybe you’d be in a mastermind group. Perhaps you’d be reading books on different topics to expand your knowledge around your area of expertise.

What would you see, hear and feel?

Perhaps it would be seeing a group of people in front of you that you’re talking to, maybe you’d hear your name being called as you’re being given an award. You might feel excited about your business, and want to share what you do with people so that you can have a bigger impact and help more people.

Step into that person now.

Think about the people you’d be surrounded by, your typical day, the person you’ve become. When you show up in your business, come from that place, the confident future you instead of the you that is full of self-doubt and worry.

One thing that’s certain about business is that it’s going to bring up any stuff that you need to deal with. It’s not just about learning how to do business, it’s also learning about how to manage your mindset. When you do that, business goes much better.

You may clear one limiting belief and another one rears its head. Now you have 3 simple mindset hacks that you can use to clear them and get on with what you want to do – run your business.

Call To Action: Commit to working on your mindset each day. It will set you up for business success. What do you need to tell your mindset monkeys today?

Remember to check out my Visibility Quiz to find out whether you’re a Visibility Lady, Countess, Princess or Queen. If you’re a guy then please change the names to Lord, Count, Prince and King) Once you’ve got your score I’d love for you to come on over to my pinned post on my business page and tell me what score you got. There’s a chance to win a little prize each month.

Also, I would love to interview Ladies, Countesses, Princesses & Queens on my podcast show, Rock Your Fabulous Biz. I’ll be asking you all about what you do on visibility right now, what’s working for you, what’s not and where you’d like to be. If you’re interested then apply for your spot here – http://bit.ly/PodVisQuiz. In order for your application to be considered, you’ll need to have completed the quiz though as I’ll need to know what you’ve scored etc.

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