Where Does My Business End and I Begin – Guest Writer Judith Cassis

Work It Wednesday… today is the day smack in the middle of the week – we have been driving up hill all week and we have almost reached the peak to begin our road back down to Friday!  Take today and do the little tasks, the ones that stack up easily and  we just keep putting off because they can be done so fast… like returning calls, mailing invoices, updating database and so on… use the momentum of checking/crossing things off to carry you to the top of the work climb!

Judith CassisToday we have a guest writer, a very dear friend of mine Judith Cassis.  Judith is a successful business owner and an inspiration to many of us!  She is a Success Coach and focuses on areas Personal Development in her events and trainings.  Helping others gain strength in areas of life/business they might be lacking in, educating groups on communication and other skills that assist in successful personal/professional relationships, and writing are her passions.  She produces events for the soul purpose of educating and helping small businesses, Judith is a blessing to the business world!


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Business Strategy – Business Plan Expert Trainer Stephanie Graziano

Work It Wednesday…  Today in the Wealth And Abundance Today Productivity formula we ask you focus on work work work.  Basically putting your nose to the grindstone and pounding it today.  Wednesday is hump-day and  people tend to begin to loose their motivation for the week here – by focusing on cleaning up and getting a lot of “tasks” completed you get to cross things off your list and gain momentum that carries you through the remainder of the week!

A Great Business Strategy is a Great Start!

Creating a business strategy is a must to a solid foundation for any business!  Does this mean it will not change over time? NO But you need one to start.  Look, great sports team don’t enter a big game without a great game strategy, great world leaders enter “conferences” or “face the nation” holding on to what they think is a great strategy, and great corporate icons don’t enter ANY business venture without a great business strategy.  Why should you a small business owner be any different?  This is a key to success, trust me.


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Facebook Status Updates Made Easy!

Tackle It “Tool” Tuesday –  You want today to be all about tackling a project or a task you dread…  Most people mastering or “corralling” their Social Media, Facebook interactions is a project they dread... finding the right tools to assist in this is today’s focus for me!

Don’t Let Facebook Status Updates Get The Best Of Your Time!

I have touched on it a bit in another post but I have found a tool that I highly recommend to any business owner LARGE, SMALL, INDEPENDENT, NETOWRKMARKTING you name it!  This tool is called Status Set Go!

Facebook Schedule Your Status and GO!

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Work It Wednesday ~ How You Can Focus on Your Business And Find A Balance

Work It Wednesday ~ Today is the day of the week we put our head down and focus on getting a lot done.  It is also the day where you can find yourself hitting the slow down in your motivation and your focus can be distracted easily.  Power through it!  Keep focused on crossing a lot off with your Finish It Friday and your personal reward in sight at all times!

Staying Focused Can Be A Challenge…

As business owners, Small Business – Home Based Business – Network Marketers, staying focused can be a challenge.  When we go into business for ourselves we still have life going on around us.  When you become your own boss, you are thought to have a more flexible schedule than those with a traditional job/career in your circles (family and friends).  As much as that is true it is false at the same time.  Though you do not have a boss, office manager or corporate America telling what to do and when to do it, you actually have MORE responsibility.  The weight of success vs failure solely rests on your shoulders along with all of your other responsibilities in life – they are all distractions you can easily get absorbed into and loose focus on YOUR BUSINESS.

Distractions you might get lost in are… family, “having a fun day”, phone calls, cleaning, paying bills, running errands, television, visitors/guests, kid’s school, and more!

We all went into business for our own reasons.  These reasons are important to us and to our families.  We have to remember without focus and discipline in getting “work” things done, our success will hang in the balance.  Focus and discipline is easy when we work for someone else because we are held accountable on our tasks and responsibilities on a daily manner – but working for ourselves with no one looking over our shoulder it is harder to be accountable to what HAS to get done.

Staying Focused…

  1. You have your WHY – the reason you wanted to be your own boss.  What is that?  Is it worth you being focused everyday? Be sure to have a visual of that WHY where you can see it.  Create a collage of images, maybe it is family, traveling, free time, no boss and so on – what every it is have a visual reminder where you can see it in your workspace.  I also suggest keeping a visual copy on the front of your time management tool – like your Tickler File.
  2. You have to set “work hours”.  You need time you can count of being “focused”. This needs to be shared with your family, friends, down line, team and if you are like me in a service providing career with your clients/customers.  If you have small children you are responsible for working from home this is a bit more flexible with them but everyone else should be able to respect those as they would any other place of business.
  3. Don’t kid yourself, having your own business and being your own boss – you have a JOB – you are just running the show and make up the rules!  Staying focused is even more important now than ever.  You and your family along with your business rely on you.  This is where discipline and focus is so important.  In the beginning while you are still building your business foundation, you might have to make personal sacrifices and miss out on things so that you are setting up for success. Determination!
  4. Time management/Structure – having a clear layout of time allotted for certain tasks is a MUST like Social Media – set aside like 30 mins a day, emails – set aside 30 mins in the morning and 30 mins at the close of the day to check and follow up on emails, call returns – pick a time of the day you can sit down and just focus on calls you need to make.  Having time specifically ear-marked for tasks that can be time sucks allows you to be focused and get them done!  Get them Crossed Off your daily todos!  When you get things done you are motivated to do MORE!  Keep milestones for daily activities – monthly achievements – annual goals
  5. If you find that you are spending too much time on doing non-productive tasks – delegate them.  Find a VA service like VA-a-GoGo or a team member that can take over doing those tasks and stay focused on the tasks only YOU can do in building your business.  Things like training a new recruit, following up on new downline, keeping your database up to date, formatting and sending your newsletter, setting up your appointments and so on…. there are several tasks you can get help with that take too much of your focus off of building your business foundation.  This is true for ANY business!
  6. Be sure to reward yourself as you focus and reach your milestones, achievements, goals.  Even the smallest job well done IS A JOB WELL DONE!  Celebrate it.  Reward yourself and remember to set rewards that the family can enjoy with you at times – they are in in it too!

Finding and Keeping a Balance While Staying Focused!

It is hard to always be focused on your business.  When you make the rules it is hard to hold yourself accountable.  Keeping a balance between work and the freedom you wanted and became your own boss for is tough.  It is so easy to say “I’ll do it later” and then take off to play – on the flip side it is so easy to stay so buried in your business that you never take off to play…  How do you keep focused on your business and still have a balance between life and work?

Be sure to focus on the right stuff!  Is it the money that is your focus?  Is it your family that is your focus?  Is it the prestige that is your focus?  Is it the I Can Do It How I Want To Do It you are focused on?  Is it the freedom you are focused on? To be honest is should not be any ONE of these – your focus should be the combination of  ALL of these.  With a well rounded why and focus, you can build a structure that can support achieving all of these in your life.  The key to keeping balance while staying focused is a clean structure to how you do things.  Be organized. Take it serious. Take pride in what you do.  Your focus will be where it needs to be following a structure.


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Tackle It “Tool” Tuesday ~ Tools and Resources, Do You Have Too Many or Not Enough?

Tackle It “Tool” Tuesday – today in our Weekly Productivity Program we focus on tackling a task or a project we have been putting off – sometimes this happens to be a resource we purchased to use in our business or a tool of some sort to help with marketing, social media, organization and we are excited we have it but totally avoid jumping in to use it.  Take today to focus on one of those and figure it out so you can start using resources and tools you have bought.

Are you a collector of resources & tools?

There are many times we as business owners, internet marketers – network marketers – brick and mortar store owners, attend seminars or trainings.  We learn not only what other business owners that are in the same line of business we are in use but what the trainers are teaching about and it sounds SOOOO cool and we are not using it that we “gotta have it”, right?  I know I have collected my share.  How about you?

Did you buy that trainer’s resource book or set of CD’s because it was going to walk you through this “system” or teach you a new approach, a must have resource?  How about the ones that are “coaching platforms” that walk you through the resources without the speaker/trainer being involved like a membership platform?  Or you read about this new tool for email marketing or social media management and you had to have it!

It is very easy to – get caught up in what these speakers/trainers are saying and the resources/training tools they are offering.  It is even easier to read about resources/tools on the internet watch a video and decide you have to have that now. No blame at all – we all have done it and still do it to some extent today.

We tend to feel if I have the right resource/tool my business will soar!

WRONG! It is not if you HAVE the right resource or tool it is if you USE the right resource/tool!

It is important as business owners ANY type of business owner that you keep that in perspective when you are purchasing training tools/resources or business tools/resources that you must USE them.  Being a “collector” will not explode your business.

How do you go into “Resource & Tool” Collector Recovery??

You start today… make a list of all of the resources and tools you have and can find.  On the list separate them in categories like training materials and training programs vs actual resources you can implement and use the tool.  Then clean up the list and create new lists – with the ones that you have a monthly billing associated with them at the top of the list and to dollar amount you are paying monthly with the ones you own outright on the bottom of the list.  Next to each resource/tool write a brief description of what it is and what you can learn or use it for.

Once the list is created – review it.  What of the monthly “paying” items are you currently using – hi light them green because you are actually using them! Great job!  What of the monthly “paying” tools/resources are you NOT using and have or have not touched – hi light them orange (closest hi lighter to red).  Now go down to the items that you own that  do not have any billing associated with them – if you have read or used that tool/resource again hi light those green and the ones that are still in the box they came in or have not even been reviewed, used, touched or put into motion hi light them orange.

Review your list – is it more green or more orange?  Mine some time back was definitely more ORANGE!  I loved collecting those resources and tools. I was addicted to it not unlike collecting all those stickers and bonding agents that were so cool for scrap booking, oh don’t get my husband started on my stamp collection too – they were tools I had to have!

Once I took the time to go through all of the business materials/tools/resources I had and organize them this way it was clear to see what types of tools/resources I would not ever use.  I could evaluate what kinds of resources/tools “spoke” to me and I enjoyed reading or using and what kinds I actually was intimidated by and avoided trying to use them.

From this list I sat down and created two more lists from the orange hi lighted ones – items I would share or give away to other business owners notating what I was going to do with a S for Share and a GA for Give Away and tools/resources I wanted to try and use.  I then numbered the tools/resources I wanted to use in the order I was going to commit to learning them/reading them/putting them into motion. It was cool!

For the ones I listed as “share or give away”, first I spoke to my inner circle people to see if they wanted any of these tools/resources and got a commitment from them they would either use it or give it back – when all of those were distributed, I then took what I had to my networking meetings and shared – gave them away there with the same requirement that they would commit to using them of give them back – what was left from there I donated to the local library!

It was awesome to feel the weight of those “oh I need to still read this, or start this, or learn this too” all cleaned out and narrowed down to what I would actually use and read!

Evaluation of your resource and tool collection also makes it clear…

By reviewing your initial hi-lighted list you can see a pattern of types of resources and tools that really speak to you and you take advantage of and those kinds you don’t.  By reviewing the list you commit to learning or reading that tool or resource you can also see what kinds of tools and resources you feel are important.  This allows you now to be a smarter shopper when you are at seminars and training events – is what the speaker trainer offering a fit for you?  I am sure it is a great product but does that type of tool/resource fit with what you will use and implement? Be sure it will and your purchases will go a lot further in helping to explode your business!

Resources and Tools are a MUST for business owners and successful people!

Don’t stop getting your resources and tools – just be sure to USE them!  All successful business owners from Trump through your local successful business owner all use, read and rely on resources/tools and training materials. They are avid readers and dedicate time set aside for not only using tools and resources but for personal development – how about you?  They have grown by the knowledge they have taken in over the years and it is something as BUSY solo-preneurs  we too have to be in the habit of taking and setting that time aside for this as well.  BUT remember it is only valuable when you implement what you are learning!


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Throw It Out Thursday ~ We seemed to get so bogged down and overwhelmed by the amount of things we have to do each day.  As solo-preneurs or owners of the brick and mortar business we have a lot more on our “get’er done” lists than most.  We are responsible for not only every day tasks/projects but we are responsible for the team below us completing theirs, securing revenue, client/customer relations, growing the business, along with all of the household and family stuff too – all of them “todos”!

There was a time when being our own boss was appealing – no one telling us what to do, when to do it, and even how to do it but when all of the weight is on our shoulders we tend to look back and go boy it was easier back then!

We have talked all week about todo lists – getting organized.  Trust me as you move into a structure with a plan and organization, you will find what you were looking for when you went into business for yourself.

ToDo Lists should not weigh you down – they should be your structure – your path –

your rungs on the ladder!

You should look at your ToDo list as your blueprint for the day.  If you manage your business in a manner that you are not spending your days putting out fires but schedule things you have the control over your life and business world you always wanted.  The trick is to have a structure, to follow that structure, and to know that every great business man/business woman had structure to building their success – to what level you need is up to you.

Organize those ToDos!

We have talked a lot this week about your todo list and creating a system is a must in business today.  We recommend the Tickler File.  Once you have your system together, no matter what it is, review your todos.  Do you have them prioritized?  The key is that you NEVER over commit on your list of todos for the day – you want to schedule out projects and todos in a way that your list can be completed.  As you get comfortable in a pattern of working and completing your committed todos you can add onto it slowly to build up completing more and more. BUT remember built into your todo system is a reward time where you acknowledge the great job you are doing and you take time to do something for you as a reward.  In our Weekly Productivity Program, we have that on Finish It Friday. We encourage you to set your weekly reward and actually ENJOY it when the time comes!

What to Throw Away on your ToDo List…

Are there items on there that have been on your todo list (on paper or on your mind) since the “beginning of time” and you are still carrying them around?  Where did they fall in the prioritizing you did from above?  Are they high on the list or lowest on the totem-pole?  For those that are lowest, evaluate them…  Why have you not done them yet? Do they really matter?  Will it make a big difference if you do it or not? If it will make a big difference then I suppose it should not be lowest on your totem-pole, right?

Take that todo and scratch it off – get rid of it – throw it out.  You carry a lot of weight keeping things that do not really matter to your business success or growth around.  A lot of times todos you have carried for awhile are no longer the “current” thing to do or are really no longer relevant.

By crossing that todo off your list you will find weight lifted from you.  A sense of relief!  You can always “schedule” to reassess the need for that todo when you have time to focus on it.

Keep your daily/weekly todo lists simple and doable!

Keeping your todo lists “doable” and not over committing allows you to reap the rewards of a day well done.  We tend, as business owners, to think we have to do it all TODAY and everything is on our todo list all of the time. This leads to a feeling of failure and overwhelm. Do not make the mistake on taking on too much everyday – being a success is having control over the growth and what you HAVE to complete.  Do not let the fact you want it ALL NOW guide you to feelings of frustration.  Manage your todo list in a way where you are making progress everyday!

Make your todo list your friend not the dreaded enemy and work with it not against it.  Structure does not have to be a bad thing!


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