Processes and Procrastination

As we head towards the end of another week you may be thinking about what you can toss onto the piles on your desk or mark so that you deal with it next week and not today or tomorrow.  I’m familiar with the process, everyone does it to some extent. And to some extent it’s necessary to do because there are only so many hours in a day and while you may have something sudden and time-sensitive come up today, you may not have that tomorrow and be able to deal with things from today tomorrow.  The danger comes in when you never get to “tomorrow” and you keep having to put out fires and deal with emergencies today and never get to that other stuff you keep putting off.

The good news is that a portion of what you keep putting off can be handled by someone else.  You can get someone else to file the papers or place/pack orders or refill supplies or input data to a spreadsheet or program or app.  The bad news is, as you probably guessed, they can only do so much as they are not you. All that help is great to a point, then you have to step back in and choose or approve purchases, reply to clients, or confirm the data.

But what it comes back to is that you need to stop and realize that there’s a problem and you’re tired of seeing the problem day after day and not being able to do what you want to with or about it.  Maybe it’s as simple as changing the software, program or procedure that you do things with/through.  Maybe it’s creating a schedule and following it 95% of the time.  Maybe it’s just hiring someone to help out a few hours a week (on either the personal or the professional side).  But I believe that for many of the things that we’re putting off, there’s a simple solution that can make it much easier and much less painful to do the job and get it done quicker and with the results you’re looking for (or at the very least results which is something you didn’t have before).

If you’re struggling with the never ending search for tomorrow in your work or home, I encourage you to take an important first step before the end of the week.  Maybe it’s reaching out to an organizer or coach like myself who is local to you and getting the conversation going.  Maybe it’s taking 30 minutes to investigate other program/procedure options.   Maybe it’s sitting down with your team and talking about who’s doing what and who would rather do what and who can help you clear things off your plate (making things easier for everyone).   What will you do?

Reflection Time

I’m still doing some reflecting and considering as we work into this new year.   2016 felt like being in a cement mixer at times for some of us, it certainly didn’t seem like a smooth ride personally or in the world.  As I’ve been reading a number of posts at the end of the year and the beginning of this one, I identified with what a number of people were saying about the year that just ended and how they felt about it, what they ended up doing in that year and of course where they’re headed in this new year.

For many 2016 ended up being a year of personal growth, not so much professional, although plenty of people and companies did have a very successful year.  For some 2016 was so bumpy that it was hard to even identify or understand that until new year reflections happened.  So if your year was anything like mine, I’m going to encourage you to work through these questions over this week before you give up on your resolutions and/or before you make final decisions about where you want this coming year to go:

What was your best memory?
What was your worst memory?
What was your biggest accomplishment?
What was your most satisfying victory?

What goals do you have for 2017?
What relationships are you going to create or work on in 2017?
What do you want to stop doing in 2017?
What needs to most change in 2017?

Just how good can life get?
Will this be a courageous year for me?
What will make you happy?
What will you love?

As I do my own reflecting and consider where I’m taking things this year, I’d love to hear from you what you would like from me in this blog and/or in what I offer in my business? How can I best help you make more victories in your life and what are you struggling with?

The Path of Goals

This week I read a blog post that partly talked about the goals of having a blog. I love writing, it’s something I’ve done for many years (even before I started my blogs), but I know it’s not something that everyone likes. I do believe that having a blog and/or a newsletter that you send out on a weekly (or more frequent) basis can be a valuable part of your marketing strategy. It’s one of the best ways to consistently remind your clients and customers that you exist as a business and that you’re there any time they’re in need of what you offer. But what I really want to talk about today is the topic of goals.

We all have goals even if we don’t write them down or say them out loud. What the blog post reminded me was that there are about a dozen reasons why someone may start a blog or goals that they may have with it. Just because one of my reasons is because I like to write, and just because I have more of a goal of using the blogs to share my experience and expertise it doesn’t mean it has to be your reason or goal. It also means that we won’t all have the same purpose or goal in business, or in an aspect of business like social media for example. You may use social media to connect with others, while someone else may use it to look popular.

So what can we learn from all this? First that we’re not all in a line moving in the same direction. We didn’t all start our businesses at the same time, some have been around for hundreds of years while yours may be a few days old. Second, don’t be ashamed of your goals and dreams. It’s not bad to want different things from your businesses and for your customers, that’s part of what makes the world go ’round. Third, don’t let your excuses and what other people are doing stop you from achieving your goals. Make a plan for how you can accomplish your goals; do the research, figure out what actions are necessary, try things and don’t give up.