Goodbye!

 

Goodbye

What a bittersweet moment for me!

This is the last blog post that I will write for Getting over Overwhelm. My re-branding is almost complete and I am transferring all my attention to my new Web site Making Productivity Easy. I’m redefining my target market, redirecting my outreach to include a lot more personal touches off-line, and refining the services that I offer.

It’s been my honor and pleasure to serve the Getting over Overwhelm with this blog, my teleclass series, the 30-Day Productivity Kick Start program, and the various e-books that I’ve written over the past couple of years. The e-products will remain available. However, my focus now lies with delivering my one-on-one Doing What Matters™ mentoring services.

I have not yet decided whether I will blog regularly at Making Productivity Easy. If you are an avid fan of my posts and don’t know how you’ll be able to go on without them, drop me a line! I could be persuaded to continue if the demand is high enough!

I encourage you to come on over to the new site to see what I’m up to. Pick up the free gift that I’m offering to visitors while you’re there!

Here’s the link again: Making Productivity Easy

You can also join me and like my new page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MakingProductivityEasy

See you there!

 

Monetize Random Acts of Inspiration

 

This guest post is contributed by someone whose work I admire tremendously – Master Business Coach Jeanna Gabellini.

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Jeanna Gabellini

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You have great business ideas and opportunities coming to you everyday. Yes, even those of you in slumps have them!

But having great ideas and opportunities doesn’t always equal money in the bank. Random acts of networking, marketing and planning don’t mean that any new business will come your way.

But wait, don’t give up!

With a little intention, planning and strategy, you can monetize all of your random acts of inspiration.

Let’s take a speaking opportunity as an example. I’m offered many opportunities to speak on the radio, telesummits, and interviews. I always say yes, no matter how big the crowd, when it’s something I can do over the phone.

If it’s an in-person gig, I’m super picky because it involves more of my time, energy, arranging childcare, putting on make up, possibly driving in traffic, flying on planes, etc.

Why do I say yes? Because I truly enjoy this way of delivering my message. It’s easy for me and I see it as money in the bank, even if the results aren’t immediate.

Once I say yes to the speaking gig, I begin planning how I will leverage this opportunity. Here’s how:

1. I decide what content I will deliver based upon the audience, how long I have to speak, and what products or programs I’m marketing during that time.

2. I decide what action I want them to take after they hear me. If it’s the first time this audience has heard me, I usually point them to a free product or strategy session with me – something that makes it easy for them to say yes. I may offer a product or service that is $97-$2500 if a colleague is interviewing me exclusively for their clients and I’m not competing with other experts’ offers. I’m thrilled if I can just get them on my mailing list. I then continue nurturing the relationship through my articles and free classes. In a few months – or even a few years – they may become my very own customer.

3. I find a way to follow up with them after the event. My preferred follow-up method is e-mail. I give them reminders of the key points of my talk, plus information on the next step I want them to take with me. I make it easy for them to say yes.

4. The most important thing I do is set my intentions for my desired outcomes for this random act of inspiration. Then it is no longer random, but fits into my bigger vision and marketing funnel. I also clarify how I want to feel before, during and after the act. The act is not just another item to cross off on my to-do list. It’s a building block in the growth of my business.

Every inspired idea or action you take in your business needs to be leveraged and intentional once you decide to move forward with it. Otherwise you’re just spinning your wheels – looking busy but not producing results.

Another example is my new iPhone app. It was inspired by a client who uses my Speed Dial the Universe journal. This client told me that if I could create a way for her to do the journal entries on her smart phone, she’d be really happy. I loved the idea and set out to find a programmer who could create what I wanted, but not cost me $10,000. Once the programmer was in place, I had to see how this app could be used as a marketing tool to generate additional business.

Everything from the content, features, pricing, and keywords in iTunes was very intentional. I have to get people to buy the app and then give them incredible value, otherwise nobody would want additional information from my company.

Having an iPhone app is cool, but not cool if you don’t make profits as a result of creating it.

In the next week or two, take time to revisit your “HELL YES” business plan for the coming year and brainstorm how you can monetize and leverage your most inspired ideas. There is always a way. If you get stumped, ask someone with out-of-the-box marketing ideas to help you.

It’s time to act from inspiration and make more profits.

Jeanna Gabellini is a Master Business Coach who assists high achieving entrepreneurs and their teams to double (and even triple) their profits by leveraging intention, systems and fun. Listen to the replay for her COMPLIMENTARY Webinar Unlock your Profit Code HERE. And stay tuned for her next Webinar – Speed Dial to Profits – on May 6th. Enjoy!

 

The 3Ms of Productivity – Method

 

In the last Getting over Overwhelm blog post, we discussed the role that mindset plays in productivity. If you’d like to review this before we talk about the third “M,” click HERE.

When your mindset is aligned with your conscious desires, the only thing left to put into place is “method.” This is the HOW of making your goals and intentions real.

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Method includes your personal habits and behaviors, your ability to create and follow through with a plan, how well and quickly you make decisions, which systems you use to simplify your business activities, and how much you delegate to others so that you can maximize the time that you spend creating in your business instead of working on tasks.

The topic is vast – like pieces of a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle – and it is not to be tackled in a single day. But it should be thoughtfully and consistently addressed in some way every day. Keep reading to discover the basics that you can use as a point of comparison for what you’re currently doing in your business.
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The 3Ms of Productivity – Mindset

 

Last time, we looked at the first of the 3Ms of Productivity – motive. I hope I was able to convince you that your motives for operating your business should include lifestyle as well as client service. If you missed this article, click HERE to read what I’m talking about and to see if you agree!

If your business is not supporting the lifestyle that you have dreamed of or were accustomed to prior to starting on the road to entrepreneurship, it is time for a change. And mindset and method are the essential elements for making that change happen – they are crucial for the “getting it done” part of being productive.

Today, we’re looking at mindset.
 

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This is the set of beliefs or way of thinking that is specific to you and that determines your behavior, your outlook, and your mental attitude.

Your mindset comes into play when you set your goals and intentions. It is infused into every action that you take – or don’t take – to make these goals and intentions real.

If you find that you are “stuck” with regard to making progress on a particular project or task, despite repeated attempts to implement it, then it’s a good idea to take a look at the mindset you are bringing to the task. Ask yourself the following questions:

1) Do I believe that I am capable of achieving my goal?
2) Do I believe that I am worthy of (good enough for) what I want to achieve?
3) Am I ready to accept and embrace what I want to achieve?

If the answer to all three questions is “yes,” then you can look at other possible causes for being stuck and appropriate solutions for getting unstuck. But if the answer to any or all of the questions is “no,” then getting to “yes” is of utmost importance before addressing anything else.
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The 3 Ms of Productivity – Motive

 

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Isn’t the image above simply beautiful? Doesn’t it evoke a feeling of calm? Of serenity? Of peace?

Wouldn’t it be great to feel this way when you think about your business – or more specifically, when you think about what your business is allowing you to accomplish in the rest of your life?

If you are a service-based business owner and you’re responding to this question by saying to yourself “I wish!” or “If only that could be true!”, then keep reading! I’m going to share a new way of looking at your business that will help you find the sense of peace and fulfillment that you’re missing.
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Are You a “Lady of Perpetual Learning”?

 

Big thanks to my colleague Janis Pettit of Small Business Big Results for allowing me to reprint this brilliant post on perpetual learning and how it is detrimental to our productivity!

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As creative Entrepreneurs most of us have an insatiable curiosity. We love to learn and feed the creative juices. But just like an excess of anything, too much learning may not be good for you.
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Which type of business do you want to run?

 

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My colleague Tina Forsyth graciously allowed me to reprint her brilliant article on the two types of businesses that entrepreneurs can aspire to create. The model that you select will impact the types of productivity challenges that you will face. So read on and then ask yourself which type of business you want to run. You’ll begin to make better decisions about your business right away!
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How Do You Handle Work Hours?

 

One of the members of a business club and mastermind group to which I belong recently posed the following questions in our private forum:

How do you handle work hours? Do you work all the time? (Be honest.) Or do you create specific non-work hours? And how do you not worry and/or not feel guilty when you’re not working?

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The questions screamed “I’m struggling with productivity challenges and overwhelm!” Several group members shared their stories and overwhelm issues in reply.

Here is my contribution to the conversation – verbatim:
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Profits Don’t Just Happen

 

I’m pleased to bring you this hard-hitting, no-nonsense post about profiting from your business by Shontaye Hawkins of Emergence Success Solutions:

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Statistics reveal that 40% of small businesses are profitable and the other 60% are not. When you think about your business, which category do you fall in – profitable or not? If you fall in the latter, don’t worry there’s a solution and I’m going to share it with you. But first, let me ask you a few questions:

  • Do you know how much revenue you generated last year?
  • Do you know how much you spent in your business last year?
  • Do you have a written budget and plan that you follow in your business?

If you answered no to any of the questions above, you need to put a profit management system in place.
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Get Insane Results Fast – Really?

 

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A few days ago, I received an e-mail message announcing Gary Ryan Blair’s 100 Day Challenge.

Near the end of the text is a link that leads to the (beautiful) squeeze (sales) page for the program. One of the headlines that is meant to inspire you reads:

GET INSANE RESULTS FAST

I recoiled when I saw this. While I understand that the entire purpose of the 100 Day Challenge is to encourage you to be productive – to accomplish great things by getting off to a monumental start on 2014 – as a productivity expert, I feel that this message is counterproductive.
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