Whose lane are you in? (and the effect on your business)

Today I want to share a story with you (bear with me).

On Sunday I ran the computer for our contemporary service. There’s no printed “program” for this service, it’s all on slides at the front of the church. Everything was already prepared for me by the person who normally does this job, I just had to move to the next slide when appropriate (meaning, the next verse of a song or the next part of service).

I made a couple of mistakes because I was paying attention to the things I would normally pay attention to if I was attending church. Things like watching the singers and the band, really listening to the music, the cute antics of the young kids, etc.

When I would pay attention to the above-mentioned things, I’d miss a cue and be late moving to the next slide.

I was in a different role that Sunday – I wasn’t a participant in the way that I normally am, I was a part of the service, and it required a different type of attention.

When I stayed in the role of “running the computer” things moved smoothly. But when I slide into the role of church participant (for lack of a better word), then running the computer didn’t go as smoothly.

And it made me think about our businesses.

What’s your role in your business and what role are you actually doing?

Are you making decisions and plans for your business or are you waiting for someone to tell you what your next step is?

Are you watching everyone around you to see where they’re going or are you deciding for yourself where you want your business to go?

Wednesday LIVE with Evie #55

Have you ever noticed that when you “stay in your lane” things tend to go smoother?

So, whose lane are you in when it comes to your business?

The Most Important Question You’re Not Asking Yourself

Today I spent some time thinking about what I wanted to share with you for this week’s Wednesday LIVE with Evie.

I went through my normal process of thinking about what you might most need to hear or learn right now. And I was thinking about the ladies that are just finishing up the “Take Your Productivity to a New Level” program (if you want to be the FIRST to know when I offer this again, head over here).

And I was thinking about how to make to-do lists a bit more manageable.

Then a question popped to mind.

It’s a really simple question, but I bet you’re not asking it on a daily basis.

And it would make a huge difference to your business (and to-do list) if you did.

So, for this week’s Wednesday LIVE with Evie, I share the most important question that you’re probably not asking yourself.

I also share why I keep my to-do list in notebooks and not in a fun/fancy planner.

Wednesday LIVE with Evie #54

Why Accountability Buddies are the Best Things Since Sliced Bread

I asked the fabulous ladies in my Facebook group what topic they wanted for this week’s Wednesday LIVE with Evie and they selected “Why Accountability Buddies are the Best Things Since Sliced Bread.”

If you’ve had a great accountability buddy, I’m sure you agree with me.

Otherwise, you might be feeling a bit doubtful about this claim.

Here’s the thing – accountability buddies are GREAT when you do it right (and downright painful when you don’t).

So, in addition to singing the praises of accountability buddies, I also share how to be a great one and how to set that relationship up for success from the very beginning.

Wednesday LIVE with Evie #52

How To Gain Laser Focus And Cut OUT Distraction

Wednesday LIVE with Evie #51

  • Here’s the scenario – you’re at your desk, trusty to-do list at your side and you suddenly find yourself wondering how you ended up scrolling through this FB group or on this website And what is it you’re actually WANTED to be working on anyway? (1:54/-17:51)
  • Here are my top 3 ways to avoid that scenario: (2:26/-17:19)
    1. Getting enough sleep
      • “Many people are surprised to learn that researchers have discovered a single treatment that improves memory, increases people’s ability to concentrate, strengthens the immune system, and decreases people’s risk of being killed in accidents. Sound to be good to be true? It gets even better. The treatment is completely free, even for people who have no health insurance. It also has no side effects. Finally, most people consider the treatment highly enjoyable. Would you try it?

        You probably should. For most people, this treatment would consist of getting an extra 60-90 minutes of sleep each night. Both psychologists and psychiatrists have been arguing for years that one of the most significant and overlooked public health problems in the U.S. is that many American adults are chronically sleep deprived. That is, very few Americans regularly obtain the 8 or more hours of sleep that almost all adults need each night. The consequences of this chronic sleep deprivation can truly be disastrous. Laboratory experiments on the effects of sleep deprivation have shown that failing to get enough sleep dramatically impairs memory and concentration while increasing levels of stress hormones and disrupting the body’s normal metabolism. Research outside the laboratory further suggests that long term sleep deprivation leads to greater susceptibility to motor vehicle accidents and may even lead to premature aging.”
        From http://www.apa.org/research/action/sleep-deprivation.aspx

      • So, if you’re having problems focusing or being distracted, maybe you need more sleep
    2. Have a to-do list (6:33/-13:12)
      • Why have a to-do list?
        • As David Allen says “Your brain is for having ideas, not holding them”
          • having a to-do list means you don’t have to remember what needs to be done, you have a list
          • And when you finish one task you don’t have to mentally go through everything to decide what to work on next (trying to remember what your priorities are) – you’ve already done that
          • So, you can easily move on to the next item
        • Your brain can only hold about 7 pieces of information at once. In David Rocks book “Your Brain at Work” he describes our brain as a theater and only so many thoughts can have our attention (or be on stage) at once. So, if you’re trying to remember everything you need to do – you’re bound to forget something – even if it’s waiting in the wings.
      • Pomodoro Technique (9:12/-10:33)
    3. Minimize distractions (10:29/-9:16)
      • What is most likely to distract you during your day?
        • Social Media or email on your computer? Close the tabs and decide what time you’ll look at them and for how long
        • Text messages or alerts (from social media or email) – turn off the sound on your phone OR if you still find yourself looking at your phone at regular intervals to check it – put your phone in another room
        • Something else? Think about what you can do to prevent or manage that distraction
        • Maybe it’s the phone, but you need to be available to answer it? Can you carve 1 hour (or more if needed) where you aren’t available?
    4. And a bonus tip is to take regular breaks (15:30/-4:15)
      • Your mind and body need breaks!
      • Go get (and drink!) a glass of water, go to the bathroom, play with your dog or cat for 5 minutes, take the dog for a quick walk – or just take yourself for a walk around the block (or down the cul-de-sac)
      • Something to give your brain something else to do for a bit and move your body
  • So, 4 questions to ask yourself to stay focused (16:55/-2:50)
    1. Am I getting enough sleep?
    2. Do I have a to-do list?
    3. What can I do to minimize my distractions?
    4. What will my breaks look like today?
  • Let me know what you do to stay focused and cut out distraction (17:25/-2:20)
  • If you liked this topic and you want to provide feedback and suggestions for future topics, then join us over in the Facebook group Productivity for Women Entrepreneurs
    I post potential topics for Wednesday LIVE with Evie and let you vote on them there.