I saw this and rolled my eyes, hard (◔_◔)

Do you use Twitter?

I don’t post on it, but I do use it to follow some people and occasionally I’ll check it in the morning.

I saw this tweet this morning and rolled my eyes, hard:

This type of advice annoys me because it looks like it’s proven, but it’s not.

There is a correlation (like how people wear more short sleeves than sweaters when buying ice cream cones), but there isn’t causation (like how when the weather gets warmer ice cream cone sales increase).

Then I saw this response:

Yay! A successful person who thinks this advice isn’t helpful!

Here’s the thing: not everyone works the same way!

There is no ONE thing that will guarantee success.

Getting up at 4 am works for those successful people because they’ve found something that works for them and they stick to it.

THAT’s the important part–finding something that works for you and keep doing it.

In this week’s Wednesday LIVE with Evie we’ll talk about this.

WEDNESDAY LIVE WITH EVIE #93

Getting to the real cause of overwhelm

“Overwhelm is not a result of having too much to do, it’s a result of not knowing what to do next.” – Matthew Kimberly

I heard someone refer to this quote over the weekend and I just had to share it with you.

I love it so much because it’s so very true.

Anytime I’m overwhelmed, that’s exactly what’s happening–I don’t know what to do next and that makes it seem like I have too much to do.

So, what do you do when this happens?

You go back to your priorities for the week. What are the top 1-3 things that you need to complete this week? 

If you don’t know that, think about what your goals are for the month or quarter. What tasks and projects move you closer to those goals?

If you have a question, but are overwhelmed and don’t have time to watch the video below then share a comment with your question or situation.

WEDNESDAY LIVE WITH EVIE #92

Finding the balance of tasks that get you seen versus tasks that improve your business

Friday I had a decision to make.

I could schedule Facebook posts to my business page for December (the thing that will get me seen).

Or I could take myself through some coursework of a business program I recently purchased (the thing that will improve my business).

I wasn’t sure if I’d have time to work on them over the weekend while at my in-laws and I knew I already had planned a full week for myself this week.

What to do?! 

I had identified both as priorities for the week. 

It came down to two things.

  1. Completing the business program coursework is a top priority for my business right now (I decided when goal setting for December).
  2. To make the most of my business program coursework, I want an hour or two of focused and uninterrupted time and when scheduling Facebook posts I only need short 10-15 minute bursts of focus for about two hours.
So, Friday morning I spent about two hours on that coursework.

And Saturday afternoon I ended up having about two hours working at the kitchen table while my husband and his sister went shopping and my mother-in-law was busy doing her things (it might sound boring, but it was really a great afternoon).

I didn’t get everything done I wanted, but I made really great progress.

I think we go through different phases in our business. 

One phase where we want to hunker down and get all the behind the scenes things done and we ignore the things that make us visible to others or get us seen (whether in person or virtually). 

Another that is the opposite where we’re very visible, always being seen, but at the expense of the behind the scenes work.

And the third where we have a nice mix of the two.

Each phase is important and needed. 

It’s also important to recognize when we’ve become really comfortable in one phase and are ignoring another. 

As an introvert (or maybe as someone who likes to plan) it’s very easy for me to focus exclusively on the behind the scenes things. 

But sometimes, in my effort to not do that I start ignoring some of the behind the scenes by over prioritizing visibility.

It’s like a pendulum swinging from one extreme to the other, but finding that middle ground may require some work. 
I talk about that in the video below.

WEDNESDAY LIVE WITH EVIE #91

What is waiting for perfection costing you?

Have you ever not put something out there because it wasn’t perfect?

Maybe you know that it will be better, more refined, or better speak to your audience after you take a class, learn more, or spend more time working on it.

I found myself thinking about this with the Unnamed Productivity Club last month.

I thought about not opening the doors for it one more time this year because:

  • I wanted to improve the sales page
  • I wanted to complete this course that will help me with my messaging
  • I might have new things to say about it early next year
  • And the list goes on, and on, and on

And next time I open the doors to it the sales page probably will look a little different, I will have completed that course, and how I talk about it might change slightly.

But that didn’t mean that I needed to wait.

I think this is something that happens a lot in our businesses. 

You know that in a couple months the service or product you offer (or the way you talk about it) will be better.

So, you want to wait until you’re in that spot before you share or promote or sell.

The problem is that this is always true. 

In a couple months, you’ll have made those changes/improvements, but you’ll see new areas for improvement, new reasons to wait.

But that doesn’t mean that you should wait.

The person out there doing things imperfectly is always making more progress than the person trying to make things perfect before they share them.

So, where are you with this?

Are you waiting until you achieve perfection before you share or are you out there sharing?

I’ll talk more about this in the video below.

WEDNESDAY LIVE WITH EVIE #90

What to do when you want to work and enjoy the season at the same time

Do you have this interesting thing that happens at this time of year where you simultaneously want to slow down and also get ALL THE THINGS done?

Maybe it’s just me?

Doing fun and cozy things call to me to leave my office and work and partake of them.

But I also have new ideas percolating and the implementation of previous new ideas.

I think this is why people want to clone themselves. One part can stay in the office and satisfy that need to get ALL THE THINGS done and the other part can watch movies, do puzzles, and hang out with family.

It’s an interesting combination in my head.

Maybe yours too?

I don’t have a perfect way to handle it (I’d love to hear your suggestions!).

There are things I do that help.

When I’m working and I want to abandon all things for a new puzzle or movie these are some things I do:

  • Have a list of what I want to get done that day (and it might be a little shorter than what it would be at other times)
  • Work from the list (yes, I’m writing this out because I’m sure I’m not the only one that writes the list and then occasionally abandons it for other tasks)
  • Give myself a time that I get to put work away regardless of what is left on the list (with the understanding that I can do that without guilt or frustration)
For the times when I’m with family, watching a movie, or doing a puzzle and I’m thinking of all the work I could be completing or have an idea that just seems fabulous I have some other ideas.

If I’m with family I have a notebook close by or app on my phone (textpad, memo, or something else really simple) that I can quickly write down ideas or things to do that popup.

If I’m by myself it can be trickier. 

Do I stop what I’m doing to go do the thing that pops into my head? Generally no. 

I’ve already created some boundaries so I respect them and my personal time. 

So, the advice above is used here too. However, if I have an idea I might take a couple of minutes to do some quick research or write out some details of the idea.

Do you have both these things happening at this time of year too? What are your suggestions?

I talk about this in the video below.

WEDNESDAY LIVE WITH EVIE #89