For a couple of months I did not publish the newsletter and after producing and hosting my Monday night podcast since 2010 I decided to take a night off. It felt good and liberating it also gave me the time I needed to make a few changes. After focusing my time and energy on a long term contract with my firm Totally Organized, LLC I felt I was neglecting JanetMTaylor.com (JMT). JMT was long overdue for a redo. My team and I had a series of meetings, brainstorming sessions and chats to discuss the changes that needed to be made. The first on the list was the JMT website (please check it out), next were the services I offered and coming soon will be my new product line. I was on a mission to get back on track with why I started JanetMTaylor.com, and am grateful for the time and team to make it happen.
Now that we are midway thru August the 8th month of the year do you still feel like something needs to change? Are you still not focusing on getting things done? Do you continue to do everything yourself? Or are you continuing to work surrounded by clutter? If the answer is yes, then begin today to make the changes needed and following are techniques to help you get started:
- Finish what you started. One client called me to help her get organized because she was overwhelmed with the clutter in her office and what we discovered were the piles represented unfinished tasks. The invoice that needed to be paid but she decided to wait until later in the month when she usually takes care of accounts payables or the client file she wanted to keep on her desk as a reminder to call them but since that was over a week ago other things have become a top priority. I use my Google Calendar and Evernote to help me track everything from client projects to reminders when I need to email confirmations to my podcast guests. These two simple tools allow me to stay on top of all the details I need to manage to get things done. The calendar helps me stay on top of my time so I don’t take on more than I can handle and live a life that is balanced. Evernote allows me to write all the ideas that come through this organized mind as well as all the details to get things done.
- Don’t be the Lone Ranger. Are you the President, Secretary, Bookkeeper and oversee the Marketing and PR? If you answered yes learn to delegate. When I first started my business I was doing everything except my taxes. Each month I would write my then print newsletter and use Microsoft Publisher to design it. Now I am happy that I have a team that assists with various tasks so I can do what I do best which is writing and not designing the newsletter, social media pages or even my PowerPoint presentations. I learned early on the importance of maximizing my time and resources and knew in order to do that I would have to let go and let the experts take over. Make the investment in your business and hire assistants to do administrative tasks, consultants to manage everything from your human resources, finances to your social media and get an intern to do clerical tasks who could benefit from the experience and your business expertise.
- Clean out the junk. I was recently in the office of a CEO and underneath their desk where boxes full of papers and they had no clue what was in them but did mention they probably needed to be tossed. As you slow down from Summer fun and before you kick off the Fall in high gear clean the junk out your office. You know what junk you need to toss, the faded receipts, broken anything and paperwork that can be shredded. Recycle the used cartridges you have been saving, old equipment that somehow became a permanent fixture in your office and magazines you will never have time to read. As you work your way through those piles you may discover clients you need to reconnect with as well as new business opportunities.
After reading this blog I want you to think of one thing you want to change. Next, write it down as well as how you plan on doing it. Please share it with me, I would like to be here cheering you on as you start this journey but also as you continue your progress giving you a virtual pat on the back.