Working for yourself without a boss requires focus and discipline. I don’t think many of us are born with these qualities so we have to find different ways to learn them, ways which suit us as individuals. Here are a few of my favourite ways to Get Things Done. First off, have a To Do List. Do you favour that way of recording what needs doing? Only a few years back, it would have been an in-tray but now I manage all my tasks on my laptop. I do have a notebook and pen which I use for notes to […]
Spontaneously, I decided to take a self-care day today and I’m feeling good about it. I was up in the middle of the night for an hour or so, ticking items off my To Do list, stealing a march on the day and so I decided not to get up too early. Before I knew it, my hairdresser had arrived and she was speedily followed by the man from Ocado delivering the groceries and hot on his heels is the gardening team who are bagging up and disposing of what’s left of winter in my garden. And, after flooding the kitchen […]
Yesterday one of my long-time clients was sharing with me her disappointment at her first foray into hiring a cleaner. The cleaner had been booked for 4 hours but professed herself finished within 3.5 hours. She asked my client if there was anything else she wanted before she left early and the client said no. But after the cleaner left she was disappointed to notice that she hadn’t done something which she would have assumed every cleaner would do. It’s the assumption which is the problem. Next time I’ve advised me client to draw up a list of things the […]
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Here is a list of the things it would have been most useful to know how and when to do when starting out running my own business: Say NO more often to clients and feel the power. Not every client is right for your business; learn how to tell the difference. Always under-promise and over-deliver Learn the arts of delegation and time management Do everything deliberately Charge more and enforce your payment terms without exception Get your charge-out rates and prices right and disconnect that from how you evaluate your own self worth Avoid working with or for friends […]
What does a Business Mentor know? Why it’s important to invest in you first. Shortcuts. How to connect you to the right people. How to understand accounts. How, when and why to outsource which tasks. How to create wealth. How to devise an exit strategy. How to step up to leadership. How to communicate cleanly. How to fix your business if it’s broken. When to ditch it and start again if it can’t be mended How to keep you in The Zone – the place where you perform best, where everything is effortless. How to get out of the job […]
One of the things I show my clients how to do is only what they love. What do they have to say about that initially? “Oh don’t be ridiculous, Judith. If I do only what I love, who’s gonna do all the rest of the stuff round here?” What stuff? Don’t tell me you are doing all of that already? No. I thought not. Most of it is sitting round in piles, not getting done, not being prioritised, not being outsourced. It’s just making you feel bad, making you work too long hours, its just fogging up your brain and […]
What do you already love about your business and how could you do more of that? And if you don't love yours at all, how can you get rid of it and start again?