I think a lot of times, in life and in business, we get stuck in habits and systems that we’ve been doing for years, but may not still be working (and it’s possible they never really worked at all). I think mediation gives us the opportunity to wipe the slate clean, and take a ‘big picture’ perspective. Sometimes just looking at one issue and creating a new opportunity can double your business. When you look at it that way, 5 or 10 minutes of meditation is totally worth it. In my opinion, it doesn’t really matter when you meditate just as long as you do it. Sometimes I am able to meditate just after I wake up. Other times, I meditate after lunch. And sometimes it feels as though my life is in such disarray that I meditate in the morning, afternoon, and just before bed. If you are new to meditation, try listening to my “Total Relaxation For Tension-Release” on SoundCloud. Once the audio is over, simply watch your thoughts as they pass through your mind without attachment. Just notice what comes through. When you are not attached to outcomes you allow the mind to come up with new possibilities.
Admittedly, I’m a little OCD, so I am always on the look out for systems. For instance, can I bulk a group of tasks together, so I can get them all done in a couple hours or on the same day? I do this with invoices, emails, laundry and grocery shopping. Then, I always do them on the same day, every week (laundry is always done on Sunday and groceries are always on Tuesday). I don’t even have to write those weekly tasks on my calendar because they are so ingrained that I’m practically on autopilot. Now, about that calendar. I always plan “me” time first (which includes family time) because if you don’t add yourself to your calendar, no one else is going to do it. Then, I add in ‘hard’ meetings, which are those hours in my schedule that cannot be moved (pending natural disaster). I can then divide the remaining time between business development and marketing. And finally, I save time to answer emails. I always leave answering emails and other such tasks for the end because they can totally derail an entire day. Organization also includes my work space. Since I mostly work from home I try to make sure that it’s decluttered and organized, so I don’t spend half my day looking for something like a receipt or business card. In the words of Marie Kondo, author of Spark Joy and the The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, “The inside of a house or apartment after decluttering has much in common with a Shinto shrine… a place where there are no unnecessary things, and our thoughts become clear.” I don’t know about you, but when I’m in a place with too many ‘things’, I just can’t think straight.
I do not do everything myself. I think it’s very easy as an entrepreneur to think you have to do everything yourself because you believe it saves money. But studies have shown that it really doesn’t. If you free yourself from the day-to-day of your business (things you can hire someone else to do better), then you have time to focus on the real job of an entrepreneur, which is the more high level activity- marketing, business development, and management. It looks like I do everything myself, but I’ve hired and partnered up with a lot of people (mainly successful female entrepreneurs). I have a business consultant, an emotional release coach, an accountant, a cleaning service, and I regularly meet with local business owners to share knowledge and experiences. Imagine meeting with someone who has been in the business maybe ten years longer than you have. By learning from them, you don’t have to make every mistake they did while they were building a business!
When you are building your team make sure that the energy exchange is even. In other words, be weary of ‘energy vampires’. Every relationship should feel like a give-and-take, with no one person taking more than the other. This includes your personal relationships, as well. You must retain your power as an entrepreneur, especially as a female, or you run the risk of being railroaded. In fact, I’ve been called a bitch twice this month, and I’m okay with that. Why? Because I have a great team that believes in what I have to offer the world, and I believe in them, too. Other energy suckers that are not as obvious include: social media, television, books, and magazines. Try getting rid of any negative influences and see how your mood and business improve.
That’s my four cents on how to stay organized while creating the business of your dreams. These are just a few of the things that work for me and I hope they will work for you, too. Please keep me posted if you try some yourself. I’d love to hear all about it!