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Overwhelm Can Keep You From Getting Organized

The internet is a wonderful place filled with lots of very smart people willing to share all that they know, some for free and others for a fee.  So, how do you keep from getting overwhelmed.

Overwhelm often plays out in one of two scenarios: Read More →

Clarity for Your Business Goals and Organization

If you lack clarity about your business, you are likely to be stumbling along rather than growing your business as you had planned.  Getting clarity about your business and your business goals will help you to get your business organized.

These are some clear signs that your business is not working. Read More →

Plan For Higher Profits

Smart business owners know that planning is the key to higher profits. But creating a long-term plan doesn’t come naturally for many people. You have to not only have a vision for where you want your business to go, but you also have to know what you need to create (and when), be able to assign the tasks to your VA(Virtual Assistant) or other team members, work in some additional promotions for complementary products, and still leave room for last minute offers.

Whew! No wonder we get so overwhelmed when it comes to planning.

The “seat of your pants” business plan seems so much easier! And less profitable.

So let’s get planning and make your business as easy (and profitable) as possible! Read More →

Purging is the Place to Start

I love how graphic the word purging sounds.  And I love how good I feel when I have purged my office, and my home of items that are no longer serving me.  Getting rid of stuff can be as liberating as losing weight.  That is why I always suggest, or even insist that purging your home office is the first step to getting your business organized.

One of the reasons I love books like The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo is that it helps us to allow ourselves to let go of stuff. Read More →

Without a Plan, You Will Not Meet Your Goals

Whatever you decide you want to accomplish, it will be easier and be accomplished more quickly if you have a plan.  Having a plan allows you to know what to do and when to do it.  When it comes to getting organized this is also true.  If you jump around from idea to idea and never see one to completion, you will not get the results you desire.  If you dabble here and there and don’t have a plan you will not see much progress and get discouraged, confirming your own belief that you can’t get organized.

So, now you know you need a plan.

You want to be able to wake up each morning and know what you are going to do that day.  You should have an overall plan for the week, month and year as well.  I know that getting organized is often a task you fit in when you have time, but let’s change that.  Start with small blocks of time and find specific tasks for those times.  For example, if you have 30 minutes on Thursday, you can organize documents into folders and sub folders.  That hour on Saturday morning can be great for labeling photos, and sorting into folders.  Put it on your calendar.

Before you can be that specific though, you will need to have an overall vision or plan.  Are you looking to get your physical space in shape?  Are your computer files chaotic? Do you miss appointments and deadlines?  All of the above?

 

Be realistic about your plan.  If you know you will need more time for emotional attachments, plan for that.  Play to your strengths, but allow for your weaknesses.

Now remember, things will grow and change over time, this is to be expected. In order to be able to roll with those changes you need to be able to adjust your plans, and the best way to be able to do that is to have a clear vision in place.  Having a plan actually will make it easier for you make adjustments as your business grows, as your personal life evolves, you will be ready.  You will be organized.

I’m Lori Winslow, the Organized Solopreneur.  I help solopreneurs get their business and their life organized.  To get started, pick up a copy of my Top 10 Ways to Get Your Solopreneur Business Organized.

Summertime is a Great Time to Get Organized

Here in the Northern Hempisphere are celebrating the first day of summer – warm beautiful days and lots of hours of sunlight – so let’s get organized.

For some people, their business slows down in the summer and this can be a great opportunity to get your business organized.  For others this may be their busy time, so best to be as organized as possible.

If you get organized now, imagine how much you could possibly increase your productivity and income by the end of the year.

Schools Out For The Summer

The kids are out of school, so take advantage of their skills.  Younger kids may be able to help you with various projects, but the older kids – high school and college – are very computer savvy, use this readily available labor force.

You can make use of your own children, you can farm in family and friends kids, post ads at the local college job boards.  They are out there, go and find them.

But wait, before you hire them, know what you want to hire them for.

Do you need to get your documents into organized folders, with logical file names.  Do you need to have them organize your photos, separate work and not work, etc.  Do you have multiple websites or businesses that they can organize?  Do you need receipts entered into a spreadsheet or accounting software?  Just make sure you decide what you want before you officially hire anyone.

Remember to be careful if you are hiring college students, this is your home and your business, make sure to protect both.

Once you have this wonderful team of summertime organizers you can focus on planning your next business steps so that your year ends on a high note.

Have Fun In the Sun

It is still summer and you may want to take some time off and catch some rays.  I don’t expect you to spend all summer inside getting organized – that actually sounds more like punishment – just to remind you of all those opportunities while they are available.

I’m Lori Winslow, the Organized Solopreneur.  I help solopreneurs get their business and their life organized.  To get started, pick up a copy of my Top 10 Ways to Get Your Solopreneur Business Organized.

How to Handle Old Habits Creeping Back Into Your Life

No matter how good your plan is, you might find that after a few weeks you let old habits slide back into your life. Or, perhaps something threw you off your game plan, such as illness or an emergency. However it happens, you find yourself back into your old habits of being a disorganized solopreneur.  Here are some tips to get you back in the game:

  • You Have Choices — Remember that you’re not without choices in your life. You can choose to let this slip up derail you completely or you can remind yourself why you wanted to get organized in the first place. And also learn from the experience, why did you fall back into your bad habits, in other words, what was working and what wasn’t working?  Make adjustments and keep moving forward.
  • Be Honest With Yourself – Were you committed to your plan, or were you expecting failure? Are there some changes you can make?  Are there other factors at work?  Are you over tired?  Are you eating right?   What caused you to go back to your old ways of procrastinating and being disorganized?
  • Start Small – If you were simply overwhelmed with all that you want to accomplish, take a step back. Find one small area that you think you can get done in a small time frame, a few hours or 1 day, whatever works for you.  Now schedule the time to work on only that area until it is done – and don’t procrastinate, sit down ready to work.  Set a timer and see how quickly you can finish.  Offer yourself a treat if you beat you estimated time, whatever will make it fun for you do it.  In the words of Nike, Just Do It.
  • Go Back to Your Calendar – Time it the one resource we can’t get more of. Make sure you are where you are supposed to be when you said you were going to be there.  Using a calendar system is the best way to make sure this happens.  If you’ve been writing things in it, even just a few random things here and there, then you already have a start.  If you are not using a calendar system, start today.  I personally using Google Calendar, and love the convenience of having it available on all my devices.
  • Let Go – Take a deep breath. You didn’t get disorganized overnight, you won’t become organized overnight either.  You will make bad choices, you won’t follow through with a system you set up.  Don’t beat yourself up. The important thing is that you’re trying.  Remember: Baby steps will get you there just as easily as leaps and bounds.
  • Do What Works — If you’ve discovered a way to do something that works, stick to it. I’ve said this already, but it is so important it gets its own bold heading. There is no reason to reinvent the wheel. If it works, stick to it. Watch and make sure it is really working and not just a clever way to disguise more procrastinating.  And build on your success, pay attention to what is working and why.  And then how can you apply those ideas to other areas of your life and business that are also disorganized?

The fact is, starting is half the battle.  Even if all you do is start with something small like filling in your calendar, or cleaning off your desk.

You have taken the first step, just by reading this far.  You know you want to be organized, so start today and build on each success, before you know it you won’t even recognize the disorganized solopreneur you used to be.

The 3 Most Common Reasons Procrastination is Keeping You Disorganized

As a procrastinator, it’s important for you to find out why you procrastinate, if you hope to change the behavior and become an organized solopreneur.

Now, almost everyone suffers from procrastination tendencies in at least one aspect of their lives, whether it’s getting work done, doing household chores, or going to the gym.

Wouldn’t it be great if we procrastinated about eating that delicious chocolate brownie as much as we do about writing that blog post?

The truth is, when you procrastinate, you’re getting some sort of payoff for the behavior.

You’re avoiding the pain of right now.

Maybe you realize that it may cause pain later, but you put that out of your mind. Think about that the next time you decide to put something off until later.

Now some of the most common reasons that people procrastinate are:

Fear of Failure

This is the most obvious reason people procrastinate. The fear that you won’t succeed is so strong that you’d rather not try at all. Your mind tells you that you’re not a failure because you didn’t do it yet.

Many people who fear failure have perfectionist tendencies. Perfectionism is really just a cover and an excuse for the fear of failure.

Fear of Success

Believe it or not, some people procrastinate due to a fear of success, the inverse of fear of failure. If you have an innate feeling that you don’t deserve success and lack confidence in your ability to continue being successful, you will procrastinate.

You have a tendency to look so far ahead you already know that once you are on top, it’s harder to stay on top, so why get to the top at all?

Fear of being able to repeat success can block you from ever experiencing success in the first place.

Addiction to the Rush

This is something that often happens to college students and other people who work with strict deadlines. They wait until the last minute and the extra adrenaline that their body produces makes them feel good, too good.

Adrenaline junkies often believe they do better work at the last minute, which could not be further from the truth. If you believe that you perform at a high level at the last minute, imagine how well you would do with a real plan of action?

Now of course there are other reasons for procrastinating, but you will often see at least some of your actions reflected in these 3 most common reaseon for procrastination.  Identifying your reason can help you identify that behavior in the moment.  If you are a perfectionist, you now need to give yourself a deadline and then meet that deadline, no matter what.  Everything could always be improved upon, but does it always need to be imporved upon, that is the real question to be asking.

Please share you procrastination struggles in the comments below or use this contact form to reach out to me privately.

Do You Love PLR as Much as I Do?

So I guess you already know that I love PLR.  PLR – Private Label Rights, is just generic information, sold in batches, that can and should be customized.  It is wonderfully helpful to get me started with ideas for blog posts and I get lots of material that I can customize for you my readers and customers.  I rarely publish the PLR as it is written, but you can do that if you really want to.

But PLR can be very low cost and that makes it easy to have a lot of unused PLR left sitting on your computer’s hard drive or filling up your dropbox space.  Kelly McCausey, a very smart solopreneur recently offered a peek into how she uses PLR in her business and her tips and tricks for making sure she uses the PLR she purchases.

Well, I watched her webinar and then took a look at my own stash.  Um, yeah, I have tons of PLR and some of it is just plain outdated information.  In other words, it is trash.  So I spent money to buy a product, downloaded it to my computer and never used it as intended and now I am literally throwing my money away.  This made me mad.

So I have spend the past 2 days, making some deep and painful cuts to my PLR stash – it is still too much.  I have a lot that I need to read and see what it says and make sure it is relevant for you.

If you are like me and have an overflowing stash of PLR, you may want to take advantage of Kelly’s new coaching offer, called it PLR Review Coaching..  She will spend time with you one on one to help you get that PLR sorted and put into use.

Like I said, after watching her webinar, I was inspired and I know that if you work with Kelly, you will be inspired too.  I know that I will love my PLR even more now that I’m putting it to use.

Let me know in the comments below, do you have a PLR stash?

What’s Going On Behind You?

Have you given any thought to what appears behind you when you are recording videos or making Skype video calls?  These days, you need to be able to go live – and sometimes unexpectectedly.  All too often we are so worried about how we look – am I right ladies? – that we forget to think about how the room looks.  Some great options are to clean and tidy the space, get a folding screen that you use when making videos or even create a permanent backround/recording area.  Just make sure to think about what is behind you before you turn that camera on yourself.

The obvious is to make sure the space behind you within camera range be cleaned up so that you are not embarrassed by what is behind you.  Now if your subject matter is model airplanes and all you see behind you is model airplanes that is fine, if they are all piled up in heaps you may want to fix that, but the idea is that your customers will expect an expert in model airplanes to have model airplanes in his office.  Personally, I talk about being organized or getting organized all the time and right now my back drop includes a shelf of binder folders.  This makes sense for me and my audience, now the bottle of lotion I set down there as I started to write, will be gone when I leave the room too.

Now a nice folding screen can make a great instant backround.  If you have a large space you may want to do this even if the space behind you is neat as a pin.  You can find these a variety of folding screens at places like Amazon and Pier One Imports.  And if you are on a budget, you may be able to find one at a local garage sale or thrift store.  You can even use the screen to advertise your business if you want.  Make sure that what ever you choose is not too busy, you want a simple pattern or solid colors.  Another option is a white board as a screen, you can use it as a prop while talking or just have a message you want to share.  Again, the main idea is to be thinking about what is behind you when you are on camera.

Another option may be to have a specific recording “studio” or area that has a plain wall or minimal distractions.  We, myself included, often forget how mobile technology allows us to be.  We got used to working at the desk in the office and have often transferred that habit to our home based business, now we can change that habit.  Do you have a room that has a great place, that would look great on camera?  Then why can’t you make your video recordings there?   Have fun and get creative, you may have several wonderful spots that can be great for making your videos reflect your message, just remember to watch the light if you are recording near a window.

So, you have a great product to share with your customers, now you will be able to record videos that will look better that all those others that don’t take the time.  I know that you will not always be able to have the perfect back drop and you will just have to hit record on the fly sometimes, but the more you think about this, the more of a habit it will become.  

So share you best or worst video backround story in the comments below.