Archive for the organized solopreneur

Being Organized Saves You Time and Money

We all want to be able to organize our schedules and have the commitment to maintain them on a day-to-day basis, but how?

Organization is beneficial for everyone and can be easily adapted to suit individual needs. And believe it or not, being organized in your life and business actually saves you time and money.  Time is money. Piggy bank with watches

A Place For Everything

If you keep things organized, you don’t need to spend time looking for them when needed. This is especially handy when you need to locate important yet rarely used items, such as insurance policies or tax time information. And it also keeps you from looking unprepared in front of your clients and colleagues.

The key to keeping things organized is to come up with a place to keep something and stick to it. This really is the key – sticking with it. Read More →

Are You Letting Self Doubt Keep You From Reaching Your Goals?

What is Self Doubt?

Self-Doubt is your lack of confidence in yourself and your abilities. Self doubt can keep you from doing the things you want to do and it can keep you from reaching the goals you’ve set for yourself. In fact, it can be quite paralyzing, keeping you from moving forward towards the life and business you have been dreaming of.

Let’s face it – no one wants to be stuck in a life that is not fulfilling.

So how can you get past your self doubt?

The key to banishing those doubtful feelings and the little voice in your head that tells you that it can’t be done is confidence. And the best way to build up your confidence is to take action.  As long as you are taking actions that move your closer to your goal, you will be able to reach your goal.

I love to cross stitch, and I tend to pick out big projects that take a long time – I’m talking more than 1 year long projects.  Often times when I’m working on a large project, I feel like it will never be done – so I take a break.  I find a small project that can be finished quickly – a few hours up to about 1 week – and then I have a finished project.  It builds my belief that I will actually finish the bigger project.

What can you do to build your confidence and move you closer to your goal?

Another way to build confidence is to look at what you have already accomplished.  We often don’t give ourselves enough credit for all that we have done and just beat ourselves up for what remains to be accomplished.

This can help you overcome fear about taking the next step also.  Seeing everything you’ve already done may give you just the boost of self-confidence you need to keep your self doubt at bay.

Are you working with a coach or mentor?

Finding an advisor or mentor can also be amazingly helpful. I became a coach because I was so helped by my first coach Rachel – we are still friends.   Having someone there to hold your hand or just to cheer you on can help you make sure that you are moving towards your goals.  If I can be of any help to you please comment below, or reach out to me privately by using the contact form here.

Give yourself a break

Break down your big goal into smaller tasks. It doesn’t take nearly as much confidence to tackle a small task as it does to attack that big goal.  And each time you complete a small task you are building your confidence.  Little by little you’ll make progress and eventually reach your goal.

If overwhelm is an issue for you, this is a great strategy.

The main thing is to acknowledge the feelings of self-doubt, but don’t let them take control over your life. Yes, it’s normal to doubt yourself. It happens to all of us. Just do what it takes to get you moving and working towards your goals despite your self doubt.

You’re capable of so much more than you think you are. You just need to prove it to yourself.

 To help you get started on your goal planning download this free Goals Journal to help you figure out what you want and to develop a plan to reach those goals.  Get started today, click here to download.

How to Effectively Write Down Your Goals So That You Achieve Them

In our professional and personal lives, we are constantly working toward goals, trying to motivate ourselves and direct our behavior in a more positive direction. Perhaps your goal is to complete a certain amount of work in x-time, perhaps it is to increase profits by so much, or maybe it’s to get into great shape and lose fat.  But did you know that if you don’t write down your goals they are not as effective in spurring you into meaningful action.

Goals are a big part of our lives for most of us. Only problem is, a lot of us don’t know the best way to write these goals if we want to actually achieve them and this creates problems.  Writing down your goals in a meaningful way makes all the difference in your ability to achieve them.

The Problem With Most Goals

The goal of ‘losing weight’ or even ‘losing X pounds’ is one that you’ll see commonly and that is similar to the goal of ‘growing profits’ in business. Either way, this is an example of an abstract goal that has no structure and that has very little chance of coming to fruition.

The problem with goals like this is that they are a) vague and b) largely out of your control.

If your goal is to increase profits or get into shape by next year, what does this involve doing on a daily basis? It’s all too easy to not be productive towards that goal daily because you probably think you can worry about it later – or because you don’t even know how to go about achieving it.
Read More →

Goal Setting and Goal Achievement

Its that time of year when we start to talk about goal setting and goal achievement, which quite truthfully may be the most overdone topic in the world. I’m sure we have all done a goal setting exercise at some point, whether it was in high school or in college or university or even at your first job.

I realize that we’ve all done it, but the truth of the matter is very few people have goals written down.  Therin lies the problem

And this tells me that very few people actually know what they want.

Why do so few people know what they want?  I have a theory – it’s because we’ve been programmed from a pretty early age, to not think about what we want. Instead, we’re told what we should be doing and what we shouldn’t be doing and you should follow this path to be successful.  You should do this to make sure that you have enough money when you grow up to do whatever it is you need to do. Should, should, should.
Read More →

WordPress Keeps Your Blog or Website Organized

WordPress is a Content Management System, currently the most popular in the world.  It allows you to create completely custom sites with great functionality options.  This allows you to have an organized website or blog right from the start. 

Why WordPress?

WordPress was created by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little in 2003, and is currently the largest self-hosted blogging platform in the world.  There are actually millions of sites using WordPress and tens of millions of visitors.  You are reading this blog post on…you guessed it…a WordPress site.   Read More →

Last Pass Will Get Your Passwords Organized

I have been using Last Pass for several years.  Last Pass is a password manager, that means you only have to remember 1 password instead of many.  It can also help by creating unique passwords for you.  You put your business at risk if you use the same password on all your logins, this system makes it easy to get unique passwords for all your logins and make sure you can remember all those passwords.

By only having to remember one password, your brain can be free to remember other more important things.  I’m going to date myself a bit here but bear with me.  Long ago, we all used to have to remember people phone numbers.  If we couldn’t remember we had phone books, large ones from the phone company, smaller ones next to our phone at home and even smaller still to carry around in our purses.  Then phones started getting smarter, you were now able to program up to 10 phone numbers in your phone, such convenience.  Of course, nowadays with real smart phones, we have our ‘phone books’ with us all the time.

The concept of Last Pass is the same, we have our passwords with us all the time.  I do still have my old password book – because every so often I will find that I have missed adding something to Last Pass, but it really is just a dust collector at this point.

A feature I haven’t really mentioned is the fact that you can add an extension to your browser on your laptop and I also have Last Pass installed on my phone and my tablet.  It goes without saying that once you change a password, it is saved to all your devices automatically.  And the best part of all is that it is free.  If you wish to upgrade to their premium service it is only $12/year, but the free version will be enough for most folks.

There are other password managers out there, but I have only ever used this one, and I have never had any reason to look elsewhere.  If you want to do more research just google, but make sure you use a system, as your business grows you will have more and more passwords to remember, you do not want to use the same password over and over.

Last Pass also has the option to allow you to seperate which logins are for business and which are for personal use, creating a more organized life yoru for you.

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.

What on Earth Is an Organizing Coach?

I get asked this question a lot, so I thought you might want to know too.

The simple answer is that I help you figure out why you are disorganized and help you address those areas of your life.  But that is just the simple answer, the truth is, so many solopreneuers get stuck in taking the next step in their business because of some real or imagined clutter.

I have been part of multiple masterminds and online groups, and there is always at least 1 person who feeling that they can’t move forward because they need to be more organized.  Now sometimes the solution is about getting organized, but more often the problem goes deeper than they clutter, and I help you get to the root of the problem and actually be able to move forward in their business.

A great example is recently I was talking with a woman who said she loved the idea of doing a time study and has tried several times, but always forgets while in the middle of time frame, so she never completes the time study.  Now, this looks like a problem with the time study, but I think the problem is a deeper need for perfection.  And on closer study, this pattern was showing up in other areas of her life as well.  Completing a time study would not help her solve this problem, so my job as on organizing coach, is to help you get to the root of the problem.  Now I’m not saying that there is always a deeper problem, sometimes, I just help you set up systems, or create some tweaks to better suit you talents, and your business.

My job as your coach is the same as a life coach, or a business coach, my job is to help you.  I would love to be your person if you need help, you can sign up for a session here or you can comment below to find out more.

If you are stuck, get help, an outside set of eyes can usually help you see things differently.