3 Reasons You are Working Too Much

As a coach who runs an online (or offline) business, you wear a lot of hats. You are helping people create better businesses and lives, you are helping them overcome the obstacles that stand in their way, and you are helping them have massive mindset shifts that transforms their lives. You do amazing work that makes a huge difference.

At the same time, you also have to handle all the business aspects of, well, running a business. You have to stay on top of social media, staying in contact with your list, paying the bills, dealing with vendors, and the list goes on and on. In short, there is a lot of work involved in running a business. It can make the dream of a balanced work and life seem out of reach.

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However, you don’t have to work too much in order to accomplish a lot. Having a comfortable work and life balance is possible. You just need to know why you are working too much, and then what to do about it.

Therefore, here are the top 3 reasons you are working too much:

1. Failing to Plan

No, that’s not a mistake. There is a quote (don’t know the author) that says, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

Yes, it may seem counterproductive to take the time to plan instead of jumping right in to your to-do list. However, when you make a plan, you can be more intentional and realistic in the work you can/want to do. Planning will also allow you to be more strategic and focused because you can make sure that only the important things are put on your plate at any given time.

The cure: Before you close your office for the day, take a few minutes to plan for tomorrow. Make a list of the top three things you want to accomplish and then ADD THEM TO YOUR CALENDAR. Write down exactly when you will do those things, what you will need to accomplish those things, and then stick to that plan.

2. Not having Systems in Place

Every online business MUST have a set of systems and processes in place and yours is no exception. Even putting in some rudimentary systems will make a big difference in your business and allowing you to work smarter, rather than harder. That’s the name of the game, isn’t? To work in a way that is smart and efficient which will allow you to give your best to your clients? Of course, it is.

The cure: Take inventory of the systems and processes that you already have in place. Are they effective? If not, what needs to change? Don’t have any systems? Create a list of the top 2 or 3 things you can do to automate your business and start putting them into practice. For example: Do you have a service to automate your social media posts? Do you have autoresponders in place and an email service for sending newsletters and broadcasts? Do you have an editorial calendar in place so you can pre-schedule blog posts?

(Psst. If you need help figuring out what systems could be put in place for your business and how to do it, I would love to have a chat to see if working together would make sense. To learn more and to get on my calendar, go here.)

3. Doing it all Yourself

This is a biggie. Many, if not most online entrepreneurs, are DIYers (Do it Yourself-ers). I’m not going to lie, I am. I love tinkering and learning how to do things for myself, especially when it comes to learning programs on the computer. However, just because you can do something yourself doesn’t mean you should.

If you are doing everything yourself, then you are definitely in danger of working too much because learning to do everything yourself takes time. Doing everything yourself takes time – and it takes time away from doing those things that will make you money, it takes time away from doing client work, and it robs you of the work/life balance you desire.

Let me ask you this: How many things are you doing do you actually love doing and are an expert at? How many things are you doing that you are okay at doing but you don’t particularly like doing? How many things are you doing but you know you don’t do them very well and don’t like doing them, either? How much time and money are you wasting by doing everything yourself?

The cure: Delegate! Hire at least one person who can take some things off your plate. Better yet, slowly start building a team of experts who can help you run your business more effectively and efficiently. For example: Can you hire an Online Virtual Support Specialist? Graphic designer? Social Media strategist? Someone to help you with marketing? I can guarantee that if you get the support you need, you will not have to work too much every again!

To put it out there: Of course, I would love to potentially be one of those people who can support you and your business. I have several packages and programs to help established business and life coaches run effective and profitable businesses. In order to see if working together makes sense, I’d love to have a conversation with you about it. You can get more information and get on my calendar here.

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P.S. When you are ready, here are four ways I can support you in your business:

1.  Snag a copy of the free report, “5 Ways a Virtual Administrative Support Specials can Impact Your Business and Increase Your Profits.

In this report you will discover just how much freedom and success you can have in your business if you stop doing everything alone.

2. “Like” my Facebook page.

It is the place to be to get free weekly training, support, and encouragement in growing and automating your business.

3. Sign up for a Business Audit Mini-VIP Session.

During this session, you will discover the gaps and holes in your business processes, where in  your business you can delegate and automate, and get a strategy to help you make more money, take better care of your clients, and create a better work/life balance.

4. Work with me and my team privately.

I have several packages and programs to help you run a successful, profitable, and enjoyable business. I can help you see the big picture of your business and then create a strategy to move your business forward. Then, I can help you implement that strategy. Take a moment to learn more and get on my calendar today.

My Word for 2017

If you have read my blog for a while, you know that, in addition to creating goals each year, I also determine my three focus words for each year. My words for 2016 were authentic, focus and mercy.

My Word for 2017

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For 2017, I have decided to do things a little differently and focus on just one word:

Courage

2017 is going to be a year of getting out of my comfort zone. It is going to be a year of growth and movement and stretching for me. I don’t know exactly what this will look like in the coming year but I am excited about the possibilities (and a little nervous)!

How about you? Do you come up with a focus word each year? Are you starting the practice for the first time? What are your words? Do share in the comments!

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Your Writing Sucks (And Other Self-Defeating Lies)

I have to tell on myself here. It is only the third week in February and I have already bombed on two of my goals. Let’s not even thing about the fact that I am crushing it in other goal area. Oh, no, let’s just focus on the negative, shall we?!

One of the goals I bombed is researching and writing at least one guest post a month and the other one is to create at least two videos per month.

Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real

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What is stopping me from achieving these goals? Fear, of course, and self-defeating back talk. Whenever I sit down to look into places to guest post my mind starts whirling: “Your writing sucks. Why bother? No one wants to read what you have to say. It is one thing to write on your own blog and another to write for someone else’s!”

As for the videos, I keep adding it to my to-do list but then it conveniently gets pushed below other things I have/want to do. It is easier to not just think about it!

However, those self-defeating lies are just that – LIES. I remember someone telling me a long time ago that fear really stands for “false evidence appearing real.” I don’t know who came up with that acronym but it is SPOT ON.

Here is the TRUTH: My writing is good enough. I AM good enough. And guess what?

YOUR WRITING IS GOOD ENOUGH. YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH.

You matter. Your voice matters. If you believe you have a message than you need to put it out to the world. The world needs what you have to say and/or give. Sure, it can be scary and make you feel vulnerable. However, the reward can be so much greater than the fear.

Of course, it is so easy to say/write that. Intellectually we know the benefits of getting past our fear. It is acting on that knowledge and doing the act we fear that is so difficult! At least for me. Am I the only one?!

So, as for me, I am going to push through and kick fear in the butt. I AM going to get a video done and look for a place to guest post. And yes, when I find a place that may be a good fit, I am going actually going to apply to write a guest post by the end of the month.

Now, it is your turn. What is on your goal or wish list? What is stopping you from following through? More importantly, what are you going to do this month to kick fear in the butt and make that goal an accomplishment? Do share in the comments so I can cheer you on and support you. 🙂

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Tweetable: Your Writing Sucks (And Other Self-Defeating Lies)