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How to Take a Sabbatical From Your Business

HELLO | TWELVE, jUNE 2019

TGIF, Happy Friday! I am back in the office this week, fresh off a 3 week sabbatical-- my first! It was quite detoxifying and I am happy to report it was also a success. Thanks to a lot of planning, delegation and accountability, I was able to completely step away from running my business for three whole weeks and watch it run without me... and nothing blew up! It was divinely indulgent. Want to do the same?

Below are my tips to make this happen:

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Too Busy to Grow?

HELLO | TWELVE, january 2019

 

TGIF, Happy Friday welcome to a shiny new quarter! A client once said to me, "If I could spend half as much time on half as many things, I would be twice as effective." This thought while profound, is a trend we see over and over again in our work. The endless wheel-spinning of urgent but lower-value work distracts us, especially in times of growth it becomes amplified because our time is not just focused on innovating but on delivering.

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Too Busy to Grow and Thrive?  How to Move From Reactive Wheel-Spinning to Proactive Growth

Have you ever thought:  If I could spend half as much time on half as many things, I would be twice as effective”?  Like many of the entrepreneurial leaders we work with, the endless wheel-spinning of urgent but lower-value work distracts and disrupts their ability to focus on their single most valuable contribution to the company. The “I’m just too busy to grow” mindset and feeling of being surrounded by business clutter holds us back from making our ultimate contribution to the world . As leaders, we all have great intentions around our impact and time.  There are many adjustments that we can make in our business and our behavior to move out of a reactive space and into proactive growth.

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Too Much Buffering? How to Structure Your Time, Systems and Accountability for Better Focus

The definition of a good Buffer Day is a day focused in preparation for upcoming Focus Days.  True “Buffer” Days are meant to be spent on delegations, putting out fires and working on the business so that when Focus Days come, we have the capabilities in place to truly focus.  Without careful planning though, every day can quickly become a Buffer Day, ever creeping into our focus time.

Growth takes a backseat because the majority of time is spent cleaning up urgent messes rather than focusing generating new revenue.  A friend of mine refers to this place in business as “Marshmallowland;” a place where time stands still and we operate in a chronic state of trying to move forward, but stuck in a sticky, grabby mess that keeps us immobilized and bouncing around endlessly in our business.   

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Too Many Ideas but No Follow-Through? How to Move Your Ideas Quickly and Easily to Implementation

The ability to (1) dream up, (2) create and (3) execute new ideas is the calling of all entrepreneurial leaders.  A healthy business operates and grows when the 3 legs of the tripod are in balance. As visionaries, we naturally and bravely bring the ideation, but typically struggle with the other legs: creating a plan for our ideas and committing to a plan fully to execute them.  When the three are out of balance, a chronic start-stop dynamic grows between you and your team, and if not managed correctly can lead to team-wide burnout and a total lack of productivity and feelings of progress.

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Two Problems, One Solution

Have you ever needed to get something done that’s hard to get started? Have you ever started working on a project only to be distracted by the many things in your environment? Yes, we all have at one time or another and I found a great solution. Focus@Will.com has helped me increase productivity and get more things done by helping me get started and keeping me focused on the task at hand. To use it, you'll need to start the free 30 day trial.

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Spooked by Sales?

Welcome to October! Q4 is upon us and here at Delegate, the start of Fall equates to a heavy sales focus for me and my team to finish strong in 2014. In a business that has been built almost exclusively by word of mouth and referrals, having to become more intentional with our sales efforts makes me want to hide in a dark corner and eat LOTS of candy! I share this with you because like any boot-strapping entrepreneur- no matter how scary the task, I am committed to putting on a brave face and tapping my resources to figure it out as I go.

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Take Q4 by Intentional Storm!

Welcome September! This month to me represents the start of all things awesome: FALL, back to school, football, pumpkin spice lattes, hayrides... It’s a cherished time of year. My son, Nathan started second grade this week and we are all glad to be back on a regular schedule! Check out his back to school pic on the left.

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The Entreprenurial Identity Crisis.. it's all good!

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What is it about growth?

What is it exactly about growth that is both exhilarating and exhausting?

In my business I have dedicated the last two years of my life to its success, ensuring that the i's were dotted and the t's crossed. While I know that all of the changes we have made at DVBS were in the interest of growth, it was interesting to see the response from my peers, existing clients and potential clients. Even more interesting, was my response! Growing the business was definitely a calculated step outside of my comfort zone. It was like taking a very huge step into the unknown... which was difficult for a "planner" such as me!

Turns out.. growth is not so bad! I have been challenged in ways I never would have been, had I stayed in my comfy VA box. I have been forced to face the fact that greatness takes more than just hard work. I had to learn what my weaknesses were, and attack them by surrounding myself with an unfaltering team whose contributions are what have brought DVBS to the next level. I may be at the helm, but my team is manning the sails.

Growth is all about change, "survival of the fittest" at its best. Through the process of growing DVBS, I was able to identify what it is that entrepreneurs (like me) really need to make their businesses successful- aside from a great biz idea. These are the same things that I found I needed for my success. This journey has not only defined DVBS, it has defined what it is that we will offer our clients. Quality, commitment and all of the key team players needed to bring your business to the next level, as I have.

Here's to our mutual success!

~ Emily

Quotes:

CHARLES DUBOIS: The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.

JOHN F. KENNEDY: Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

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