Back in January instead of making resolutions, I picked 2 words to provide clarity for my 2014 plans.
BRAVE and FOCUS
In an attempt to be more BRAVE, here are 2 things I have done this year:
1. Getting comfortable with asking for help.
People like to help.
Working for myself and spending a lot of time working alone, it’s easy to get in the mode of trying to do everything myself.
The knowledge, opinions, and ideas of others, are invaluable. They can bring excitement to the good ideas and help us to rethink the not-so-good ones.
Here are 2 examples of how my business has benefited from asking for help:
- My father is an avid reader – I believe his daily newspaper count is at 5 or 6. He sends me articles about organization, time management and entrepreneurship, which has been wonderful for building a portfolio of new information and for staying current on things I might miss.
- Meeting on a weekly basis to work with another small business owner has been a very big contributor to getting things done. This uninterrupted, dedicated time for working on projects, and having a new perspective as we share ideas, has helped me on many occasions.
2. Committing to teaching a Paper Organizing Bootcamp in the fall
This is my really brave endeavor. Speaking in front of groups is way out of my comfort zone – I will let you know how that goes…
The 3 things that have helped most with FOCUS are:
- Incorporating single-tasking in my days.
- Setting a kitchen timer to 45 minutes for working on my tasks; taking a 5-10 minute break and then resetting for another 45 minutes.
- The Day Designer day planner.
If resolutions haven’t worked for you in the past — or for 2014 — I recommend choosing a word for help with guiding your actions.