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June 17, 2017

My dad is the best at just about everything… Happy Father’s Day!

pexels-photo-190537My dad is the best at just about everything. From dancing to fixing things to navigating back roads! 

If he doesn't know how... he will undoubtedly figure it out if you ask him to.

Looking back now, there is nothing he has ever given up on (no matter the time it takes) and there is nothing he can't accomplish. As a child, I didn't understand why my father seemed to have such amazing luck, or why things always went the way he planned. I always thought it funny that my father kept a notebook and several pens in his breast pocket. Much like mom, dad always had a list!

My dad is the best

 

My dad is the best....

The reality is dad was always overboard with the listing of things!!!

When we were kids, if we became sick; he kept the <<Kid's Name Here>> Input/ Output log!!!

NO Seriously, there was an Input/Output log for each one of us kids at some point in our lives!! Liquid, solid, you name it, he jotted it down... everything! Unlike mom's lists; which were generally to do lists sorted by deadlines, dad's lists were thoughts, ideas, notes, to do's and work related items.  They always made sure to keep their lists in order of priority. 

I just chalked it up to "older person activities" and not something I really needed to put into practice.The simple concept of having the ability to move faster and keep track of more didn't even begin to cross my mind. It didn’t hit me until years later when I was married with a child and working full time. I had to find a way to keep track of things. I’m sure you’ve already guessed what happened next. Yes, much like my parents, I began creating lists! At one point I was using a brown leather binder; technology has changed this habit completely! I now utilize the native dictation, notepad, and reminders built into most My dad is the best Apple devices to list just about everything. I create lists daily, for everything & anything; from groceries to work to projects!

No worries,  I have never gone as far as the infamous Input/ Output logs.. :)

I am just hoping I am not now considered an "older person"...  for taking on this activity! I'm sure my daughter would beg to differ! Oh well.... I'm still going to celebrate my 29th birthday every year!

Ok, so back to the lists (or shall I say my older person activity)..... The lists allow me to seamlessly prioritize by having a visual of everything I need/ want to accomplish. I can quickly add to a list via dictation and sort with two or three taps on my screen. Technology has allowed me to find ways to accomplish more, with less effort or time invested. 

I invite you to join the conversation on the Technology = Equality Facebook Group. How are you using technology to help you stay organized? How has your dad influenced your career? Do you notice your parents shining through your actions? 

If you have only read the blog or listened to the audio blog, be sure to check out the Technology = Equality podcast available on iTunes & Stitcher Radio! The podcast was created to help you hear the journey of other entrepreneurs who were in your place at one point in time! Listen in as they share a story of their journey and tell you about the current pain in their industry to help spark your next great business idea!

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June 10, 2017

Outsourcing to grow your practice. 

All these years, I really have just laughed off most of what my big sister has told me. Mainly because anytime we are together we are busy just joking around. For those of you who know us, you understand why I was surprised. As I continued to grow my practice I had the following revelation;

MY SISTER WAS RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For those of you that do not, well.... I guess I'll have to write another post to accompany this one. (Too much to overload you brain with at this very moment)

Long story short, yes people, she was right! 

I know, I have been wrestling with this statement for some time now, in fact, it is almost gut wrenching to admit, but the time has come and I have to give her credit.

About ten years ago, as I began building my business, I was working with family members.  Helping to design product launches of personal business ideas and preaching about the power of social media marketing. One afternoon I had my sister and her son over to visit. Our kids enjoyed time with the newest video game as we caught up on recent events in life.

I was telling her about our mission for the business and the projects currently in play. The whole idea is to help everyone we know; leverage the power of the internet, define S.M.A.R.T. goals to create a personal path and grow the lifestyle we all deserve. We began discussing the idea of her owning her own business, defining goals and creating an outlined plan of steps to take to accomplish each. She began telling me all about a business idea she had been thinking of for years and how she just didn't think it was going to be possible. (A feeling we are all familiar with and have experienced at some point in life, no matter where we are today!)

The excitement in her eyes made this day an unforgettable one. This was a moment of recognition, a true wake up call. This was a look I had not seen on my sister's face for a long time and that is when I knew that what I was doing was right.

I had inspired someone and in turn, I had been inspired!

I told her to begin jotting down her ideas to start her first business plan. We agreed to touch base the following weekend and I was in shock! In under a week, my sister had compiled a wealth of information surrounding her idea, she even had a draft of her first business plan. She proudly handed over her folder packed with information and I began sifting through.

While taking in all that was presented, I stopped her and requested that we start with her business plan draft.

(Those of you who know us are probably just as anxious as I was to hear what was written!)

The plan began with a simple description of her idea and lead into a list of things to do. I was so proud to see the amount of effort she had put into preparing for our conversation! The first item on the to-do list was to name her new business. Ok, maybe not the ideal starting place, but she had a start and that is what matters.

The second action item on the list is what changed the conversation and looking back now, I was wrong and yes, she was right!

(A couple of you who do know us just fell out of your chairs, I know, take a minute, gather yourself. I'm serious, I know this may be hard to swallow but she knew the trick before I did!)

The second item on her to-do list.... "Find someone to do the work."

I had to stop her when I read it. It was perhaps the funniest thing I had seen written on paper in years, at least I thought so!

Really, find someone to do the work!

I have always been about doing the work, and in the beginning, as an Entrepreneur, you have to do the work to get started.

However, if you ever intend to be more and grow, you too must find someone to do the work! 

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June 3, 2017

How to streamline any process with the 4-D Strategy.

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Streamline your sales practice with the 4D Strategy.

I am not a shoe rack sales person.... but you might find the time to streamline processes and build your sales practice if you try one!

Often I am asked where I find the time to build this business. I try to explain, but audibly, it sounds like I just cram things into my day. The reality is, I just have more time in my day to accomplish the simple things because I ensure they can be accomplished quickly. Simple tasks can eat up time where you least expect it to.

Let's move on to the clear benefits of investing in a shoe rack.

Really the amount of time saved in the morning, not to mention the amount of time saved throughout the day can add up quickly!

Think about it. If you are like I once was, your shoes are everywhere! I mean everywhere.... bedroom floor, under the bed, in boxes, in the closet, in the living room, by the door, in the car, in the trunk.... yeah, everywhere!

Why is this important, well, often I wouldn't have a clue what shoes I did own and end up with double! Or better yet, finding something to wear and spending hours looking for the right pair

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We have all been there, admit it!

Ok, so if you have a large shoe rack, you can keep all shoes in a central location.

Obviously!

 

Ok, stay with me though... and let's rewind a bit to the theme I tend to always come back to;

Time is money! 

When your shoes are organized, it's easy to pick the right pair. This trickles into the outfit, the accessories, and things just tend to fall into place from there. You can quickly create your masterpiece outfit for any occasion without hesitation or a scavenger hunt! This, of course, turns into massive amounts of time saved!

So how do you decide where (if not on shoes) you can begin saving a little extra time in your day?

1. Start by taking note of each step of your day-to-day actions.

2. Give an estimate (mentally or on paper) of how long each action takes. This estimate can be anywhere from 30 seconds to, however, many hours you generally take for each of the actions noted above.

3. Choose the three actions which take the most time.

4. Ask yourself the following questions and label each of your actions with one of the four D's. This action can be deleted, delegated, delayed, dominated.

Deleted: Is this action necessary for me to have a fulfilled day? If the action is not a necessity. Cut it out!

Delegated: Can anyone else do it? If so, can you guess what you should do? Yes, get it off your plate as soon as possible! Find the person who is qualified to accomplish the task.

Delayed: Do you have to do this every day? If not, set a recurring schedule to perform the associated action.

Dominated: Is there any way to make this action smoother? Can you reduce the number of steps required to accomplish the task? Get creative and always remember to batch actions.

Take the new hours you now have; no longer looking for shoes, and get back to building your business!

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