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Tips to win back time in your business.

RACHAEL DOWNIE
Success Mentor, Author, & Speaker.

Introduction by Rachael Downie

Have you noticed how we introduce ourselves to one another these days.

“Hi Jane how are you?
I’m busy, how about you?”.

It has become a form of introduction and justification almost in competition as to how busy you are. This “busyness” has taken over life and you can get swept up and overwhelmed with all the things that you think that you need to get done. Your to do lists, emails, meetings, phone calls, deadlines, difficult conversations, and more. This can take you away from doing the things you love, procrastinating and spending time with family.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

You need to learn how to unplug from this and focus your energy and attention on the right things. Disciplining yourself to do this in your business and life will make things much easier but its not always an easy thing. You know that you need to switch off but you tell yourself “I’ll just finish this and then …… “

Are you able to give yourself space to just down tools and take some time out for you and fill your tank in whichever way fills you up? Today I suggest looking at your calendar and putting in some time this week for you to “rest and recharge.”

This “busyness” has taken over life and you can get swept up and overwhelmed with all the things that you think that you need to get done.

— Rachael Downie

Your mindset and time

with Rachael Downie, Success Mentor, Author, and Speaker.

None of us know how much time we have. There is nothing we can do about the time that is gone, and spending time focussing on what has happened in the past takes away the only thing we truly have – the here and now.

 

Spending your time thinking about the past will only create more of the same in your future. Is that what you want?

In fact, most people ask for what they want and then spend most of their mental energy focused on why it is not showing up!

Think about water from a trickle to a stream, river, and ocean. It does not waste any time with an obstacle. It quietly works its way around any interference or obstacle and hurries on. The little stream may wind its way round and round many crooks and turns, but every turn takes it nearer its goal.

 

If we go through life fighting, opposing, resisting, arguing, we are bound to meet with many obstacles and likely become so occupied fighting them that we lose sight of our real objective.

Worry, fear, doubt, complaining, arguments, angry thoughts all become boulders in your stream and lengthen the time it takes for your goal to be reached.

 

Another lesson from the stream is that when it is small and struggling it has the most difficult time. It grows stronger in force and volume and becomes a larger stream and then a river. Its path is more direct, and the obstacles become less and less.

 

How then can you make the shift and release resistance? By being non-resistant and in agreement with all that is showing up for you.

  • Identify your resistance: what are your resistant thoughts and habits?
  • What would be a different perspective that you could use that would have you focus on “Everything is always working out for me”
  • Expect that what you want is going to show up and act as if it has. As an example, if you order something online you expect it to come in the post. You do not come up with all the reasons that it is not going to turn up.

Micro-management and the business owner

with Rob Cameron and Mike Denehey, Business Coaching at Collins SBA

Do you remember why you started your business?

 

Maybe you had a vision for the meaningful impact or lifestyle you wanted to create?

 

We often find business owners working in a high-pressured job and stuck in the ‘day-to-day’. You find yourself doing everything when you should be leading everything. As your business experiences a growth curve, every area of your business will require more.

 

  • More marketing
  • More sales and customers
  • More product or service development and delivery
  • More operational requirements
  • More financial management
  • And more people 

 

Each function of your business will demand more time and energy, but that does not mean it should be your time and energy. A key mistake we see business owners make is this: 

 

  • I will do more
  • I will work harder
  • I will sleep less


The paradigm shift is to go from ‘technician’ or the person with their hands on the tools to ‘entrepreneur’ or the person leading your team towards the vision.

The goal is simple: How can you build a business that works without you or not so much of you?

 

However, without the right advice or coaching most business owners struggle to achieve this. Please consider the following key tools to help you design a business that will work without you or less of you:

  • Financial model: ensure you have a financial model that will support you as an ‘entrepreneur and leader’ and not just a technician.
  • Task and job design: ensure tasks and jobs are designed to be simplified
  • Organisational structure: design a structure that ensures the technician work is completed by team members and not only you
  • Systems and process design: build a clear process, delegation protocols and efficiency into everything you do
  • Leadership skills: get great at delegating key tasks, fostering a culture of proactivity and coaching others to succeed

Marriage tips from successful business owners.

with special guests Cathy Ling and Danni Quinn, Tasmanian Business Owners

Did you know 1 in 3 marriages in Australia end in divorce and according to the Australia Bureau of Statistics 1 in 3 small to medium businesses do not make it past 1 year of trading? We decided to ask the experts what their secrets are for staying and growing together in business and life. Think about the ‘marriages’ with your business partners, team members and even customers and clients!

 

The importance of values

Our values inform our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Our values help us grow and develop and provide a compass of how to do life and work. We asked business owners if they share the same business and personal values and does this translate to the running of their business and the importance of being the same or different:

 

Growing as an individual and utilising strengths in business partnerships

The Forbes Coaches Council says one of the most consistent pieces of advice that entrepreneurs and business owners get is to play to your strengths. A business owner playing to their advantage is a positive thing. We asked business owners how they utilise their individual strengths as business owners.

 

Goal Setting

 

Goals keep us accountable, help us track progress, provide us with direction, support motivation and even help us work out what we really want. What happens when you must set goals with your business partner and partner and how do you agree or disagree?

Decision Making

 

Have you ever considered going into business with a partner? We asked successful business owners to share tips for potential couples contemplating this as an option or for all marriages and partnerships in business:

 

  • Have common goals and know what they are
  • Respect each other for the individuals you are
  • Be prepared for hard work to achieve your goals
  • Never be afraid to try – if you fail – at least you gave things a go! Aim high!
  • Talk honestly about things with your partner
  • Have a goal and a dream. Remember little steps. Rome wasn’t built in a day!
  • Enjoy the business – if this changes – it is time to rethink things
  • Respect each partner as you would with others at work
  • Express yourself the same way you would with others at work.
  • When you are done for the day – it’s important you have dinner together and talk about your home life and not work.
  • Leave the home dynamic at home.
  • Start slowly, rarely have I heard of couples going from 0 to 40 hours a week together.

 

We asked all the participants in this survey. Would you do this business together again? Everyone answered, ‘Yes absolutely!”

Rachael Downie

Cathy Ling

Danni Quinn

Rachael helps people unlock the potential inside of themselves and those around them, be it with their business, their staff or their families.

 

Whether she is mentoring a CEO or a start-up, she identifies what you want, what is holding you back and then  works with you to create the mindset and habits to do this. If you want more time, more money in your business, overcoming fear, procrastination she can help you. You can’t outperform your existing habits, beliefs and behaviours. You will keep doing the same thing over and over and getting the same results. When you shift your thinking, you change your life. 

 

If you want to change your results this is where it all begins.

 

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Cathy and Bill are the co-owners of Access Plastics, a Tasmanian company. They offer personal service, custom fabrication, quality products and over 60 years of experience.

 

Check out their website for all of your Hard Plastics ( Acrylic ), Engineering Sheet Rod & Tube, Polythene, Horticultural Needs, Packaging Requirements, Manufacture, CNC Router, and Laser needs.

 

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Danni and Matt are the co-owners of the fudge a’fare, a multi-multi-multi awarding winning Tasmanian company. Danni has over 25 years experience as a Chef in Australia and Internationally.

 

Everything from the fudge a’fare is handmade using traditional and modern methods tempered with a whole lot of love. Their fudge is creamy, soft, smooth delicious and very addictive.

 

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