Episode 113: 3 Effective Ways to Use Technology to Improve Communication with Your Team and Boost Productivity - During my 17 years of being self-employed, I’ve had a fair amount of communication wins and mishaps. And in the last 6 years, my wonderful husband Brad, has been working beside me at home, so we’ve learned even more about communication during this time. Would you consider a few questions that have helped us in […]
Let Heart Sing [Monday Motivation] Let Your Heart Sing - Happy Monday beautiful! How are you today? Do you feel like Maria in the Sound of Music singing “The Hills are Alive…” Or more like the girls in Annie singing “It’s a Hardknock Life”? The choice is yours. Yes, we can get knocked down, overwhelmed, and frustrated by the process of growing a business. Yes, […]
Episode 112: 3 Reasons to Use Timelines to Improve Productivity - We’re excited to be really geeking out today… getting a little focused on one particular tactic that we use in our business on a regular basis to keep us organized and productive. Timelines. What are they and how do they improve productivity? To me, timelines give you a visual representation of the journey to get […]
[Monday Motivation] Show Your Work - I have a question for you: are you showing your work? I had this aha moment earlier this summer when I was looking at my numbers and realizing I wasn’t making as much income as I had planned on because I wasn’t actually offering anything for sale. I wasn’t making it easy for people to […]
Magnificence [Monday Motivation] I see your magnificence, do you? - One of my very first mentors was brilliant at seeing the magnificence and potential in her clients. She used to say, “I will hold you as powerful, no matter what, even when you can’t.” And she did. We all felt this from her and her team. Talk about lifting us up! Who do you have […]
Episode 111: Does Your Vision Statement Suck? - The other day I cracked open a marketing newsletter email and they referenced a recent TEDx talk given by Cameron Herold entitled “Your Vision Statement Sucks“. I watched it and was hooked. It was transformative. I bought the book (see the link below to ‘Vivid Vision’), read it in a couple of hours, and proceeded […]
productivity tip for creative business owners Productivity Tip: How to Bring More Fun and Play into Your Creative Business - As a Creative Business Owner, how could you bring more play and fun into your business?   This may sound like a trick question but it’s not. Asking yourself this type of question brings a fresh perspective to how you are managing your time on a day to day basis. Today’s productivity tip is to […]
[Monday Motivation] I’m so nervous, I couldn’t sleep - Months of hard work, tears, and sweat. Weeks of anticipation, connection, and service. Today is the day we officially re-open the doors of our Creative Business Accelerator after months of revamping the content and building our community. Maybe you saw our new video series “The Productive Creative” that invites people to the program. Maybe not. […]
improve focus Episode 110: 7 Ways to Improve Focus at Work - Woo hoo! This is part nine of our Nine Pillars of Productivity series, which is our longest series ever in the history of Structure & Flow. Doing happy chair dances… 😊 Today we’ll be sharing 7 Ways to Improve Focus at Work, especially when you work from home. If you’d like to review the previous […]
[Monday Motivation] Are you an overthinker? - This may be the one thing that is stopping you from finally reaching that sweet spot in your business. You know the spot I mean. The place where clients are flowing in and you are connected to a tribe of raving, enthusiastic fans. That sweet spot where you have all the time you want to […]
Episode 109: To-Do Lists, Productivity Apps and Getting Things Done, Oh My! - What’s the difference between your to-do list and your task list? Are you tracking your tasks as well as your time? Today in pillar eight of our Nine Pillars of Productivity series, we’re talking about the business tools that we use to keep us on task and on track. Last episode, we showed you how […]
[Monday Motivation] I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy… - You chose this crazy life of entrepreneurship. So did I, seventeen years ago. At the time Conner was 3 and Maggie was 1. I couldn’t imagine going back to work full time and I was bored out of my mind staying home full time. I was out for my walk one morning and saw a […]
Episode 108: Using Systems to Support Productivity - One of my first mentors and coaches used to tell me that systems will liberate me. I so used to resist her until the day I realized that she was right! The more systems we have in place, the fewer decisions we have to make, and the easier it is to grow and scale your […]
Brilliance [Monday Motivation] Stop worrying about your “brand”… - And start sharing your Unique Brilliance with the world. The world needs what you have to offer. Easier said than done, isn’t it, to share your unique brilliance with the world? Sharing your unique brilliance with the world is essential to your business success. In classic marketing terminology, experts talk about branding and identifying your […]
Episode 107: The Power of Planning: 7 Types of Planning that Will Increase Productivity & Profits - We hope that you are enjoying the 9 Pillars of Productivity series as much as we are! As I think we’ve shared in the last podcast, Episode 106: 5 Reasons Why Goal Setting Will Improve Your Focus and Productivity, we’ve been on our own personal journey lately to improve productivity without sacrificing lifestyle. Isn’t that […]
Episode 106: 5 Reasons Why Goal Setting Will Improve Your Focus and Productivity - We’re back from Brad’s third time finishing an Ironman race and our mini vacation. Check out his yellow finisher t-shirt in celebration of success… So appropriate given that we’re talking about goal setting today, which is pillar five in our nine pillars of productivity series. We’re going to share with you five ways that goal […]
[Monday Motivation] If not now, when? - Some Mondays seem difficult to get started, don’t they? Last week I talked about overwhelm and how clarity is essential to eliminating overwhelm. But sometimes, even clarity isn’t enough. Or positive thinking. Or mantras. What do you do then? You have two choices: Go back to bed and get more sleep. Really! You are a […]
Episode 105: Alan Brown’s Creative Strategy for Organizing Your Work Week - Our podcast guest, Alan Brown, is the Founder of Crusher TV and grew up undiagnosed with ADHD. Without solid study habits, he ended up engaging in high-risk behaviors such as dealing drugs to pay for college education and becoming a drug addict. Alan finally graduated with a B.S. in Economics after 10 years and cleaned up […]
[Monday Motivation] Eliminate Overwhelm with This One Practice - How are you feeling on this bright Monday? Full of possibility and anticipation for the fun week ahead? Or overwhelmed, bogged down and buried under unfinished projects? Overwhelm is the number 1 complaint we hear from our community and our clients, over and over again. What’s the antidote to overwhelm? CLARITY! Today’s mantra is: When […]
Support Episode 104: Want to Increase Productivity Fast? Do This 1 Thing! - Eek, oftentimes it can feel challenging to ask for support! Why is that? We all know the sense of relief that occurs when others are glad to support our requests. This is the 4th pillar in our 9 Pillars of Productivity series. Sometimes it feels like asking for help makes us appear weak or stupid, […]
Positive [Monday Motivation] Think Positive! - Are you looking forward to the week ahead and what’s possible for your creative business? This week’s Monday Motivation Mantra is Think Positive. Studies have shown that thinking positive can have tremendous healthy benefits like: Lower rates of depression Lower levels of distress Better psychological and physical well-being Better coping skills during hardships and times […]
Episode 103: Setting Clear Boundaries Can Boost Your Productivity - Are you managing your tasks? Is your to-do list too long? Are your expectations of yourself too high? Are you putting boundaries on the amount of work that you’re physically, mentally, and emotionally capable of doing, in a period of time? I hear over and over from our clients that they’re underestimating how much time […]
[New Series] Monday Motivation for Creative Business Owners - Woo hoo, it’s Monday! Are you celebrating that it’s Monday? Excited to get to your work space today? Do you know exactly what you need to do this week to grow your creative business? I love Mondays! They always feel like an adventure; the chance for a fresh start. I know not everyone feels that […]
Episode 102: Your Most Valuable Resource for Improving Productivity - What high-performing athletes can teach us about our most valuable resource for improving productivity. We’re excited to share about pillar number two of the nine pillars of productivity today. If you missed pillar number one: environment, then go back and watch it AFTER today’s episode. How often do we focus on refining time management skills […]
unfinished projects Feeling Buried Under Your Unfinished Projects? 3 Solutions for Getting Things Done - If you are a creative business owner and chaser of bright, shiny ideas like I am, you probably have lots of unfinished projects around your home and in your business. You probably have stacks of books you say you are going to read and boxes of art supplies, craft kits and folders full of DIY […]