12 Days of Visual Business Planning for Creative Entrepreneurs – Day 1 - After 10 years of publishing a monthly magazine, I learned that planning was the key to never missing a deadline and to making consistent money. Sadly, it took me a year or two to realize that those same planning skills would translate nicely to my coaching business. Doh! I knew that the process had to […]
Episode 128: Organizing Your Photos - Why is it so important for us to pay attention to how we preserve printed and digital photo content? What are some good first steps towards curating a printed or digital photo collection? How can we make the task of organizing less overwhelming? These are just some of the questions we answer in this episode […]
Episode 127: The Connection Between Gratitude and Productivity - In this episode, Minette and Brad dive into how important giving thanks is to our productivity. Gratitude can help you stay present in the moment, enjoy what’s happening now, and be less focused on worry over outcomes Gratitude can create a powerful ripple effect in the workplace (or at home – between the two of […]
Episode 126: Productivity Hacks from a Busy Mompreneur - In this week’s episode we talk with Lisa Pezik (another Canadian!) about how to get more productive and get more done without it really taking over your life. We go deep into how our different roles as a entrepreneurs affect our productivity. It’s all about blocking time and singular focus! Lisa shares her best productivity […]
Episode 125: Are You Speaking Your Customer’s Language? - We all see the world through our own eyes and the filters of our own experiences and environment … that’s natural But that’s not what our customers are seeing. Our customers are on their own journeys and they have their own reasons for behaving the way they do. If we are unable to understand, deeply, […]
generosity Episode 124: Generosity with Ellen Rogin - Do you ever find yourself saying… “Oh, I just don’t have a head for money,” or, “I’m really not good at this [money]?” Actually, our special guest, Ellen Rogin, has found that creatives (and yes, that means you) can be pretty darn awesome at it. Oftentimes, we’ve simply grown up learning that creative skills aren’t […]
[Monday Motivation] Can I Make Money Doing That? - If you’re like most creatives, your head may be bursting with brilliant monetization and business ideas. You write some of them down; some you miss writing down and they disappear into oblivion; and some you make a start on, but never get around to completing. And some, you really want to develop and invest time […]
Episode 123: Gamification and Productivity: What Games Can Teach us about Motivation - Think about the rush you receive on Facebook when receiving tons of smiley faces, hearts, and comments on a brilliant post that you created… Or when you used to receive gold stars or cash as rewards when you were in school. We, creators, are biologically wired to receive a dopamine hit and feel rewarded around […]
Episode 122: Managing Your Bright Shiny Ideas - We’re Creatives. You, Minette, Brad … we just are. And with that comes what we like to term “Bright Shiny Idea Syndrome”. It’s both a blessing and a curse of creatives to have a wealth of great ideas. We have them because we see things differently. On the Blessings side of the equation, you’re never […]
Episode 121: Exercise and Productivity - Hey you … yeah you! With this episode we’re lighting a little tiny fire under you to spend an extra 10 minutes doing something active. Obviously that has health benefits, but it also improves your productivity How does exercise improve your productivity? Regular exercise changes the brain to improve memory, thinking skills – it actually […]
[Monday Motivation] Zeroing In: How to Get Focused on What Matters Most to You - Happy productive Monday, Last week I invited you to make a list of what is creating chaos in your life. And to take one small action. Just taking one small step helps us move from chaos to calm. We can find our motivation and inspiration in this sense of calm. Today I want to zero […]
Episode 120: The Impact of Diet on Productivity - Dear Podcaster, we are not gonna tell you what to eat. It says right here in our notes. We are not nutritionists or dieticians, but we are going to share with you what’s working for us. Today’s podcast is all about four surprising ways your diet impacts your productivity. Last week we shared how to […]
[Monday Motivation] What’s Really Holding You Back from Happiness? - You became a creative business owner to create more freedom. You envisioned freeing up more time, making more money and living your dream lifestyle. But what happens, more often than not, is that you find yourself stuck, a year or four after you open for business. You haven’t achieved the “big time”; your computer is […]
[Monday Motivation] Who do you have to become? - It’s Monday again. I have found myself focusing on mindset in September’s Monday motivation emails. Perhaps because I am so often working on improving my own mindset and looking at where I am or am not taking action in my life and business. As I look ahead to the final quarter of the year, I […]
Mindfulness Episode 119: How Mindfulness Helps Productivity - How do we bring more mindfulness, purpose, and ultimately more productivity into our creative businesses? That is the question Brad and I are exploring today. If you’re just now tuning in, we’re in the midst of exploring aspects of our life that can influence and improve productivity in ways you may not immediately think about… […]
Workflow Episode 118: How You Can Manage Your Workflow to Improve Productivity - We’re always playing with that tension between structure and flow, so that we can bring the best of our findings to you – our beloved, creative community. Today we’re sharing how you can manage your workflow to improve creative productivity. How do we allow for more creative breakthroughs to emerge? Think of it literally as […]
[Monday Motivation] Are you afraid to fail? - Are you afraid to fail? I love this quote graphic that says “Don’t Fear Failure, Fear Inaction.” I’ve been seeing a lot of chatter recently in blog posts and articles about “Fail Fast” and “Fail Forward.” When uber successful business leaders are interviewed they often point out their willingness to fail and fail fast as […]
Episode 117: The Confident Productive Expert with M. Shannon Hernandez - Our confident productive special guest today really kind of rocked my world the last couple of months … Don’t you love it when you those chance encounters occur, typically when you’re least expecting it? So much fun since we met in Denver, this brilliant content marketing strategist and expert, Shannon Hernandez, is joining us for […]
[Monday Motivation] Do you remember this song by Patty Smyth? - Do you remember the song “I am a warrior” by Patty Smyth? She was a popular punk rock and New Wave artist in the 70’s and 80’s. Here is a YouTube video of the song and the lyrics if you are curious, pretty hilarious now but she was quite popular when I was in high […]
Episode 116: Is Your Morning Routine Setting You Up for Success? - You know how it goes … you wake up and reach for your phone … you wander around the house drinking coffee while you surf Facebook becoming increasingly agitated. You check your email and it’s a disaster … unfinished business from yesterday, more went wrong overnight. You vaguely remember eating some cereal. Now it’s time […]
Stronger Than Yesterday [Monday Motivation] Are you stronger than yesterday? - It’s the first Monday of September, only 4 months to go in 2018 and yet it feels like there is so much to do; so much I want to accomplish. How about you? Looking forward can you see what’s possible? Today is the day of the year where we are supposed to rest. It’s Labor […]
Episode 115: 5 Reasons Why Creative Entrepreneurs Procrastinate - If you are anything like us you have daily struggles with procrastination. We see it every day in our own work as creative business owners and it’s one of the top problems our clients share with us. There are always opportunities to procrastinate: maybe it’s that great idea you keep putting off, maybe it’s just […]
yes you can [Monday Motivation] Yes You Can - I have a challenge for you today. No matter what stage of building your business you are in, it’s easy to get stuck, to feel overwhelmed and stressed by all the ways you are being stretched. I talked about belief in last week’s article and how important it is. I know it’s easier said than […]
Just start [Monday Motivation] Just Start Already! - How creative are you feeling today? It’s a Monday. Are you facing the week with enthusiasm and fierce commitment to your goals and vision? Or are you dragging your feet into the day, longing for another latte? The first step is always a doozy isn’t it? I love this scene from Indiana Jones and the […]
Well-Structured Life Episode 114: 3 Benefits of Living a Well-Structured Life - As a creative business owner, a well-structured life for me is one that’s full of meaning and purpose – not just consistency, deadlines, and goals. All are useful and valuable, but only within the context of doing work that you love and that’s on purpose for you. If some of these foundational structures aren’t in […]