Podcast 015: Fabulous Friday: Theming your Days – Email Resend, Mastermind Group, Time on the Floor

Block Scheduling – Theme your Days
Fabulous Friday: Prepare Email Resend, Mastermind Meeting,Time on the Floor

This episode was originally recorded as a LIVE Periscope Episode, #122

We’ve been talking a lot about Theming Your Days here at Remarkable Retailer!
If you’re new to the Remarkable Retailer, today’s episode is the sixth part of a series on Theming Your Work Week and in case you missed either the introduction, or the first 5 episodes, you can easily get caught up by going back through the podcast episodes posted here on Remaarkable Retailer.

Several months ago I implemented a simple technique that has helped me become more efficient, get more done and makes my life a little less hectic. After a conversation with a member of my Mastermind Group, Carol Keplinger, from Timeless Traditions last week, I recorded Episode 117 as an overview of how to block schedule your work, and have decided to focus on this subject on our scopes each day this week.

It’s called theming your days.

Whether you love planning and execution or hate it, theming your days can help you do both without having to hold actual planning sessions and meetings with yourself every day. There’s nothing complicated about it…in fact, this has become a habit in my life that has almost become second nature. Although never perfect, it is a way that even when you are super busy and can be pulled into a million directions, it brings you back into focus, at least once per day.

Today we’re going to focus on Friday’s theme: Prepare Email Resend, EntreLeadership Class & Time on the Floor

In our business, our Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are slower, and business picks up Thursday, Friday & Saturday. This is why in the “Theming Your Days” plan that I use, the first part of the week is used for concentrated, detail work. Financials on Monday, Email & Social Media Marketing on Tuesday & Connection – Building professional relationships & education on Wednesday. Things change later in the week! The last half of the week we are busier with customers in the store, getting ready for weekend events, sometimes we have an outside retail show on the weekend, etc.

So here’s what our Fabulous Friday looks like: What is going on for the weekend (we call the weekend Thursday, Friday & Saturday) in our shop. Many times we have an event going on and that really determines what our day looks like. If possible, I like to be on the floor as much as I can be on Friday’s, but here is what goes on behind the scenes in the office…

Email: 2nd Chance at Success
I love to give our weekly email (created this last Tuesday) a second chance at success! We re-send this email to only the people that DID NOT OPEN it earlier in the week, and we usually get an additional 600 – 900 opens on that email. It takes 5-10 minutes to do this and is well worth it! I have a little step-by-step tutorial on exactly how to do this that I will be happy to email out to you. Just email Vicki@RemarkableRetailer.com with 2nd Chance in the subject line and I will get it right out for you.

Maybe your earlier email just didn’t hit them at the right time of the week…by sending out to only those that didn’t open earlier, you’re not “over-emailing” to the clients that do open your weekly emails! This has been a great method for us and we have consistently done this for over a year now.

There is also catching up that will need to be done in the office, a couple of quick Facebook posts to keep it “real” (remember that most of our Facebook posts were done back on Tuesday for the week), and just making sure that any essential emails are answered, schedules are done, etc.

Today’s ACTION Plan:

Like I’ve pointed out in previous episodes, I want to be in full disclosure here…just in case you think that my week runs in perfectly with the themes I have on each day, it just doesn’t work out like that! My life has it’s fair share of craziness just like yours does. We’re all about keeping it REAL here on Remarkable Retailer!

However, by theming your days, you know right where to get back on to get your most important work done! Another thing to keep in mind is that if you get “off schedule” you just start back with today’s theme! Make up only those tasks that are essential to running your business and move along…you will catch up next week.

Also, I don’t spend all day working only on the “theme” for that day. The change I have made though, is that I am not jumping around from theme to theme as I know that if it is marketing work, it will be done on Tuesday. If it is financial, I will take care of it on Monday, etc. Of course, there are always going to be exceptions and you must personalize this to your business!

Whatever business you are in, I would encourage you to give “Theming” a try! Our goal is to encourage retailers and entrepreneurs to have a successful business and a somewhat
well balanced life.

Also, if you’re interested in the Step by Step Tutorial on giving your weekly emails a second chance at success, just email Vicki@RemarkableRetailer.com with “2nd Chance” in the subject line, and I will get it right out for you! 

I know TIME is your MOST VALUABLE ASSET, and I never want to waste a single minute… THANK YOU so much for joining me today! I love being a part of this group of Remarkable Retailers!

My goal is to bring daily energy, experience and insight along with tips and tactics to help you grow your business!

If you’ve just discovered us here at Remarkable Retailer, let me introduce myself: my name is Vicki Adrian…I have been a small business owner of Adrian’s Boutique in the community of Buhler, Kansas for over 33 years. I love to brainstorm and bring experience and insight to help small business owners thrive in today’s economy. I believe that the BEST way to build a successful business is to create a Rock Solid Client List and then to take care of those customers for life!  

If you would like to work with me to Build Daily Habits and grow your business, You can get in touch with me at Vicki@RemarkableRetailer.com. I would love to set up a time for an appointment to “Talk Shop” with you!

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Podcast 014: Theme Your Work Days – Thursday – Weekend Prep, Marketing

This Podcast was recorded from a LIVE Periscope. Episode 121

Theme Your Work Days
If you’re new to the Remarkable Retailer, today’s episode is the fifth part of a series on Theming Your Work Week and in case you missed either the introduction, or the first 4 episodes, you can easily get caught up by listening going back to Podcast Episodes 010 – 013 right here on the Remarkable Retail Blog.

Several months ago I implemented a simple technique that has helped me become more efficient, get more done and makes my life a little less hectic. After a conversation with my friend & colleague, Carol Keplinger, owner of  Timeless Traditions in Overland Park, Kansas last week, I recorded Episode 117 as an overview of how to block schedule your work, and have decided to focus on this subject on our scopes each day this week.

It’s called theming your days.

Whether you love planning and execution or hate it, theming your days can help you do both without having to hold actual planning sessions and meetings with yourself every day. There’s nothing complicated about it…in fact, this has become a habit in my life that has almost become second nature. Although never perfect, it is a way that even when you are super busy and can be pulled into a million directions, it brings you back into focus, at least once per day.

Screenshot 2016-05-15 16.57.09Action Takers
I love that our listeners are taking ACTION by theming their days…Yesterday Carol sent a screenshot of her computer with one Sticky Note on her Dashboard for each day of the week, along with the THEME for each day.

Here’s what Carol said, “I thought the sticky notes would help me stay focused. If I am working on financial projects on Monday but remember an idea for an email, I can just hit the “hot corner” on my laptop which takes me to my “sticky notes” and add it to my Creative Tuesday note. Then, I can get straight back to work and not have to worry about forgetting something important. This won’t take place of my calendar but it will hopefully take place of all the pieces of paper on my desk! Have listened to your “Theming Your Work Days” Periscope series several times and keep getting good ideas. Keep up the GREAT WORK!”

Of course, I copied her right away and posted a photo of my dashboard on the Remarkable Retailer Facebook page yesterday so you could see it…a picture’s worth a thousand words right???

Another simple tool that goes along with the Theming your Days concept is file folders. Yes, plain old file folders, or if you’re like my friend, Carol, super fancy, awesome file folders! I keep a file folder with a label for each day of the week, Monday – Saturday in my desk drawer and drop in pieces of paper or information that I would use on those particular themed days. It gives you a place to corral all of those lose papers (although you wouldn’t know it to look at my desk today!). That idea is from David Allen’s book “Getting Things Done” that I read a couple of years ago.

Today we’re going to focus on Thursday’s theme: Weekend Prep & Marketing

In our business, our Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are slower, and business picks up Thursday, Friday & Saturday. This is why in the “Theming Your Days” plan that I use, the first part of the week is used for concentrated, detail work. Financials on Monday, Email & Social Media Marketing on Tuesday & Connection – Building professional relationships & education on Wednesday. Things change later in the week! The last half of the week we are busier with customers in the store, getting ready for weekend events, sometimes we have an outside retail show on the weekend, etc.

Screenshot 2016-05-15 17.07.35So here’s what our Themed Thursday looks like: Take a look at what will be going on for the weekend (we call the weekend Thursday, Friday & Saturday) in our shop. Do I have signage made for special offers? Do we have an event going on that requires extra food or drinks to be prepared? Is the store looking clean and organized for the weekend? Our teammate that does most of the decorating works Monday through Wednesday, and products keep rolling in the back door, so we may work on displays, getting merchandise to the warehouse, etc.

Thursday is also the day that I am double-checking our social media presence for the weekend. I try to have my iPhone handy and take photos of groups that are coming to shop together…I email the guest a copy of the photo, then post it to our store’s Facebook page as well. Our customers love to see real people out having fun!

Screenshot 2016-05-11 16.19.10We pre-populate our Facebook page with 2-3 posts per day on Tuesday, then pop in more “LIVE” type of posts as the week rolls along, and Thursday is a great day to focus on gathering photos of customers, new arrivals and materials to get that done.

Sandy, our gourmet guru will also take a look at our gourmet inventories and choose a dessert or soup or other item to sample over the weekend. So the good news is, Thursday’s Theme is a little “looser” than the first days of the week, but it is important to stay focused on what moves your business forward…and that is TAKING CARE of your CUSTOMERS! J

Today’s ACTION Plan:

Like I’ve pointed out in previous episodes, I want to be in full disclosure here…just in case you think that my week runs in perfect harmony with the themes I have on each day, it just doesn’t work out like that! My life has it’s fair share of craziness just like yours does. Things go wrong. Ice Storms Hit. A staff member gets sick. You have a week of market and get off schedule…that’s real life.

Screenshot 2016-03-06 17.10.53However, by theming your days, you know right where to get back on to get your most important work done! Another thing to keep in mind is that if you get “off schedule” you just start back with today’s theme! Make up only those tasks that are essential to running your business and move along…you will catch up next week.

Also, I don’t spend all day working only on the “theme” for that day. The change I have made though, is that I am not jumping around from theme to theme as I know that if it is marketing work, it will be done on Tuesday. If it is financial, I will take care of it on Monday, etc. Of course, there are always going to be exceptions and you must personalize this to your business!

Yesterday I had a sales rep in who was trying to catch up her crazy life after being at Market for several days. She was dealing with email overload, orders, sales calls, being back on the road, etc. We talked for a little bit about Theming for her business, and I think it really made sense to her, even on the rep side of our business. She travels 3-4 days a week, every week, and I think theming would be so helpful to her!

Whatever business you are in, I would encourage you to give “Theming” a try! Our goal is to encourage retailers and entrepreneurs to have a successful business and a somewhat well balanced life.

Screenshot 2016-05-05 08.58.49I know TIME is your MOST VALUABLE ASSET, and I never want to waste a single minute… THANK YOU so much for joining me today! I love being a part of this group of Remarkable Retailers!

My goal is to bring daily energy, experience and insight along with tips and tactics to help you grow your business!

If you’ve just discovered these Podcasts, or our Remarkable Retailer Scopes, let me introduce myself: my name is Vicki Adrian…I have been the small business owner of Adrian’s Boutique in the community of Buhler, Kansas for over 33 years. I love to brainstorm and bring experience and insight to help small business owners work through challenges and thrive in today’s economy. I believe that the BEST way to build a successful business is to create a Rock Solid Client List and then to take care of those customers for life!  

If you would like to work with me to Build Daily Habits and grow your business, just click the tab above that says “Work with Vicki”  where you can set up an appointment to “Talk Shop” anytime!

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Podcast 013: Theme Your Work Days – Wednesday – Connect! Educate! Read!

Block Scheduling – Theme your Days – Wednesday – Connect! Educate! Read!

This episode was taken from a LIVE Periscope Training: Episode 120

If you’re just joining us, today’s Scope is the fourth part of a series on Theming Your Work Week and in case you missed either the introduction, or the first 3 episodes, let me give you a very quick synopsis… 

Several months ago I implemented a simple technique that has helped me become more efficient, get more done and makes my life a little less hectic. After a conversation with my friend & colleague, Carol Keplinger from Timeless Traditions last week, I recorded Episode 117 as an overview of how to block schedule your work, and have decided to focus on this subject on our scopes this week.

Screenshot 2016-05-11 13.41.59It’s called theming your days.

Whether you love planning and execution or hate it, theming your days can help you do both without having to hold actual planning sessions and meetings with yourself every day. There’s nothing complicated about it…in fact, this has become a habit in my life that has almost become second nature. Although never perfect, it is a way that even when you are super busy and can be pulled into a million directions, it brings you back into focus, at least once per day.

I do want to insert right hear a big shout out to my rock star friend and fellow retailer, Carol Keplinger, owner of Timeless Traditions in Overland Park, Kansas. She sent me a screenshot of the dashboard on her new MacBook Pro last night with perfect little sticky notes that she Themed her days on… I love it and of course, had to copy it right away! I’ll post a photo over on the Remarkable Retailer Facebook page so you can see how she did it. LOVE that our RR community is not only listening, but TAKING ACTION! Great job miss Carol!

OK, Back to today’s episode!

Today we’re going to focus on Wednesday’s theme: Connect! Educate! Read!

I have been a retailer for 33 years, in a very small town in central Kansas… Just for a little background, I actually grew up in southern California, in the LA area, and married a Buhler, Kansas boy…then found myself in the middle of nowhere for the past 33 years! Many of those first years, I felt very isolated, didn’t know very many other retailers, and built this business on a lot of trial and error, with many mistakes made along the way.

I give you this background to help you understand how much I value connection with other small business owners and retailers. Several years ago, I began to intentionally connect with other retailers. This takes effort and sometimes it can feel like trying to make a new friend in Junior High…but I want to encourage you to hang in there and reach out to others in your profession!

One of my first retail connections was over the phone lines through a mini-mastermind group that Bob Negan of Whiz Bang Training had done. I think there were 4 retailers plus Bob as our facilitator who met once a week on a group phone call. There was another attendee, a lady named Terri King, that I really resonated with… after the program ended we stayed in touch and bounced ideas back and forth, and after months of “phone-dating” planned to meet at the next market that we were both attending.

We have been uber-connected and supported each other in many ways since then. I have gotten to know Terri’s husband, ooh and ahh over her darling little grandson, met several of her staff members, and have learned so much from this lady! Through the years, Terri has introduced me to several of her retail friends, who have become my friends as well…I in turn, have introduced Terri to some rock-star retailers that I had connected with… Terri was one of the first members of our MasterMind Group, and I am so grateful for her!

These relationships don’t just happen. You must be intentional about reaching out and connecting with others. I would go for months at times and realize that I hadn’t really talked to anyone from the group of professionals I had met. There were times that I felt really alone, frustrated and burnt out while trying to do retail alone. Let’s face it, unless they are involved in the business, our family and circle of friends just do not talk in our retail language. They don’t care what your IAT is, how your last coupon or catalog performed, or what exciting new products you have ordered.

I decided to make it a part of my LIFE to reach out and connect with another retailer at least once per week, and in order to make that a HABIT, set Wednesday morning drive time (my drive time is only 8 minutes, by the way) to call another retailer. Usually these phone calls went out to someone east of Kansas because of the time difference, but over the last couple of years, I also call someone west of here in the afternoon.

I cannot even describe how valuable this has been to our business! First of all, those retailers you call are usually feeling just as lonely as you did and they love to hear from you. If you’re thinking, “I don’t even know anyone to call…how did she meet these people?” I exchange business cards with people I meet at market, or vendors, or sales reps. Many times I will make a little note on the card so I can remember what they looked like. Other times, I ask to take a photo with them, so I can remember. If you don’t know anyone, you can always give me a call…I love to talk retail!

OK, back to Wednesday and theming your week. So, although at this point, there’s really never a day that I’m not talking or texting with another retailer, I still set aside time on Wednesday to be INTENTIONAL about it. Last week I had a great conversation with Tami Anderson, owner of Tapestry Boutique in Winnemucca, Nevada. Yesterday, I reached out to Kristen Holbrook from the Mole Hole in Michigan…I had never met her, but follow her store through emails and social media. She does a great job!

The other part that makes Wednesday so valuable is that this is also the day that I try to watch tutorials, videos, take an online class, read blog posts, etc. I have always been a firm believer in educating yourself, and could make an entire year’s worth of Periscopes on that subject because the world is changing so rapidly, you must take time out of your week to FOCUS on EDUCATION!

Today’s ACTION Plan:

I want to be in full disclosure here…just in case you think that my week runs in perfect accord with what themes I have on each day, it just doesn’t work out like that! My life has it’s fair share of craziness just like yours does. Things go wrong. Ice Storms Hit. A staff member gets sick. You have a week of market and get off schedule…that’s real life.

However, by theming your days, you know right where to get back on to get your most important work done! Also, I don’t spend all day working only on the “theme” for that day. The change I have made though, is that I am not jumping around from theme to theme as I know that if it is marketing work, it will be done on Tuesday. If it is financial, I will take care of it on Monday, etc. Of course, there are always exceptions!

 

Do the work! Get out a calendar and pencil in some major themes of work that you must get done on a weekly basis. Most everything you do will fall under 5 or 6 “umbrella themes.”

To quickly recap…Wednesday’s theme is Connect! Educate! Read!
(Leaders are Readers!)

Get specific! Instead of me just saying “On Wednesday I’m going to call someone”, I might say “On Wednesday I’m going to call Genia Vineyard & Connie Gauntt. I will also watch Michael Hyatt’s latest video, and will read 3 chapters in my current book, The Power of Habit.” This way I can check it off of my list and know I am accomplishing my goals.

Also, keep a folder on your computer or in a file with the names and contact information of other business owners that you meet, and make a note of when you talked to them last. Don’t put this off! Start to connect with someone in your profession TODAY! I cannot even stress enough how important this is to the long term success of your business.

If you would like to work with me to Build Daily Habits and grow your business, just go to the Remarkable Retailer Website and click on the “Work With Vicki” tab at the top. I would love to set up an appointment to “Talk Shop” with you!

My goal is to bring daily energy, experience and insight along with tips and tactics to help you grow your business!

If you’ve just discovered Remarkable Retailer, let me introduce myself: my name is Vicki Adrian…I have been a small business owner of Adrian’s Boutique in the community of Buhler, Kansas for over 33 years. I love to brainstorm and bring experience and insight to help small business owners thrive in today’s economy. I believe that the BEST way to build a successful business is to create a Rock Solid Client List and then to take care of those customers for life!

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Podcast 012: Theme your Work Days – Tuesday – Marketing & Social Media Focus

This episode was originally recorded during a LIVE Periscope. Episode #119

Block Scheduling – Theme your Days – Tuesday – Marketing & Social Media

If you’re just joining us, today’s Scope is the third part of a series on Theming Your Work Week and in case you missed either the introduction, or part two, I have provided a very quick synopsis at the bottom of this post.

Today we’re going to focus on Tuesday’s Theme: Marketing & Social Media.

Tuesday is probably my favorite day of the week, because I naturally love marketing and am fueled up by the creativity that this day allows.

Here is where I like to start on Tuesdays…
Write, produce and schedule our stores weekly email newsletter. This takes at least an hour, as our store’s emails are very informative, full of things that I know my customers like, such as how to videos, delicious recipes, features on new products that are coming out, sharing of what we found at market, highlights from a recent event in the store, or promotion of one that is soon to happen, etc.

Keep it interesting!
I will put 10-15 links throughout the newsletter and use lots of photos. I want our emails to be opened…so I treat it as if I am writing to just one customer (our avatar, who I named Connie years ago.) I try to include things that I know “Connie” would like. The purpose of our weekly email is to invest in relationships with our clients. We reward them for opening the emails through coupons, gift certificates and “email only” offers. This is the bread and butter of marketing for our business.

The promotions in our store run from Wednesday through the following Monday or Tuesday, so my weekly email goes out either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. There are a few exceptions to this schedule because of events we are holding, but this is our schedule for most of the year.

I know for many of you, you don’t run promotions for a full week, but because of where we are located (out in the boondocks) most of our customers have to drive 15-60 miles to come to see us! I want to be sure that we are serving them by making it convenient for them to plan a time to come to the store. Of course, you will need to adjust this to meet the needs of your clientele.

Start with Email:
The reason that I start with our weekly email newsletter, is that it gives me great content to re-purpose into social media posts. I can link several recipes into Facebook and Pinterest that will run over the next week. I can also schedule out links to our how-to videos onto Facebook.

My goal is to pre-populate our Facebook schedule with at least 2-3 posts ahead of time (done on Tuesday for the next week) and still be able to pop in “LIVE” posts of photos of customers, new arrivals, local happenings, etc.

Tuesday is also the day that I look ahead to plan other marketing. We also do traditional forms of advertising such as television, radio, newspaper, catalogs, postcards, brochures, etc. so Tuesday is the day that I devote to creating our ads, meeting deadlines, setting our marketing schedule, etc. This way, my mind stays on the same path, and I am better at coordinating our advertising efforts across all of these mediums.

Today’s ACTION Plan:

I want to be in full disclosure here…just in case you think that my week runs in perfect accord with what themes I have on each day, it just doesn’t work out like that! My life has it’s fair share of craziness just like yours does. Things go wrong. Ice Storms Hit. A staff member gets sick. You have a week of market and get off schedule…that’s real life.

However, by theming your days, you know right where to get back on to get your most important work done! Also, I don’t spend all day working only on the “theme” for that day. The change I have made though, is that I am not jumping around from theme to theme as I know that if it is marketing work, it will be done on Tuesday. If it is financial, I will take care of it on Monday, etc. Of course, there are always exceptions!

Do the work! Get out a calendar and pencil in some major themes of work that you must get done on a weekly basis. Most everything you do will fall under 5 or 6 “umbrella themes.”

To quickly recap
Tuesday’s theme is Creative work. Marketing, writing weekly Email, create and schedule out Facebook posts, Pinterest and Instagram. Write Blog Post, etc.

Tuesday’s are my creative days, so whether it’s a blog post, an email newsletter, or social media posts that I’m working on, Tuesday is when I’m going to be focusing in on that single theme and getting everything I need for that week (or the next) completed.

Get specific! Instead of me just saying “On Tuesday I’m going to write”, I might say “On Tuesday I’m going to write 1 email newsletter, 1 blog post and 12 Facebook Posts. This way I can check it off of my list and know I am accomplishing my goals.

We’ve got a helpful FREE resource for you today! Would you take a minute after this Podcast ends and stop by RemarkableRetailer.com? On the right side of the page, you’ll see my picture…click the button to sign up for our email list and you’ll get a link to our Remarkable Retailer Resource book right away. I think you’ll find some great information there!

Are there any questions today? What are you struggling with as a business owner? How do you deal with your inbox? Do you have any great event ideas that you would like to share?

 I know TIME is your MOST VALUABLE ASSET, and I never want to waste a single minute… THANK YOU so much for joining me today! I love being a part of this group of Remarkable Retailers!

My goal is to bring daily energy, experience and insight along with tips and tactics to help you grow your business!

If you’ve just discovered Periscope, or these Podcasts, let me introduce myself: my name is Vicki Adrian…I have been a small business owner of Adrian’s Boutique in the community of Buhler, Kansas for over 32 years. I love to brainstorm and bring experience and insight to help small business owners thrive in today’s economy. I believe that the BEST way to build a successful business is to create a Rock Solid Client List and then to take care of those customers for life!

 If you would like to work with me to Build Daily Habits and grow your business, You can get in touch with me at Vicki@RemarkableRetailer.com. I would love to “Talk Shop” with you!

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Recap of Previous Episodes in this series:

Several months ago I implemented a simple technique that has helped me become more efficient, get more done and makes my life a little less hectic. After a conversation with my friend & colleague, Carol Keplinger from Timeless Traditions last week, I recorded Episode 117 as an overview of how to block schedule your work, and have decided to focus on this subject on our scopes this week.

It’s called theming your days.

Whether you love planning and execution or hate it, theming your days can help you do both without having to hold actual planning sessions and meetings with yourself every day. There’s nothing complicated about it.

Establish your themes:

First part is simple: what tasks are required in your business in order to make it run? Or, in other words, what do you do on a regular basis that actually creates your business? Get out a piece of paper and make a list of the things that you MUST DO so that your business runs smoothly…

Some examples might be:

  • Creating a marketing plan
  • Writing Facebook posts
  • Emailing a weekly newsletter to my list
  • Hosting Events
  • Placing orders for product
  • Email Management
  • Social Media
  • Financials & Paying Bills
  • Time on the Floor with Customers
  • Sales Training for Staff
  • Morning Meetings

…you get the idea.

Now pick 4 to 5 themes that are recurring for you and that, together, create your business.

Then schedule it. Get it written down on paper! Once you have your themes, create a Monday – Saturday schedule around them, giving each day of your “work week” a theme.

We are working hard on something NEW that is just around the corner. I can’t wait to launch our “Remarkable U Academy” online membership group. This will be a private Membership Community of self employed, entrepreneurs…including retailers, local restaurant, service business & salon owners, who work hard to be exceptional entrepreneurs and savvy shopkeepers!

Of course, I would love to have the opportunity to work with you personally! Just Go to www.RemarkableRetailer.com , Click on “Work with Vicki” and you can schedule a 15 minute Complimentary Coaching Session.

Again, the book we’ve been talking about this week is called “HQ: The Hope Quotient” by Ray Johnston. l have posted it over on RemarkableRetailer.com and on our Facebook page.

 

I look forward to seeing you right here next time! Until then, whatever you choose to do in life, make it REMARKABLE!

Podcast 011: Theme Your Work Week – Monday – Focus on Financials

Focus on Financials…Monday’s Theme

I am on the same journey and quest to become a Remarkable Retailer that you are on…and have tried many different approaches to get organized once and for all! This is an ongoing quest and although I wish I could say that I have conquered all when it comes to being the most productive retailer on the planet… well, let’s just say that I have never been nominated for that award!

Theme Your Work Week Monday – Financials

Theming Your Work Week

I listen to many podcasts, read books relentlessly, and love to listen to speakers teach about how to get more done in the time that we are all allotted, and kept hearing various speakers talk about Block Scheduling or Theming Your Work Week.  Several months ago, I took a few minutes and wrote out a list of the essential things that only I could do to push our business forward. This became the focus for the “Themes” for each of my work days.  I will say, that although not perfect, it has been extremely helpful to keep me focused on getting the most important work done each day! By blocking out units of time and “spending” that time wisely, you absolutely WILL get more done in a day!

Podcast 010: Introduction: Theme Your Work Week to GET THINGS DONE!

Getting Things Done!

Several years ago, I read the book, “Getting Things Done” by David Allen.  I have also listened to this book on Audible several times, and like to re-visit the methods and advice David gives in this book on systems and processes as I need them a couple of times a year.  Like many of you, I can easily be distracted and fall back into a state of overwhelm if I don’t keep things organized on a daily basis!

Overcoming Overwhelm…

One of the “Getting Things Done” systems that I put into place a couple of years ago is having a set of file folders in the desk drawer that is closest to me.  This is a very simple system, but it works for me!

It has the following files:

 

Trade In Overwhelm for a Fresh Perspective

As a small business owner, there are often too many ideas, too many tasks and projects, too many orders to place, employees to hire, displays to be built, leases to be negotiated, emails to be written, research to be done, and not enough time or resources. Entrepreneurs are a creative bunch of people and we’re always thinking of new ways to grow our businesses.

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There are only 24 hours in a day and 365 days in a year, and if you’re in the midst of starting, running or growing your business, those hours and minutes fly by very fast. In this series, we’ve been talking about the overwhelm that we face on a daily basis, and some actionable steps we can take to overcome that feeling.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.”

 

The late, great Stephen Covey presented this idea in his excellent book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. (A MUST READ for every business owner, btw!)