[FUEL] The Importance of Having Fun

By Dawn Shuler Business owners tend to be busy people. If your business is small, and even if you have a team (smart you!), you’re probably still pretty darn busy. There’s always more to do. Another networking meeting to attend. Another prospective client to call. Another program to design. Another marketing campaign to launch. More reports to run. The constant administrative work to do. Feel drained yet? Yep. That’s the problem. There is always more to do. You will not ever get to the end of your to-do list. Never. So give up on that dream that if you just work hard enough, work a little longer, find things to motivate you, set the timer, put your head down and push forward that you’ll get it all done. That’s the quickest way to burnout. You need fun in your life!! More fun = a happier life = a happier business
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[FUEL] Daily Time Management Model for Amazing Productivity

By Dawn Shuler   That’s quite a claim, isn’t it… “Daily Time Management Model for Amazing Productivity”? There are two reasons I wrote it that way: It’s a model. In other words, I’m not saying this is how you must structure your day, no matter what. Using this model – the way I’ve adapted it to MY life and business – has truly resulted in amazing productivity. For the month I’ve been using this system, I’ve been more productive, felt better, have gotten more done in one month than in most consecutive six months in my fourteen years of business. Okay, that was a mouthful. For those that think in equations, here is a formula: Time Management System = most productive in 1 month > in any previous 6 months I’ve broken down my daily time management system into its various pieces so that you can determine what works for
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FUEL] What to do when things don’t seem to be going well

By Dawn Shuler We all have those times when we are in the zone, when it’s all going well. We score the big client. We fill our programs. We get amazing feedback from an article we wrote that tells us we’re on the right path. The kids are good, the team won, the tea shop has your favorite tea in, and all the traffic lights are green. Life is damn good. And then there are the days where it doesn’t go quite so well. You get letters from the IRS regarding an issue that you’ve been corresponding with them for months, and when you call, their system is down. (And this is after waiting on hold for 30 minutes.) Your kid is sick. The thunderstorm caused the electricity to go out, and you lost all your changes. The marketing call you make falls flat. The hot “yes” for your program
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