[FUEL] How to organize your ideas, even if you’re right-brained

By Dawn Shuler One of the biggest problems I see with entrepreneurs is what to do with all the ideas they have swirling around in their brains. We entrepreneurs love ideas and possibilities! But if we spin mentally with those ideas and never engage with them, we can get frustrated and overwhelmed. The trick is to get those ideas, thoughts, concepts, and plans out of your head. But if you’re not a left-brained type, you might get stuck with the HOW to get them out of your head. (And if you are left-brained, or a combo like me, these steps might help you as well.) See, you MUST get the ideas out of your head. Because you can’t move forward until you do. I think of all those ideas like strings, and they’re all tangled up with one another. So in that jumbled mess, you can’t see where one string
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[FUEL] Ready, Fire, Aim

By Dawn Shuler I’ve had several coaching calls lately where my sweet little clients want everything to be perfect before they hit the “Go” button. They want “it” to be perfect. They want everything figured out. They want assurance that it’s all going to go to plan. Yeah….. that whole planning thing…. see, planning is great. You need plans. As Eisenhower said, “I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” At some point, you have to actually DO something. At that point, the plan is a useful guide, but the eventual outcome will always look different from the original plan. Here are some things I hear which tells me that people are spending too much time with the aiming and planning part: My elevator pitch isn’t perfect so I can’t go to any networking events. I have to wait until after Mercury in Retrograde is over
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[FUEL] 5 Simple Ways to Make Progress with Your Marketing

By Dawn Shuler Running an online business requires a ton of marketing… even some things you might not consider marketing. Article writing, blogging, social media updates, sales page copy, campaign emails, video scripts, networking elevator speeches, bios… It can be overwhelming when you think about it. Sometimes it even seems easier to just not do anything. Here are five strategies to help you simplify your marketing plans – and to make sure you continue to market! The first – and the key to any project – is to break down your marketing into bite-sized small pieces. Then, take one task at a time. And if you’re a list maker, then each of those pieces is an individual task – much nicer to your psyche as you try to get things done, and you get to cross off those to-do items more often! If you have graphics (or other pieces) to
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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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