Let’s face it, as an entrepreneur we have all kinds of ideas all the time. It’s a curse and a blessing. But often times those ideas distract us from what we need to stay focused on each and every day in order to keep the cash flowing into our business.

It’s pretty common also for entrepreneurs to have some level of ADD or ADHD. Although I’ve never been diagnosed, I’m sure I’ve got some level of one of those!

Therefore, we have to constantly find ways to stay focused, keep on track with our plan for growth in our business and revenue generation while keeping an eye on the big picture plan and vision and where else we can take our business. It’s a lot to manage every day right?

I know for a lot of my coaching clients this is a topic we have to cover often so I wanted to share 7 ways I help clients (and myself too) become more productive that hopefully can help you as well.

7 Ways to become more productive in your life and your business:

  1. Work off a good calendar system that can help you track your time, plot time slots out for different activities and one that you can use anywhere you are to save time.
  2. Track your time for one week solid on everything you do, personally and professionally, and see where you’re wasting time, could get rid of things you’re doing, delegate or automate some things you’re doing, etc.
  3. Set goals for yourself each day, week and month on what you plan to accomplish (see below).
  4. Have your big vision in mind each day so do whatever you have to do daily to make sure that stays on top of mind with you so that you stay focused and get distracted less.
  5. Find an accountability buddy (or coach) or someone who supports what you’re doing in your business fully to stay in touch with however often you need them too – daily, weekly or monthly perhaps but that may be too long.
  6. Unsubscribe from emails and lists that are slowing you down and not contributing to either your enhanced learning, implementing, taking action or accountability. Or have them redirect into a folder you won’t see every day and you can look at when you have time. But don’t let daily emails distract you from the tasks at hand.
  7. Have a marketing and business plan that you’re working from so you know WHERE and HOW to spend your time each day, week, or month. If you don’t have a plan or know EXACTLY what to do, reach out and get a coach who can help you with this FIRST!

Copy these to a Word document now and set up YOUR TIME MANAGEMENT SYSTEM and COMMITMENTS. 

  1. Each week I will spend ________ hours working ON my business which will include marketing activities, marketing and business planning, implementation, sales calls and lead generation. This will NOT include bookkeeping, data entry, graphic or web design or anything else that could be done by someone else for less than my time costs and/or who would be better at the task anyway. I have plotted the time on my calendar to make sure this happens.
  2. I will prioritize my tasks so that the MOST IMPORTANT ones get done first and I will only put on my To Do List those things that I can successfully accomplish during the time allotted.  ______ (initial here)
  3. Each month I will spend ________ hours learning new things (pertinent to my immediate growth) to expand my knowledge base and my business and I have plotted the time on my calendar to make sure this happens.
  4. Each month I will spend ________ hours just for ME and I have plotted the time on my calendar to make sure this happens.
  5. Each month I will spend ________ hours for my family and friends and I have plotted the time on my calendar to make sure this happens.

For more information on how to become more productive with your time and your marketing, join my colleague and I, Monique Wells, on a Free Teleclass THIS WEEK, SIGN UP NOW AT: http://makingproductivityeasy.com/top-5-ways/

  

For more information on how to JumpStart your small business with creative ideas and a clear plan to reach your unique target market find out how to talk with me in a complimentary Jumpstart Your Business Strategy Session, go fill out the questionnaire at www.AskKat.biz. Or find out about and register for my next live 3 1/2 day Jumpstart Your Marketing® & Sales Summit at www.LiveBigEvents.com.  Let’s plot out YOUR Big Picture Strategy and get you implementing more revenue producing activities now before it’s too late!

 

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One thing I see that is pretty common with the women business owners that I work with is that they don’t always feed their own needs and desires first. I believe this is hurting your business if this is you.

The key is to connect more with yourself and your needs so that you can be your best self in your business and attract more clients. It works if you dedicate time to working on yourself.

I’ve been guilty of this too at times, no one is perfect. But these days I’m relatively aware of watching out for this on a weekly basis and I urge you to be as well. Let me give you some examples of what I want and need to fill my tanks and then I want you to think about what you need or want to fill yours.

First of all, I did this exercise one time at a self-development workshop where we were focused on learning more about what men think (this was when I was single and looking).

It made me realize the four tanks I had to fill each day and what things I could do to fill them. It’s hard to explain in a short article like this but these tanks involved basically characteristics or values that I held high (mine are Love, Faith, Passion and Happiness). There was a pretty involved process I went through to discover these, they didn’t just come to me. In fact, it was curious to me that none of them involved making money or having wealth?

I’m the type of person though that really requires eight hours sleep every night in order to be my fully, loving and focused self. I also require creativity time during my day, not every day but most days. Time in which I can record a video training or tip, express myself on an interview or teleclass, write an article or think up new ideas and implement them. I also require time with my immediate family and loved ones, specifically my fiancé who is my best friend and fun to talk to. All of these things make me happy and feed my soul so that I’m more motivated to do what I love every day and get up taking inspired action.

I don’t think that’s too much to ask for frankly, do you?

What do you want or need to really be YOUR BEST SELF?

Areas to Consider When Connecting With Yourself:

  • Self worth / Confidence
  • Self Care / Health
  • Relationships / Friendships
  • Environment / Surroundings / Home
  • Love / Passion / Purpose
  • Faith / Spirituality
  • Values / Must Haves

Don’t undervalue what you really need, list out what’s important to you and what would FEED you and your soul, your passion, your purpose more, etc. What tanks do you think you need to fill? What activities will help you fill them?

Then go to your calendar and figure out how to fit it all in – seriously go do this now or you never will.

To find out more about that exercise to discover YOUR FOUR TANKS and for other support around working through this stuff, check out my 3 part Training that I did around the topic of my book, Love Yourself Successful, A Woman’s Step-by-Step Guide to Taking Charge of Your Life and Designing the Business of Your Dreams at www.LoveYourselfSuccessful.com/teleseries. Oh there are a TON of free bonuses on this page right now…I recently did an interview where I offered this training plus bonuses for just $97 so I’m posting this today so you can have access to this deal too – limited time though!

Talk to you soon,

Katrina Sawa

The JumpStart Your Biz Coach, Speaker &

Author of the book, Love Yourself Successful

916-872-4000

katrina@jumpstartyourmarketing.com

“Kicking YOU and YOUR Business Into High Gear!”

 

P.S.  Get your FREE Entrepreneur’s Success Kit plus a couple other Free Gifts online at www.JumpStartYourMarketing.com/freegifts! 

 

P.P.S.  Ready to jumpstart your business in a BIG WAY? You probably need to be doing a LOT more marketing and sales – online and offline. I recommend you check out what I do at my 3 1/2 day live training twice a year. The next event is in November but there are a bunch of bonuses and early bird rates when you sign up now at: www.LiveBigEvents.com !

 

 

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Creating and promoting your own teleseminars or webinars every month in your small business could be the #1 lead generating strategy that works for you this year. I recommend you consider adding this.

This can be a very quick way to get introduced to thousands of people and prospects in your target market. It’s relatively easy to create a teleseminar or webinar and get it out there to the masses. Here’s a quick system for doing this every single month consistently to be seen, heard and known more in your business.

STEP 1:  Develop the idea for what you’ll speak or present on:  What does your ideal target market want to learn more about that you can present on? Choose something they want to learn, not necessarily something you know they need to learn. Determine if you need to show visuals during your presentation or not which means you would want to do a webinar verses a teleseminar. Doing a teleclass or teleseminar is easier to start with.

Note:  Test the waters first if you’re not sure what topic to present on. Post a few comments or questions to your friends and followers on social media or conduct a survey to your email subscriber list or just call a few key clients and ask them.

STEP 2:  Create the page on your website where you’ll drive people to opt in to get access to your teleseminar or webinar. The main reason we want to do these is to get more subscribers to our email newsletter list so you do want to make people opt in somehow. If you don’t have a shopping cart hooked up to your website or an email marketing service to make adding that opt in box functionality easy then you can use forms and plug-ins on WordPress if your site if built on WordPress. If you don’t yet have a site or you’re finding this step difficult, reach out and email me and let me find a solution for you so this doesn’t get you stuck.

STEP 3:  Choosing when to do this and how far out to give yourself for proper promotion is a very important aspect of being successful with this type of marketing strategy. I typically recommend choosing your date at least two to three weeks after you know your opt in page will be ready to promote to give yourself enough time to get enough signups. The day and time of your presentation doesn’t matter as much as it used to although you do want to take into account specific needs and characteristics of your target market. For example, are they home and busy with kids early mornings or mid-afternoons or do they hold a job still from 9-5? You may want to think about those things before choosing your time of day and week.

STEP 4:  The Set Up. Which technology will you use? Conference lines are free for most calls you’ll do verses most webinar services cost money. Setting up emails to inform and remind registrants of the call in information. I recommend you remind them a few times prior to the event as well as follow up with them a few times afterwards to make sure they take advantage of your offer or at least listen in to the replay if you’re offering it. This is where a lot of people fail; they don’t do hardly any follow up after the presentation if they do any at all. This is where the majority of my sales take place; it’s in the follow up.

STEP 5:  Start telling people about your event – MARKET IT LIKE CRAZY! I’m going to share more marketing and promotion tips in Part 2 of this article, check back in a week or so to find out more!

For more information on how to JumpStart your small business with creative ideas and a clear plan to reach your unique target market find out how to talk with me in a complimentary Strategy Session, go fill out the questionnaire at www.AskKat.bizLet’s plot out YOUR Big Picture Strategy now to get a jumpstart on your year! 

Oh and if you know you could use better and more consistent marketing and sales strategies then join me at my NEW Jumpstart Your Marketing® & Sales Summit in April 3, 4 & 5, 2014. Visit www.LiveBigEvents.com for all the details. 

 


 

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Katrina Sawa is known as The JumpStart Your Biz Coach because she literally kicks her clients and their businesses into high gear.  She works with highly motivated women entrepreneurs that want to maximize their business to make more money, enjoy more free time and fully embrace your happiest life ever.  Katrina uses online and offline strategies to leverage your resources, contacts and your expertise; plus she kicks you in the butt to implement it all too!  Katrina is an author, speaker and coach and she has been featured on the Oprah and Friends XMRadioNetwork and is a regular Business Expert on News 10 in Sacramento.  Get her Free Entrepreneur’s Success Kit online at www.JumpStartYourMarketing.com!

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Hi there,

I’ve been doing a lot of surveys lately on what entrepreneurs need and/or are struggling with right now so I’ve planned out a series of videos all about how to combat some of these issues…along with some really great tips to improve in your marketing, sales and more. So I hope you’ll open and watch ALL the emails that come along…

Seriously, my goal is to help you build a smooth-running, moneymaking business doing what you love. Let me help you!! www.AskKat.biz.

Watch today’s video (CLICK HERE)

This week’s video ezine is all about managing your time, getting out of overwhelm and prioritizing your to do’s and tasks for marketing, project management, development and more. Listen in to find out ways you’re missing out on sales and customers due to possibly lack of time management and how to fix it. Check it out and tell me what you think!

Check it out and tell me what you think – share your thoughts in the comments below!

Have a great rest of your week!

Katrina Sawa
The JumpStart Your Biz Coach
916-872-4000
katrina@jumpstartyourmarketing.com
“Kicking YOU and YOUR Business Into High Gear!”P.S.  Get your FREE Entrepreneur’s Success Kit plus a few other Free Gifts online at www.JumpStartYourMarketing.com/freegifts!
P.P.S.  Have you seen what I’m offering in my Brand New Live Big Mastermind for 2014? If not and you’re searching for a mentor, mastermind or support for this coming year, I highly recommend you see what the buzz is about at www.LiveBigMastermind.com!
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It’s becoming very common, I see, for entrepreneurs, especially women entrepreneurs, to focus solely on their business and/or their career, yet forget one of the most important things they really should focus on. You need to focus on yourself, ladies. It’s time to stop just doing things for everyone else, and it’s time to start focusing on yourself. 

I promise you that when you do this, you will attract more clients. You will make more money. And you will become more successful. However, I also guarantee that if you do not place a certain level of importance on yourself”?your health, your well-being, your love life, your environment, your support system, your time with your family, and your time for self care”?if you don’t focus on these things more, you won’t make the kind of money you really want to make in your business.

It’s just not possible. Instead of focusing on everyone else and everything else to ‘busy up’ your day, thinking that’s what you need to do in order to build your business, have a great life, and make more money, you need to fit in some self-help. Self-help can include many different things to many different women. Here are a few things that my clients, as well as myself, are trying to implement more of in our day-to-day lives so that we can be the most successful businesswomen possible.

  1. Exercise and nutrition. It’s important to eat right and put the right things in your body, to get moving so you’re not stagnant, and to take the time for this. It’s not that difficult to make sure you have healthy chicken, seafood, or vegetables in your refrigerator that you can access every day. If you work from home it’s much easier to eat healthier. If you’re on the go, you need to prep food so you can take it with you, possibly in a container or ice chest. You also need to drink lots of water. You have to pay attention to these things or before you know it you’ll be 50 pounds overweight and unhappy with your body, and that all directly reflects how much money you’re going to make, I promise you.
  2. Time alone / Self-care. So many of us wish we could get a massage, stop to read a book for an hour a day, do our meditation or yoga, take a walk, go for a swim, get to the gym, play with the kids. Whatever your self-care requirements and desires are, why aren’t you making time for them? It can be done in as little as one to two hours a day. Maybe you block out time in the early morning hours, and you block out time before bed to unwind. This is vital to your success because it will feed your soul; therefore, your attraction factor will increase tremendously for clients who see that you are the ideal person to work with or buy from.
  3. Learning and self-development. This is one of the biggest things I think we all do in certain respects. You may listen to a speaker at a luncheon or a teleclass on the phone once or twice a month. Maybe you do read a book pretty often. However, how much are you really investing to implement the things you’re learning, the “aha’s” you’re having? Are you putting those ideas and thoughts into action in your life? Or, are they just motivating you for minutes and then leaving your mind?

These three are areas that I see 90% of my female clients and women entrepreneurs avoiding or ignoring in their day to day. I hate to see that because these are the areas that could ultimately double the revenues in your business if you paid more attention to them. It’s not always about doing more marketing, promotion, or sales. Sometimes it’s about being the best person you can be and being kind to yourself along the way.

If you’re interested in finding out more about how to incorporate these areas into your life and about how they will automatically increase your business, I would love to talk with you in a complimentary business strategy session. I focus on all areas of your business and your life because it all makes a difference to your success. If you’re interested in having one of these private sessions with me, please fill out the questionnaire at www.AskKat.biz now, and I will be in touch. I’ll talk to you soon.

 



© Copyright 2011 K. Sawa Marketing International Inc.

WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR E-ZINE OR WEB SITE? To publish this article in your ezine or website please include the following blurb: Katrina Sawa is an Award-Winning Author, Speaker and International JumpStart Your Biz Coach who’s helped hundreds of small business owners take dramatic steps in their businesses to get them to the next level in business, revenues and their personal life. She offers one-on-one coaching, group coaching and do-it-yourself business-building products. She’s been featured on various news talk shows and radio shows including Oprah and Friends XM Radio. Go online now to get started with her F.ree Entrepreneur’s Success Kit at http://www.jumpstartyourmarketing.com/gifts!

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Get marketing tips, business plans and your questions answered in a FREE Q&A! 

It’s an Open Q&A & Laser Coaching Call because I know so many of you have burning questions you want to know about around starting, growing, marketing or automating your business.

It happens THIS Thursday, November 14th at 5 pm PST so sign up and join me – you can ask a question, participate or you can just be a fly on the wall listening in to other people. There will be live laser coaching on this call just like I do in my Live Big Mastermind group calls.

You can pick my brain on ANYTHING to do with your business, sales, marketing, website, target audience, follow up, social media, mindset and so much more!

Do NOT pass up this one-time and LAST TIME opportunity to talk with me for FREE about your business this year!

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Tomorrow, November 12th, I’m being interviewed on the Logical Soul Talk Radio Show hosted by Dr. Michael Craig. Tune in at 3:00 pm PT/6:00 pm ET and learn how to do what you love, love what you do, and kick your assets to higher and higher levels… fast!

Dr. Craig invites authors, life coaches and other experts to reveal their secrets on how you can generate success from coaching, mentoring or from your own small business. This show is about transformation: leaning that you too can access and change inner decisions and eliminate self-sabotage, the biggest “bugaboo” for you as a coach or entrepreneur . . . the major factor that keeps you from full success, wealth, love and happiness! During various shows, Michael will talk about his discovery of “the Logical Soul” and “The Money Matrix Method” – two unique ways of bypassing self-sabotage in life and business.

Call in & dial ‘1’ to raise your hand & ask a question during the show 347-843-4544.

 

 

 

 

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Hi there,

We had so much fun at my home the other night for our little get-together with my friend Kathleen Ronald. (More pics on Facebook)

Sorry for those who wanted to come but were too far away…don’t forget to mark your calendar NOW for April 3,4,5 2014 so you can attend my next live training event here in Sacramento, plan it now!

Watch today’s video(CLICK HERE)

On this video I talk about what you really need to be doing with social media in order to get your current followers, friends and fans to become paying customers or referral sources for you. You definitely want to listen in, this was one of the TOP QUESTIONS I got on a recent Facebook survey….

Check it out and tell me what you think!

I’m in LA this week at my own mastermind group working on my business….can’t wait to help YOU work on YOUR business soon!

Have a great rest of your week!

 

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I’m writing this article on What To Do When You’re Down to Your Last Few Hundred Bucks because it’s been a common theme lately with some of the small business owners I’ve met, and even some of my own clients when they first start working with me.

None of us want to get in business to fail. We certainly don’t want to go back and get a J.O.B. either. So what do you do when your business just hasn’t produced a lot of revenue yet or you started out and maybe invested the money you did have in some of the wrong places?

No one likes to talk about this either, like it’s not happening or something. Don’t be embarrassed if this is you because it’s pretty common. Entrepreneurs are starting businesses with less and less money all the time. And while building your business on “a shoestring budget” is totally possible, it’s not necessarily a good plan.

So, what do you do when you’re down to your last few hundred or thousand dollars? I know it’s scary, I’ve been there a few times during my stint as an entrepreneur. 

  • Do you quit the business and go back and get a J.O.B. quickly to make some steady income? Maybe but from what I’ve seen it can take just as much time to find a good new job as it is to seriously do what it takes to ramp up a business for positive cash flow.
  • Do you sell stuff in your house, garage or storage unit? Maybe if you can, I have!
  • Do you ask relatives or friends to borrow some cash to get you by? Maybe if you can, I have done that too a couple times throughout my eleven years in business so far.
  • Do you contemplate bankruptcy or which bills NOT to pay? I’ve been there too…
  • Do you stress out, stop taking care of yourself and argue with your loved ones? Hopefully not, as that won’t really help the situation. It’s hard not to though I know.

I suggest you do some or all of the following (and possibly some of the above as well):

  • First, you want to have faith. Have faith that you’re meant to do what it is that you’re doing, that the clients and money will come, that you will be able to pay the bills and have faith in yourself to be shown what to do to make it happen.
  • Second, you want to take advantage of whatever is right in front of your face for fast cash or savings. What can you sell? How can you reduce expenses in your business or your household? Cancel a few things for example.
  • Third, I’d recommend you dial for dollars…meaning call everyone you know, business or otherwise and initiate some sales, offer special deals to buy this week, ask for referrals and more. Remember these are WARM calls, not cold calls when you already know the person or are in the same organization, etc. This includes calls to your social media “friends” as appropriate; don’t just send a message when you need to create cash though, pick up the phone.
  • Next and actually concurrently, I’d recommend getting out networking. When you meet or see people in person, those who could potentially become a customer or client, the relationship building process goes much faster and you can usually get clients pretty quickly if you meet enough people each week. Make sure you have something they can buy today when you find a hot prospect.
  • Finally, it truly may serve you best to spend a few of your last dollars on the right training you need to learn how to do all this if you’re not sure how or what to say or sell. Free stuff will only get you so far. Having a real business and marketing plan that you can follow and focus on week after week will ultimately lead you to a much more successful business. There are affordable options, you just have to look for them.

Of course there a couple dozen other marketing strategies you can try as well but these are the fastest path to cash in my opinion. Then once you do all of this, you can add other lead generation, marketing and sales strategies to the mix for long term business sustainability and profitability.

For more information on how to jumpstart your business, your marketing and your life, come and talk with me in a complimentary business strategy session. You’ll be surprised how much clarity you’ll get out of just this one session. I can help you look at the big picture, goals all the way down to the smallest implementable detail. To sign up for this, go to www.AskKat.biz

 

About the Author

© Copyright 2013 K. Sawa Marketing international Inc.
WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR E-ZINE OR WEB SITE? You can, as long as you include this complete blurb with it:

Katrina Sawa is known as The JumpStart Your Biz Coach because she literally kicks her clients and their businesses into high gear.  She works with highly motivated women entrepreneurs that want to maximize their business to make more money, enjoy more free time and fully embrace your happiest life ever.  Katrina uses online and offline strategies to leverage your resources, contacts and your expertise; plus she kicks you in the butt to implement it all too!  Katrina is an author, speaker and coach and she has been featured on the Oprah and Friends XMRadioNetwork and is a regular Business Expert on News 10 in Sacramento.  Get her Free Entrepreneur’s Success Kit online at www.JumpStartYourMarketing.com!

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On today’s Driving Your Marketing, The Small Business Entrepreneur Show hosted by Ely Delaney, will be featuring a conversation with rockstar entrepreneur Katrina Sawa, author of Love Yourself Successful, on how to kick your marketing in high gear, get more done, and have a blast doing it.

Geared for small business owners, local businesses, coaches and consultants, you’ll discover the tools, tips, tricks, systems and strategies to create a THRIVING business that you love!

 

 

 

Ely Delaney is the Co-Founder, Dean and Lead Trainer at Your Marketing University, a marketing education company designed specifically to help teach motivated entrepreneurs and business professionals how to take control of their marketing, online and offline. He is also the Creator/Host Of Driving Your Marketing, Entrepreneur, Interviewer, Host, Author, Trainer and Coach.

Katrina Sawa, known as The JumpStart Your Biz Coach, literally kicks her clients and their businesses into high gear.  She works with highly motivated women entrepreneurs that want to maximize and fast-track their business to make more money and enjoy more free time.  Katrina uses online and offline Relationship Marketing Systems & Strategies to leverage your resources, contacts and your expertise; plus she kicks you in the butt to implement it all too!  Get her Free Tips, Free Audio & Free Report online atwww.JumpStartYourMarketing.com/gifts!

 

 

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