Do you ever feel like you’re working your butt off but you’re just not accomplishing enough? You’re not alone…which is why episode 2 of the Breakthrough Business Babe Podcast is all about the game plan for creating your productivity breakthrough!
But before we dive right in, let me introduce myself in case this is your first visit. I am your host, Jen Gitomer, creator of Breakthrough Business Babe and author of the best-selling book, Sales in a New York Minute.
And it is time to make massive breakthroughs in YOUR business. With each episode, you are going to move past your fears of asking for the sale, learn to build deep connections that lead to meaningful business results, and master sales strategies that will help you grow and scale your business. Each week, I will be providing you with tips to avoid common mistakes in your business, tech hacks to help you grow and scale faster, and teach you to ALWAYS ask for the sale with confidence.
It is time for you, the Breakthrough Business Babe, to create more sales, income and connections in your business. Let’s get started!
In this episode, I’m sharing the game plan for creating your productivity breakthrough, so read the four points below to find out! And for even more juicy details, listen to ALL of episode 2 of the Breakthrough Business Babe Podcast on your fave streaming platform.
Especially since I recorded this episode during quarantine for the Coronavirus outbreak, a LOT of people in my life and my Breakthrough Business Babe Community were talking about how unproductive they felt. And that got me thinking about something my stepdaughter has been doing lately: writing a daily reflection.
While writing that reflection, she checks off all of the things that she’s accomplished that day. And then she prepares for the next day by writing down what she needs to do tomorrow. I want you to notice that wording. I worded it specifically around what she needs to do to prepare for tomorrow – not what she didn’t finish today, even though that’s technically what it is.
But how I worded that reflection creates a totally different perception in your mind. So at the end of your day, why don’t you write down your breakthroughs or three things you’re super proud of yourself for accomplishing today? Then write down the things that you want to start your day off with tomorrow.
It’ll get you way more organized and it’ll let you appreciate what you’ve done instead of focus on the things you “didn’t do.”
I want you to imagine 30 days from today and in 30 days from today, you’re sitting there, you’re looking back. You’re thinking about your achievements over the past month, and what is it that you’re most proud of? What is the one thing that will help move the needle forward for me and my business and my clients?
Because if you want to accomplish a lot, you need to start with the intention or the outcome you want. Once you determine what that desired outcome is, it’s so much easier to plan backwards. Then breakdown that outcome into mini breakthroughs and milestones. At that point, you can assign dates and tasks to each milestone, and start achieving them. And as you’re achieving them and checking them off, you’re going to be like, “Yes, I did that and that!”
This strategy is especially helpful right now when it’s so easy to get distracted by social media and having your family home for quarantine and all that. That’s why I keep encouraging every breakthrough game plan to include breaking up your big project into little tasks so that you actually get it done.
As high achievers, a lot of the time we create the podcast, the blog, the product, the launch, the video, whatever. And then we’re like, “Yes, I did it. Ok, what’s the next thing to work on now?”
But it’s SO important to take time to celebrate each milestone, no matter how small. Because those micro breakthroughs are what will lead to big ones with massive impact. And I know you’re here because you want to make an impact, and it’s easy to feel like you’re not when you’re not taking the time to celebrate the little steps helping you make progress on that goal.
So here’s what I’ve started to do: at the end of the day, I three things that I’m most proud of accomplishing that day. And if you do the same thing, at the end of the week, you’ll have an entire list of breakthroughs. And it is so freaking amazing to be able to look on a Saturday and celebrate everything you did that week because you actually have a list of it in writing. And yeah, you can write on your computer, but I highly recommend getting a journal and journaling it.
Jen Gitomer gained her prowess in NYC as both a salesperson and award-winning sales leader for a Fortune 500 company. She left corporate America to fulfill her entrepreneurial dream. Jennifer helps entrepreneurs increase their revenue and profit through her proven sales strategies. In addition to the Breakthrough Business Babe Podcast, Jennifer co-hosts the Sell or Die podcast with her husband, Jeffrey.
She is the best-selling Author of Sales in a New York Minute – 212 Pages of Real-World, Easy to Implement Sales Strategies to Make More Sales, Build Loyal Relationships and Make More Money, the CEO and Founder of Breakthrough Business Babe and a master business growth coach. When she’s not working, you’ll find Jen planning her next Paris trip, taking a yoga class, playing tennis, or hanging out with her family and Cavalier King Charles fur babies.
So I do have a secret weapon for my productivity, and it’s my virtual assistant team. And when I look at a project, I start backward and once I’ve outlined the tasks, I ask myself, “What is my zone of genius?” or “What are the things that only I can do?” And then I delegate a lot of the tasks that don’t need ME behind the wheel.
Because if you do EVERYTHING in your business – even the things that really don’t require you – you’re probably working a gazillion hours a week. And that was me…until I discovered the art of delegation.
And, yes, it can be scary to delegate, especially at first. But the only way to get past your fear is to start doing it and figure out how to get good at it. And then you can focus 100 percent of your time on the 20 percent of your business that you’re needed for. Which is great news, because the more focus and attention you can put into the things you’re needed for in your business, the faster and more effectively you’ll grow your business.
And to wrap up this episode, I’m giving YOU your Breakthrough Business Babe Challenge: don’t be too hard on yourself! If you find yourself thinking about all the things you didn’t get done that day, ask yourself, “Is this thought serving me?” And if it’s not, change your thought process to focus on what you DID accomplish that day. And celebrate the heck outta that!
Before you do it, though, just don’t forget to tune in to episode 2 of the Breakthrough Business Babe Podcast to hear even MORE details about all four the points I just outlined above! And if you love this episode as much as I do, don’t forget to take a screenshot, share it on your Insta stories and tag me @jengitomer so that we can spread this important message to even more entrepreneurs and biz babes!