Do you want to have the best summer ever, and finally be unplugged without worrying about your business?
If your answer is YES, then this episode is for you.
As business owners, we often struggle to take time off or get in that much-needed vacation.
And it's no wonder...
Owning a business means that your list of responsibilities is endless.
But working 24/7 leads to to stress and burnout, so making time to relax is necessary for our success.
On this episode of the #LOYBPodcast, I'll be sharing my own experiences and struggles around taking time off and unplugging. From my anxiety-inducing trip to a remote cottage, to the importance of setting clear boundaries, I'll be sharing candid and relatable insights.
Returning to the podcast is Annie P. Ruggles, founder of Quirk Works Consulting & The Non-Sleazy Sales Academy, and CMO for Lean Out Method.
Annie and I discuss our strategies for making this your best summer ever, join us as we explore:
🔹Why stepping away from your business can produce amazing benefits
🔹How to successfully set boundaries which allow you to relax & unplug
🔹Steps to prepare your team for success while you are away
🔹The importance of “lean planning” to hit your goals & revenue targets
Every year you promise yourself that this summer will be different...
This will FINALLY be the summer that you take time off.
But underneath, you still have that nagging fear of "Can I really take my hands off the wheel?
Can my business survive with me showing up 24/7?
Many of us dread the familiar chaos upon return.....which makes you hesitate to leave in the first place.
So, how do you make the best of your summer without compromising your business goals?
With proper planning, you can achieve your desired goals while still enjoying your summer.
The Importance of Having a Plan
Without a plan, even the best intentions can go awry. This is where a Lean Strategic Planning framework can help. It will provide you with the necessary tools to create a plan that is simple, focused on the right actions, and areas of focus. This way, you'll have a clear roadmap of how to achieve your goals, even during the summer.
Set Your Goals
Setting goals is imperative when striving to have your best summer yet. Start by defining what you'd like to achieve. Be specific, and make sure your goals stretch you and are measurable, attainable, and realistic. Once you've defined your goals, identify your revenue targets, outcomes, and results.
Build A Dream Team
Having a reliable team in place to support you is crucial to achieve your goals. Lean out your team and focus on having the right people in the right roles. Your team should be made up of people who are aligned with your vision and mission. Invest in training your team and building relationships to foster teamwork.
Create Conditions for Success
To succeed, you must set conditions that will enable you to achieve your goals. First, set boundaries for yourself and honor them. This may involve involving other people or technology to enforce them. Secondly, identify what you need to create space in your schedule or work-life balance. Finally, establish systems that allow you to delegate tasks effectively.
Summer is a time to relax, rejuvenate, and take care of yourself. Make wellness a priority this summer by taking time off work to rest, recharge, and connect with loved ones. Consider taking a digital detox, practicing mindfulness, or participating in a wellness retreat. Remember, you cannot pour from an empty cup, so take care of yourself first.
Remember that life happens, so don't be afraid to adapt and pivot when necessary. Be open to new opportunities and experiences that will help you grow and achieve your goals. Use your Lean Strategic Plan as a guide to course-correct when needed.
With the right mindset and strategy, you can create a solid plan that includes time for you.
By using the Lean Strategic Planning framework, you can create a plan that is focused on the right actions and areas of focus.
Set goals, build a dream team, and create conditions for success.
Practice self-care and be adaptable.
With commitment and effort, you can propel your summer and achieve your goals while enjoying time off work.
Are You Ready For Your Best Summer Ever?
Are you torn between relaxing and recharging over the summer or focusing on our goals and moving our business forward? What if you could have both?
The end of Q2 is the most pivotal time of the year to make sure that you've got that solid plan in place.
More so than just simply being able to enjoy your summer is Q3 sets the tone for the entire second half of the year.
Will you return from summer in a place of complete stress and overwhelm?
Will you feel behind and like you need to work around the clock to make the revenue targets?
Or will you come back actually feeling relaxed and rejuvenated and set up for success for the rest of the year?
The recipe for a successful summer and stress-free return in the fall includes:
- Aligning your goals and activities to your vision and rich fulfilled life
- Getting clear on your capacity for Q3 and creating a capacity-based plan
- Multiplying your time to get more done in less time so you can avoid overworking
- Understanding how to best leverage systems & team to generate results without you
We help you create this and more in PROPEL, a transformative business immersive. Create your plan, and then get ready to experience your best summer ever!
by Crista Grasso
Crista Grasso is the go-to strategic planning expert for leading global businesses and online entrepreneurs when they want to scale. Known as the "Business Optimizer", Crista has the ability to quickly cut through noise and focus on optimizing the core things that will make the biggest impact to scale a business simply and sustainably. She specializes in helping businesses gain clarity on the most important things that will drive maximum value for their clients and maximum profits for their business. She is the creator of the Lean Out Method, 90 Day Lean Out Planner, and host of the Lean Out Your Business Podcast.