Last week we started training your brain’s creative muscles using the Idea Generator.
This week we’re going to use this powerful tool for an important strategy that is the next step in working smarter, not harder.
Each day this week – we’re going to break down this strategy into 10-15-minute Idea Generator brainstorms.
While using the Idea Generator you need to make sure your brain “sweats”.
In one “sitting” you should come up with at least 10 ideas. If 10 ideas popup easily – come up with at least 5 more ideas after you think you can’t come up with more ideas.
From now on – you have this powerful tool in your tool box – and you should use it to:
- Train your problem-solving and creativity muscles
I use this tool almost daily to keep my brain sharp and flexible.
Simply ask a question/problem and take 10 minutes to come up as many ideas/answers/solutions as you can.
When you run out of questions, use the question “What questions/problems should I work on in the next days?”. Set your timer for 10 minutes, and get to work…
- Solve any WHAT TO DO, ONE-STEP problem
Anytime you need an answer or a solution to a non-complex question or problem, instead of looking for one answer/solution, clearly state the issue, set you timer to 10 minutes, and come up with at least 10 possible ideas.
E.g. ideas for blog posts, money-saving ideas, ideas for new success habits…
- Solve HOW TO DO, ONE-STEP problems
Anytime you’re struggling with a more complex challenge, problem, obstacle or setback in business or life, clearly state the issue, set you timer to 10 minutes, and come up with at least 10 possible solutions.
Then, repeat the exact same process with the same issue 5 days in a row (like you did last week with your current business struggle).
E.g. HOW to WOW your clients, HOW to manage your time better…
- Solve WHY-WHAT-HOW, MULTI-STEP problems
Anytime you’re trying to answer a strategic question or solve a strategic problem, use this multi-step approach.
Break the question/problem into several sequential questions/problems (using WHY, WHAT, HOW and similar questions to help) and solve them one at a time…
Work Smarter, Not Harder – Part 2
A quick reminder: Master Entrepreneurs are those that go from where they are now to where they want to be in the minimum amount of steps. That’s what it means to work smarter.
When you get there – doing business becomes easier, life is more flowing, you get results faster…
The second habit you must “install” to become a Master Entrepreneur is Using OPT and OPE.
- OPT stands for Other People’s Time
- OPE stands for Other People’s Expertise
Another way to describe OPT + OPE is called… Delegation.
Thinking of delegation might make you nervous, especially if you’re used to doing things on your own, having complete control and considering perfection the ultimate goal… But you can’t be a team of one forever.
By delegating some of your tasks and responsibilities to someone you trust, you’ll be able to spend more time on the things that require your core expertise and build a more sustainable business.
Throughout the program we’re going to use the MG-SPI system for success
- M for MINDSET
To be successful in anything you do – you need to have the “right” mindset;
- G for GOAL
If you don’t know where you’re going, you have very little chances to get there;
- S for STRATEGY
If the goal is your destination, then the strategy is the vehicle to get you there;
- P for PLAN
This is your roadmap – how are you going to “drive” your “vehicle” in order to get to your destination;
- I for Implementation
You can have the most supporting mindset, the clearest goal, the best strategy in the world and a perfect plan… But without actually taking action – following the plan – you will NOT achieve your desired success.
Let’s start with your MINDSET…
Thinking of delegation might make you nervous, especially if you believe that:
- “I’m the only person who can do this” – if this is right – then that’s your core skill/quality and you should keep doing it – BUT… not more than 2 or 3 tasks in your business should be in that category…
- “It’s easier and faster to do the task myself” – it’s probably true at the beginning – but when you change your mindset to “I can teach someone to do this” you release your need for control – and your business can fly;
- “They might not do it right” – it’s probably true, but this is your perfectionism talking. Change your mindset to “Different isn’t wrong and done is better than perfect” and you’ll be amazed of the results;
- “What if I delegate and it fails” – it can happen… it will probably happen… but you shouldn’t let your fear of failure stops you from growing your business – remember that “There is no failure. You either succeed or you learn“… and that applies also to those you delegate to;
- “I tried it before and it didn’t work – don’t let your past bad experiences kill your chances for a better future… Remember – “Your past does NOT equal your future“… Try again, start small, and follow these 10 ideas how to delegate.
- “I can’t afford it” – in this case you probably want to change your mindset to, “I can’t afford NOT to delegate…” (think about it).
Set your GOAL for this week…
Here’s a great goal for you:
I am going to become great at delegating.
How’s that for a 5-day challenge?
Choose the STRATEGY you will use…
If you are doing everything yourself – then this week will be about taking the first step in delegating… If you’re already delegating regularly – then this week you will learn to delegate strategically.
And again, we’re going to use… the Idea Generator
Remember – your brain is an answering machine… so let’s give it a great question each day of the week:
- Day 1 – WHY delegate
Come up with as many purposes for delegating in your business (e.g. save time, increase focus, decrease frustration, decrease mistakes…)
Remember… when you run out of reasons/purposes – you need to come up with at least 5 more.
Write them ALL down in the comment box below.
Then choose the most important 2-3 reasons. Write them down.
- Day 2 – WHAT to delegate
Read the most important 2-3 purposes you chose yesterday and come up with a list of all the tasks and responsibilities that you could delegate to achieve those most important purposes.
Make sure you keep going for 5 more when you run out of ideas.
Write them ALL down in the comment box.
Then choose ONE task/responsibility you’re going to delegate and write it down.
- Day 3 – WHO to delegate to
Remind yourself of the task/responsibility you’re going to delegate and come up with a list of people/companies (names or professions) that you could delegate to.
Make sure you include in the list both free and paid options, both low cost and more expensive.
Write them ALL down in the comment box.
Then pick your best person/company for your current situation and write it down.
- Day 4 – HOW to delegate
Remind yourself who are you going to delegate to, what are you going to delegate to them, and why… and then come up with a list of ideas HOW are you going to make sure that the delegation will be a success (goals, expectations, training, briefing, reporting, feedback…)
Write them ALL down in the comment box.
- Day 5 – putting it all together
For the Friday Celebration post a clear, concise plan – WHY are you going to delegate, WHAT task, to WHO, HOW you’re going to make sure it’s a success, and WHEN are you going to start…
PLAN your actions in your agenda…
Your next step is to actually plan this process in your agenda.
Plan to invest 10-15 minutes EVERY DAY in the coming 5 days to follow the process above.
Now it’s time to IMPLEMENT…
Take 10 minutes, right now, and…
- Day 1 – come up with at least 10 ideas WHY to delegate and choose the 2-3 most important ones;
- Day 2 – come up with at least 10 ideas WHAT to delegate and choose the ONE task/responsibility you’re going to delegate;
- Day 3 – come up with at least 10 ideas WHO to delegate to and choose the person/company you’re going to delegate to;
- Day 4 – come up with at least 10 ideas HOW to delegate
- Day 5 – put it all together WHY, WHAT, WHO, HOW, WHEN…
As soon as you have them… write them down in the comment box.
My commitment to you…
- I’m looking forward to read your process and ideas below;
- I will be there for you on Wednesday to support you with any question, challenge or setback you encounter;
- I’m looking forward to celebrate your progress and results on Friday (I’m curious to hear what you’ll come up with).
Live fully, stay awesome,