Routines vs. flow

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I have routines and at other times those are gone. And it made me think about when I’m more in flow–do the routines help or do they hinder?

My routines are day-of-the-week and times-of-the-day based. When my children are in school, the structure of my day is dictated by their schedule because I like to take them to school, so ‘work’ only starts after that…

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Look out the window…

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Looking out the window gives you time to think and ponder. I use it productively to come up with ideas and solutions. For me sometimes thinking too hard about something doesn’t give the best solution. A watched pot never boils and all that :)

If you spend a lot of your time being busy you will miss your best ideas. You will be too busy looking ahead that you may miss what is right in front of you.

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If you don’t ask you’ll never know

Once you’ve got your head around your Thing and what it is–how it works and what it does for other people–the next step is to tell everyone about it.

And once you’ve got your head around telling everyone about your Thing (we call that marketing!) then you need to ask for the sale…

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Even the best hairdresser can’t cut the back of their own head

Sometimes we think that because we can do a good job on others we can do it for ourselves. But that’s when we forget 2 things:

1. It’s on the end of our nose which, of course, we look straight past so don’t actually SEE it
2. Cobbler’s children: we’re SO busy doing our Thing for other people that we completely forget or neglect to do it for ourselves…

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When you know you’re in flow…

Yes, this is a slightly ‘woo woo’ post as it’s all about ‘flow’. And if you don’t do ‘woo woo’, let’s call it ‘getting in the zone’ :)

But you know what I’m talking about right? When it’s all working, it’s just going the way you want it to… there are no bumps in the road, there are no objections, no ‘problems’—in fact, you’re on a roll. Yeah, we love that. And it makes our business flow better too.

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The magic online customers

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Now, I am not saying you can’t find customers online (you can, of course) but, depending on your Thing and your business model, you don’t need to think this is the **only** place you can find some ideal clients.

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