The Power of the Pomodoro

Tomatoes; as I type this whilst sitting in the car, Jules is in Lidl shopping for tomatoes…

Yup, we’re living the dream as entrepreneurs!

The thing with that is, life goes on. 

Unless you’re a gazzillionaire and have people to do your shopping and general lifey things, then stuff has to get done.

My challenge used to be how to fill those small gaps in your day when in-between bigger tasks.

Don’t get me wrong, I often help with the shopping (no, really, I do…), but again when you work in a partnership you have to know how to best make use of your time and play to your strengths.

So Jules and I agree that if we go to the shops together, I’ll work in the car whilst she gets some trolley action in.

And to make my time effective, I use the Pomodoro technique…

This is where you set yourself 25 minutes to get some deep work done. 

All distractions turned off; phones, radio, alerts, and then seriously get your teeth into one task. A bit...

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3 Things Not to Do When Starting an Online Business…

Think about this; in order for someone to learn from you (and more importantly, pay you for it), sometimes all you need is experience…

The only formal qualifications I have are as a pilot, but I don’t teach people to fly.

What I do have is over 20 years of hard earned, in the trenches business experience, and that’s what people pay me for.

I help them create a transformation in their life without them having put in all those years that I did.

So, I help fast-track people who want to startup an online business. And yet I don’t have a PhD or MBA.

Don’t get me wrong, qualifications are great but they’re nothing without experience.

If you are one step ahead of the person who wants to learn from you, then you have a viable product.

As long as you can deliver your subject in a clear fashion from which they can take action and get results, you have a viable product.

Now, here are those 3 things not to do when starting an online business:

1. Do NOT...

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The Day I Won the Lottery

I won the lottery.

No really, I did…

Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t the EuroMillions or anything like that, but it was a good chunk of change.

When something like that happens, the first thing you think is; can this be real? Can I actually be that lucky?

Well I certainly was that day, and it felt amazing!

Sorry to tell you that we didn’t go out and buy a Lamborghini and a yacht.

Granted there were a few pairs of new shoes in the mix and the odd bottle of expensive champagne, but the rest went to paying off our mortgage.

Sound boring?

Maybe, but on reflection, now that I’m building my own business, what I’ve realised is it’s all about playing the long game.

And now that we’re living in Spain, ‘long game’ has a WHOLE new meaning!

Sure I could have gone and blown the lot on the day I cashed in the ticket, but what I did then is now affording me what I do now.

Starting your own business is not a quick fix. It takes time,...

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