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Have you got 2020 Vision?

Have you got 2020 Vision?

Make 2020 Count!

I’m planning my January and February 2020 blog posts and just love the ‘National Days’ and weird ‘special’ dates.   So, like Kiss a Ginger Day (12 Jan), National Hug Day (21 Jan). What about National Peanut Butter Day (24 Jan) and my personal favourite, Squirrel Appreciation Day (also 21st Jan).  But, c’mon, who doesn’t appreciate a cute little squirrel?!?!?!  February has a Toothache Day (9th Feb) and a whole day dedicated to Almonds (16th Feb), that’s nuts!!!!

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Make 2020 Count!

I started this post with the intention of writing about keeping your social media relevant, current and industry specific. To talk about how your readers want to see the value and expertise you can bring, but nah!.  It’s nearly the New Year, 2020.  The year of clear vision but why have no Opticians jumped at this?  Instead I’m choosing to think of the days to come, making them count and giving them meaning.  

Make 2020 Count!

How many of the days do you actually have a memory of in 2019?  I can remember what I was doing on key dates but they only account for maybe 20 days in 2019.  Why?  Because they were the special or particularly tough ones, they made an impact.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to just remember 5 ½ % of my life.  That means I’ve forgotten over 94% of the last year of my life! I want my days to count, be special, have impact and make a difference to others and to myself.

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Make 2020 Count!

My challenge to you in 2020 is have clear vision and have clear goals.

Incidentally, my birthday is World Coming Out Day. Stranger things have happened and if that does happen, I don’t think I’ll forget that day in a hurry!

Just in case you didn’t know VAS can look after your social media and blog posts. No one will ever know they didn’t come from you!  Check it out!

In 2020 I start building the best version of me by attending #ThinkResilience in Londonderry/Derry. 

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11 hours!!!!

11 hours!! Are you kidding me?!!?

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It is weird that we’re zooming through December and I haven’t got my tree up yet?  I look around my neighbour’s homes and I wonder how a plane hasn’t tried to land on them yet – I live near some very artistic characters.  There is a house further up the street that actually haven’t taken their decorations down from last year and I’ve just this second realised they haven’t been lighting them up this year yet – wonder if they are ok, if I knock at the door am I going to be greeted by the ghost of said neighbours?

So, it got me thinking about the book I’m reading at the moment, granted I’m only 2 chapters in, but oooo I tell ye it’s a goodun. Atomic Habits by James Clear challenges us to make small 1% habits each day for the better.  Make your bed when you get up – start your day off organised.  Leave

your phone downstairs when you go to bed, then it’s not the first and last thing you see at bed time (tricky one), make that to-do list for the next day before you go to bed, then you can hit the ground running with a predetermined plan of action.  After all a goal without a plan is just a dream! 

It’s not that I’m procrastinating about the tree honestly.  I’ve just had other priorities, mostly work related (that, and I hate cleaning dog pish off the tree and floor).  Skewed priorities get in the way of living. Yes, we all have to work, the bank manager dude keeps on insisting that I send her money every month for something called a ‘mortgage’ and there

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are electric bills, rates, gas, insurance, groceries – see when you have a mountain of a son to feed, the grocery bill is not a joke, it’s more than my mortgage!!!! 

Where is the down time?  Where is the me, friends, family, movie, takeaway and jammies time?   I was shocked at my screen report last week, I apparently averaged 11 hours of screen time PER DAY!  Actually, SHOCKED!!!  I thought back upon my week and tried to argue with what the figure in front of me was telling me.  But I did this, and I went there and… I couldn’t think of one thing that added value to ME, I’m not talking ££££ here, I’m talking me.  I couldn’t think of one thing that added value to my family.  Nothing.  That is incredibly sad.  We tell ourselves, and it’s true, that we work hard for our family, that we put the hours in so our loved ones can enjoy a certain quality of life.  But 11 hours of screen time per day.  I must have taken a toilet break or two in there somewhere, but I could find no ME value or family value at all anywhere in my life last week.  That actually rocked me!

There’s a ££££ value that we all NEED to achieve each month.  There’s a ££££ that we want to achieve each month.  For our financial needs and our financial wants we bust our asses.  At what cost?  Little to no added value to our life, little to no added value to our family and friend’s lives.  Our lives should add value, leave a lasting legacy of love and inspiration – I’ve never heard any speaker at a funeral say, I wish my dad could have made more money, or I wish my mum had spent more time making money than with me.  No, we all pray for more time WITH them.  We all have value to give our loved ones, our spouse, our children, our friends.

I put so much time and emphasis into asking people to claim back their work/life balance, to rest, to relax to just be and I’m over here like HEEYYYAAAAAAA!  Pot, kettle, black!!! 

I didn’t NEED to do a lot of the stuff I did last week; I chose to.  I chose my screen over myself, over my family and over my friends.    I am not rocking up double figures on the screen time ever again – I am making an atomic habit change.  I am speaking (not texting) to at least one friend every day and visiting in person at least one friend every week.  Oh, and I’m putting my tree up tomorrow!!!

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HAVING A VA BY YOUR SIDE

Having a VA by your side

So, you’re a small company, you wear many hats, one day you are out pitching your most premium product to the elite of the business world, the next day you are stuck in the office under a pile of invoices, post-it-notes and a to-list that’s longer than your arm.  Not what you signed up for?

I have a small list of just 3 questions that I want you to answer:

  1. What are the things you HATE doing?
  2. What are the things you CANNOT do yourself?
  3. What are the things you SHOULDN’T be doing?

Number 1. is straight forward enough: write down what you dislike doing in your business on a day-to-day basis. This could be anything from bookkeeping to administration.

Number 2.  The second thing are daily elements of the company you don’t have any experience in, which could consist of social media marketing to graphic designing.

Number 3.   This one is the ‘game changer.’ Ask yourself honestly: what shouldn’t I be doing? Remember, you’re not a superhero.  Yes you can do anything, but you can’t do EVERYTHING!

A VA can both scale your business and shave off hours from your work week. With an experienced VA, you can IMPROVE BUSINESS GROWTH, get back to what you love, the real work during real work hours and back to family and friends.  All the stuff that goes on behind the scenes can be taken care of for you and importantly the core tasks won’t be sacrificed due to lack of time.  It is now possible to come back to your old self of previous years, where there really was such a thing of work/life balance.

On top of that you get the benefit of cost effective and reduced expenses as a VA works in their own office, using their own equipment, pays their own salary, their own PAYE/NI, pension, benefits.  You just pay for what you need when you need it.  No long-term contracts whatsoever.  In fact, you can buy from 5 – 20 hours of time in one go and have no further commitment.

Yes – NO commitment!

Which means you could back to that pitching we talked about at the very start!

 

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VAS business values are integrity, honesty, trust, accountability, commitment to clients, passion, fun!   We gotta have fun, right?!?!

 

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