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  1. 1. Whirlwind Taming the N a t h a n I n g r a m @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m
  2. 2. Hi! Im Nathan From Birmingham, Alabama Co-lead organizer for WordPress Birmingham Meetup and WordCamp Birmingham Freelance Web Developer Working with clients since 1995, all WordPress since 2010 @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m
  3. 3. Hi! Im Nathan Host at iThemes Training Teaching WordPress and Business development since 2012 Business Coach Working with WordPress Freelancers individually and in groups since 2013 @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m
  4. 4. Hi! Im Nathan Questions Ill pause for questions at a few points during the talk, then wrap-up Q & A. Slides & Resources nathaningram.com/wcjax @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m
  5. 5. The Common Struggle Freelancers face common challenges. In four years of coaching conversations, Ive found very few unique issues. You are not alone. @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m
  6. 6. The Common Struggle Strategy vs. Execution Execution is what we do Strategy is how and why we do it Both are Critical @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m
  7. 7. The Common Struggle We Understand the Need for Strategy More efficient, more productive, more profitable. Doing strategy gets messy @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m
  8. 8. Or @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m
  9. 9. Strategy Why is it so hard to keep our in focus? @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m
  10. 10. @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m
  11. 11. UNDERSTANDING the WHIRLWIND @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m
  12. 12. What is THE WHIRLWIND? The energy and attention needed to run your business. The whirlwind is the urgent. @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m
  13. 13. The Problem with THE WHIRLWIND Goals and strategy are important, The whirlwind is urgent. When urgency and importance clash, urgency wins every time. FranklinCoveyCo. @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m
  14. 14. The Problem with THE WHIRLWIND Delaying strategy doesnt work. The whirlwind never goes away. @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m
  15. 15. The Problem with THE WHIRLWIND The whirlwind isnt bad it just is. @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m
  16. 16. TamING the WHIRLWIND @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m
  17. 17. @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m The PLAN You need a plan to accomplish your goals in the middle of the whirlwind.
  18. 18. @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m The PLAN Without a plan, the whirlwind always wins.
  19. 19. @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m The PLAN Initial Planning Weekly Planning Weekly Execution
  20. 20. @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m Initial Planning 2 Hours Unplugged Schedule it as a priority
  21. 21. @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m Initial Planning 2 Hours 2 Tasks 1. Identify the Issues 2. Plan action items
  22. 22. @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m Initial Planning Identify the Issues What changes do I need to make? Which bring the most immediate results? Identify your top 3
  23. 23. @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m Initial Planning Plan Action Items Break each goal into action items that will take 2-4 hours to complete.
  24. 24. @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m Initial Planning A helpful tool >ADVANCE Goal Worksheets nathaningram.com/wcjax
  25. 25. @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m Weekly Planning 30 mins Before the week starts Fri afternoon? Sunday Evening? Early Monday Morning?
  26. 26. @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m Weekly Planning Without a plan, the whirlwind always wins.
  27. 27. @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m Weekly Planning 30 mins Plan the time to execute at least one action.
  28. 28. @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m My Weekly Planning Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Morning Morning Morning Morning Morning Afternoon Afternoon Afternoon Afternoon Afternoon Evening Evening Evening Evening Evening I divide each day into 3 blocks. My family typically gets one.
  29. 29. @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m My Weekly Planning Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Whirlwind Whirlwind Whirlwind Family Whirlwind Whirlwind Project Project Whirlwind Strategy Family Family Family Project Family I divide each day into 3 blocks. My family typically gets one.
  30. 30. @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m My Weekly Planning Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Whirlwind Whirlwind Whirlwind Family Whirlwind Whirlwind Project Project Whirlwind Strategy Family Family Family Project Family I divide each day into 3 blocks. My family typically gets one. The Whirlwind Can Be Contained Good Productivity Habits Be deliberate about your time. Calls twice a day. Emails once an hour.
  31. 31. @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m My Weekly Planning Ill be available afterward if you want to see specifics
  32. 32. @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m Weekly Execution 2-4 hours Schedule the time and dont compromise it (okay, maybe for a real emergency)
  33. 33. 2 Final Suggestions @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m
  34. 34. 2 Final Suggestions @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m You will always have more goals than time, so prioritize well. Focus on immediate impact to build momentum.
  35. 35. The Law of Diminishing Returns Number of Goals In addition to the Whirlwind Number of Goals Achieved with Excellence FranklinCovey 2-3 4-10 11-20 2-3 1-2 0
  36. 36. 2 Final Suggestions @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m You will always have more goals than time, so prioritize well. Sometimes good ideas have to be put on a shelf.
  37. 37. 2 Final Suggestions @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m Taming the whirlwind takes time. Give yourself a break. Everybody has a plan until they get hit in the mouth. Mike Tyson
  38. 38. 2 Final Suggestions @ n a t h a n i n g r a m # W C J A X N a t h a n I n g r a m . c o m Taming the whirlwind takes time. Give yourself a break. Stick with it. Its a work in progress.
  39. 39. The whirlwind never goes away
  40. 40. When urgency and importance clash, urgency wins every time.
  41. 41. Develop a strategy to accomplish your goals in the whirlwind.
  42. 42. In 6 months, how would your business change if you did?
  43. 43. In 6 months, how would your business change if you did? LIFE
  44. 44. Thanks! nathaningram.com/wcjax