I’m Anza Goodbar; I am a certified coach, speaker, and trainer. My expertise is in the following topics – business systems, leadership development, entrepreneurial mindset, strategizing and goal setting. I’ve been an entrepreneur since 2004. But, you might say that I’ve been an entrepreneur all of my life since both of my parents were business owners and I began working in the family business when I was just 11 years old.
In 2008, I started a virtual assistant business that focused on start-ups, solo-preneurs, and family-owned businesses. While I provided some admin support, I was primarily hired to strategize and design business systems to provide structure for life and business. I aspired to help business owners develop a business that supported their lifestyle rather than a job that demanded all of their time and energy.
Over the course of my career, I have discovered that entrepreneurs deal with similar issues despite their industry. Many struggles centered around bad habits and inefficient time management skills. That awareness inspired me to venture into coaching.
Through 1:1 and group coaching, I bridge the gap between the problem and the solution. I have found that implementing a few intentional habits into your life can equip and empower you for success. The following three areas are an excellent starting point to build intentionality into your life:
Lack of clarity can be one of the most significant challenges faced by entrepreneurs. Most entrepreneurs have serving hearts and want to help everyone they come into contact with. That can muddy their messaging and cause challenges with priorities. Feeling unclear can lead to procrastinating and inaction. This will halt momentum and lead to feelings of frustration, if not addressed.
Try this simple exercise to gain clarity. First, write a short, specific vision statement, outlining your life goals. It should be short and easy to remember. The more emotionally charged the statement is, the more compelling it will be to take action.
Next, write out a short mission statement, this outlines how you want to engage with the world around you. It defines how you show up in the lives of friends and family and your community. This will feed right into your passion and purpose and define the mark you want to leave on the world.
Finally, make out a list of 50 goals for the year. This list will be pared down to the top three based on how it fits with your vision and mission statements. From this point forward, when an idea comes up, there is a filter to sift the idea trough. If the idea doesn’t move your forward with achieving your goals or living out your vision and mission statements, make an intentional decision not to pursue that activity at this time.
Design a routine
We are all creatures of habit. We like order and structure. Setting up our day for success is one simple intentional action we can take each day. In his book, The Miracle Morning, Hal Elrod expresses the importance of creating a routine that feeds your soul and sets your mindset on the right track.
There is no cookie-cutter approach to this practice. However, there are some elements that can put you on the path to success every day. Here are some of the components I like to include in my morning routine:
- I choose my attitude/mindset for the day
- I rehearse difficulty conversations I know I’ll have and practice how to respond in each situation
- I journal my gratitude for the day
- I spend 30 minutes in meditation and prayer
- I read 1 chapter in a personal growth book
- I listen to 1 chapter of a personal growth book audio or podcast as I get ready for the day
- Then, I wake up the house and get the day going. By then, I feel energized and unstoppable!
Schedule your priorities
We tend to make to-do lists every day and fill them with everything from calling the utility company to doing the dishes. The problem with this method is our time gets filled up with “busy” work, and not productive work. When scheduling out your time, block out time for meaningful, productive work each day. Time blocking can be a useful tool to help increase impact.
If you’re not familiar with time blocking, it is a simple way of grouping similar tasks into a time slot. Blocking “like” items together helps your brain focus on one thing at a time and creates flow. For example: I might block out 4 hours to “write.” That might include writing a blog, a newsletter, an email series and social media posts. By making space for those tasks, I open up the opportunity for my creative juices to flow uninterrupted, and I can get more done in less time.
Block out times you don’t intend to work or are unavailable- including meetings, vacation time, holidays or self-care. Whatever the reason you don’t plan to work, mark it off your calendar so that you can see the real time available for completing projects. For example: I don’t work on Thursdays, I reserve Thursdays for volunteering at my granddaughter’s school. That time is aside so I can be fully present in her day and share in her experiences.
Once you identify what time available for “working,” choose 1 – 3 priorities to focus on each day. Rank them in order of importance and use those priorities to schedule out each day. Include buffer time between activities, so that you can make positive transitions between tasks. Mastering transitions can ensure you will be fully present for the next undertaking and it will prevent you from depleting your energy pool.
Intentional living is far more engaging than setting an intention for the day. It takes effort and preparation to instil new routines into your daily life. If you are fulling committed to creating intentional habits in your daily life, you can transform your personal and business life and generate motivation to design a life you truly love!
Inspired by women in my tribe who are striving to become high-performance achievers