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The Three D’s

I have very nearly finished my new book on time management systems for the modern mum (available on Kindle).

I have been sharing snippets of the book in my blog over the past week, and wanted to share another one today.  I am giving my book away free on my new blog site, which will be live from Monday.  In fact, you can get a sneak preview here.

I love reading and responding to all your questions and comments, both on the blog and by email.  I read all my own mail so please keep them coming.  You can email me at kim@kimconstable.com

This excerpt comes from the chapter Do it, Dump it, Delegate it (which I hope is pretty self explanatory)

An invitation arrived in the post recently for my husband and I to attend an awards ceremony.  I put the invitation in my top in-tray to discuss with him that evening.

After we had agreed that we would attend, I immediately did the following:

  • Checked my online calendar to make sure it didn’t clash with anything else
  • RSVP’d to the invitation, addressed and stamped the envelope and put it in my bag to post the next day.
  • Marked the date of the event in my diary
  • Texted the babysitter to check to see if she was free on that date
  • Wrote a note in my diary for two days later to check back with her if she hadn’t replied
  • Wrote a note in my dairy for the next day to make a hair appointment for the day of the event
  • Emailed my husband a reminder that I needed him to take care of the kids whilst I was at my appointment
  • Threw the invitation in the bin

I realise that this might all seem a little OCD and extreme.  But after I had done these actions I didn’t have to think about it anymore.  Everything that needed to be done to prepare was taken care of, and it didn’t have to occupy space in my head.

The peace of mind you get from a system like this is incredible.

Your life runs smoothly and you create more time for the most important parts… experiencing joy and being happy.

 

 

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Change

Many of you will be aware that I am pre-launching a new company in a few weeks, with the full launch in early 2013.  The company is called Consumermums.com and is it a revolutionary new company aimed at helping mums to have more.

The company, I have been told, is one of the most amazingly smart, but incredibly simple ideas ever to hit the consumer mums market.

It is a company that will enable mums to:

  • Save money
  • Make money
  • Support their local community
  • Provide a better life for their families

I am soooooo excited, passionate and driven by the potential of this company, and what it can do for mums the world over.

How will this affect you?

Well, it won’t affect you much at all, except that instead of landing on Lipgloss Entrepreneurs, you will land on Consumermums.com as I have decided to incorporate my blog into my new website.

The content will still be the same great articles that you’ve come to expect from me, and it will still be delivered straight to your inbox on a daily basis (if you subscribe to my blog).  The only difference will be the name.

So look out for the change.  It will be happening within the next 14 days.  And please, as usual, I’d love to hear your comments, suggestions and feedback.

Love Kim

 

Products Or Benefits? Why Knowing The Difference Is Essential For Making More Sales

When I first started this blog, 170 days ago, someone told me that the best blog posts should be around 150 words long.

I remember looking at them as if they were quite mad.  How could I possibly say what I had to say in that few words?  My first posts were a struggle to stay under 700 words, let alone 150.

Yet as I have proceeded with my blog, my posts have gradually become shorter.  Now I average 150 words on a short day and 300 words on a long day and I’m clearer and more concise in my message.

I know exactly who I’m talking to and how valuable their time is.

The only blog that I subscribe to that I read on a daily basis (without fail) is one by Seth Godin.  It’s short and to the point, takes under one minute to read.

It’s valuable to me because it satisfies two of my core values:

  1. Education
  2. Time

I’m lacking in both, so Seth manages to educate me in a very short space of time.  I don’t subscribe to his blog, I subscribe to the benefits that his blog brings me.

So the questions then become:

What is your customer lacking that you are aiming to give them? 

What is the need of your niche that you are working to meet?

Remember: people don’t buy products, people buy benefits.

So how will your company make their lives a little bit better?

Stuck For Ideas? Try This Simple But Highly Effective Strategy for Inspiration

People ask me all the time how I get inspiration to write a daily blog (albeit very late, as this one is today).

The answer is simple and surprises most people: I read.  

Every day, I read and read and read.  I probably spend about one to two hours per day, every day, reading books, manuals, reports and other stuff that interests me.

I read about marking, leadership, sales techniques, parenting issues, relationship issues, goal setting and much more.  Anything that interests me and is relevant to my goals, makes it onto my reading list.

Not only does my daily reading help to inspire my blog posts, it also educates me.  

Every time I read, I come up with a new idea, or a new angle.  I see possibilities for new products, new businesses and new ventures all over the place.  My problem is never lack of ideas, it’s making sure that I follow through with the current one before moving on to the next.

Want to be better at what you do?  Start to inform yourself.

Nothing else will make you a leader in your industry more than knowledge coupled with sustainable, consistent action.

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