My 3 Top Non-Business Books for Female Entrepreneurs

My 3 Top Non-Business Books for Female Entrepreneurs
We often read business & entrepreneurial books to improve our business; makes sense, right?

But if we, as small business owners, essentially ARE our business or brand, it would also make sense to learn more about ourselves to grow. 

If we are stuck in a biz rut, or find ourselves at a crossroad, it makes sense to check in with ourselves to see how to move forward. 

So here's my top three non-business books for female entrepreneurs: 


Soul Modes by Carlie Maree
You know how one day you feel like you could take on the world & the next you want to crawl up under a doona?? This book explains how to embrace this rollercoaster and use it for your own good! 

Loved reading this book & being able to apply it to myself straight away. A great resource for planning anything (biz, family, life!) & learning how to be OK & actually enjoy those lazy days that appear! 

The Heart-Centred Woman's Guide to Healthy Boundaries by Lauren da Silva
If you struggle with the guilt of working from home, being a mum, trying to do ALL the things, and just feeling exhausted, wrecked and pulled in all directions; this is for you!

Lauren uses simply analogies & examples of how we can serve our family, clients AND ourselves so much better if we have healthy boundaries. My biggest takeaway is that boundaries don't mean excluding or pushing people away; they come from a place of love and care. Love the practical worksheets and questions too!  

Feelings Buried Alive Never Die by Karol K Truman
I think that every adult has experiences that they'd rather forget, but can't. This book looks into the why & how these experiences shape our present, and how we can reprogram our thoughts to build ourselves up, rather than keep us scared and failing. 

I will note that this isn't a "short & easy" read (as most of the books I recommend), but it has been super helpful in overcoming roadblocks and moving forward without making the same familiar mistakes over & over. 

Don't forget that for your business to grow, you need to grow too! 

x Billy

Tips for Managing your To-Do List: Is yours longer than Rapunzel's hair?

Tips for Managing your To-Do List: Is yours longer than Rapunzel's hair?
Is your to-do list longer than Rapunzel's hair?? 

We often feel like we need to do a massive number of things, and we'd like to do them all NOW! Cue overwhelm, frustration & often a lack of productivity, because our brain just freezes! In the end, we then feel even more frustrated & upset because we then feel like we've wasted time on... well doing nothing!! 

So if  you are feeling snowed under with a list that is ever-growing; here's my little strategy to get you moving forward again:

1. Write everything you feel you need to do in a notebook

If you've got a few lists around the place, or have the one on your desk that's looking at you all the time; it's time to consolidate them all & put them out of sight. If you feel like you have too much to do, then the last thing you need right now is a visual reminder of that. 

You will (subconsciously) keep re-enforcing to yourself that you can't possibly achieve it all. 

I am all for vision boards, big-picture planning, post it notes & the works; but if you are overwhelmed and trying to just take the next step forward; it may be helpful to just move them aside for a time.  

2. Choose 1-3 items for the day

It's up to you when; either just before bed or first thing in the morning; but choose UP TO 3 things from your big list for the (next) day. These items are not a stretch-goal or a 'hope to do' list; this is up to 3 items you WILL cross off your list. 

Write these on a separate piece of paper/post-it/whiteboard that you will have with you at your workspace. 

Why 'up to 3'? We all have days that we have less time to put into our businesses, so maybe it's a 1-task day. Even if it's a quick text you've been putting off or replying to an email; that's something off your list! 

Why not more? If you've got a full day ahead of you; why not choose more?? Because that's essentially duplicating the problem of a long list again... Stick with three.

3. close the notebook and put it away, out of sight

Remove the visual of overwhelm from your sight. You know how you hide the chocolate stash from your kids so they don't know it's there? It's the same for us. Take away the visual and we are less likely to think on it. 

4. do those 1-3 items that you CHOSE and then celebrate! 

With just a couple of items in front of you; tasks that you have CHOSEN, all you need to do now is tick them off. Cross them out, rip them up when they are done... and then celebrate!! Whether it's time with the kids, chocolate or a facial... it just has to be away from your work & something you will enjoy!

When we have a running to-do list all the time, we can get overwhelmed and never feel like we actually make progress. Mentally, this makes us feel like we are just running on a treadmill instead of making progress forward. And honestly, it wears us down & sucks. 

If we can finish our tasks each day, we can see the progress much more easily and have that sense of achievement! You know then you get a "second wind" because you can see the finish coming? Embrace that each day! So much better to end the day feeling accomplished & sets a much better tone for the next day. 

You have also CHOSEN to do those tasks; this power of choice is very profound. Rather than feeling obligued to do everything; which leads to a stifled & out of contol feeling, we have chosen and committed to these tasks. This sets your mind up for success.

Of course, sometimes we hit roadblocks that make it very challenging to even want to move forward. If you are feeling like this is you; check out my Stuck to Smashing It Challenge to break the cycle of being stuck & give you tools to smash your goals! 

PS. If you have done your 1-3 things; you can always go for more if you are on fire!!

x Billy