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5 Things to Never Forget When Pitching to Investors

March 11th, 2019 Posted by Blog Post, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “5 Things to Never Forget When Pitching to Investors”

This month’s post was contributed by Digital Exits, a broker selling online businesses. If you would like to be a guest contributor to this blog, please send your idea for submission to info@plancanvas.net or use our contact form.

We’ve all heard stories about entrepreneurs who started with nothing and worked and worked until they built a large, successful business. In general, these stories are great. They remind us of the value of working hard and never giving up on our dreams.

But these stories also muddle the picture, for at some point in an entrepreneur’s journey, they will need to enlist the help of an investor. It’s that old saying, it takes money to make money.

However, pitching to investors can be both exciting and terrifying.

On the one hand, a successful presentation could be just what you need to turn your dreams into reality. But on the other hand, failing to impress investors could deliver a major blow to your confidence.

This high-risk, high-reward environment makes for great drama, which is why the show Shark Tank is one of the most popular television programs currently airing. But when pitching to investors, you’re not entirely at their mercy.

Remember: they are looking to take risks and make money. Getting someone to buy into your business is less about luck and more about telling them the right information in the right way. In general, this can be easier said than done, but if you make sure to include the following five things in your pitch, then you’re going to put yourself in a much better position for success

#1 Unique Value Proposition

Every business in the world exists to solve a problem. Never forget this.

Ideally, each business would solve a different problem, but there is bound to be some overlap. However, if your business addresses something already being done by someone else, then what do you do that’s different?

Do you offer a cheaper solution? Is it somehow better? More fun? More environmentally friendly?

Whatever it is, you need to make the reason your business exists abundantly clear. If there is any doubt that what you’re doing is unique, then you will most certainly lose the attention of those to whom you are pitching.

This can be done in a variety of different ways. You can tell a story, offer testimonials, ask questions, etc. It doesn’t really matter, as long as investors known within the first few seconds of your presentation why your business exists and what makes it different from anyone else trying to address the same problem.

#2 Proof Your Idea Works

When asking for someone’s money, you better have some proof to back up what you’re claiming. There’s an expression in business that good ideas are worthless.

Of course, this isn’t entirely true—an idea is the foundation of a company—but it gets at the idea that you need to go beyond just thinking about your business.

Spend some time talking about what you’ve already done. This will help show to investors that your UVP is real.

It’s one thing for people to think your idea is good, but it’s quite another for them to open up their wallets and give you money for it.

As a result, you need to have some tangible evidence that people are doing this. Set up a pop-up store, sell at some local markets, open a food truck. What you do doesn’t matter, as long as investors can see there is not only a theoretical market for your idea but also a practical one.

#3 Systems and Processes

Small businesses are notorious for being inefficient. Lack of experience often makes it difficult for new business owners to navigate the market, and this can lead to a lot of waste.

When it’s your own money, this isn’t such a big deal, although you should certainly try to avoid it. However, when you’re taking someone else’s money, this type of approach simply won’t work.

You need to have a plan for how you’re going to spend the money investors give you. But perhaps more importantly, you need to have systems and processes set up to prove you’re not going to waste it.

Part of the reason this is so important is because it makes your business more predictable.

If you ask for $200,000, but you don’t have systems set up for managing payroll, creating content, filling orders, etc., then investors will worry that this money will get lost in the shuffle of running the day-to-day business instead of its growth.

As a result, when pitching, it’s important to give investors a good snapshot of how your business runs. What occurs on a daily basis? And what are you going to do to make sure the money they give you contributes directly to the growth of your business?

Answering these question is critical to the success of your pitch.

#4 Scalability

Never forget that investors are looking to make money. They aren’t offering to help you solely because they want you to achieve your dreams. Instead, they are giving you cash so that you can turn it into more cash.

Because of this, it’s important you highlight in your pitch exactly how you plan to scale your business.

One way to do this is to show what you’ve done to grow in the past, as this will help demonstrate how additional funds could help you grow even further.

Another thing you can do is point to areas of the market you are not exploiting but that you could be if you had some additional money to play with.

For example, maybe there’s an international market that would be great for your product, or maybe there’s a demographic group that you’re not reaching.

No matter what it is, if you can show to investors that you’ve got room to grow and that their money will help you expand to the point where everyone will make money.

# 5 Future Plans

Most investors aren’t interested in giving money to people looking for a quick buck. Instead, they want to invest in companies that are going to grow up into something relatively permanent.

In fact, most investors will want a stake in the company, or at least a percentage of its shares, before giving you money, as this is a great way for them to garner a great ROI.

As a result, it’s important to show investors where you plan to take the company. Of course, everyone knows you want to grow it. But what do you want it to look like? What’s you mission?

This will help show to investors that you’re serious, and this inspires confidence and encourages action.

However, this part should really come towards the end. Make sure investors are clear about what they stand to get before thinking too far in the future.

Conclusion

It’s true that pitching can be a terrifying thing. The fear of rejection is strong in all of us. But if you believe in your idea and in yourself, and if you go in there with a plan, then your chances are good for securing the funding you need to grow your business and turn your dreams into reality.

Addendum – Looking for a Way to Document These Things?

Look no further. You can easily include all 5 of these suggestions and more in the plans you create with Plan Canvas.

You can subscribe directly to the software and use it on your own for $15/month, or contact us at Plan Canvas for assistance. We have hourly rates, monthly retainer rates, and can even help you develop your first cut plans in just a few days for a one-time cost of $1000 (includes 3-month software subscription).

Just What Is Plan Canvas, Strategy Execution Management, And What Does Napoleon Hill Have To Do With It?

February 6th, 2019 Posted by Blog Post, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Just What Is Plan Canvas, Strategy Execution Management, And What Does Napoleon Hill Have To Do With It?”

We are often asked to explain what Plan Canvas is. Quite simply, it is software and consulting as a service to help you develop and execute plans for your business or non-profit.

Develop a plan, execute to the plan. Why should you care? Because doing so doubles your chance of succeeding beyond startup. Because doing so makes it more likely that you will outpace peers and competitors by at least 30%. Because success matters.

So What Is It?

The software stands alone as something to which you can subscribe and use. If consulting services are desired, they come with the software. As such, it is a great tool for the individual user but in the hands of a consultant it can be really powerful.

We recently developed a powerpoint presentation to pitch Plan Canvas to consulting and coaching firms to consider adding it to their toolkit. It does a very good job of explaining Plan Canvas in simple terms. Portions are provided here for your convenience.

What Is The 3rd Mind?

The Plan Canvas Vision And Mission

Tell Me About Plan Canvas

What Is Strategy-to-Execution Management?

What Is Plan Canvas’ Approach To SEM?

What Types Of Plans Can You Build And Track In Plan Canvas?

What Are Some Major Features/Functions Of Plan Canvas?

How Can I Manage Project Portfolios In Plan Canvas?

How Do I Hold Myself And Others Accountable Through Plan Canvas?

How Does Plan Canvas Relate to Think and Grow Rich?

What Are Plan Canvas’ Services?

Who Is Plan Canvas For?

We Hope This Helps

We hope this helps. If you’d like to schedule a demo of Plan Canvas, please contact us through our contacts page by clicking here.

We look forward to serving you.

New Year’s Resolutions are for Chumps

January 9th, 2019 Posted by Behavior, Blog Post 0 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolutions are for Chumps”

Happy New Year! We hope it is off to a good one.

Now that we have made it through all of the end of year advice on new years resolutions and we have had a couple of weeks to quickly forget all of the resolutions we have made, here is a quick, if tough, message.

New Year’s resolutions are for chumps. They basically don’t work. According to a 2-year old article at Business Insider, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail. Why?

New Year’s resolutions are merely proclamations

Webster defines “resolution”, in part as, “the act or process of resolving: such as. a : the act of analyzing a complex notion into simpler ones. b : the act of answering : solving.”

Meanwhile, “New year’s resolution” is defined as “a promise to do something differently in the new year.”

The very big difference between these 2 definitions is “action”. A resolution, by definition, is an act. You have resolved to take action. Whereas a New year’s resolution is, by definition, a promise – a proclamation. Words.

Why is that distinction important? Because of the old lesson our parents taught us…actions speak louder than words.

So what do we do?

The fact of the matter is that most successful actions do begin with a proclamation, but there are a few tricks, some of the most important as follows:

  1. Begin by stating the result that you want first, as opposed to what you are going to do. For example, instead of saying you will go to the gym 3 days a week is a weak proclamation. Why is going to the gym 3 days a week important to you? What result do you want from it?
  2. Frame your proclamation in positive terms. For example, instead of saying, “I need to lose 20 pounds,” which connotes the negative “I am overweight” and instead state it in terms that elicit more positive connotations, such as “I will be fit.” Consider why fitness is important to you. Vanity? Health and wellness? A desire to participate in an activity you find difficult or impossible if unfit? It matters because the next thing to do is…
  3. Draft a plan. The plan may include an objective of going to the gym 3 days a week…but the resolution itself is not to go to the gym.
  4. Get a coach. Solicit someone to play the role of your coach, if for no other reason, to help you hold yourself accountable.
  5. Take action. A positively framed proclamation, a well devised plan, and the assignment of a coach are all worthless unless you take action.
  6. Track progress. As you begin to see positive results, you will be more inspired to keep going until eventually, your resolution has become a habit – simply a way of life for you.

It’s true in personal life and in business

Apply all of these same principles to both your personal life and your business. Contact us to see how our solutions and services might help.

How To Stay True And Be Of Value

December 11th, 2018 Posted by Blog Post, Strategic Planning, Strategy Execution 0 thoughts on “How To Stay True And Be Of Value”

An article at Inc. entitled “How to stand out with your holiday messaging” suggests 3 major things for businesses to keep in mind during the holiday season, summarized as follows:

  1. Express gratitude
  2. Stay loyal to the brand
  3. Be of value

It is in that spirit this post was created. Be sure to stay with it through the 3rd main section, “Be of value”.

Express Gratitude

The Plan Canvas team is grateful to a large number of individuals and businesses this year for a variety of reasons. We are appreciative of every single one of them, but some of those deserving special acknowledgement include:

Stay Loyal to the Brand

The Plan Canvas software was founded on a mission to help others be more successful. At its core, that is what it is all about. It is digitalized central hub for what is important to you and your business. It gets you organized. It is a method to define what success means to you, in your terms, lay out targets and a plan for getting there, and managing that plan by measuring progress and making appropriate adjustments – on-going, in a simplified, logical fashion.

Our team wishes you and yours great success in whatever it is you endeavor. To that end…

Be of Value

…just for visiting our website and reading this blog, we are offering a holiday season gift from our team to yours.

We are serious about our mission, and so, from now through December 31, 2018, email us at info@plancanvas.net and we will provide you with free limited engagement consulting services and a free 3-month subscription to Plan Canvas. Depending on the size of your business, that is minimally a combined $200 value.

No Strings Attached – None

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Plan Canvas. We hope you take us up on this offer, and wish you the very best!

How “My Fitness Pal” Applies to Business

October 31st, 2018 Posted by Blog Post, Business Plan, Strategic Planning, Strategy Execution, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “How “My Fitness Pal” Applies to Business”

The popular app “My Fitness Pal” has about 20 million subscribers.

You start using it by describing a little about yourself. Nothing too detailed. Just some basics like height, age, weight, etc. Next, you define some goals that aren’t limited to reaching and maintaining an ideal weight.

That’s part of it. But to lay out a fitness plan, you have to set some specific short-term objectives in a number of categories that include activity, nutritional balance, hydration and calories.

There is a psychology involved

When you use the app regularly, you pay closer attention to your behavior. When you pay attention to your behavior, you begin to adjust accordingly.

The short-term objectives become almost like competitive challenges. Meeting or exceeding them becomes motivation to keep at it. Next thing you know, you can see and feel results.

If you stop using it, however, chances are good you will slip right back into the behaviors that led you to sign up for the app in the first place. Stick with it and you find yourself meeting or exceeding longer term objectives and goals.

That all makes sense, right? Right.

Apply the same principles to business

My Fitness Pal is effectively a Strategy Execution Management (SEM) tool that is focused on fitness. Plan Canvas is an SEM tool that is focused on business. But they are otherwise, conceptually, the same.

For example, when developing business strategy and plans, you start by describing your business, much like you described yourself when you begin using My Fitness Pal. You don’t have to get too detailed. Just talk about things like how the business is structured, where it operates, what its target markets are, and what products/services it provides.

Next, you begin envisioning the future and setting some goals and objectives. Just as My Fitness Pal is not all about weight, plans you develop in Plan Canvas are not all about financials. There are other things to consider, such as social responsibility, employees, and customers.

This is all good stuff when it comes to planning. But just like with My Fitness Pal, goals and objectives don’t complete themselves. You have to complete them. And just like logging your regular accomplishments in My Fitness Pal, you track and log your actual business results in Plan Canvas – all for the same reasons. Observation, adjustment, and motivation. When you do this on a regular basis, poor habits begin to fade away as more productive habits take hold.

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So why don’t we do it?

Why doesn’t everyone use My Fitness Pal and why doesn’t everyone who downloads it stick with it? Frankly, pizza tastes good and the couch is pretty comfortable. It’s just too easy not to. Some may not even know how to.

The same is true of business strategy planning and execution.

But the sobering reality is that a lack of formal planning – simplified and actionable plans – is a leading cause of business failures.

Not enough reality? How’s this. Half of all startups cease to exist within 5 years. Formal planning and execution practices (as we’ve defined it) doubles the odds of success. Still not enough? How’s this. Those who have made it beyond startup phase fair, on average, 33% better than their peers and competitors when formal planning and execution practices are in place.

Finally, even though you use My Fitness Pal, sometimes you still need a fitness trainer to help keep you focused. Similarly, in business, sometimes you need a consultant to help keep you focused.

Think of Plan Canvas as your “My Fitness Pal” tool for your business. It’s just a tool. You have to use it to get results. If you’re disciplined enough to use it on your own, great! If not, we have you covered.

Contact us for a demo or to discuss consulting options.

Out of the Darkness – Suicide Prevention

September 28th, 2018 Posted by Blog Post, Engagement 0 thoughts on “Out of the Darkness – Suicide Prevention”

We are taking a break from typical business topics in this blog post and instead focusing on the subject of suicide, beginning with some alarming statistics. Here are some according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP):

  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • Each year, nearly 45,000 people die by suicide
  • For every suicide, 25 others attempt it
  • Suicide costs the U.S. $69 billion each year
  • The annual age-adjusted suicide rate is 13.42 per 100,000 individuals.
  • Men die by suicide 3.53x more often than women.
  • On average, there are 123 suicides per day.
  • White males accounted for 7 of 10 suicides in 2016.
  • Firearms account for 51% of all suicides in 2016.
  • The rate of suicide is highest in middle age — white men in particular.

The AFSP also provides the following map, in which the darker shades indicate higher rates of suicide per state:

Get Involved

Two of the ways we can work to lower the rate of suicide is to better recognize the signs and create an environment in which it is OK for people to talk about their issues, worries, and feelings – without fear of stigma or retribution. The best way we can do that is through learning. The best way we can learn and support learning is by getting involved.

There are all kinds of options for doing so.

For example, we are participating as a family in an upcoming event called “Out of the Darkness Community Walks” which take place all over the country.

According to their website, the AFSP says, “When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

Thanks to Walkers and Donors like you, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.”

Don’t Wait for Suicide to Impact You

If suicide has never impacted your life, we could not be more happy for you. Let’s keep it that way. Don’t wait until it does, and help the rest of us heal.

Get involved. Get educated. Get out of the darkness.

Share the Good Things You Do – Just Don’t Cheapen It

September 11th, 2018 Posted by Behavior, Blog Post, Inspiration 0 thoughts on “Share the Good Things You Do – Just Don’t Cheapen It”

At work or in your business, how do you share the good things you do outside of it, that benefit others, without making it sound like a cheap marketing ploy?

On a recent episode of the Business is ART podcast at the TrueChat Network, guest Joseph Lewin discussed the importance of having a business identity. He also discussed how it differs from, but relates to, brand identity.

(listen to the podcast in its entirety by clicking here)

Support your story by defining social responsibility goals and objectives.

Don’t have a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) plan for your business? You can use Plan Canvas to identify strategic CRM goals and and objectives. We help you by providing the category and a few examples to include in your Strategic and Business Plans. See previous blog post entitled “The Difference Between Goals, Strategic Objectives and Tactical Objectives.”

Share Without Making It About Yourself

Early in the show, the discussion turned to telling your personal story as part of your business identity, if not your brand identity, without cheapening it or making it painfully obvious that even though you do good things for others, you might be doing them for the wrong reasons.

In other words, how do you share the fact that you help others without making it about self-promotion? Here are a few ideas:

  1. Create a separate web page specifically designed to tell your story-  or to highlight your corporate social responsibility (CSR) program.
  2. Spend a minimum amount of time discussing why the cause is important to you.
  3. Spend more time discussing why it is important to the benefactor(s) of your good works.
  4. Spend even more time discussing why it is important to anyone listening, reading, watching, etc.
  5. Avoid or minimize use of the words “I” and “me” – use words like “we” and “you” more frequently.
  6. Keep the selfies to a minimum – focus on others. If you find you or your image is the star of the show, you missed the boat. An exception may be if you are making a personal appeal for others to support the same good works or cause, but even then, make it about others, not yourself.

Above all…BE SINCERE

It’s easy to smell a rat. Helping others is not about your ego. Be sincere about what you are doing. Don’t do it to showboat. You can show your customers how awesome you are by providing them with great products and services.

That said, the good works that you do are part of what makes you the person that you are, or the business that you represent.

Tell the story. Just be mindful of the focus.

The Difference Between Goals, Strategic Objectives, and Tactical Objectives

August 28th, 2018 Posted by Blog Post, Goal, Uncategorized 1 thought on “The Difference Between Goals, Strategic Objectives, and Tactical Objectives”

There’s rarely ONE correct answer. Ask 10 different experts and you will get 10 different answers. That seems to be true of many things – and so it goes with terms like goals, objectives, strategic objectives, and tactical objectives.

Here is our take on these particular terms.

Goals are big, lofty things

Goals are big, lofty things that look out into the future, in support of the overall vision. If they lean 1 way or the other, it would be slightly more toward the idealistic rather than the realistic (although there should be a healthy dose of each in every defined goal).

Goals are more of a destination and are, therefore, largely immeasurable in-and-of themselves beyond answering the question, “Are we there yet?”

There are 4 major categories of goals. Pretty much anything you can imagine as a goal for your business will fit neatly into at least one of them. They are:

  1. Goals relative to social responsibility
  2. Goals relative to employee engagement
  3. Goals relative to customer/client engagement
  4. Goals relative to profitability

Goals are a foundational component of a long-term strategic plan. They are defined right after you define your vision, mission, and purpose.

Objectives help you measure progress

If goals are largely immeasurable beyond the destination, how do you know what progress you are making toward them? Objectives. They represent specific outcomes you need to achieve in order to move closer to your goals. One objective can support multiple goals.

Objectives have 5 primary characteristics that are easily remembered using the SMART acronym. A well-defined objective is:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Time-bound

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Strategic versus tactical objectives

Generally speaking, if it is in direct support of how you are measuring business outcomes within a single fiscal year, it is a tactical objective that should be included in your business plan. If it is in direct support of a strategic goal or has a due-date that is beyond the 12-month financial cycle, it is a strategic objective and should be included in your strategic plan.

Some objectives are clearly strategic, some are clearly tactical, but often, it is a judgment call when deciding to label an objective as a long-term strategic objective, or a shorter-term tactical (business plan) objective.

Objectives, whether strategic or tactical, fall into one of 6 categories:

  1. Social responsibility
  2. Employee
  3. Customer/client
  4. Operations
  5. Sales/Marketing
  6. Financial

If you do nothing else, do this

There is so much more to strategic business planning and management, but, if you do nothing else, define your vision, mission, purpose, goals, strategic objectives and tactical objectives – whether just starting a business or running one that has been around for a long time. You will be miles ahead of the competition if you do.

The good news is you can do this and more with Plan Canvas – simply and effectively. Contact us for a demo or assistance.

You Need Project Portfolio Management – Just Not So Complicted

August 22nd, 2018 Posted by Blog Post, Project Portfolio Management 0 thoughts on “You Need Project Portfolio Management – Just Not So Complicted”

An article at the Project Management Institute (PMI) entitled Project Portfolio Management Techniques starts out with a statement we often use at Plan Canvas as well:

“According to Gartner research, out of $1 to $2 trillion invested in IT deployments in North America annually 30% or $300 to $600 billion is wasted.”

That’s just in IT projects/deployments/strategic initiatives. The rate of failure is estimated to be about the same for all types of strategic initiatives, whether they involve IT or not.

It may be too much

The article goes on to define several key terms and components of Project Portfolio Management (PPM) as well as several diagrams to illustrate what PPM from an in-depth perspective looks like.

It’s all great stuff…if you are a larger company or are an expert in project, program, and portfolio management. If not, it can be a bit over-whelming, and a lot of it is overkill, especially for smaller businesses.

In other words, just like strategic business planning and execution methods and tools are usually too complex for small business, so is PPM. The end result? It too is ignored.

But it doesn’t have to be

There is still a need, even for a 1-person business or freelancer, to use good PPM methods – they just have to be stripped down and simplified so that they are affordable and realistic but still effective.

PPM Made Easy

Use a simplified approach to PPM

There are 2 types of project portfolios

There are both internal and external projects to include in your portfolio. Internal projects are “strategic initiatives.” These are things you need to do to better enable your business or meet certain long-term strategic goals. They are resource intensive, costing you time, money, or both. A simple example is the development of a website for your business.

External projects are things you deliver to your customer. They generate revenue. Examples include order fulfillment, a construction project, or perhaps you are building a new app for your client.

But they each have common traits

There are a handful of things you should keep in mind when defining a project and managing your portfolio, without complexity. Here is a simple list of things to do:

  1. Give the project a unique name.
  2. Identify the primary purpose of the project
  3. If it is an internal project, tie it directly to a defined strategic objective – if you can’t, don’t start the project.
  4. Prioritize the project as compared to others.
  5. Define the project target start and end dates.
  6. Identify who is going to “own” the project
  7. Identify any major milestones associated with the project
  8. Track progress – not started, started, complete.
  9. Track project health – Green = good, Yellow = caution, Red = bad.
  10. Be flexible with your portfolio:
    • Reprioritize as needed.
    • Don’t take on everything at once.
    • Delegate
    • Stay on top of it with regular reviews.

There is, of course, a lot more you can do in terms of project planning and PPM. The bigger the company, the bigger the project, the bigger the portfolio, the more you need much more involved PPM practices. But for small businesses, this list is generally all you need to start getting much better results.

Keep it simple

Don’t get too complex, and don’t throw out the notion of PPM simply because everything you’ve seen so far is just that – too complex.

Plan Canvas offers very simple PPM features for identifying, prioritizing, assigning and tracking your portfolio of projects – both internal and external.

Get started today or contact us for a demo.

There May Never be a Perfect Time to Take Time Off – So Just Do It

August 15th, 2018 Posted by Behavior, Blog Post 0 thoughts on “There May Never be a Perfect Time to Take Time Off – So Just Do It”

Even though we were in the heat of redesigning the Plan Canvas software, as well as working on our go-to-market strategy, every member of the small-but-mighty Plan Canvas team took time off over the last 4 weeks. Why would we do such a crazy thing just when things were so hectic?

Because things have been so hectic

The human body and brain are not infallible, perfect machines. They wear down and break down. They need to be refueled. From time-to-time, they need to be shut down for maintenance.

Even if what you do is something you just can’t wait to get up and do all over again tomorrow, you still need to take a break from time-to-time. Imagine you are at an amusement park with one particular roller coaster you simply love. As soon as one ride is over, you race right back into line to do it again.

How many times will you do that before you say, “That’s enough… for now.”

We need variety and we need a break

Every day you should seek a “time out” – to have a chance for your brain to shut down a little. Exercise. Take a nap. Read a book. Play with the dog. Sit on the back porch with your beverage of choice. Something, anything, that is not work. The work isn’t going anywhere. It will be there when you get back.

The same is true of vacation, whether it’s stay-at-home or you actually go somewhere – make it a vacation. Turn off the computer. Put the phone on silent, put it down, or put it away. Eat something you’ve never eaten before. Walk somewhere you’ve never walked before.

Shutting down is valuable

If it’s been awhile since you’ve done that, you have a perfect excuse coming up. Labor Day is just around the corner. Monday, September 3. Most of you will have that day off. If so, do something valuable with the long weekend.

Like shut down and relax a little.

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