Borrow Maria’s Brain
A dose of details for creative-minded business owners
I know what it’s like – your start a business doing what you love and before you know it you’re so busy with all the ‘behind the scenes’ details that you find yourself spending less time doing what you enjoy (work and other stuff in your life) and more time trying to juggle everything that needs to be done (for you and your team if you have one).
You’re running around in circles, checking lists, moving deadlines, all the while worrying that you’ve forgotten something important.
Managing the details isn’t your zone of genius and it’s beginning to show!
Think of me as the logical, orderly side of your brain. While you’re busy doing the creative, client-serving, innovative stuff that comes naturally, I’m keeping an eye on the details so that tasks get done on time and nothing gets missed or forgotten.
It’s a task management > accountability > keeping an eye on the details > productivity-boosting kind of thing!
Who’s it for?
This service is for creative-minded small business owners who don’t love details. You don’t need a full-time Business Manager but would love to have someone detail-minded who can ‘check-in’ and make sure that the details of your business and projects are on track and keep you (and your team) on top of everything.
How does it work?
Over 3 months I’ll help put you and your business back on the right track, fast…
We’ll get the to-do list in your head documented
We’ll sift and sort to find the things that really need your attention
We’ll explore why you do the things you do, and ask if there’s a better way
I’ll give you processes, strategies and structures that keep things simple, get things done and keep your focus where it needs to be
I’ll help you get more out of the tools you may already be using (e.g. virtual assistants, bookkeeping tools etc)
Why 3 months?
Because you don’t want someone to come in and take over so it no longer feels like your business
Because you don’t want to be boxed in
Because a finite arrangement focuses the mind (and keeps your costs down)
Because 3 months might be all you need
A one-off ‘getting to know you’ session – A deep dive into everything about your business, your projects, your team (if you have one) and you (nothing too personal :)) so that we don’t have to waste any time going over the background stuff during our sessions and we can get stuck in. And of course, it’s a nice way for us to ‘meet’ before we get started.
Tools to keep you organised – I’ll set up a task management system if you don’t have one or I’ll dip in and make yours work better. No more storing details in your head. Day-to-day tasks, projects, reminders, deadlines & how-tos will all be stored in a simple system that you can access at any time.
Fortnightly ‘sanity’ sessions – A virtual 1-to-1 ‘check in’ with you and your team (if you have one) to sense-check anything you are working on and ensure details aren’t being missed. We’ll also identify and fix anything that may have slipped and make improvements so it never happens again. We’ll review what’s happened since we last spoke, assess progress on projects and day-to-day business tasks, then plan ahead with my focus on the details.
Project & Task Details Updates – After our ‘sanity sessions’ I’ll pull together any meeting notes and update any actionable tasks for you and your team, making sure it’s all super clear and everyone knows exactly what needs to be done when it needs to be done by and who’s responsible for doing it.
I’ll even set up simple processes if we work out that something needs better detail-management, to ensure that everything is running efficiently, nothing gets dropped and no one has to stress about the details!
Accountability – I’ll check in regularly (by voxer or whatsapp) for an update and to help you stay accountable for your planned actions and remind you of any upcoming deadlines. This is also a great time to reflect and reward actions & achievements while addressing any issues so that we can deal with them at the next meeting or earlier if required.
How much is it?
Your journey to productive calm costs just £1200
If you still feel you need my help, I’ll continue working with you on the basis that’s right for you. That could be a quarterly catch up, a monthly deep-dive, or a bit of ad hoc help to press the reset button as and when you need it.
Let’s develop a way of working that helps you get more done, more effectively, with less stress.
Let’s get started!