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Time Management Tips to Slay your Goals

Hey friends!  As I mentioned in my last post,  I’m making a personal commitment to post at least 1x per week in 2017.  Man….I tell you what….it’s harder than I thought.  I know I have to set aside designated “blogging time” to reestablish the discipline and rigor I once had around writing.  That’s why I love the quote above so much…it’s so true!  If I don’t plan, I’m essentially “planning” to not achieve my goal.

As small business owner, efficient time management is critical for survival because I have limited resources and am consistently forced to do more with less.  So I thought “Time Management” would be the perfect topic for this blog post.  Now  I’m not the most detailed nor the most talented person, but when comes to getting sh*t done, I don’t mind tooting my own horn.  People ask me all of the time, “How do you do it?”  And the short answer is, I’m NOT a perfectionist.  I prioritize the most  critical tasks required to achieve my BIG goals.  And I plan everything!  I actually have some strategy around how I plan my week and how I think about each day as an input into the greater whole.   I also operate under the core belief that DONE is always better thanks PERFECT, thus I’m not a perfectionist.

Below is my personal 5 step approach for strategizing and managing my time.  Now, most people probably have a day planner and they just pencil in everything that pops up on their “to-do” list.  Not my style.  I create strategy for my entire week and then slot my activities into my “ideal outline.”  Let’s dive a little deeper…

Brit’s Weekly Time Strategy for 2017

STEP 1: CREATE AN OUTLINE OF YOUR ENTIRE WEEK BY FIRST BLOCKING OUT THE NON-NEGOTIABLE TIME

As you can see above, I think about my week as a whole, and set aside designated time to work on the things most critical for achieving my BIG life goals. In doing so, I essentially have a “template” for my day planner and give myself structure so that I’m in control of my time, and random stuff that pops up can’t control me!

Obviously, I have to be physically present at work at certain times, so I block this time in green.  For me this is when I’m physically teaching classes.  So step 1 for you, think about your entire week and block out the time that is totally non-negotiable for your livelihood (i.e. weekly work and family commitments)

STEP 2: EVALUATE YOUR PERSONAL GOALS AND BLOCK TIME TO WORK ON THEM

Then I review my list of goals for the year and think about what specific actions are required to make them come to life.  For example,  I want to continue to grow my business and innovate new services for our clients.  So, I have to block a few hours on my weekly calendar for “Standardization” and “Innovation.”  During these time blocks I document our business processes, develop training manuals, create new class formats and work on strategic brand partnerships.  Notice that nobody is “making” me do these things, but I have to make a personal commitment to myself to work on these things.  Otherwise, 6 months will pass and I realize that I’ve made no progress.

Me with my 2017 goals in hand!

Another example is time for my relationships.  On my 2017 goals, I stated that I want to continuously strengthen my relationships with my friends, family and myself. So I block out time on my weekly template to hang out with besties, to catch up with family and to just be alone and read, work on my personal development and quite simply enjoy my own company.

I can go on and on, but I think you get the point.  Step 2 – evaluate your goals and dedicate time each week to work on them in bite size chunks.

STEP 3: PLAN TO PLAN

Weird, I know.  But the reality is,  I allocate time in my weekly calendar to plan the next week!  That’s right…I plan to plan.  So for me, on Sunday evenings I plan all of the choreography and playlists for my fitness classes the upcoming week, I plan my meals and my personal workouts.   I also plan “free time” which allows me to handle random events in a structured, efficient way.

STEP 4: FILL OUT YOUR DAY PLANNER WITH SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES ALIGNED WITH YOUR OVERALL WEEKLY TIME STRATEGY

This part is fun.  During my “planning time” each week I physically update my planner for the week ahead.  As you can see above, my day planner aligns with my overall weekly strategy.  I force myself to work on the things only during their designated time slots.  This prevents me from getting distracted and makes my life easier because each day I simply wake up and follow the plan for the day.

STEP 5: TREASURE YOUR TIME

You owe it to yourself to achieve your goals and fulfill your dreams, and the only way to make that possible is to spend time working on your goals every single week.  That means when people or outside commitments try throw something on your schedule, tell them  that that you can get to it during your “free time” not during the time you’ve designated for working on your goals, your full-time job or other critical activities.

Well, that wraps it up.  My 5 step time management approach for slaying your goals.  Do you have any additional tips for making every minute count?  If so, I’d love to hear them!  Have a wonderful week and I’ll be back with more life and business hacks next week.  xoxo, Brit

GRIT Fitness Design District Launch Party | June 5, 2016

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Hey hey friends!  I’m still on a high from our Cardio & Cocktails party last Saturday!  Over 300 people came to shake it with us at the W Dallas hotel.  It was an absolute blast and I want to give a HUGE thanks to our partner, Fabletics for providing awesome swag and adorable outfits! CLICK HERE to checkout the photo album on Facebook!

SO in LUV with our outfits from Fabletics summer collection!

SO in LUV with our outfits from Fabletics summer collection!

The fun doesn’t stop there, next up is the MAIN EVENT, our “Sunday Funday” Launch Party for the Grand Opening of the GRIT Fitness Flagship studio – woo hoo!  The launch party on Sunday, June 5 will include cocktails, light bites, and workout gear offerings to shop by top fitness brands! The GRIT Fitness flagship is located at 1729 Irving Boulevard Suite 101 Dallas, Texas 75227.

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Here are the details…

TICKETS: FREE General Admission or $25 VIP Tickets which include priority entry and special GRIT swag bag.  Purchase at gritlaunchparty.eventbrite.com

ATTIRE: Your most stylish “Athleisure” (workout clothes)

WHEN: Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (CDT) – Add to Calendar

WHERE: GRIT Fitness Design District – 1729 Irving Blvd #101, Dallas, TX 75207 – View Map

 

IMG_2870I hope to see you June 5th! xoxo, Brit

Dallas GRIT Fitness Flagship | Construction Progress

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Hey hey friends!  I’m SO THRILLED to share a construction progress update today because SO MUCH has been accomplished in so little time.

So, this week all of the former walls in the facility were demolished leaving this huge open space…

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and by the end of the week, the new wall frames and sheet rock were constructed –  YAY!

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This is a major milestone because the new GRIT FITNESS flagship studio will have 2 studios under 1 roof: 1 group fitness studio + 1 indoor cycling studio. (It’s also just super cool to actually see the future floor plan in real life – not just on construction drawings).

I’m big believer that variety is the spice of life and the key to an effective fitness regimen, so I’m super keen on providing continuous variety to my clients AKA the #GRITFAM.  Offering cycling classes in additional to our 7 original group fitness classes is a phenomenal sweaty combo!

Furthermore, we made more great progress on the locker room.  Last week the locker room looked like this (NO plumbing)…

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This week the trenching for plumbing got underway and we are on track to install showers!

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We still have lots of work to do (e.g. flooring, lighting, sound, decor) but the BIG construction efforts are well underway and almost done.  Summer will be here before we know it and I can’t wait to offer more of our fun, fierce fabulous fitness classes to the Dallas community.

It’s not too late to back our campaign and help make this vision come to life.  We can’t do it without you!  Thank you so much for the contributions, kind emails and words of encouragement so far.  You are loved and appreciated.  #thebestisyettocome

xoxo, Brit

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BIG NEWS at Dallas GRIT Fitness

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Happy Saturday friends!  Over the past 10 days, my #DREAMTEAM at GRIT Fitness and I have been counting down to a really BIG announcement…

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And we’ve finally made it to the last day!  Tomorrow is the BIG announcement and I’d love to share it with YOU = my beloved blog community who’ve been a part of my journey long before I was a fitness entrepreneur.  Sign up for my special newsletter that will be sent tomorrow morning and be the first to hear the good news!

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Hint: My dreams are really coming true!

xoxo, Brit

5 Body Weight Sculpting Exercises

Hey Friends,  I hope your week is going well!  Today I want to share some body weight, sculpting exercises that you can do at home.  I get asked all the time, “How can I can tone up if I don’t like lifting weights?”  Well, you can actually use your own body weight to get awesome resistance training and build lean muscle mass!  Here are 5 of my favorite body sculpting exercises and we’ll sculpt every part of the body 😉

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Try this workout on your own:

  • Warm up with a 5 minute jog OR 2 sets 50 jumping jacks
  • Complete each exercise above for 1 minute (do as many reps as possible – Right side only)
  • Rest for 2 minute
  • Repeat all 5 exercises for 1 minute each (do as many reps as possible – Left side only)
  • Stretch for 5 minutes

Here’s a little video I made demonstrating the moves so you’ll know exactly what to do.

Enjoy your sexy sculpted body 🙂

xoxo,

Brit

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Me and my #dreamteam of instructors and advisors getting ready to get to WERK!

Me and my #dreamteam of instructors and advisors getting ready to get to WERK

Hey Friends – happy 2016! First off, my sincere apologies for the sporadic blog posting.  We have been crazy busy at GRIT Fitness with a rush of new members who are ready to get fit and feel fabulous in 2016.  I’m not one for excuses, so I’ll just say “my bad” and start doing better.  Most posts coming – I promise!

To kick off the New Year, my team and I met for an inspirational brainstorming and goal setting session.  We chatted about things that were going well at GRIT and things that we can do better. We also spent time articulating our vision of an “amazing fitness experience” and then set some team and personal goals around that vision.

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Letting our innovative juices flow to help create a bigger, better GRIT Fitness!

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Setting goals for 2016!

Fortunately, I had a great boss back in my consulting days who taught me about setting SMART Goals: Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Time Bound.  What are your goals for 2016? I encourage you to also set smart goals – they are more effective for driving to results!

As a small business owner and new entrepreneur I value this quality time with my team.  Sure, I see these ladies everyday as sweat and smile during our classes at GRIT, but the most important thing I’ve learned during my first year as an entrepreneur is that my business success is 100% dependent on the engagement and performance of my team.  Without my team – I have nothing! #realtalk

As a self-proclaimed “independent woman” this was a tough pill for me to swallow because a part of me prides myself on developing the concept for GRIT Fitness on my own and getting it up and running by leveraging my skills and experience.  But as we continue to grow, there are SO MANY things that I simply can’t do by myself and SO MANY things that I just don’t know.   I have to develop and empower my team to be leaders in their own right, take risks and to share their gifts with others.

While I absolutely LOVE group fitness and feel so blessed to wake up every day and pursue my passion, I get so much more joy from serving my team and creating a foundation for us all to pursue our passions together.  I’ve learned that “it’s great to do what you love, but even greater with the great team.” Teamwork really does make the dream work.  xoxo,Brit

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Maria, GRIT Body Sculpt & HIIT instructor, showing off her mug



If at first you don’t succeed, pick yourself up and try again

Good morning friends!  I hope you’re ready to kick-start an amazing week.  This weekend I enjoyed not 1, not 2 but 3 fabulous holiday parties and today I’m in major need of a sweat session to burn off holiday cookies and champagne (sooooooo good!)

I wanted to share update with you that I hope gives you hope and encouragement.  If you recall,  a few weeks ago I traveled to San Antonio to participate in the local SBA InnovateHer business pitch contest and I didn’t win.  (You can read my recap here).  I expressed my disappointment, but resolved to keep pushing forward to make the vision of my business come to life.

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Me making my pitch (once again) at the InnovateHER pitch competition in Dallas, TX

Well…today I’m happy to announce that I recently competed in another local SBA InnovateHer business pitch contest and I won 1st place!  This means that my business pitch will be submitted to Washington, DC for the national competition after all.  I’m overjoyed and feeling proud of myself for not giving up after my setback.  I’ll be honest, I had to give myself a major pep talk to go at it again after losing the week before.  But I figured I had nothing to lose but my pride.  It was worth it!

As icing on the cake I connected with a fabulous group of Dallas women entrepreneurs.  We’ve already hung out since the competition and I invited them to come represent their brands at the  #GIRLBOSS women-owned business showcase to take place at my fitness studio this Saturday!

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Me with the judges and fellow contestants in the Dallas, TX InnovateHER pitch contest – November 2015

My ultimate mission with the GRIT by Brit blog and the GRIT Fitness studio is help others develop the mental grit needed to best their lives.  Each day I have to practice perseverance to make it a habit.  It’s not easy, but I believe we can train ourselves to be “gritty.”  By choosing not to quit in the business plan competitions,  I’ll more readily persevere through the next challenge I face.

That said, I don’t believe failure is anybody’s destiny.  Life if too good for that 🙂

xoxo,Brit