Every work experience – both the good and the bad – leaves a mark on you. If you’re smart, you’ll take away the good lessons and processes you learned and apply them to your next job, business or project.
So it’s only been a few weeks since I left the comfy, cozy LKR lair, but I wanted to sit down and really take stock of the tools, strategies and ways of working that I learned from my 3 years at LKR and that I’m still using now!
Check out the 8 work habits I’m stealing from LKR… and I ain’t giving them back!
1. Work with people you know and trust and LOVE
One of the amazingly unique things about the members of Team LKR is that they all get along extreeeeemely well. Laura makes hiring decisions based on personality as much as on experience or know-how, so even the strongest applicant can’t get through the door if his or her personality just doesn’t match up with the collective team’s. When you have a great relationship with someone, you simply work better with them and FOR them. You want to keep up that wonderfully healthy relationship, so you go the extra mile to make sure they have what they need. When those actions are reciprocal, you know you’re working with someone who loves ya back.
2. 30 days and you’re out.
Have you been thinking about getting rid of something or someone for more than 1 month? Just do it already. Find someone else. Find a new tool. Whatevs. Get. Rid. Of. It.
LKR tests new offers, new technology, new ways of doing things all the time. We give every new thing a good shake, but if we can see that it’s not a good fit after about a month of trying it we don’t get sad. We just drop it like it’s NOT hot.
3. That includes you. Remove yourself.
If you’re laboring over something, dragging your feet, holding up the process in any way, it’s usually because you shouldn’t be doing it. Fire yourself when you feel that resistance (UNLESS of course it’s directly related to the vision of your company).
Laura is a good example of someone who leads by example. You will often hear her say, “Oh that’s my fault,” “I wasn’t being clear,” or “that’s all me.” She has no problem identifying herself as the bottleneck in a process and then looking for someone to replace her on any task she’s been assigned.
4. Prioritize like a mofo.
You can’t do this too often. With any new ideas and as work gets added to your plate, you must do a quick check-in and ask yourself, “Is this more important than the other tasks I’ve already got to handle?” If the answer is yes, do a shuffle and make a clear plan of what’s MOST important. Always be prioritizing.
5. Money goals in the morning.
This isn’t really an LKR thing, but it goes along with the take-action mentality that everyone on team LKR lives by; it’s definitely been a recurring theme as the company has made changes in its product lineup. Always know the What and the How of your business bringing in money.
List out the top money goals you need to achieve for the day and what tasks are associated with those. If you are just starting your business, you need to focus on the money coming in. That’s a primary driver in the infant stage of your biz. List 3 things to get done FIRST that will have an impact on revenue.
6. Use the LKR Thermometer.
You may think I’m joking, but I promise, it’s no joke. Create drawings to mark your progress toward specific goals every single day.
I had one when I was trying to get to a milestone number of subscribers. I had one for sales on both Fearless Launching launches. We’ve used them on the team to mark new Social Media Marketer members.
I like to think this trick kept me from obsessing too much about my goal but still allow me to set the bar for myself.
7. Make a quarterly + yearly plan.
This is self-explanatory. Make a list of your quarterly and yearly goals. These goals will get broken down into tasks and you’ll have your marching orders and priorities set from the get-go.
Laura does the first pass of goals for the year and then works with the team to put the plan together for yearly, quarterly, monthly, weekly… down to daily goals.
8. Discover your best work time zones + your teams too!
Watch for patterns. Learn when you get the most focused, non-whiney work done. If this means you work weird hours, then work weird hours. Unless of course you have a family… but then, you probably have slightly weird hours anyway!
Do the same for every person you work with. In fact, it may be easier to just ask people when they work the best. Often you’ll find that challenging time zone differences turn out to be not so difficult and people end up all working at the same time! (I know this from first hand experience.)
Are you game to try any of these tactics? If so, let us know which LKR habit you’ll lift from this list!