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Automating & Steamlining your Business to support your Neurodivergent Needs

Automating & Steamlining your Business to support your Neurodivergent Needs

In this episode, I’m going to be sharing my love of streamlining, automating, and systematising. I totally love nerding out on automating computerised bits and pieces of my businesses. It is one of my SpIns (also known as special interests).

If you already love automating and streamlining and systematising, then probably you’re going to tune in and you’ll be like, cool. This is my jam. Let’s talk. If this doesn’t sound like something you love and I’m already starting to lose you, I would actually seriously encourage you to stay tuned!

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7 Ways I use Chat GPT as a ‘Thinking Partner’ in my Business

7 Ways I use Chat GPT as a ‘Thinking Partner’ in my Business

Asking for clear information in a format that my brain can manage

Helping me plan a marketing campaign at a very high level

Getting help thinking through how I can look after myself better…

To which I got terribly dull neurotypical advice… So I then redirected Chat GPT to give me a better, more ND-friendly response

Chatting through priorities to help me figure out where to go next

Helping me build a table so I can review and choose applicants for my new, additional VA role

I followed up with further prompts to add columns for ratings (I rated their responses to various questions or how aligned their skills were for specific aspects of the role). I got totals. I got GPT to sort the table, and to remove candidates who were not suitable. I was then able to narrow it down to 2 candidates whose applications I could read in more depth with a lot more clarity!

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How to catch the early warning signs of burnout

How to catch the early warning signs of burnout

I recently had the utter joy of learning from, and chatting with OT, friend, Neurodivergent sparkle Stephanie Robertson as she shared with my Neurodivergent Business Collective all about sensory supports and interoception for business owners.​ Here’s something she shared that I think we can all learn from. Some of the early warning signs of burnout to look out for: Increased anxiety, feeling tired, no matter how much sleep you get, lack of motivation, even for the things that you would usually really enjoy, increased irritability, decreased productivity despite seeming to work really hard

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You can’t just add new things while maintaining your current business activities

You can’t just add new things while maintaining your current business activities

The other day I shared this graphic ⬆️ and I just keep returning to conversations about this topic over and over with my clients and ​community members​.
FACT 1: If you’re experiencing burnout with the current setup of your business, something’s got to change.
There are different ways to approach this:
You could refuse to change, resisting it and continuing towards burnout until you’re left with no more choicesAlternatively, you could stop everything you’re doing and restart. This is probably the riskiest option financially, it generally requires a decent financial buffer to be feasible.

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How to catch the early warning signs of burnout

Why does your perfectionism exist in your brain?

If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m obsessed with helping others find what an aligned business is for them, and work towards making that happen. Us ND business owners often struggle with ‘too much peopleing’ and for those who come from service-based businesses where YOUR TIME is the product, it can be really hard to imagine a life where you get solid income AND more time freedom, schedule flexibility, time to recover and time to find your joy.

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My winding business journey – I’ve lived it all

My winding business journey – I’ve lived it all

I wanted to share a bit about why I am building Neurodivergent Business Coaching & Consulting and Neurodivergent Business Collective. I basically couldn’t NOT create this…

You might already know I’m an AuDHDer (Autistic ADHDer), a speech therapist, professional educator, podcaster, business coach, and a multi-business human (can you just see my ADHD shining through with that list??).

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Why it’s so important to start with knowing yourself, to get out of burnout

Why it’s so important to start with knowing yourself, to get out of burnout

In my winding business journey, I’ve found the single biggest key to shifting out of burnout was learning about myself.

Once I faced how my brain worked, what motivated me, the challenges I experienced and the support I needed, I could start plotting my path towards a business that was way more aligned with my needs and wants.

It’s a fairly simple pathway:

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Just get started | Differently Aligned Podcast Ep 2

Just get started | Differently Aligned Podcast Ep 2

I talk about how you can just get started, whether that’s getting started in business or getting started on a big project in your business.

5 ways you can move forward in your business when you’re feeling stuck:
1. Check your barriers and mental blocks
2. Break things down into small steps
3. Celebrate little wins
4. (Work towards) Overcoming perfectionism
5. Find your community

I also share some specific tools, apps and resources that can help you just get started!

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Sometimes you have to pause or go backwards, so you can grow

Sometimes you have to pause or go backwards, so you can grow

When you’re on the treadmill of daily Busy Stuff, you don’t have creative space to dream, plan and build bigger and more freeing things.

The only way to grow out of the Daily Grind mode is to pause, and sometimes even go backwards first, and trust in the boundless future capacity you can build when you do that.

But I’m not talking about blind trust. This isn’t magic and this isn’t empty promises and this isn’t easy. But it gets easier. And the result is hecking worth it

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Scary & important business moves – which one do you need to make?

Scary & important business moves – which one do you need to make?

Have a read over these excitingly scary, bold, brave and important moves my clients have made, just in the last couple of weeks! *wipes a proud tear* I’m truly honoured and delighted to be walking alongside these wonderful humans.

Watching neurodivergent people transform their business to be more aligned with their brains, lives dreams… What a joy! Ok let’s dive in to the Bold Moves!

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A flexible business means you can absorb the unexpected, without stress

A flexible business means you can absorb the unexpected, without stress

I’ve spent years building my business to be flexible, separating time from money. And it paid off massively.

My flexible business continued gaining momentum, even while I was unable to focus on work all day.

​Many neurodivergent business owners tell me they get exhausted by the daily demands of their current business structure. It doesn’t have to be that way.

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How to catch the early warning signs of burnout

An antidote to perfectionism

Here’s the thing…

So many of us neurodivergent folks struggle with perfectionism, and the pursuit for ‘perfect’ can hold us back from even getting started.

For me, I see my perfectionism as a big part of my ‘autistic side’ (as opposed to my ‘ADHD side’ which likes to rush in a push stuff out into the world without proofreading… I constantly have to balance these forces!).

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Unhitch your time from your money-making potential

Unhitch your time from your money-making potential

If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m obsessed with helping others find what an aligned business is for them, and work towards making that happen. Us ND business owners often struggle with ‘too much peopleing’ and for those who come from service-based businesses where YOUR TIME is the product, it can be really hard to imagine a life where you get solid income AND more time freedom, schedule flexibility, time to recover and time to find your joy.

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