biz ladies: grace’s tips for staying focused

last month i shared the first two videos i created as part of the d*s consulting program: how i got started + my tips for making the leap from part-time to full-time business owner. today i’m sharing the final video in the series that frankly, i need to re-watch myself. my balancing skills have been less than stellar lately and i think i need to get back to basics when it comes to organizing. so today i’m sharing the fail-proof plan i (normally) follow for staying focused and productive when running your own business. i’m sharing everything from small tips (like my beloved pomodoro technique) to broader ideas like hinging due dates on people you care about to ensure you deliver on time. i hope these tips and ideas will help you stay focused and organized with your own business. thanks for watching! (if you want to watch this on youtube on a portable device, you can get the direct link here)

ps: if you’re looking for the free pomodoro widget, it’s right here

  1. Shones says:

    I just watched the video, and I thank you for it. Even though I’m not a small biz owner, I work from home at least 3 days a week on my job, and I need to improve my focus. I’ve definitely been slack in the area of taking breaks, and I think that making better use of my Google Calendar and the other widgets is going to help me.

  2. LindenLincoln says:

    This was an outstanding post. Grace, thank you for being so open in sharing your methods.

    Even though I am a museum professional- this was a really helpful video about how to manage all of the things that need to be done. Very practical and very inspiring.

  3. Shannalee says:

    JUST the motivation I needed today. Thank you!

  4. great gem of info…they don’t teach you this in school. Thanks so much for sharing-love the pomodoro technique-going to use it today.

  5. Emeline says:

    I’ve really enjoyed this set of videos. They’re instructional while being concise, and although I’m not working for a paycheck right now, the advice you give encourages me to continue doing the creative work I love here at home.

    Thanks, Grace! Your blog and your work really are inspiring to a lot of people.

    1. grace says:

      thanks guys :)


  6. Ms. P & C says:

    Thanks so much for this! I instantly shared with a number of friends too…It’s exactly what I needed.

    One question: I’ve looked into the Pomodoro Technique, but I can’t find a desktop timer download from them. What desktop timer do you use?


  7. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with your audience. It’s so refreshing to know that someone who is successful and accomplished struggles with certain things as well. These are all great tips!

  8. Kristie says: is a good, simple tool for the Pomodoro technique. I’m not sure whether they have a desktop version, though.

  9. Great post, Grace! Jam packed with helpful wisdom and inspiration.

  10. says:

    this was such a well timed post grace! I shared it with the blogging community over at IFB. Thanks for putting it all together for us!

  11. Jaima Emmert says:

    Love your site! I enjoy your Biz Ladies WE CAN DO IT! I always find it interesting as a designer and business woman. Keep it coming! Thanks. Jaima

  12. Sally says:

    Yay!! I was looking forward to this video & so happy to come across it today! :) Now I’m motivated and ready to get even more organized than I normally am! ;)

  13. Lela says:

    I like the part about working in chunks to be really focused. Going to try that. Now I need to get some interns! :)

  14. Samantha says:

    This is so awesome! Thanks so much.

  15. Alli says:

    Great tips, Grace! I looked at the Pomodoro site and there are 13 different free downloads available. Do you have a favorite? It’s going to take me a few pomodoros to compare all of these options!

  16. I don’t think you can be more efficient in communicating your message then through videos! I am not sure I would have taken the time to READ a post about that subject, but LISTENING to it was easy while I was working on something else. Really, we want more of these videos :)

  17. Perfect for me!
    I need all of these tools badly
    Thanks for spelling it out and sharing with us

  18. Mrs. P,
    You just have to scoll on this page and you’ll find the tomato timer for 9.75 euros

  19. Susan says:

    So great-loving the series! Thanks!!

  20. Thanks for this, Grace! Absolutely very helpful tips. I am loving this video series!

    I often set the kitchen timer for 1/2 hour or one hour intervals, especially when it’s a task that just otherwise keeps getting pushed to the back burner, or is a big task (like designing a website) that needs to be broken down into smaller chunks. I will definitely try the pomodoro widget now!

  21. P&C says:

    This is brilliantly spot on. Thank you :-)

  22. agnes szucs says:

    This was very, very helpful and inspirational… this is the exact thing that I’ve been struggling with, practically all my life… so little kicks like this help me a lot!
    Thank you so much!

  23. Carmen Patti says:

    This has been a great series. I’m just about to enter the etsy,blogging, and redesigned web site world. Between your site, and Kari Chapin’s great book on the Handmade Marketplace. I feel I’m good to go!!!!!! Thanks for support…..

  24. Juliet says:

    Super-excited to learn about the Pomodoro Technique. Thanks for the tip!

  25. alisha says:

    I think I should just watch this video every morning to get energized – I feel so pumped now! :)

  26. Sarah says:

    I tried the link to the widget, but it’s not working… any help?

    1. grace says:


      the link here or the link at the actually widget page isn’t working?


    1. grace says:

      that’s so weird! it worked when i put it in a while back. i updated it with a search results page so if the individual page for the pomodoro widget changes you can always click on it there…


  27. Nicole says:

    Great little video d*s! I have just tweeted about it as consistent personal development and staying focused are all important for us small business people!

    Thanks for taking the time to share your tips.

    Nicole (@web_savvy)

    1. grace says:

      thanks nicole :)


  28. David Baeza says:

    Some of the best productivity advice I’ve seen in a long time. Thanks.

    1. grace says:

      thanks david :)


  29. Deirdre says:

    That app appears to no longer be available on iTunes. Grace, have you found a substitute or a different similar one to recommend? Thanks!

    1. Grace Bonney says:

      Hi Deirdre!

      Oh that’s a shame! I guess two years was the life span of Pomodoro ;)

      There does seem to still be Pomodoro Pro available though:

      Grace :)


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