Sometimes, I just have to stop and recognize that not everyone has it together 100% of the time. Chances are good that not even the people we admire have mastered every aspect of their business. And yet, these businesses are sending out emails on time, posting blogs every week, and launching products effortlessly.
As I thought more about this, I thought of an interesting scenario. What would it look like if we went behind the scenes of the businesses we admire? What would they have in common?
We’re talking about this because I just wrapped up vacation with my family last week in Disneyland (fun pictures from my instragram above) and there were some things in my business that didn’t go as planned. My blog did not get posted, my emails didn’t go out in time, and I already have a to do list a mile long for this upcoming week.
Before I reach the overwhelming point, I decided that there needs to be certain systems in place before I get really busy and my personal life takes over. But before that can happen, I need to develop awesome habits like the business people that I admire.
Coco Chanel said “Don’t spend time beating a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.” She’s right, I can’t expect things to run smoothly if I continue doing the same things that are causing inconsistencies.
With this in mind, I dare you & myself to develop good business habits.
Today I’m going to go over the 8 habits I see in successful businesses that we all should implement into our own work lives.
Habit #1 Achieve Your Goals
To make achieving your goals a habit, you must first write out each goal and then map out the steps it will take to reach each one. Successful people realize that it’s the progress you make toward your goals that count.
Habit #2 Make Time for Yourself
This is something I do not do. If you LOVE what you do, then it is easy to become a workaholic. So we need to remember to take care of our bodies by eating healthy foods, exercising, sleeping, and spending time with the people we care about. You have the ability to set your schedule, so make sure it includes time for these things.
Habit #3 Create A “Work From Home” Schedule
Soloprenuers are either some of the happiest people you’ll meet or the most stressed out. Unlike people in other lines of work, there is no clock-in clock-out schedule for us. We work when we want, wherever we want. This is a beautiful disaster most of the time. As business owners, we must set boundaries and find out the work schedule that works best for our lives. Reality check – 8HRS OF WORK + 8HRS OF PLAY + 8HRS OF SLEEP = A PERFECT DAY
What’s your perfect day formula look like? Write it down, make it a reality and stick to it.
Habit #4 Keep things SIMPLE
Soloprenuers have this tendency to OVER-COMPLICATE & OVER-THINK. There is no point in making things more complicated than they need to be, so when in doubt, try to think of the simplest and most effective route to achieving your goals or completing your project.
Habit #5 Bundle
If you are building an AWESOME business, then you are managing lots of moving pieces. Tweets, Facebook Updates, Emails, Blog Posts, Promotions, Products, and more all have to be micro-managed. When these things don’t work together in harmony, you start to see your business breakdown.
BUNDLING is where you take all the things you need to do in your business and actually do them at once.
The best example of this is for blog posts. If you are writing four blog posts a month, then you could take one day out of your month to write those blog posts and schedule them.
When you bundle, it is more likely that your posts will be strategic and drive traffic. I know for a fact that if we looked behind the scenes of those we admire that this is one thing that would be consistent throughout.
Habit #6 Focus/ Do ONE thing at a time.
We all know that we shouldn’t let things slip and that there are many things on our to do list that need to be done.
But, multi-tasking is overrated.
At any given time you can see Facebook, Twitter, and my current project open on my computer.
Why? Because I like to stay connected. The reality – I like to procrastinate.
If you are going to take the time to do something and do it well, then it deserves your FULL attention.
Habit #7 LESS TALKING = MORE DOING
Believe it or not, flakiness is extremely common in productive people. However, successful people do what they say they are going to.
This goes back to basic business happiness. Don’t say you can do something you don’t have time for.
Habit #8 Be the Master of my Calendar
Most people have calendars for personal life and for work. The difference is that successful people use their calendars effectively. They schedule their meetings, they schedule their “work-time” for each project, and they schedule in time for themselves. IF the task is on their calendar, it happens, but they also don’t plan out their day at the start of their day, they do it the day before or at the start of the week.
Tell me in a comment below which ones you intend making a habit in your life and business.
You inspire me every single day, and as always thank you for reading the blog & connecting via social media.
with love ♥ Chelsey
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