Sunday Roast and Small Business
A Sunday Roast is tradition in our house. Why? Well for a number of reasons 1) It’s a favourite and has been since I was a kid on the farm 2) I don’t have to think about ‘what’s for dinner?’ other than if its chicken, beef or lamb; 3) it solves the problem of dinner for Tuesday night (leftovers in some form or another!). (Apologies to my vegan and vegetarian friends - but the concept of having the same 'meal' every Sunday with leftovers still works!)
I am a fan of routine. Putting things into place that shouldn’t consume us to enable more time for the fun and creative and important stuff. When running a household and starting a business there are many things you can put into a routine that will make your life easier and your business more efficient.
Here’s my top 5:
1. Create a weekly schedule that outlines the focus of each day. Here’s an example you can adapt: Sunday: social media, Monday: production; Tuesday: finance – checking financial health, info to the bookkeeper etc.; Wednesday: Marketing and Communications; Thursday: Affiliations and partnerships, external meetings; Friday: Staff, planning, researching, progress against goals, celebrations! Set up time to switch-off. Use your out-of-office and do not disturb functions when you can’t, or do not want to be contacted. Keep it consistent.
2. Schedule the payment of your bills at the same time each week. (Please note I didn’t say ‘pay’ I said schedule to pay. Never pay them before they are due (the money is best in your bank!)
3. Choose a time to organise your social media activities. 75% of your weekly social media can be done in the one sitting. Use social media tools such as hoot suite or the facebook scheduler to help you organise your social media activities. Top up your activity up daily with news, random musings, inspiration and to respond to comments.
4. Schedule external appointments on the same day. Reduce your travel and frock-up time.
5. Have a ‘uniform’. You should always present yourself in a way that suits your brand. This doesn’t have to be a traditional uniform with logo if it doesn't suit your business but you should always look good and consistently good. This will help with everything from shopping, to reducing time to plan your weekly wardrobe. Note: even if you work in your PJ’s!
PS: Start each day with exercise!
What do you do at the same time every week?