As a small business operator we have little time to work on our business even when we know it’s important for future growth. Start by turning your ‘to do’ lists into ‘tah dah’ lists and focus on two other things to finish the week by:
- Don’t create a ‘to do’ list – make a “Tah-Dah” list!
Rather than focus on what needs to be done and consider your tasks as chores focus on the end goal and how you will feel when they are complete.
Resist the temptation to focus on what’s wrong, what was not done right or what still needs to be done. Take a few moments to examine what you did that was great – or even ok. “Something worth doing is worth doing badly!”
- Take small steps to achieve your goals
“Kaizen” is a Japanese word that means continuous improvement typically executed through small steps. Although it sounds counter intuitive - tiny steps can help you move faster to a goal because breaking a step down makes it easier to get to with the added value of a quick success experience. Momentum is built–resistance is overcome.
You know I love an egg timer. Set yourself limits on tasks. The more you practice the faster you get. We are more likely to return and persevere when we have met with feelings of success than ones of failure.
- Develop ‘no-brainer’ tasks
Start a weekday ritual for a task you don't want to expend energy on. Something that you waste time worrying about – grocery shopping, putting petrol in the car, making appointments. Set aside a time each week to do them and stick to it. The less time you spend on tasks that are routine and mundane the more you have time to be creative and work on your business.
What are three things you can end the week on to make your list go 'tah dah"