Running a business can be both challenging and rewarding but it’s about striking that balance so that you’re effectively running a business, not running yourself into the ground.
Here are 5 ways to help you to work smarter not harder within your business.
- Set realistic goals and write them down
Running a business without goals is like driving a car without a destination. Goals will give you a clearer focus of what you’re trying to achieve and will help you make decisions along the way that better assist you to achieve your goals. Studies show that vividly describing your goals in written form is strongly associated with goal success, and people who very vividly describe or picture their goals are anywhere from 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to successfully accomplish their goals.
- Plan your week and your days to get the most out of them
Spending time at the beginning of each week and each day helps you focus and prioritise on the tasks that need be done. Doing this will help you to avoid procrastinating when you know what needs to be achieved.
- Do one thing at a time
Did you know that when you multitask you are actually less productive and studies show it can negatively affect your mood, productivity and motivation? There’s a great book called ‘One Thing’ by Gary Keller, explaining the simple truth of focusing on one thing at a time. Focusing on one thing at a time can be far more effective in the long run.
- Know your numbers and review your performance monthly
Knowing your numbers is so important for EVERY business owner. We’re not all accountants but we can all learn. Knowing how your business is performing is the beginning of understanding how the numbers work in your business and what you can do to change them. It can also help you to identify problems before it’s too late to make changes.
- Give yourself down time
In a digital age where work is constantly at our fingertips, it can be difficult to switch off. Protect your down time. Having space from ‘doing’ and ‘being’ in your business headspace not only helps you live life beyond your business but also gives you the clarity and refresher you need to tackle it all over again.
Vanessa Bamford, Director