I don’t know about you, but I haven’t started this year off with a lot of energy and inspiration. Thankfully, the list below has lit the fire I needed.
- I will first schedule for the year all activities that support my health and family (including workouts, doctor appointments, vacations, family events). Why? Because without these, I won’t be able to be productive in my business.
- Each day, I will put appointments with enough time (and some extra built in) to complete my day’s top 2 business activities. I will work on these even before I check my email (thanks for this great idea from Tim Ferriss of the 4-Hour Work Week fame – it really works!). These will be my business priorities for the day. Once they are completed, I can work on other business activities.
- By the middle of each day, I’ll make sure to take a moment and determine if I have helped someone today. If so, continue with my activities. If not, take action to help someone in need – anything from returning an email from someone who needs help, making a phone call to someone who suffered a recent setback, or even just giving a compliment to someone.
- I will backup my files in the easiest way possible, automatically, by using Carbonite, or other similar service.
- Each quarter, I’ll meet with my accountant. As one of my trusted advisors, I will work with him or her to determine necessary changes in my business.
- I will put aside a reserve of money, or get a line of credit, so I will never feel “desperate.” I know that clients can sense desperation, and I won’t attract them if I feel that way. Plus, if I am not desperate for the money, I won’t have to take on clients who will drain me.
- Each day, I will put a 30-minute appointment on my calendar to learn something new. In today’s world, we all have to be learning constantly, just to keep up. Each time I realize I need more knowledge of something, I’ll put it in one of my 30-minute appointment slots.
- I will include marketing and business development activities in my business activities. This means that I may be scheduling time for social media promotion, Website updates, customer contacts, etc.
- I will develop a consistent way to stay in front of current and potential clients. I know that this is the best way to grow my business. I can do this in many ways – through a newsletter, a regular Send Out Cards program, scheduled meetings and more.
- If something doesn’t feel right, I won’t do it. I need to trust my gut. It’s usually right.
Information provided by:
Margie Zable Fisher
Zable Fisher Public Relations
Phone: (561) 445-6075
Thanks, Robin. P.S. – I used Cold Sores Begone over the holidays, and it really worked!
Great tips Robin! Love that you schedule appointments to support your health. So Smart! It was a pleasure meeting you last week.Fresh Organizing Ideas for A Fresh Start…http://robinbarrbuzz.blogspot.com/2010/01/10-essential-daily-small-business.html