Last week I shared a Shonda Rhimes video
with my readers because I could not focus on writing an inspirational post. As I was reflecting on why; I found that I was feeling a little drained by my life. Juggling several roles in the span of a few hours will do that to anyone. So today I decided to share with you a few things I came up with that helped me survive the rest of the week. This may or may not apply to your current situation, but I'm sure there are areas of your life where some of these lessons may still be helpful.
- Organization is Key! In almost everything we do in our lives, organization is key. But when you're a business owner, organization becomes your lifeline because it is so easy to lose yourself in your work when you have the luxury of owning your time. Before you know it, you're working and eating, working and cooking, and working and chit-chatting on the phone. I've found that organizing my day into time slots that are dedicated to specific tasks helps me stay on track so that I am less stressed at the end of the day.
- Know Your Priorities! When you're actually working, turn off all distractions. This doesn't always work for me because my child does not care that I have office hours. She wants what she wants when she wants it. So instead, I have a rule: turn off all distractions except those coming from my little human. This includes lowering the volume of the cartoons on television, turning off my cell phone, silencing all notifications, and leaving the tablet in the bedroom. That way I can concentrate on the task at hand.
- Respect Your Business! This is a huge one! If your family and friends won't call you at your office job and expect to have long chit-chats with you, then why do they think it's okay to do so just because you work for yourself? Set boundaries by respecting your business hours and others will do the same. Now, when I answer the phone, I simply say, "Can I call you back later, I'm busy?" It's the same thing I used to say when I worked a corporate job.
- Discipline Should be Your Best Friend! Absolutely! Without discipline, you can't accomplish your goals. No amount of ambition will lead you to success if you do not have the discipline to see things through. Do you want to be a writer? Write every day. Discipline. Do you want to lose weight? Live a healthy life. Discipline. Do you want to influence others? Live a life of integrity and focus. Discipline.
- Continuous Self-Education is Essential! The world is steadily evolving, and the only way you can keep up is to educate yourself on how things are working today. And yes, you have to keep up even if you hate change. I know I do, I miss the simpler times.
- Mistakes are Inevitable! As a business owner, you will make mistakes. Don't let them drown you in self-pity. Instead, own them, grow from them, make changes, and keep moving forward. Sometimes, failure is your best indicator of future success.
- It Pays to be Picky! Not every client who comes your way will be right for you and your business, so let neither money nor desperation do the talking for you. Instead, focus on the work and make sure that the relationship feels right. It is the key to building long-lasting, successful, and impactful business relationships.
- "Nobody's Perfect" Should Never Be an Excuse! If you run your business on the mantra of nobody's perfect, you will find yourself stuck in old draw-back patterns. Instead, see yourself as the exception to the rule and strive for perfection. It's what we should all be doing, striving to be the best versions of ourselves every single day. "Nobody's perfect" is simply an excuse used by those who fear personal growth and responsibility.
I hope I have inspired you to move about your week a little more confidently and assured of the fact that you "got this!" Have a blessed and inspiring week.