Your business is growing! You’ve been doing it alone, bootstrapping and hustling. You’re hitting your initial revenue goals and you’re ready to move to the next level. There is a saying that “If you want to achieve something you’ve never achieved, you have to do what you’ve never done.”
This is especially true for doubling or tripling your business revenue. So how do you go about it??
Here are three tips for getting more done in your business.
- Get realistic about time management. First and foremost, make sure you’re keeping a calandar. If you don’t have clear boundaries between work and home time, make sure the calendar covers both schedules – for example include your kid’s orthodontics appointment in the same calendar you put your client meetings. This way you have a truer representation of what all you need to accomplish in a week. Next, recognize that you may have been sprinting lately to keep up with your growing work. If this is you, it’s time to get realistic about what you’re truly capable of. You can compress a lot of activity in a small amount of time. Think of this like a sprint. Sprints cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time, but also require a tremendous outpouring of energy – they are not sustainable. Balance your sprints with measured and paced activity so that you don’t turn against your business…like the dieter who said no to carbs for months and then binged on all kinds of sweets after one little lapse.
- Get triggered. No, not like a Karen, but like a habit building mastermind. Habits have three parts: a trigger, a routine, and a reward. You can strategically place triggers throughout your day to prompt routines that you want to start. You can also stack habits – this looks like making the completion of one routine the trigger for another routine. For example, if you want to read more books in the morning, place a book by your toothbrush. When you brush your teeth you’ll see the book, enjoy your fresh breath and dive right in. To learn more about strategic habit building, check out The Power of Habit or Atomic Habits.
- Get help. If you are at a point where you literally don’t have enough time to do all your business tasks while aligning with a well-managed calendar and using efficient routines, it’s time to consider help. Look at the activities that have become a bottleneck for you – the tasks that you procrastinate on or actively resist. Maybe it’s your business bookkeeping, maybe it’s grocery shopping, maybe it’s marketing, or walking the dog. Whichever one it is, find ways to delegate it within the home or hire outside help. This could look like finding a virtual assistant or ordering Hello Fresh. There are a variety of solutions, the first step is choosing the problem you want solved. Since you can’t make more hours in a day, do yourself the favor and get help.
In my next post, I’ll talk about how to figure out if you can afford the help you know you need.
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