It can be stressful as you get further through the week, managing your business, keeping an eye on your daily tasks and monitoring your growing progress. When you’re running a smaller business no week is the same, you’ll have to schedule and create time for a different “department” throughout each week. For example, this month you’ll have to be a salesmen, pushing through the clutter of Christmas advertising. Whereas, the following month you might have to acquire the skills of an accountant to balance the books.
Within this post we’ll discuss a few additional, motivational growth ideas which should hopefully support your business. We’ll cover more about scheduling, costs and improving your wellbeing at work.
First of all let’s focus on your wellbeing. It’s understanding that as a smaller business, you’re part of a close unit. There might be 5 or 6 of you in the office, it’s important not only to keep yourself motivated, but encourage togetherness across your entire workforce. Particularly within a small team when a single negative conversation or event can impact anyone.
Therefore, as a business leader, start by presenting a colourful representation of your business, your brand isn’t just your logo and what’s displayed on a piece of paper or how you interact with clients it’s also how you interact internally, togetherness creates a brighter brand.
Organise team building activities or arrange employee weekends away and offer incentives, it doesn’t need to be every month just arrange a quarterly event just to keep your team engaged and interacting on a socially acceptable level.
Furthermore, to look after your individual well being, mindfulness tactics present a great opportunity for motivational growth. Don’t just sit around if you’re feeling stressed, you’ll hamper your business’s growth and encourage that dreaded procrastination.
Build a creative schedule
Once you’ve kept your head in the game, the next focus for motivational growth, would be to keep a perfect schedule that suits every aspect of your business. Give yourself a week to complete major tasks and fit in minor less time consuming tasks, in the middle. For instance, plan and write mind blowing content for your advertising throughout one week, whilst breaking up creative time and completing the more technically solid (finance or operations) tasks in order to break up your day.
- Use a virtual assistant to control all those mind numbing tasks
- Optimise your website browser – filter out those irrelevant links
- Allocate more time, promoting your venture. Come up with new ideas
- Keep a log of all new ideas – you don’t want to forget a big one
A great example of an entrepreneurial, motivational schedule is from Twitter founder Jack Dorsey. He puts a full 8 hour day into the companies he runs – Square & Twitter. Creating 16 hours, which might seen extensive for some people.
Which is why it’s important to find the right time and utilise the right techniques to disconnect. Whatever that may be from playing football to a round on the golf course.
To go even further back down the line, Benjamin Franklin’s schedule presents how important the trait of resilience can be. He’d strictly set guidelines with a specific schedule for sleeping, eating and keeping productive.
If you believe it’ll work, make it work
As the leader of a small business you’ll have a number of ideas, some great and some that you might not be as confident in. It’s important that when you take on a new product or to implement a new strategy; resilience is key. Focus on the positives, what is it you want to achieve? Forget about any ventures that haven’t worked in the past and push forward to drive profit for the future. Maintain passion, read through other success stories similar to you. Thinking about the success of your closest competitors, provides the best motivation. By beating your nemesis, you’ll instantly be ready to succeed – all competition is healthy competition, no matter how intense.