Small business owners tend to focus on their clients and associates more than focusing on their own business tasks. Recently, I spoke with a client who I was helping manage and prioritize her weekly schedule so she could focus better on the task at hand. And, she had an epiphany. She realized that she had no problem making and keeping deadlines for clients. But, when it came to her own business tasks, like invoicing, administrative tasks, etc… she would delay and not complete them for weeks. Here are some ways to respect your small business which came out of this discussion:
Tip #1: Throughout the day, write down the small tasks you did that day not only the tasks you needed to do but also the ones you ended up doing. We all do small tasks throughout the day, like paying bills, going to the bank, updating information on a website, write these tasks down as well so you can recall them at the end of the day when you look at your to do list.
Tip #2: Realize that your business is valuable and you deserve to spend time on it. Block out an hour or two in your calendar each week to help you improve upon your website, your office space, and your business process. Friday afternoon works well for me. Maybe it will work for you.
Tip #3: Clearing out your old papers will help you remember what your business focus is and where you want it to go. Get rid of papers that do not belong in the office any longer and organize the ones you do want to keep in folders.
Tip #4: Always over-estimate the amount of time it takes to do a task. If it takes you 2 hours to do the work usually, allocate 3 hours. This will help you manage your time and you will end up having more gaps in the day to finish the smaller tasks because of it.
Tip #5: If you can’t see all the tasks to find the gaps in your day to do them, write all the projects on a large marker board. Then step back and look at them and number them in order by priorities. Saying the steps that need to be done out loud also helps.
Tip #6: If you work with others and there are tasks that are out of your hands, find what role you are planning in that project. Are you the creator? The person who creates the content. Are you the editor? The person who edits someone else’s work. Are you the overseer? The person who looks at the content after everyone else has modified it.
When you can truly say you value your business, you will feel more pride and gratitude for it and in turn it will help your clients value it as well. I hope these tips help you make your small business a priority.
Let’s continue the conversation. Finish this sentence, “I value most about my small business is…” Please leave your answer in the comment section below.