When you first decide to step out on your own as a small business owner, the overwhelming desire to stay in your pyjamas, check Instagram constantly and go-for coffee is a fun novelty for a week or two.
Then reality steps in. You realise deadlines are approaching, bills need to be paid and clients need results.
So with all these distractions and procrastinating tendencies, could you be running the risk of self-sabotaging your success before you’ve even started?
If you’re new to the start-up game and are determined to achieve freedom as a freelancer, read on to get five super simple routines to incorporate in to your day to help cultivate unstoppable success for your small business.
1. Maintain A Morning Routine
In your ‘old’ life when you worked for someone else, you most likely would’ve followed a similar pattern each day to get you out of the house (i.e. 6am wake up, meditate, exercise, shower, breakfast, emails, school drop-off etc…)
Now you have the freedom to create your own rules the temptation to mix it up is high. But research suggests following a morning routine is one sure fire way to help you stay on track and avoid fun and frivolous disruptions that don’t impact your bottom line.
In other words, make a conscious effort to follow a morning routine to help you avoid falling in to a time warp and stay on track until your priorities are achieved for the day.
2. Push Back On Procrastination
When you sit down to work on a project or reconcile your accounts at the end of the month, do you suddenly realise you need to fold the laundry or call your friend?
Obviously you have more freedom now you work from home, but any work hours you carve out for yourself, should be dedicated to work. Even if you’re balancing a business and babies, use the hour your little one is asleep to get as much done in your biz as possible and leave the chores for when your bundle of joy is awake.
3. Create An Empowering Environment
Are your surroundings supporting your chances for success or do you feel a bit slow and suffocated?
To achieve small business success, or at least get it to a position of sustainability, it’s important to ensure your environment is empowering and positively charged. Light a candle, clear away rubbish, buy a comfortable chair, fix lighting and turn off the TV. Essentially you should strive to create a space that you want to work in, like you would in an office or external environment so you can easily switch from home mode to powerhouse biz mode.
These small acts are also signs to the universe and members of your family (or just yourself) that you’re serious about making your business a success.
4. Schedule Your Priorities
In any given week you will have a million and one things to do. At the start of a new week, brain dump everything you’d like and need to get done to maintain momentum in your business and meet deadlines.
Then look over your list and decide what is a priority and what is a nice to-do. Allocate your priorities in your calendar as if it was an appointment.
Tuesday, 11am-12pm: Write blog post
Wednesday, 9am-10.30am: Schedule social media for following week
Wednesday, 3-5pm: Finalise presentation
Thursday, 2.30pm-3pm: New client meeting
This ensures your priorities will get down without sliding in to overwhelm, and maintain a healthy state of clarity. You’ll also have a good overview of where you can slip in a few of your ‘nice to-dos’ here and there without becoming distracted or working yourself in to the ground long after ‘office hours’ are closed.
5. Invest In Yourself
Now your calendar is scheduled, your home office is set up and your morning routine is down pat, it’s time to invest in yourself and take advantage of this new life of yours.
Consider what you like to do that fills you with joy and stimulates creativity? Do you prefer to sit quietly and watch the world go by at a café, taking your dog for a walk on the beach or perhaps hitting the gym before you pick up the kids to sweat it out?
Whatever your preferred method of rest and relaxation is, as long as you can achieve your priorties to maintain accountability and achieve a sensible work life balance, then your small business will not become a burden before it really begins.
Read a tip you like? Let me know in the comments below if you suffer from self-sabotage behaviours in your small business or if you’ve already got a handle on it? I’d love to hear what works for you.