When the chips are against you and you feel like everything is just a little off kilter, how do you get back on track?
It’s tough to ‘be’ your own business sometimes. It’s just you, and your computer, your thoughts, your ideas, the noise of social media, the must dos and the nice-to-make-time-fors, the value you feel when you do good work with good people, and the disappointment when you know things could have been even just the tiniest bit better.
Now I live for lists, productivity, task management, balance, fresh ideas and organisation, but that doesn’t mean it’s like that all the time. Even a VA has an off day!
So how do you kick overwhelm to the kerb and bring back headspace and harmony?
I’m not just talking about the New Year, but what else is new for you and your business? For me, it was time for a change and so January brought a new brand and website which I totally love. It’s so important to keep evolving, even if that means just a little, with your services, the way you work, and the focus of your business. Nick Watts from Depict Creative really hit the nail on the head with the new look. It’s a new springboard and I’m gradually getting over the stage fright and working it!
What is new for you? How can you celebrate how far you have come, in whatever way, to build momentum for the months ahead?
If you’re anything like me, when you’re in work mode, it’s work. Your whole focus is getting what you need to do done, the best you can, for the people who value what you do.
In order to keep perspective, we all need to take a moment to look down (metaphorically speaking) on what we’re doing to see how it all fits together (the 30,000ft view of your business, I call it). You will be amazed what you can see that fits, what doesn’t and how all the the different areas of your business fit together. It really helps to just take a moment to stop and step back.
Take time each morning, before you even switch on your computer, to write down what you need to do and what you want to do. What’s the one thing you want to achieve today? The weeds (unsavoury tasks) the seeds (what will make a difference) and everything in between. Clarity is key to making changes and keeping momentum.
Just keep swimming
I’ll leave you with Dory from Finding Nemo! You’ll have this song in your head all day now!
What helps you keep swimming when times are tough in your business?
She’s smart, and works really well when you let her understand your business and what you’re trying to achieve. The chances are that she’ll have ideas you won’t have had. And that if you run with them, you’ll get a better, more value-added outcome, than you’d imagined.