One of the changes I made last year that I found to be very productive for me is the commitment I made to read something spiritually inspiring, pray and meditate every morning to be directed in the best path for my to go with my day. Since I spend most of my days home working this time of the year, my energy is focused on improving myself and my business. I found this quiet time grounds me for the work ahead.
Second, I work constantly on defining and improving on the systems I already have in place. As you probably know, I use lots of systems in my business to keep me focused on what I am doing and where I am going. Back in 2008-2009 when I was sick (doctor thought I had early stages of Alzheimers) and unable to do much, the systems I had set up saved me from losing control of my business. Instead of having to think through every task I did, I just followed an A-B-C method of doing what needed to be done.
I discovered an old email from Natasha Vorompiova, owner of Systems Rock, that describes some of the systems to make your business successful. Here are some of her key points:
1. Systematically Successful Business Owners are in the Driver’s Seat
If you are in business for yourself, you aren’t the type of person who’d be happy to sit on the beach sipping margaritas doing nothing day in and day out. That’s not you! You’re looking for a steady stream of money to support your passion-fueled business, and you’re actively managing growth to make sure it happens….
2. Systematically Successful Businesses Have Rock Solid Systems
Face it, if you don’t have systems, you don’t have a business. . . just a hobby….Business is different. When you’re in business, you’re making a promise to your customers that you’re going to provide them with the best possible experience. You’re committing to excellence to both your customers and yourself.
3. Systematically Successful Entrepreneurs Don’t Do Everything Themselves
The idea that you’ve got to be doing everything yourself because no one can do it better than you is an excuse not to own up to being the CEO of your company….Delegation, above everything, is about leadership. It’s being able to motivate and direct people on your team. It’s also making the time and mental space to work on the strategy of your business in general.
4. Systematically Successful Business Owners Know It’ll All Work Out
When you’ve taken the reigns of your business, your confidence in the direction your business is headed will grow. Even if you stumble on one project, the structure you’ve created will ensure your business can adapt and thrive.
And third, here are a couple of the best system I set up for myself that have increased my productivity greatly:
- Quickbooks accounting program. Nothing is more frustrating than have a mess of paperwork to sort through at the end of the month.
- Microsoft Outlook, Calender and Task Scheduler. No matter what I am doing, scheduled tasks pop up at the time I need to do them.
- Getting up near the same time every morning. I find that if I start my day at the same time and in the same way every day, I am much more productive.
- Taking frequent breaks. Sometimes this means I stop to do a load of laundry, fix my lunch and even connect on Facebook.
So what systems or procedures do you use to make a successful business?