It is important to have specific goals and tasks. When you
are creating your plan, don’t use vague references like
‘eat breakfast’ – make it specific: ‘eat eggs, toast and
bacon for breakfast’. That way when you sit down to
actually accomplish the necessary tasks to run your
business, you know exactly what you need to do.
It is also when you are creating the plan that you will set
your goals and make sure you are able to perform whatever
you need to without being interrupted or having everything
in ‘pending’. For example you can’t have eggs for
breakfast unless you first go to the store to buy the eggs.
So take some real time on the details to create your plan so
that it will run smoothly and you can actually do what you
need to do rather than to keep going back to the planning
Lists are great but if you have too many things to do they
can actually make it worse for you psychologically in that
for one thing you may not have everything you need in place
yet to accomplish something on the list. Or you may even
react negatively to having a big scribbled mess with some
things crossed out that are done, some things crossed out
because they are cancelled, notes here and there about the
status of various tasks, etc. It is just adding more chaos
to your day.
The purpose of having a plan is to be organized and
methodical so that you don’t miss any details. The main
reason not to have a scribbly mess in your directions,
however is that you may start to feel guilty or like you are
falling behind when you do not accomplish what you set out
to. There is so much to learn and to do that it is important
to stay positive and not let any obstacles stop you from
your progress to develop your business.
This is why it is best to have a couple different lists with
your goals being defined between those that are needed and
possible right now, (today) those that can be done in the
near future, (this week or month) and then long-term goals
which might cover as long as a year. Keep clear notes here
about the status or things that may be pending and why –
know what you need to do in the meantime to be able to
eventually do what is needed.
So start with 3 pieces of paper or online documents to begin
your planning. Don’t put anything on your ‘To Do’ list
for today unless you are absolutely sure you can do them
today. Should something happen unexpectedly that keeps you
from doing it, then cross it off and start a new list for
tomorrow – or add it to the near future list with exact date
to be determined. Be sure to note anything that is keeping
you from actually doing the task and what you need to do to
eliminate that so you can finish what you need to do.
It is sometimes difficult for people to be their own boss.
We are mostly used to going into a company that will tell us
what our job duties are and show us what that involves,
including orientation and training, etc; they will tell us
what time to show up and what time to go home. So they are
creating the foundation for us and we just need to go in and
do it. When you are starting your own business you will
have to do all of this yourself including motivating
yourself to follow your own directions!
It is very easy to say ‘not now’ or ‘maybe later’ when
you are in charge of yourself; however you can’t allow this
to be the case. You have to somehow force yourself to treat
your business just like you would a job. Of course we are
free to set our own hours and etc., but if we are seriously
hoping to start a business that will provide a full-time or
substantial income down the line, we need to actually follow
a plan and do the work on a consistent basis. Work at
midnight if that is what you prefer but just be sure you get
everything done, no matter what.
Take a few days off if you need to, but again, make sure
everything that needs to be done, gets done before you leave
or after you return. You might even want to build this in to
your plan as it is very important to take breaks and have
time away as in a weekend or vacation that you could expect
from a regular job.
When people first start out it seems to be extreme in one
way or the other; either they take it for granted and think
there is some magical process that will create traffic and
sales just because they joined a program, and there is no
necessity to actually work it; or they will work 15-hours a
day until they completely burn themselves out and can’t
figure out why nothing is working for them. The truth is it
takes time either way.