Make a commitment to yourself, your team and your consumers to be authentic, honest and transparent. Having these core values from the get-go (in life and not just business) will take you far in life. You want them to know they can rely on you and your company as well as being able to relate to you. This builds up trust and you will subsequently be at the forefront of their mind in the future.
Have motivation and stay disciplined
Yes, motivation is needed to deliver what you need, which is great and the days we are fully pumped we are likely to be majorly productive. But there are going to be some days where you aren’t as motivated as others and this is where self-discipline comes in. It’s normal to have off days, but, darling, off days, don’t pay the bills or get things done! When you feel like this, the aim is to stay disciplined so you can always deliver and stay on target. Being organised will help you stay disciplined.
Organisation and planning
Organisation and planning are KEY! I can’t stress this enough. Plan your day(s) the night before. Set times, be realistic and don’t miss out key contributing factors. One of the best ways to do this is to utilise your calendar or diary. This will also help clear your mind so you can concentrate on the task at hand. For example, if you have a meeting 20 minutes away for 1 hour, don’t forget to schedule the travel time each side and allow for traffic or delays to public transport. You should also allow for things like putting fuel in your car. Nowadays, with the pandemic and having to queue outside shops, things are taking longer to accomplish and your time can be eaten into unexpectedly. Another example is if you have to record a new blog video (great!), it will take you approximately 2 hours to record, but you need to include the studio set-up time and the time you’re going to be sorting out charging camera batteries and making sure the lighting is correct. 9 times out of 10 this is an extra 30 mins on top of the recording. All of this should be put in your diary.
Clear working space
Tidy house/office, a tidy mind. Declutter and tidy up the room you work in (especially your desk!). Having a clear space to work from will help your mind to stay calm and focused. Studies show that having natural light in the space you work in will also help with calmness and focusing on work. If you don’t have a window, change your lightbulbs to daylight ones. These are easily accessible in your local hardware store.
Be flexible & grab opportunities
Having a plan you’re working on is great, until a new trend goes viral and will benefit your business if it can be applied. DO IT! Don’t spend too much time deliberating or you could miss a great opportunity. You need to be able to be flexible and adapt to changing situations quickly. Don’t stress! You had a plan in place, you can pause it there, try the new approach and if it works, great! If not, you can just go back to the point in your original plan and continue as you first intended. This flexibility could be the making of your business.