How many times have you thought, “I am STUCK!”? Maybe it’s time to put a strategy in place with specific action steps in order to get you and your business “unstuck”!
Here are my 5 Steps to Getting Unstuck in Business
1. Personal Development
This is the day and age of e-learning, online learning, Facebook Lives, etc. and NOW is the perfect time to take advantage of some of the FREE offerings that can benefit you and your business. My suggestion is to start by making a list of all the areas of your business that you could benefit from knowing more or doing more. You can do a search to find training that can help you grow in that area.
During this time of change, we can continue to grow.
2. Spring Cleaning
Yes, we often think of Spring as a time to spruce up our house. Well, this is a perfect time to spruce up your business. Here are some suggestions of what may need some Spring Cleaning in your business:
Your technology: When was the last time that you cleaned your electronic files? I did a small amount of cleaning on “National Clean Your Computer Day” but didn’t nearly scratch the surface of what needed to be done. My suggestion is to add intentional time to your calendar – whether it is an hour a day or an hour a week to do some electronic file cleaning. This can include organizing your desktop, sorting/deleting old files or pictures, cleaning your Spam folder, etc.
Your office and hard copy files: Whether you have a dedicated office space or a spot on the table, you probably have files and paperwork that need to be organized. When your office is organized, you just feel better about working and getting things done. By the way, if you don’t have a dedicated office space, see if you can carve out a space that is just for you and your business – in these times of “working from home”, you will be more committed to working if you have a place specifically for work.
3. Create New Content
Spend some intentional time being creative. Schedule a “staff meeting” with yourself, get a white board (or a clean piece of paper) and begin to brainstorm what you can do to be ready for your clients when we are ready to get “back to normal”. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to follow-up with your clients or find new clients with a new portfolio of offerings? Be ready for the potential business that can come your way.
4. Organize Finances/Expense Tracking
UGH! Unless you are an accountant, you probably don’t enjoy finances. Take some intentional time to get your finances in order. One of the things that I found out after starting my own business was that I was truly lacking in this department. I did get Intuit Quickbooks to help with expense tracking and that has helped me TREMENDOUSLY! But, I still keep electronic (and some paper files) that need to be organized. I plan to use this time getting my paper files converted to electronic files and going through my Quickbooks files to ensure that my categories are correct and ready to use for future business transactions.
5. Give Back
Find a “cause” and give back to the community. It doesn’t always have to be financial, it can be with your time or talents. Remember some of those FREE webinars and training that we mentioned before? Maybe you have some talent that you can share with others. You can provide relevant content through social media, your website or through your email groups. This is also a great way to keep your Brand alive and well, too. I believe that this step will be the most beneficial to your overall health and well-being while you are quarantined. “Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours”. Les Brown
Today is the first day to make a difference in your life and your businesses. I hope that this advice will help you get unstuck and better prepare you to make that difference.
LET'S GET STARTED!
Denola M. Burton is the Founder and CEO of Enhanced DNA: Develop Nurture Achieve, LLC and Enhanced DNA Publishing. Through Enhanced DNA, Denola develops and nurtures individuals and organizations to achieve their Leadership, Communication and Performance goals and objectives. Denola is also an author and publisher and through Enhanced DNA Publishing, assists new and newer authors in publishing their books according to the standards of the Independent Book Publisher's Association (IBPA). Denola retired from Eli Lilly and Company after 27 years where the majority of her career was focused on Employee Relations/Human Resources. Interested in becoming an author? Check out Denola' s award-winning book, Enhancing Your Author DNA: Step-by-Step Publishing Guide.
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