Starting a Business
When starting a new business it is a rollercoaster ride. There are so many ups and downs with owning your own business, and it can be scary!
In my first ever blog post I am going to take you through the top two lessons learned from starting my own business, as well as two key resources (books!) that helped me get here!
My hope with this blog and the ones to follow are to share my favorite tips, tricks, and resources for getting your business started, key things to make your website shine, and all things helpful for growing your passion into a healthy and beautiful business.
LESSON 1: TIME MANAGEMENT WINS
There never seems to be enough hours within the day to complete your To Do list. It is a never ending daunting list that can be hard to prioritize!
This was a huge struggle for me, and even today I am still perfecting my calendar schedule, and trying new and fun ways for me to be my most productive self!
LESSON 2: CONFIDENCE IS KEY
Let’s face it, owning your own business is emotional. There can be fears associated with your business, and you may start telling yourself things like:
- “I not smart enough to make my business successful“
- “I am not talented enough”
- “I am not doing enough”
- “People won’t want my product(s) or service(s)”
I can tell you from my own experience in starting my business, that I have had all of these thoughts. Sometimes these fears can leave us paralyzed and unable to really move forward.
THIS MONTH I READ A BOOK THAT HAS CHANGED THE WAY I TACKLE MY TIME.
Being able to tackle my time management issues has helped me with my self confidence!
Don’t let yourself get in your way! Changing your perspective on how you act in situations can lead to happiness in the present, instead of the dwelling in the past or the future.
How you ask?...
Get Your SH*T Together, by Sarah Knight.
This month I am going to talk about time management, which really means scheduling. I came across a book a few months ago on how to schedule effectively. This book might, to some, seem boring...until you read the title. Does it spike your curiosity?
I love authors that write like they are talking to you as a friend. So beware, she will be your friend that will say “sh*t” 332 times in very thoughtful, and creative ways. As a friend should, she will also call you out on your sh*t several times. If you are serious about getting your sh*t together, want a friend to guide the way, and don’t mind a little profanity, then this is the book for you.
I use to really struggle with scheduling. It takes much practice and trial and error to really get a schedule that will work for you. So here are a few tips that the Sarah knight provides in order to help organize your life:
getting organized and conquering your to do list:
- Get out of the mindset that there is not enough hours in the day (if you follow these steps, it just isn’t true).
- Make your To Do list.
- Categorize your To Do list from most urgent to least.
- Take your most urgent items to that need to be completed today on a separate “must do” list (This way you know exactly what needs to get done that day).
Make sure you have realistic expectations of how long you estimate each item to take. This way your day will not seem so daunting. As long as you get the most important items done, then ultimately your day is a success!
For those who tend to be late to meetings and events, take one day to time out how long it takes for you to complete each routine item.
- How long it takes to get ready.
- How long it takes to get to work (with traffic).
- How long those meeting calls “realistically” take.
- Or even…(and I know we all deal with this) how long those weekly calls to the parents take.
Make sure you have a realistic idea of how long it takes for you to do your routine. It will help lower daily anxiety and stress.
Below is a chart taken out of Sara Knights book. If you are a visual learner, this will help you see the path in helping prioritize your life.
how Sarah Knight’s Book has helped me be more self confident:
When I first started reading this book, my first thoughts were “of course I need to organize my time better and create lists”. What I came to realize what that ultimately, yes the tips on how to become more organized were helpful, but what I really needed was help to change my mindset. Mindset I believe is our biggest battles as business owners. It is really ourselves that can prevent ourselves from moving forward, and growing our business.
To learn more about Sara Knight and her book, get your Sh*t together, as well as her other No F*cks Given Guides, go to her website http://nofucksgivenguides.com.
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Now that we have gone over the basics of how Sarah Knights book on time has helped me in both my time management and confidence issues, the next step is to dive further into the confidence piece, and find out how to build up that strength even further!Please join me next time to talk about Positive Intelligence by Shirzad Chamine. Mr. Chamine has worked with fortune 500 companies to help them create happy working environments, and help their businesses thrive.
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