For The Entrepreneur – 10 Bad Work Habits to Break
Most of us will go through our careers working for a company of some sort. Some of us who are a bit more ambitious in scope and ambition choose the entrepreneur route. This is a dream come true right? Being your own boss, making the real decisions and having a firm grasp on your future financial destiny. These can all be a reality for you. But, if any of these very typical bad work habits persist, your business is destined to fall short of your lofty goals. So, let’s get to it.
An Entrepreneur Must Have a plan
This sounds very easy right? After all, everybody has plans. The shocking statistic here (perhaps not so much) is most of us let our plans fall by the wayside. When you have a plan for your day, week, month and so on, you must stick to it like glue! Whatever it is, stick to it or it will fail. If you find it difficult to stay on point, start with small daily goals and get bigger as you progress.
Make sure to recharge
Taking on the role of an entrepreneur will consume all of your time if you let it. It will haunt your sleep and wake you up stressed to the point of being exhausted. Every great leader in business takes time off to unwind, meditate, take in a round of golf, whatever gets you centered again so you can keep your eyes on the prize. Remember, it’s your business now. If you’re brunt-out, your decision making will be skewed.
What’s your motivation?
All of us want to be financially stable. That is why we work in the first place. But, what is your motivating force that keeps you working toward your dreams? If money is the only impetus you have for motivation, it can be quite crippling in the beginning. Most businesses won’t see a real profit for years. Make sure that you’re passionate about the business as well. Whatever your business may be, it’s that passion that will carry you through.
Have a routine
Making sure the daily things are done daily is paramount. If there is no consistency in the work week, nobody knows what to expect. Set the example for your staff and be consistent with your routine. You’ll thank yourself for it.
When communication is unclear, whether it be spoken words or by email, there is a communication breakdown that occurs. Ineffective communications even if they are small, can leave a huge impression on the professionalism of your new business. Stay on topic. Your business associates will thank you with great work.
You are the boss now. Checking every time your email notification lights up or reminds you with a sound bite that (you’ve got mail) will sidetrack your day. It also makes you look unorganized and impulsive to your new employees. Make a set schedule for checking and answering emails or calls.
At first, it may seem like a great idea to get in that extra 30 minutes or 1 hour of work to stay ahead. Ultimately this will lead to a ton of sub-par work getting done. Take your breaks. Your mind and body need time to themselves to stay adjusted and focused.
Be on time, every time
There can never be an excuse why the boss isn’t running the show. You must be punctual. Always. You are setting the example for every facet of your company. Make sure that it’s a good one. It is now your duty to anticipate any potential set-backs and side-step them.
Stick to your decisions
We all have to make choices in the workplace. As the quarterback of the show, you are making the tough calls here. If you make a decision and quickly back out or change your mind often, this is the opposite of an entrepreneurial mindset. You are the backbone of the business and your decision must be final.
Okay, this one can have an article all to itself. Multitasking seems so smart at a glance. You get so much more done in the same amount of time. Or do you really? This flawed (and very outdated) concept hurts more than it helps. Multi-task work styles always invariably lead to lees quality work. It also serves to distract you from previous tasks. In the end it is not an effective strategy to have.
Venturing into the world of your very own company can be a daunting thought. Keep these 10 things in mind and implement them for a sure-fire success strategy. If you stay focused, you have won already.
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