Making Savvy Decisions Within Your Business: The Tools That You Have

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Starting your business will not have been an easy decision to make. You will have had to think about all sorts of different avenues and aspects in order to feel confident with such a life change. You may have been comfortable in your job, perhaps not loving it, but certain with job security and a constituent wage. To go from that security to nothing can be very overwhelming. Taking the plunge is huge, but the decisions don’t stop there. Once you have your business up and running everything falls on you.

Whether you need to decide about products or services you supply, how you sell, your branding, your marketing, and who your hire, these can be just some of the decisions that you need to make on a daily basis. It is enough to even bother the most entrepreneurial among you. So what can you do? There are things you can do, change and habits you can develop that can help lead you on the path to making savvy decisions within your business. Here are some of the things that you could try.

How you start your morning at home

Sometimes the way you start your day can have a huge impact on the rest of it. You stump your toe for example, and you don’t let it go, could mean a knock on effect for other negative things to happen during the day. If you start your day in a positive way, then things can have a much better effect. But, how do you do it? It could be some simple changes that you make that could have a big impact. For example, getting up earlier and exercising so that you get your body moving right away. Having a nutritious breakfast and taking the time to enjoy it. It might be settling down to enjoy a coffee and listening to headlines or information relating to business. For example, the Alexa home device could be programmed with things such as https://www.amazon.com/Teknicks-Internet-Marketing-News/dp/B076J1HBYK to give you business trends and headlines specific to your business. This could give you the heads up you need for the rest of the day, and any decisions you need to make. This could also work with listening to podcasts and radio shows.

Being productive on the commute into work

If you commute to work on public transport, then this is a golden opportunity to get information and to be more aware of what is going on. You could read the newspaper, read a magazine, or documents and articles specific to your business remit. Or you could listen to it instead, perhaps even a podcast all about positivity and feeling confident in yourself. Helping you to be more sure of yourself when you are faced with difficult decisions. If you drive to work, you can use this as an opportunity to listen to things that will have a positive impact on you.

Keeping a line of communication open with staff

Having a business is one thing, but when you have staff and employees working towards the same goal, it is important for you to keep the lines of communication open with them. As a leader, you will be in charge of what is going on, but you will also want to be approachable in terms of people wanting to discuss things with you. After all, what they want to discuss may affect the business in some way. There will be some members of staff that you need their opinions from in order to make some of the decisions that you could be faced with, so keeping these lines of communication open will help you get relevant information you need freely and quickly.

Being open to suggestions and advice

The hardest thing an entrepreneur or business leader has to do is listen to outside information on something, their business, where they feel they are the experts in their field. You created the business, so surely you know all there is to know. That can be true in some sense, but that doesn’t mean that outside opinions, critiques and suggestions can’t be beneficial to make more improvements and to drive the business forward. Always be open to these things, as the next golden nugget of information could come from and outside source.

Taking regular breaks away from your desk and phone

Making decisions and running a business is tiring, and draining, so even though you are in charge, it is important for you take regular breaks away from your desk and your phone. This will help you to clear your mind a little, and then perhaps make wiser choices and decisions with a fresh outlook. It might simply be walking to the shop for a coffee or water, or just getting outside for five minutes of fresh air before returning to your desk to carry on.

Keeping a close eye on trends

Decisions can only be made well if you have all of the facts, so it is always going to be worthwhile to stay ahead of the curve and keep a close eye on changing trend sin your business area, but also in areas of business that could affect you in some way. This could be trade, accounting, tax or specific to your business. Knowing all of the facts will help you to make more informed decisions.

Networking with like-minded people at events

It can often be a lonely place running a business, so networking events where you are talking to like-minded people can be hugely beneficial to you. You can bounce ideas of people, talk about different market trends and things that are going on. Sometimes doing this can help you to get a more centered approach to a decision that you need to make within your business.

Taking time to think about your decisions

Finally, as tempting as it may be, try and not rush any big decisions that you need to make. Sometimes talking an extra few minutes to consider all of your options will either solidify your choice, or raise another option that could be worth exploring.

Let’s hope that these tips and suggestions help you to make savvy decisions within your business.

Stop Wasting Time Today: Here’s How

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If you want to be as productive as possible and ensure you’re not constantly playing catch up, then you’re going to want to make sure that you utilize your time as well as possible. However, many workers admit to wasting hours of time each day. Some people admit to even wasting more than 5 whole hours! Whether you’re a business owner, solopreneur, or an employee, that isn’t a good way to spend your time. Just think of the things you could have spent doing in 5 hours, both high energy and low energy tasks. Being aware of what your biggest time sucks are and how you can improve them will help you to make the most of each and every day and get as much done as possible.

Below we’ll explore in more detail what you can do if you want to get more done and be absolutely sure that you’re making the most of your days:

  1. Know When You Are At Your Most Energetic

The key to not wasting time and to getting as much done as possible is to know when you are at your most energetic. Most people are most energetic early in the morning, a small amount are true night owls and get more done at night. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, make sure you’re honest with yourself. This way, you can schedule out when you do your most high energy and low energy tasks and get them done to a high standard.

  1. Find More Effective Ways To Utilize Your Time

There are numerous ways you can ensure you’re utilizing your time in the most effective way. You can outsource and automate tasks that you do every day for example, using freelancers and software. Software like JungoHR | Canada’s 1st HR Software with Multi-Carrier Connectivity can be extremely useful in various industries.

  1. Use Apps And Gadgets

Apps and gadgets can help you to better tracks your time. Timeular is a great gadget that  you can use to track exactly how long you spend on certain tasks and then make changes depending on what you need to do. Then there are apps that you can use to block certain sites from your devices so you can work without distractions.

  1. Plan Your Day In Blocks

Planning your day is key if you want to get as much done as possible. Plan out your time in blocks and know exactly when you’re going to do what and stick to it.

  1. See If You Can Get The Most Important Things Done Early In The Morning

As most people are more productive in the morning, they find it more effective to get the most important things done early on. Try getting up before the rest of the world and see what you can do.

  1. Stop Clouding Your Focus

Social media and emails can fill your head with needless information and cloud your focus for the rest of the day. Don’t let that happen!

Why Routines Should Be Mandatory

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People ask me all the time, “What’s the biggest difference between having a boss versus being your own?

Besides a steady paycheck, my response is: a lack of routine.

Parents stress how children need routine and structure to survive (it’s true I have 2 kids under 3 years old). But what works for kids also works for adults.

If you work for a company your routine is taken care of during the day, but if you’re an entrepreneur or even work remotely it’s up to you to set a routine.

I’ve been on my own since 2007 and through much trial and error here’s what works for me:

Morning workouts – I try to exercise 5 times a week in the mornings between 6:30-8:30 AM. I don’t consider myself a morning person, but with 2 kids I don’t have much of a choice. Since I’m up anyway, I force myself to go to the gym regardless of how I feel. It’s become my morning coffee and when I don’t stick to this routine I literally get cranky and feel lethargic.

Task time – I know I do my best work from about 10 AM-2 PM. As much as possible I try to find a quiet place with minimal distractions and accomplish as much as I can. Since I’m a pretty organized person I schedule everything into my phone with alerts so I don’t have to think about what to do next. This uninterrupted time is when I plan my workshops, speeches, marketing, etc. Protect this time, it’s necessary.

People time – Around mid-afternoon I usually hit a wall, so meeting with people, Skype or phone calls are scheduled between 2-5 PM. Conversations energize me, so whatever creative juices I am lacking usually get rejuvenated through interactions. Of course sticking to this schedule isn’t mandatory, but over time you pinpoint what flows best for you and go with it.

Routines promote productivity. Without them distractions will rule your life. I’m a planned person, but don’t consider myself Type A. The nice thing about routines is they can change. Tinker with them to see what works best. What matters most is to have them.

Routines are like boundaries. They determine what is useful and help us decide what to say yes and no to. That’s why they should be mandatory.

Winsight Episode 37: Healthy Addictions

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We all are addicted to something. For some it may be fitness. Others are to coffee. Some love certain TV shows. Whatever it is, there’s a deeper reason behind it. What is it that you’re addicted to?

As we move into the new year, this episode will explain how addictions can be a good things using the following points:

  • Why fitness can be your drug of choice
  • What routines represent in our lives
  • If you’re addicted to attention, how you can use it in a positive way
  • What’s at the root of addictions and why it can be a good thing

So what are you addicted to? How can you put a positive spin on it? Please share by leaving a comment below because you’re not the only one!