Think back to the day of when you were an innocent employee, and you would watch the clock for hours, possibly even the whole of your shift, just waiting for the time to pass by. Then all of the sudden, you would look back at the clock and only an hour had passed.
Getting through a working day was hard, but it was only hard because of the mental attitude you had towards work, and the fact that you probably really didn’t want to be there. However, when you run your own business, getting through the day is a new type of challenge. It’s not that you don’t want to be there, but the thought of actually doing everything that needs to be done in one day can often put people off. There’s just so many daily tasks that need to be done, and it’s not like you can ask anyone else to do it for you! You’ve got to suffer with them yourself, which can often just be a total nightmare to deal with. So, if you feel as though you’re struggling with day to day business life, we want to try and help you out a little. We’ve got some great tips that should help get you through the business day. Have a read on to find out more.
Find the Motivation
This is the first thing you’re going to need to do. You really do need to dig deep if you want to be successful with your business, and that couldn’t be more true to the people who are finding it hard to get through the business day. So, first of all, you need to be motivated to actually get up and get into the office or warehouse. You wouldn’t believe how many company owners wake up when it suits them, have a nice spot of breakfast, maybe hit the shops, then try and get into the office. For one, this really isn’t giving your employees the best guidance with what they should be doing. It just doesn’t look good if they see you in and out of the office all of the time! The sooner you’re in the office, the sooner you can start your own day. If you’ve spent the morning relaxing and taking things slow, then it’s obviously going to make you less motivated by the time you get into the office. Then you need to learn how to be more productive whilst you’re actually in work. Again, something a lot of people actually seem to struggle with. If you find that you’re more likely to go into the office and sit on the phone for an hour or two chatting away to friends, or even just scrolling through social media, then this isn’t going to do good for your business. A lot of people find it easier to be productive by making sure that they’re goal setting throughout the day. So you might have the goal of making sure all of your emails are down in the day, and making sure you’ve contacted all of the customers you need to contact by mid afternoon. Prioritise tasks in order of importance, and things should start to get a little easier for you.
This is another thing that we just started to discuss at the end of the last paragraph, but something we feel as though we need to talk about in more detail. This has to be one of the most common downfalls of a company. They’ll prioritise the smallest of tasks first, leaving all the heavy duty work until the end. But by the end of the day, everyone’s motivation levels are no doubt going to have dropped massively. So, you need to make sure that you’re managing your tasks wisely. If you know you have an angry customer that is waiting for an email back, you do that first. You do anything that is directly going to affect your business first, then you focus on the smaller tasks. Every evening, plan your tasks for the next day to make sure you’re getting everything done in a timely manner.
Your employees are the workhorse of your company, so you need to find a way to try and keep them motivated more than yourself. As we said in the opener, it’s hard for you to stay motivated as a business owner, but you remember how hard it was for you to stay motivated as an employee. So, you need to think of ways to keep them interested, ways that your boss probably didn’t back in the day. One of those ways is to give them money… obviously. Money drives everybody, and if they know that they’ve got some money to work towards, such as a bonus, then they’re obviously going to want to work harder. You should also aim to treat them as honestly and as fairly as you possibly can at all times. For an employee, there’s nothing worse than being constantly grilled when they’re just trying to do the best job that they possibly can. So, bring them up, rather than bring them down, and see what sort of workforce you can create.
Money motives are the thing that should get you through the day. It should get anyone through any day. Money is what drives most people, and it’ll definitely be the thing that’s going to drive your business. So, if you want to get through the day, focus on your money achievements, and again, set goals. Goals will allow you to focus on the push for growth, and allow you to figure out new ways to bring that money in. One of the areas that you should be focusing your efforts the most is your marketing. Marketing is so important to sales, and the better you market, the more money you’re going to be able to bring in.
So, if the tips we’ve mentioned above aren’t enough to motivate you through the day, then we really don’t know what will be!