Are Personal Habits Affecting Your Business Results?

To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24 

Truth time… I tend to be a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of girl. Before starting my own business (and in the beginning of having my own business), I was not a planner, I didn’t do checklists, I was not great at organization, and I took on more responsibilities than I probably should have. Miraculously, I was also super productive and I did both my fulltime job and my side business really well – but the sacrifice of sleep and sanity were pretty huge.

Why am I telling you this? Well, while my business started off very successfully, my personal habits eventually began to significantly affect my business results, and yours probably do, too.

You see, when I was working a fulltime job, there was structure. There were hours I needed to be at work, tasks that needed to be completed, a schedule that needed to be followed, and an administrative assistant that helped keep me (and my boss) on task.

When I started my business alongside that job, I had to stay structured out of necessity, because there literally was not enough time in the day to procrastinate. And I thrived!

The trouble came when I quit my full time job and began to work my business as my sole source of income. Suddenly, I was my own boss. The structure was gone, no one was telling me what time to be at work, I didn’t have a list of tasks that needed to be completed or any real schedule, and I certainly couldn’t afford an assistant to help overcome my weaknesses. And slowly but surely, my personal habits began affecting my business success.

As you can imagine, a habitual procrastinator with no structure and too much on her plate does not a good business person make.

So, after several months of frustration and some soul-searching, I realized that I had to change my habits if I was going to continue succeed without completely burning myself out. I took three big steps to change my habits and my business, and I want to share them with you, too.

1.  I started to track my time. I literally grabbed a journal wrote down everything I did each day as I went about the day. Not only did this allow me to remember everything I had accomplished each day, but it also showed me where I was wasting time.

2.  After tracking my time for a week, I went through my journal and prayerfully started to identify habits that needed to change. For instance, I spent way too much time on social media. While some of it was business related, most of it was just a result of getting distracted.

3.  After identifying what habits needed to be changed, I did NOT try to change everything at once. Instead, I chose one habit at a time to work on. First, I set a limit on my social media time. After that became second nature, I started making a checklist of everything I needed to get done each day, with the top 3 non-negotiable things at the top of the list. Once I started regularly using my checklist for a few weeks, I worked on creating a weekly schedule for myself so that I didn’t feel so overwhelmed by everything I needed to get done. Once I created a schedule for myself, I moved on to cutting out some responsibilities that just could not be a priority in my life for this season… You get the idea.

This process took several months, but by then end, I had changed some really significant habits that were harming me both personally and in my business. Of course, sometimes those old habits start to creep back in, but since I am aware of them, I can identify them pretty quickly and work right away to get back on track.

So, to recap, here are the three steps you can take to keep your personal habits from affecting your business:

1.  Track your time.

2.  Prayerfully identify which habits need to be changed.

3.  Choose one habit at a time (two at most) to work on changing before moving on to the next one.

Going through this process will truly be invaluable to both your life and your business!

 

 

Selena Garrison is a direct sales entrepreneur, financial coach and COO of Catch Your Money! She can be reached at admin@CatchYourMoney.com.

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