January: the month full of motivation, inspiration, goal setting... and breaking bad habits. It can be energising and uplifting, or leave you feeling overwhelmed and not sure what to prioritise. Hey, we've all been there!
However, it doesn't have to be an intimidating situation, and small steps often lead to the best changes. That's why we're sharing 5 bad habits to ditch that may be holding back your small business and stopping you from reaching your full potential. By breaking these small habits you're sure to notice a difference in your business.
1. Not Setting Work Hours
When you have your own small business it can be tempting to dip in and out when you feel like it and not setting strict work hours. Although it's nice to have freedom with your business there also needs to be a level of discipline in order to be focused and truly productive. The quicker you get into a routine and hold yourself accountable, the better.
2. Not Keeping Detailed Accounts
It's easy to fall behind on paperwork, accounts and the "boring" (but necessary) work - however, this is what often makes up the backbone of your business. If you don't keep track of the hours you work, your income and expenses etc. you really don't know how your business is doing or what you could be doing better.
3. Not Networking with Others
No matter how big or small your business is, it's always important to network with others in order to gain knowledge, connections and inspiration. You never know who you will meet, how they can help you or who they can connect you with.
4. Not Keeping an Organized Work Space
Nothing quite holds back your productivity than having an unorganised workspace. If your space is scattered, you will feel scattered yourself and sometimes it can put you off sitting down and working all together. Take the time at the end of every workday, or at least once a week to get your space sorted.
5. Not Prioritizing Self Care
Phew, no doubt this is a big trending topic, but for good reason. Your business won't thrive unless you yourself are also thriving. Remember to take time out for yourself, even just for 30 minutes a day to focus on your own well being. You'll thank yourself for it!
All in all, remember to be kind to yourself, set small achievable goals and celebrate the small wins. With dedication and discipline, you can break your bad habits and get into a healthy and happy routine.
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To read more about goal setting check out our post A Guide to Meeting Your Personal & Professional Goals