Doing It Alone

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Here’s the thing about starting a business –– it’s not the easiest thing in the world you’ve ever decided to do, not everyone is going to clap for you, and (unless you have a partner) you’re going o have to do most of the work alone.

All alone.

That means you’re gonna need to be organized and prepared for the challenges ahead. You’ll need a planner and maybe some Post-Its. You’ll need to develop a system that allows you o get things done at your own pace and your own time, and you’ll also need to shut out the outside noises.

You’ll need to get comfortable doing it alone.

There are moments in my day when I wish I could call someone and tell them my plans, what’s worked and what hasn’t been working. I wish that I could ask someone to help me figure something out, or to get some of the work done. And while there are times I can call my CTO and talk to him about the business, there are times I feel bad for being the first person to call him after her gets off his day job, and for holding him hostage on the phone until bedtime.

So, I don’t always call.

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Create a System

Instead, I focus on my plans and goals for the next day, the week, and the month. Here’s how:

  • Make a list (in no particular order) of what needs to be done every week on order to accomplish your business goals

  • When your list is complete, assign a day (or days) to each task

  • When you’re certain of which day(s) of the week you can handle each task, add the tasks to your planner and calendars.

  • For an added visual, create colorful Post-It reminders to stick on your wall, mirror, etc.

As with anything in life, the more forward-focused you are, the less focused you will be on the past, and the more you focus on what you’re working to obtain, the less you will focus on what (or who) you don’t have.

Stay on Task

One of the first and most important steps to creating and maintaining a business, is being able to organize and manage your tasks and your time, and then, staying focused on the tasks ahead. In other words, like I always say –– create your systems, and then, just them.

And learn to enjoy doing it all on your own.