One of my biggest struggles in business is doing the basics well. I’m not talking about the basics such as managing people effectively, making sure the business is making money, etc.. I’m talking about the repetitive basic tasks unique to each genre of business that are necessary for it to be very successful.
- In a Software Sales job: Sending 50 emails a day to prospective clients
- As a Restaurant Manager: Be at the restaurant as much as possible interacting with employees and customers.
- In a Retail business: Reviewing weekly sales reports to keep up with which products are performing.
- As a General Manager: Regularly catching up with the people you manage to build a stronger rapport.
- In an Online Retail Business: Responding to all customer emails at least daily.
These are all extremely simple tasks that take almost no brain power to accomplish, but they can have a profound impact on your business. These are of course just general examples, and they vary from business to business, but the point is that each business has boring, repetitive, not challenging, sometimes soul crushing, basics that needs to be done.
For someone like me, who has always enjoyed the creative side of business, I used to struggle to make sure I was doing the basics necessary for my businesses on a regular basis. Whether it’s creating a new company, product, or even a marketing plan, I just like to creating something new. I can work until 2am happy as can be or leap out of bed at 4am ready to work, as long as it’s something new that I enjoy. But when it comes to doing the tedious basics, it can feel like watching paint dry.
So faced with the options of either letting my businesses fail or finding a solution, I found one, and it too is extremely simple.
The only way I’ve found to ensure my basics get done is to schedule them. Whether I need to do it daily, weekly, or monthly, I put it on a schedule and MAKE SURE I STICK TO IT! It can be hard at first, but it sinks in over time and becomes a routine.
Once you identify what the basics of your business are, I can’t stress enough that you should make a schedule immediately. It’s easy to get stuck in the trap of “I’ll do it later.”
So….there’s no time like the present. What basics can make your life or business better?
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I feel like once you have a routine down to knock out those “basics,” everything else just flows into place!
Amanda | The Golden Girl Diary says
Totally agree! And I know my husband would too! Good basics are always worth the splurge.
Ashley Zeal says
Soooo worth investing in classic pieces!
I agree, good business basics are essential! I need a reminder to stick to my own schedule!
Jenna Colgrove says
that work bag is so chic!
Ruthie Ridley (@RuthieRidley) says
That bag is AMAZING
Tristan Dennington says
Such great advice! I am trying to get my routine down now that I blog full time. The basics are SO important!
Natasha Stoneking says
tips that EVERYONE should read!!!!
Loved this post! Thanks!
Pretty in Pink Megan (@pipmegan) says
Great tips for everyone! Good basics are the first thing you do in business!
Jami Ray says
So true! The basics can seem so unattractive to us creatives, but I’ve found that building a routine for them lets me check those items off the list and save froom for the fun stuff!