Remember the story of the Tortoise and the Hare? The slow, but consistent tortoise wins over the speedy stop and start hare for a reason: what you do every single day determines your results.
So one day of racing ahead, only to spend the next resting on your laurels will get you exactly those results. One day a flurry of sales and activity, and the next nothing. That’s why it’s the daily do-ing, the consistent action that gets you consistent results.
5 simple ways to get in the habit of daily do-ing
#1: Get a jump-start on Sunday – How do you want to start your week? Struggling to compile to-do lists and waiting for people to get back to you? I didn’t think so.
Start your week Sunday evening (after you tuck the kids into bed and before you settle down for a bit of mommy-time). Take 30 minutes to strategize tasks for the week, anticipate time crunch days and send out seed emails to people you want to connect with.
#2: Use Monday to build MOMENTUM – Monday morning sets an important tone for your week so start it by rocking your elephant tasks first (the ones that seem so dauntingly gigantic).
That means saving the busy work for later in the day or sneaking them in between those meetings that never seem to start on time (my personal favorite is whipping off 2 or 3 mini tasks while on hold).
#3: Break the habit of starting projects – Stop starting things by the dozen and start finishing things, even if it’s only 1 or 2 things a day.
Yes as mothers we are infinitely capable of multitasking, but know that starting and stopping projects costs you valuable time and momentum. If it only takes another hour to finish something, knuckle down and finish it!
#4: Know the warning signs! – Is busy work something that needs to be done or a convenient way of avoiding what you are avoiding?
Know when you are using busy work as an excuse not to do something and STOP avoiding it and just do it. Busy work is the sneakiest form of self-sabotage and a surefire way to unravel your daily do-ing habit.
#5: Plan your ACTION LIST – It’s tough to stay focused when you are balancing raising a family and building a work at home business so planning your activities is key!
Create daily, weekly and monthly action lists to tackle priority tasks. Keep a separate running tally of non-priority tasks, like administrative work, to fit in between or when you need a mental break.