Making big changes in your business always starts by confronting the small issues
As lockdown measures ease and some elements of daily life seem to return to ‘normal’, many business owners are eager to hit the ground running with their new plans to succeed post-pandemic. In fact, a recent study found that 97% of businesses would like to change how they run things post-lockdown (Survey of small business owners June 2020 by 2be2serve).
Change, particularly as small business owners, can be a daunting and often complicated process. Many of us will be familiar with the giddiness of a new plan and the frustration of remembering all the little day-to-day things that seem to get in the way.
Making changes has to start with eradicating the small obstacles so you can achieve your big goals. So, here are 5 simple steps to identifying your everyday obstacles and creating a successful action plan that will make bigger progress effortless.
1. Set clear goals
This is the fun bit! Setting your goals could mean increasing your number of customers, or developing a social media strategy – choose one focus and set smaller goals within this. For example, if your goal is to develop a social media strategy in 1 year, think about what you would like to achieve in each of those months to keep yourself accountable.
2. Understand your starting point
Being honest with yourself about your starting point is key to being able to achieve your goals in your timeline. If your days are currently filled with tech issues or admin work as part of your set up, then now may not the time to venture into something new.
3. Consider your options
Reviewing a variety of options to curtail your obstacles will likely mean that you find the most efficient solution. This could mean outsourcing some of the issues you just can’t resolve.
4. Identify your obstacles
Breaking down your goals into smaller, actionable tasks will reveal some of the obstacles you might face along the way. Identifying and resolving these before starting your new project could save you a lot of time and frustration!
5. Create a simple action plan
Though planning can sometimes feel like a waste of time, we likely waste much more encountering these obstacles along the way. Creating a clear action plan means you’re more likely to identify obstacles before they appear and resolve them with ease and efficiency.
This article was written in collaboration with Adrian Brown. You can find out more about Adrian on his website: www.2be2serve.com
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