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3 Smart Habits for Sticking to Your Business Goals

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It's an intense time to be alive

And that may be affecting your focus. If you're looking to seriously grow your business, focusing on the small stuff that shapes your day is the first positive step you can take.

Shaping your day-to-day life can help keep you on track. During conversations with our most successful merchants, we noticed three mindful habits that kept coming up.

Here are our top three suggestions for smart habits for sticking to your business goals.

 

1. Make thinking time

Modern life is reactive and interruptive. We're all focused on doing that we easily forget to take time to simply... think.

Did you know that Oprah Winfrey has two 20-minute thinking sessions each day where she sits calmly and reflects?

A common  theme among top performers and our top sellers is they 'defend' time every day to think. This quote from Warren Buffet says it all:

I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think. So I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. I do it because I like this kind of life. - Warren Buffet

 

2. Find a mentor

It's pretty commonplace these days to have a mentor. They aren't meant to be all-knowing: it's not like you need to catch up with Oracle of Delphi or Dr. Spock every week for coffee. In fact, being able to articulate the boundaries of their knowledge and experience is a key quality of a good mentor.

The major benefit of a mentor is perspective. Running a business can be all-consuming, so you need someone who can give you perspective. That key ability, to be able to put things in perspective, often comes with experience. So often, good mentors are people who have been around the loop a few times and learned some life lessons - often the hard way.

Mentoring relationships can be formal or informal. Free or paid. Many of our top sellers have mentoring relationships and often share just how much they value them.

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3. Streamline your daily task list

If it doesn't get written, it doesn't get done. Daily task lists are surely the greatest return on time invested ever invented. But, there are some simple ways to make sure your daily task list is really working for you.

Try writing it the night before: The end of the day is often calmer than the morning and it can help you think about tasks with greater perspective.

Assign time estimates: Don't give yourself tasks until you have genuinely considered how long they are going to take to finish.

Break tasks down into manageable chunks: By all means, make a note of your bigger strategic objectives. But, don’t put any tasks on your list that take more than 3 hours to complete.

Making time to think quietly about your business and life, seeking out a mentor, and streamlining your daily task list are 3 productive and smart habits to get into for bringing your business goals to life.

What are some habits that have helped you grow your business? Send us a quick email and let us know.

 
 
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