When you start your own business, you have a lot of things to learn. Some of those lessons will be good, and some of those lessons will be cautionary warnings about what to avoid in the future. The same applies to the behaviours and habits we pick up along the way. There are good habits you should develop, but there are bad ones you should try to lose. Here are three of the biggest ones.
Don’t Focus On The Outcome
This may seem contrary, especially in an industry where the emphasis is on results, but the reality of the situation is, if you only concentrate on the idealised goal you have, such as a figure for monthly revenue, or the number of clients you have, you’re not concentrating on what will actually get you those results, which is your effort. Your final result at the end of a month or financial year is prey to many factors beyond your control such as changes in the market. But your final result is also directly affected by the work you do every day and every week. Concentrate on that.
Don’t Ignore Your Health
In the drive to succeed, looking after your physical and emotional welfare may seem like inefficient wastes of time when there’s so much to do. But not getting enough sleep, eating poorly, and ignoring exercise will all inevitably lead to a point where the profits you make will be funneled right back into your own medical care, or, worse yet, shoddy quality work, or entire days of work lost to exhaustion or other health related problems.
This one seems nearly impossible to drop because, especially in the beginning, you will probably have to do many things on your own. While it’s true that you’ll have to wear many hats, the important thing is not to do things at the same time. Constantly switching from one activity to the next requires a mental “switching of gears” to acclimatise to the new task. It’s always better to concentrate on one task at hand before moving on to the next.