|If you missed the Part 1 of this article, you can read it here.
And here are more tips:
- Always think about Automation and Systematization
When you are super busy to get something done, you may tend to handle the task at hand in the fastest way *at that time*, and once it’s all taken care of, you may think it’s done, period. But then, a similar situation could come up in the future. Would you do the same thing all over? When you have a task that repeats one way or another, think about spending some time at the beginning to either somehow automate or systematize the process. The result? The same task will take less time, your stress level will go down, and the accuracy rate will go up. There are so many tools available to help you automate many tasks. And creating a flow chart or simply writing down a procedure is all you need to start creating the best system for your business.
- Build resilience
Most likely, you encounter disappointments and discouragements while running your business, but don’t let those feelings get you down for a long time. Hug yourself (or whatever you need to do to acknowledge your feeling), get up, and move on. The world didn’t fall apart, did it? You can’t turn back time to change whatever already happened, right? I don’t believe that you need to be tough to run your business, but knowing how to be resilient in tough situations is definitely helpful.
- Don’t be afraid to try something new
You can’t possibly know everything in this world, and you definitely shouldn’t feel bad about not knowing everything. But, if there is anything that you are very curious about (and if it’s something that does not fall into unethical or illegal category, of course), go ahead and give it a try! When Facebook and Twitter started getting a spotlight as new mainstream social networking media not too long ago, many people were very curious, but were also very scared of jumping onto the bandwagon. Well, we all know what happened to the social media scene over the past year, right? Think about that.
- Never assume
I guess it’s a human nature to “assume” that others would act in a certain way based on the personality, situation, etc. Or, we “assume” that something will happen according to our past experience. It took me years to realize that assumption, in fact, is a very dangerous thing that can get you in trouble! The world is full of surprises.
- Be yourself
Many people still seem to think that when you wear a business owner hat, you need to be somebody that you picture as a perfect business owner. Almost like an actor who plays different personalities. No, no, no! At least from my experience, that won’t work. If you try to be somebody that you are not, people will sense it at some point, plus, you will not be happy in a long run. Being authentic is a wonderful thing, and if you cannot run your business without being true to yourself, you just may be in a wrong business.
Feeling your muscles tightening up? Remember, just like physical exercises, you get the best results by exercising regularly.
Mika Howard is a Virtual Assistant and the owner of MTH Virtual Assistance. She works with busy, high-achieving solopreneurs to rescue them from the administrative nightmare by providing them with much needed, dependable administrative and marketing support, allowing them to spend more time to grow their businesses.
You can learn more about Mika and her business at http://www.mthvirtualassistance.com