As an entrepreneur, you’re lucky to be your own boss. However, you should know by now that this doesn’t mean you’ll be able to take off whenever you want and only work when you feel like it. One of the most important things you can do as a business owner and leader is to ask yourself a few important questions each and every day. These will help you stay on task and focused on the big picture, as well as the small details.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR YOUR BUSINESS TODAY?
This one is especially important in the beginning, when you’re still working a part-time or full-time job. Sometimes you get home from your job, and you’re tired and stressed. The last thing you want to do is more work, but you know that putting in the time and effort now will help you establish your business so that you can quit your job and devote yourself full-time to being an entrepreneur. Just asking yourself, “What have I done for my business today?” can be motivation enough to refocus and get back on track.
WHAT AM I GOOD AT AND WHAT NEEDS IMPROVEMENT?
Next, as you devote more time to your business and you start to work with others, you’ll need to face some harsh realities. You may be great at designing an incredible new product, but you may not be so good at designing a brand logo. You might be brilliant at marketing, but management and delegation may not be your strong suits.
Figure out what you’re good at and what you need to improve. As you divide up these tasks and types of work, consider which ones you really need to work on and which ones you just need to outsource to an expert. After all, do you really need to learn everything there is to know about content marketing and social media marketing? Or would you be better served hiring an online marketing expert?
WHERE DID I FAIL TODAY?
Take an honest look at the places you failed and how you could’ve done better. Did you try (and fail) to improvise your way through a proposal to an investor? If so, you can learn from that experience and prepare better in the future. Did you mishandle an issue with a client or employee? What can you do next time to make it a smoother interaction? Understanding your failures without beating yourself up about them will put you in a great place to develop your leadership skills and become a better entrepreneur.F
WHAT AM I NOT DOING FOR MY BUSINESS?
Sometimes, to improve yourself and your business, you need to take the time to focus on what you’re neglecting in your life and in your business. Did you skip the gym because you lost track of time at work? Have you been meaning to automate one of your business’ processes but you keep letting other things get in the way? Look at the things you keep saying you’ll do and the things you keep putting off. When you focus on these, you can often work to integrate them so you stop procrastinating and start accomplishing more.
Ask yourself these things every day. You’ll motivate yourself to be productive and avoid procrastination, and you’ll find places where you can improve your business and the way you manage it. With a little bit of self-reflection—coupled with directed action—you’ll notice significant improvements in very little time.