Let’s face it, starting a business isn’t all unicorns and sunshine. As an entrepreneur, sometimes you’ll find yourself unmotivated, uninspired, unsure or even scared as hell.
Which is a shame, because it takes incredible willpower, sacrifice and hard work to make your plans for world domination come together.
Wouldn’t it be great if business was just downright fun, and if you didn’t have to go through all that heartache and self doubt? What if you loved what you were working on so much that success was almost inevitable?
Lately, business has been an absolute blast for me. I wake up energized, feel very little stress, look forward to the time I get to spend working and spend far more time laughing than cussing (not counting cussing for fun :) )
I’m not saying it’s all fun, all the time, but I’ve learned some simple tricks over the years that make business at least 1,000% more fun (yes, that’s a scientific number).
Try these tips to make your business way more fun (this will be a three-part series this week). Here’s my first tip:
1. Create a stop doing list.
This one was a huge eye-opener for me. I learned it from Danielle LaPorte. Instead of either avoiding or enduring the tasks you really hate to do in your business, stop doing them.
Wait, what? How can you just stop doing all those important little tasks?
Well, first of all, many of those things you think are so “important” might actually not matter at all. For each task you hate doing, ask yourself what the consequences would be if you just stopped doing it altogether. If there are little to no consequences, boom!, you can quit doing it today.
Seriously, make a list today of everything you hate doing in your business. For each thing on the list, write down the consequences that would happen if you didn’t do that task anymore. Stop the things that don’t have a material impact on your business today.
You’ll feel much better right away.
Then, look over the remaining items you hate doing. Here’s the good news: you’re going to stop doing those too, but it will take a little planning. Some tasks you’ll be able to phase out over time, some you’ll be able to significantly reduce in scope/time, and some you’ll be able to outsource.
Make a plan to stop doing everything on your list over time.
Now, keep in mind I’m talking about ancillary tasks here, not the core of your business. If you’re a writer and you hate writing, maybe you should consider another line of work.
I used to do dozens of little tasks that I thought were “essential” to my business (but that drove me crazy). This stop doing list concept was a godsend for me. Thanks Danielle.
Make a stop doing list today. It doesn’t take long. Just write down everything you wish you didn’t have to do in your business (this works in life too, btw).
Report back on how this works for you.
Have you tried doing a stop doing list before? How did it make you feel?
I’ll be publishing the other two “make your business more fun” tips this week. Subscribe for email updates so you don’t miss a post.
P.S. My new blog Expert Enough launches tomorrow (Tuesday). Watch out for more details here then.