Corbett Barr

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3 Ways to Make Business 1000% More Fun

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.

Your Homework

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.

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  1. Kyle

    Hey Corbett, great stuff! I’m curious as to what kind of things you’ve been able to give up. Would you mind giving us some examples? Thanks!

    • Corbett

      Hey Kyle, keep in mind everyone’s business and day-to-day are different.

      As a blogger, my stop doing list has included: responding to every comment, transcribing video/audio myself, doing client-focused site development myself, taking on new client projects, writing guest posts for smaller sites that won’t send much traffic my way, participating in meetings that have little material impact to my business, supporting certain projects I started that didn’t have a part in my long-term plans…

      In some cases, I stopped doing these things altogether. In other places, I found a service or person I could leverage to do them for me.

      Not doing some of these has made an incredible difference in how much I enjoy what I do.

  2. I love this idea because you get instant results! I’ve never done this with business, but I’ve experienced great results from cutting out lots of extraneous things around my business.

    For me right now my blog is my business. For a while I tried to do every trick and tip that came along to get more traffic, but I’ve been much happier as I’ve STOPPED doing a lot of those things and just focused on the ones I’m good at.

    Also interested to hear your response to Kyle’s great question.

  3. Hey Corbett,

    I think this could be called “smart procrastination” LOL

    I have done this a lot of times before but I do have to sort my tasks in such a way that they all can be addressed on time without stretching my stress levels.

    That way I can focus on smaller tasks first while “saving” the most awful for last and doing it like this, actually works for me!

    Interesting point of view though, a “stop doing list”… never thought about it like that.


  4. I agree with this, it’s a bit like swimming against the tide trying to be all things to all men as it were and can be a drain on your energy. I think that a bit of time spent knowing what not to do, making the list and then eliminating can prove very productive. Good stuff

  5. Or you could just suck it up, grow a pair and get on with shit. Business isn’t always going to be fun or boring. But it’s bound to go from one end of the spectrum to the other as time goes on.

    A quick fix for temporary enjoyment but no long term solution.

    • Corbett

      Hey Will, so you’re saying there aren’t things you stop doing in your business over time? How’s that working out for you?

    • Looking over the fact you might be a troll or mismatcher, I’ll take what you’re telling Corbett at face value, believing you believe what you’re saying. I assume when you say “grow a pair,” you’re referring to testicles. This is usually a piece of advice reserved for someone who does not have courage or confidence and is avoiding certain activities because of this fact.

      “A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.” -Henry David Thoreau

      By living a life that you want to lead, and leaving out the stuff you don’t want to do, by sheer definition is courage, wealth, and happiness. Unlike the herds of people who blindly keep doing the same things over and over, wasting their time and energy, it takes thought and a decision to do so.

      Here’s a piece of advice for you that you can use in your business, “Don’t be a Dick.” Copy and paste this sage mantra on a Word doc, put it in 48 point, print it out, and put it by your computer.

  6. Neil,

    I agree with what you say and although it is probably meant sarcastic, I actually love your advice! That said, considering myself an activist it sometimes is just fun to be one ;) (but I still might follow up on your advice).

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