Picking up from last week where we made an active start to begin working on our creative business - today follows on in my new creative business tip series. Remember to take part in the task listed at the end.
Make Yourself Accountable:
Once again you are the key ingredient to your success, so make yourself accountable for it. This doesn't mean being unnecessarily hard on yourself, but rather it focuses on being proactive and growing your creative problem solving skills. Just like a boss or manager would ask you about certain tasks, you need to have the same mentality attached to your own business.
A Few Ways to Do This:
Break your list down into bite size and manageable tasks. This will allow you to actually achieve things rather than have a list longer than your arm, that you can't tick anything off of. Don't feel overwhelmed, rather focus on less than nothing at all.
Map out a short time to do a status report on the various tasks. Times are busy and tasks can flow over from one week to another, eventually a month has passed and you still haven't got round to it. Take 30 minutes (weekly) or whatever you can spare, to actively figure out why you haven't done what you needed to or set out to do. Is it related to time or lack of resources, problem solve and get it done. Once you understand the barrier then get going!
Make your list work for you. Change it if it isn't working, add to it and make sure the tasks relate back to the goals you are trying to achieve. We often feel very busy, but when you dissect the tasks some are unnecessary or don't actively benefit your business.
Take a look at the list you created last week and do a status report on the business changing tasks you listed. Become active about doing them, perhaps redesign your list into to smaller manageable tasks.
Read the Creative Business section of my blog or book a consulting session if you want me to assist you with making with being accountable.
I want to know how things are going? If you have questions or something to share then please leave a comment or send me an email. I am thinking of doing a questions post where I answer a few questions at a time and we can all learn from each other.