I found this article from Sage Wedding Pros and thought it was perfect to share. They are small and large 30 minute challenges. They can be helpful for the workflow. I'm actually going to print this out and hang it in my office. I think it's relevant for all kinds of businesses, not just people in the wedding industry. Here is the list of Small Challenges:
- Clean out a file drawer.
- Make a coffee date with someone you want to know better in the wedding industry.
- Wipe down your desk and computer screen.
- Call your mom.
- Pay 5 bills.
- Clean your thing-a-majigger draw (you know, the one with the paper-clip explosion).
- Write a blog post (idea: the thing that excites you most about your business).
- Take a 30 minute walk to clear your head.
- Write down 5 things that make your business different.
- Read a business article in a magazine, blog, or book.
- Send a thank you note to someone who has helped your business.
- Take a nap.
- Read your goals for 2010.
- Give. Find a charity or non-profit and donate $5 to their cause.
- Sign up for a networking event.
Now Long Challenges:
- Clean out your email inbox.
- Work on one piece of your business plan.
- Write a book: one page at a time.
- Organize a large pile (or box) of denial.
- If you have months of receipts, input them into your accounting software.
- De-clutter: Grab a bag and find 10 things to throw away in your office.
- Redesign your website: one page at a time. (Work on the concept and the flow if you are not the designer.)
- Organize inventory
- Write down systems and procedures for your business: one process at a time.
- Design a new collection, a new product, or a new division of your business.
- Create a database of every person you’ve ever done business with.
- Clean out your computer files.
- Organize an open house for your business.
- Plan for the next wedding show (that you attend as an exhibitor).
- Train an employee on a new responsibility.
This is my favorite quote from the article: "Do you notice how none of these items included “check facebook” “talk on twitter”? (Yes, I do a lot of that too.) The point is that if you really commit yourself to spending time on something – even in little increments – you can accomplish a lot. Are you short on time? Or, are you short on commitment"?
Anyway, find the full article HERE.