We’ve talked more than once about having business goals written down so you know how to get where you want to be with your professional writing career.
I do my weekly planning on Sunday nights, so when I start Monday I know exactly what to start working on. Worst case is that I do this planning on Monday mornings, and best case is that I do the planning Friday night so I can have the weekend off!
I digress. I’m guessing that I’m not alone in having at least “one thing” on the list that is carried over from week to week too many times. It’s “one thing” that should be done to move the business forward, but it seems easier to keep putting it off — for some reason.
Do your reasons (excuses) sound like any of these:
- Ugh, that requires a phone call, it’s too early/mid-morning/lunch/afternoon break time/too late, all I’ll be doing is leaving voicemail. I’ll call tomorrow.
- I’ll do it after I do this, this, and this.
- The holiday is coming up, I’ll wait until after so the email doesn’t get lost in the overflowing Inbox.
- I’m not in the right frame of mind for that today.
- I need to let it simmer in my head for a few more hours.
Whatever the “one thing” is, it’s not something we cross off the list — we know it has to get done, so we keep moving it forward, again and again and again.
Today is Monday, it’s after a holiday, let’s call it a fresh start. I’m going to do my “one thing” (log last quarter’s income & expenses – Jul/Aug/Sep) and be done with it so I can keep my business moving forward. How about you?
Before you do anything else, do that “one thing.”
Don’t over think it — just get it done.
Happy Monday! I wish you a productive week!
Lisa J. Jackson is an independent writer and editor who enjoys working with businesses of all sizes. She loves writing about NH people, places, and activities. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.