It’s that time of year again. We buy a new jogging outfit, upload plenty of uplifting tunes to our mp3 players, buy a few gallons of skim milk, and pledge a lifetime of fitness. But what about pledging some business fitness as well?
Sure, I’ll be working harder this year to make friends with my treadmill, but I’m really in the mood to bulk up my business muscle. Therefore, I’m posting my business resolutions for 2013. (Because everyone tells me it makes you more accountable if you let people know your resolutions!)
2013 Your Gal Friday Business Resolutions
Acquire a new workspace
Working from home can make you lax. It’s so easy to be mobile and eventually you find yourself curled up on the couch rather than sitting at a desk or table with your laptop. I’ve been having shoulder issues, so sitting upright at the right spot seems to be the answer. I jumped ahead and filled this resolution. Here’s my new focus point where you’ll find me working throughout the day. (Thanks Craigslist!)
Make a Schedule
Businesses online always have high hopes for blogging more, tweeting more and just generally “getting the word out” more. I’m now on a schedule. We’ll, let’s say I have a schedule, and I’ve followed it for the past four days.
Reach out More
How many networking events did you go to last year? How much advertising did you buy? How much time did you spend volunteering under the name of your business? It’s time to get out there and meet people, shake hands, say hello, and see what’s going on in the world away from my new desk!
Don’t worry – I’m always reading your emails. I’m talking about those that I sign up for. Newsletters, business tips, etc. Why do I sign up for them if I’m not going to read them? I’m making it a point to read, to learn and maybe even comment!
Business can’t be so serious all the time. And we can’t be all business all the time either. Remember to take a step back, go out to eat, meet friends and play games.
What business resolutions do you have?
Okay, (you know whenever I start a sentence with “Okay” you’re going to be getting a good story) I was headed down to the basement to get something out of the chest freezer. I grabbed one item…it was a box of Lean Pockets. There, I said it. You now know that I officially keep quickie freezer food on hand. Then I decided to grab a second box (yes, I had two!) to bring to the upstairs freezer. While I’m in the chest freezer, I see bacon. Oh, I should bring that up for breakfast! And then I see some lovely homemade bread (see – I don’t eat junk food all the time) so I grab that.
So, now I’m juggling a variety cold, slippery bags and boxes. I navigate around the laundry baskets and as I make my way to the stairs, the Ziploc bag with the bread goes squirting out from my arms, up in the air and it lands…directly into the cat’s litter box. (I’d love to say that I’m making this up, but I’m not.)
I quickly grab the bag and give it a shake. Because somehow shaking it is supposed to make it better. I use natural litter – wood chips and walnuts and corn and whatever else is in there. (It’s nice smelling actually!) My bag is slightly covered in flecks of chips and whatever else I don’t want to think of. I run upstairs, drop the rest of the armful on the kitchen table and try to figure out what I should do next. I wanted to open the bag, but it seemed that the bread could get contaminated in some way. And I am not going to throw out this bread. Because it’s amazing and special.
I’ll wash it! Hot water on, tons of antibacterial dish soap and I’m scrubbing the bag with my bread inside and thinking how utterly ridiculous this all is. After a couple of minutes I’m feeling sufficiently satisfied that I’ve cleaned that bag pretty well. I get a new bag out and like some amazing magician, open the tainted bag, grab the bread and shove it in the new one, as if moving more quickly will make it all better.
As I sit here and write this I just think how foolish I was. If I had just taken two trips up and down the stairs, this wouldn’t have happened. If I had taken the time to organize what I was carrying, this wouldn’t have happened. If I had asked my husband to come down and help, this wouldn’t have happened.
When we have too much work to do, and don’t want to organize it, or delineate responsibility, chaos ensues. Take the time to do things right, or ask for help. When we don’t pay attention and take the time to do things right, our efforts end up in the litter box.
25+ years of business experience. 12+ years of virtual experience.