When I first started my business, I did it while I was working full time…with a newborn. It was less than ideal but it worked…
When you are juggling so many balls – and pretty large ones at that – you have to be content with baby steps. That was hard for me since I’m very much an “all or nothing” type – though I mostly lean towards the nothing part out of fear of the “all”. I didn’t have much of a choice though, given the baby that was demanding my attention.
Lately, I’ve been back to my all or nothing ways and it needs to stop. Baby steps are how I built my business. Why am I not using them now for growing it?
Small consistent steps in the right direction will get you to where you need to go. It can even happen faster than more infrequent, yet bigger chunks of time. Let’s face it, the bigger chunks don’t usually happen as planned – especially with kiddos around.
Let’s say, you want to spend 10 hours this month creating a new product for your business. You could block out 2 days to just get it done. But then what happens when your kid is sick on that day or a client needs to reschedule or you forgot about that Drs. appointment? You lose 1 day and half of your project will be left completely undone until you have the time to set aside another big chunk of time.
The other option is to schedule 30 minutes a day for a month. First benefit is that you’re creating a habit by making this a daily practice. Second, if you lose a day to a sick child or family emergency, you’ve only lost 30 minutes. That’s way easier to make up on another day than 5 hours is.
Baby steps work. Consistency works. All or nothing doesn’t work because it’s too easy for the nothing to win.
What are you going to start taking baby steps on? Please share in the comments.