The art of delegation

There truly is an art to delegation. You WANT to pass a task over to another person, to enable you to free up your time to focus on something else. You NEED to pass it over to someone, as you cannot do everything yourself – however, this opens up a new potential problem… that person may not work how you work or do things in the order you want them to do it in. Continue reading “The art of delegation”

What we can learn from National Blog Posting Month

Whether you’re a VA or small business owner, you can’t have failed to notice an increase in both blog post links and novel word counts being shared on social media this month.

Thanks to the start of National Blog Posting Month (otherwise known as NaBloPoMo) and the slightly older National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), November is fast becoming the busiest month of the year for bloggers and writers.

National Blog Posting MonthAs bloggers work on creating a blog post a day and writers work on their minimum of 50,000 words during November, those of us that aren’t in a writing-related business may look on in amusement, but National Blog Posting Month and National Novel Writing Month can also teach small business owners, VAs and other businesses some really valuable lessons too… lessons that can help you improve and grow your business.

Discipline

The success of both of these challenges depends on how disciplined participants to are. A huge amount of them will fall at this first hurdle and drop out over the first few weeks. Now take a look at how many businesses start up, and fail, in their first year of trading.

Discipline is about being self-motivated; ensuring your behaviour and actions are moving you forward and in the right direction – regardless of what’s going on around you. It really is the cornerstone of any successful business… so how can you improve yours and ensure you get over this first hurdle?

Organisation and focus

Organised filesWhether you’re taking part in NaBloPoMo or running your own business, discipline will get you started, but you need to know what direction to go in and where you’re exactly you’re headed.

As both blogger and writer need to be organised to compete in their respective challenges, creating a plan and being able to focus on that end goal is crucial to your business success too. You need to be able to organise your business and home life, as well as your time and workload.

Interaction

On the surface, both challenges appear to be about creating written content. But in reality, Interaction is truly at the heart of both NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo… and it should be with your business too. You can be the most disciplined and focused person in the world but, if you don’t know how to successfully interact with your potential clients, you won’t stay a business for long.

So, why not set yourself a personal challenge for the rest of November by focusing on improving your business in the three areas mentioned above? If you want to increase your motivation, why not share your intention to commit to this, by leaving a note in the comments section below?

 

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