As someone who enjoys feeling at capacity most of the time, I wasn’t sure what to do with myself when things slowed down towards the end of last year. I began by cleaning out every closet in the house, a task which actually turned out to be quite rewarding!
It did occur to me that this newly found time is rare and only temporary and so I thought I might share my thoughts about what you can do at any time when things slow down in your business.
EXAMINE YOUR BUSINESS FROM THE OUTSIDE IN
Listen to your outgoing voicemail message – is it friendly and clear? Look at your
email signature – is your phone number included? When was the last time you read
your website homepage? Or subscribed to your own newsletter to see what happens?
CLEAN UP “TOLERATIONS”
You know, those annoying little things that you are still putting up with. Do you keep
needed supplies in the basement instead of near your desk? Is there a pile of papers in
the corner that you’ve ignored for months or even years? Are you always struggling to
find client phone numbers? Take the time now to handle these little annoyances.
ORGANIZE YOUR DESK
Take everything off and clean it thoroughly, and only add back what you need.
REVIEW YOUR FINANCES
Why wait until tax time to organize your expenses? Bring them up to date now.
PLAN YOUR NEXT BIG PROJECT
What are you waiting for? Jump in!
For people who are used to being at capacity, a little down time can be disorienting.
And yes, it’s important to relax. But when you’re ready to jump back in, take advantage
of the opportunity to take your business to the next level.