Too many things in this life are complicated, we engage in large quantities of work daily a lot of which probably doesn’t have to be done. When I look back at the mountains of work I’ve done in the past to start my business, probably only twenty per cent made a real difference. My aim is to move towards a simpler life, one where we only do the essential. One where we don’t waste precious moments of our life doing stuff that doesn’t need to be done. So when starting a new business, start the way you mean to continue, keep it simple and focus on the bits that really matter.
“Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication” Leonardo Da Vinci
Here is the Minimalist’s Guide to starting a new venture, in 10 simple steps
- Focus on strengths
- Delegate or Outsource
- Create Alliances
- No distractions – time wasters
- Start Paperless
- Stay Clutter Free
- Maintain a Zen Inbox
- Do a Weekly Review
- Think Simplicity
One of the mistakes small business people make is to try and do everything, sales, marketing, accounts you name it they do it. If you want your business to succeed in the shortest possible time, “only do what only you can do” You have strengths to bring to the business, focus on them.
If you can get anyone else to do the work for you, delegate. I have used my teenage son at times to do graphics and animations for my website. Call in the cavalry and get as much help as possible.
If you can’t afford to get the experts to do certain work for you, consider offering a service swap. Can you do something for them if they do it for you? A lot of small businesses start in this way. Allowing them to get expert services in return for their time.
Alliances are another great way to share the workload and get things done by other experts. Maybe there are projects you can work on in conjunction with someone else. Projects that will move forward much more quickly when collaborated on. As I always say it is better to earn half of something than the full amount of nothing!
Cut out the time wasting activities. Focus on the things that matter. Don’t waste your precious time on social media, yes it is important to create a presence online but it is more important to have a good product or service and to focus on selling it.
Start the way you mean to continue and get all your bills electronically. Scan all invoices, statements or other documents received. Start an effective paperless filing system from the start you will be glad you took the time at the start to create the paperless office.
Keep your desk and computer clutter-free. The clearer your desk the clearer your mind. A clean desk allows for greater focus and concentration.
Keep your inbox clear, every day process your email using the FAT method, by doing this you will create a positive habit of organising your tasks and calendar every day to schedule the important work daily.
Review your tasks and email weekly and make sure everything is up to date, that you haven’t’ forgotten about anything during the week
Also try to keep things simple, often you will find after exhausting numerous complex solutions to a problem the answer is the simplest. Try to make your business and your life as simple as possible. It reduces stress, anxiety and it will leave you calmer more relaxed, happier and definitely happier.
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