Fall is an important time of the year for entrepreneurs and small business owners. No matter what kind of business you’re in, summer has likely given you a reprieve from the usual hustle and bustle. That’s not to say you haven’t been busy serving your clients, it’s just the atmosphere has been more relaxed.
As you gear up for fall, it’s natural to feel a little anxious. You know from experience that September typically arrives with a jolt. Just the thought of it makes the stress creep up the back of your neck.
How do you make the transition easier?
Here are some quick tips to help you boost your productivity and keep you in control as you move into autumn.
Get your TO Do list in shape –Think of your To Do list as the control panel of your time. (Tweet that!) What you work on (and what you don’t) guides the direction of your business. In the next few weeks, prioritize and purge your To Do list. Be realistic about what you can and cannot achieve. Remember, you’re not a failure because you have to remove tasks from your list.
Connect with Clients – You may have been out of touch with some of your clients over the summer. Now is a great time to reach out to them and connect. Send them a quick email or better yet, give them a call. Let them know you’re still around and would love to work with them should the need arise.
Declutter your workspace – Look around your office and get things in order. Grab your free copy of the CLEAR Your Clutter workbook to help you get started. Book some time in your calendar in the next couple of weeks to get it done. You’ll feel an incredible sense of control and renewal once September starts.
Catch up on reading – If you’re like most people, your To Read pile has grown into a mountain. Whether it’s a paper or digital mountain, batch the articles together and take them outside so you can enjoy the weather while you get your reading done.
Set your goals for the next 3 months –Think about what you want to accomplish before the year ends. Write your goals down. Take out your business plan, review it and make revisions. Set achievable, realistic goals for your professional and personal life.
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Think about where you’re at in your business. Are you ready for the change of pace fall brings? What are you doing to get your business ready for the transition? Share your insights in the comments under this article.