Human beings are amazing creatures, largely because we are able to learn. We have learned how to do many things over the years – such as travel into space, split atoms and so much more. In fact, thousands of people are learning how to start their own businesses from scratch to support themselves instead of relying on traditional jobs.
As powerful as this tool is, we can also learn things that are bad for us. This can be evident in the habits that we cultivate. We may unwittingly learn certain behaviors or thought patterns that impede our progress. If you’re a business owner, this can greatly impact your business – potentially harming it or causing it to fail. Here are some common, yet dangerous bad habits that you need to unlearn for the good of your enterprise.
• Working too much. One of the most common bad habits to break is working more than you should. Some people may find it hard to step away, or they may find a task that needs “just five more minutes” that eventually consumes another hour of time. Nothing can burn you out quite as fast as this. If you find this applies to you, set up a schedule for your work time and your “you time.” When it’s “you time,” fully step back from the job – it will be there when “work time” comes back around.
• Spending time on unproductive activities. There are countless opportunities for diversion all around you. It’s easy to want to watch another YouTube clip or to scroll your time line on Facebook, but these activities can eat more time than you realize. Instead of trying to alternate between finishing a task and checking your social media updates, set a designated time before or after work for things like updates or emails.
• Not planning ahead. Many beginning business owners start out with a good idea and plenty of motivation, but no clear plan for how to keep their venture going. It may not be the most enjoyable part of being in charge, but mapping out your business’ future is the best way to ensure that it has a future at all. Set realistic goals for your enterprise, and consider drawing up a business plan to help you stay on track.
• Focusing on your fears. Striking out on your own is scary for anyone who wants to work for themselves. Even so, dwelling on those fears can slow you down – and is a common problem among entrepreneurs. The best way to overcome this is to simply push on, even if it scares you. There is no guaranteed path to success, but lack of action will guarantee failure.
The key to overcoming any bad habit is to take action now and to keep taking action. Bad habits take time to unlearn, but the results will be worth the time and effort. As a business owner, you owe it to yourself and your business to make the changes you need to move forward.