Most businesses start with a big idea. Entrepreneurs want to change the world … or at least their industry. I love big goals, but I also know they can be overwhelming, and sometimes that leads to paralysis. If you’ve been getting frustrated because you don’t have time to work on the big projects for your business, I have good news for you: small actions are just as valuable, if not more so. Taking just 15-30 minutes each day (or even each week) to work on your business can have a significant impact. If you’re not convinced, I have a few reasons you should rethink your position on small actions in your business.
Small Actions Add Up
A small action taken once might not have much of an effect on it’s own, but small actions taken each day, each week, or even each month, can add up over time. The size of the action doesn’t matter nearly as much as your consistency, so if you only have a few minutes to work on your business, take those few minutes and make them count.
You can also tackle large projects for your business by breaking them down into small actions. For example, if you want to create a series of courses to draw in leads for your business, don’t try to tackle the whole thing in a day, or even a weekend. Just focus on coming up with a good title one day. Then create an outline on another day. A day or two later, you can record a video. Later on you can record another video. Before you know it, you’ll have a complete course that’s ready to launch and be promoted!
It Forces You to Prioritize
When you give yourself a big goal and you don’t accomplish that goal, you feel like a failure, and that feeling can discourage you from even attempting to accomplish other things in your business.
By contrast, small actions are less intimidating, and therefore more likely to get done. When you go to check them off your to-do list, it creates a sense of accomplishment and pride. By proving to yourself that you are capable of taking action in your business (however small those actions may be), you build a sense of accountability, which makes it more likely you’ll take more actions (big and small) in your business later on down the road
We are at our most efficient when we’re on the clock. When you only have a few minutes to work on something, it forces you to think about the most important actions you can take in your business, and that strategic approach is the key to success. You might be surprised to find that some of the most important actions you can take in your business are also sometimes the smallest actions.
Michelle Smith is a Success Strategist with WESOS, owner of Z&B Consulting Inc., and Author of Be Strategic, Be Intentional, Be Successful. To learn more about Michelle and her consulting business, please visit her profile page . Members, to schedule your one complementary yearly session with a Success Strategist, log into the Member Portal. This article was originally published on the Z&B website 2/16/2021.