Whether you are self-employed or an employee, it is important to remember to bring joy to your business.
Some days are more challenging than others, but there are opportunities to find joy in each situation by learning something new, giving, and sharing. When you amplify positive thinking, others around you will also begin to feel more positive.
Being positive does not mean ignoring life’s less pleasant experiences. Simply put, it means finding a way to approach them more positively and productively. Business challenges are inevitable. It doesn’t serve anyone to awfulize an unpleasant situation. Find a resolution that works for all parties.
Get good at identifying your highest and best contribution and delegate the rest to someone else more qualified. For example, I enjoy posting on social media, but it’s time-consuming. It also requires some knowledge of what works for each of the platforms. Although I enjoy it, learning the intricacies and being consistent is a lot of work. And that is why I have delegated this task to a Virtual Assistant aka VA.
Focus on the best use of your time. We often spend time avoiding a task disguised as working on another less important task. You will be less stressed when you prioritize and accomplish the important things on your list.
Sometimes we find joy in business by letting things go. Administrative work was something I excelled at and still do, to a point. However, I know it isn’t the highest and best use of my time, so I also farm that out to a VA.
If you can’t delegate tasks you don’t enjoy, find a way to gamify it so that you can get the task done and off your plate. You could play beat the clock to see if you can do this task within a certain amount of time. Making a game out of a task you don’t like just may bring some joy to your day.
Think of ways you can bring fun to your work. It may be an occasional lunch date or an afternoon walk outside that relieves stress and helps you focus when you get back to your desk. If you have the freedom, you can choose a coffee shop or library to work from for a change of pace.
Humor is the best medicine. Learn to laugh at yourself. Find ways to share appropriate humor with your clients or if you are working with a team.
You need to explore your strengths. Evaluate what you are good at doing as well as what you like doing. You will find far more joy in your day when you are doing what lights you up. Capitalize on your natural talents.
I’ve identified my sweet spots and what I’m best qualified to do on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. When I focus on these areas and delegate everything else to others, my business moves more smoothly and I enjoy my work more.
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