Slow week? 5 things to make it great!
Every now and then you get handed a slow week – usually the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, but sometimes you’ll get a quiet week other times during the year. Maybe you’ve officially taken the whole week off – which is great! However if you’re like most business owners, you’re ‘working’ this week, you’ve just planned it to be slow.
Slow doesn’t have to mean unproductive though – here are a few ideas of what to focus on to make sure it’s a great slow week and not just…well, slow!
Finish your planning
Planning is a four letter word for most entrepreneurs – it runs counter to your instincts…and for most of us it’s just not any fun. But if you want to succeed, you need to at least go through a planning process. It doesn’t have to be complicated – try this:
Identify your top 5 priorities for the next year…if you could get these 5 things done / achieved / etc. you’d make it a great year!
Identify at least 2 or 3 key targets you want to hit – usually one of them is revenue, but it could also be profits, number of new clients, some sort of quality metric. The key is to make sure it’s something easy to measure and it’s a valid, important measure of your business success.
Finally – with the above in mind, identify the top 5 (or so) things you need to get done in the next 90 days. What will move the ball forward? What’s achievable? Be specific and layout at least a framework of how you’ll do what you’d do.
Make a list of people to contact
Your long term success is also going to be driven by the company you keep…and if you don’t make time to stay in touch, you’ll lose out on a lot of opportunities.
Make a top 20 list of business (and some personal) contacts who are likely to either refer you business or be a great contact for you in some other way. Once you’ve got a good list, make a commitment to meet with someone on the list at least weekly. Relationships only get built when you spend quality time with people.
Take a nap!
It’s a slow week, take some time and give yourself permission to relax a little bit. Seriously…when was the last time you took a nap (and being sick doesn’t count). You’ll be amazed at how good you’ll feel after a quality nap.
Clean off your desk
There have been tons of studies that prove that clutter on your desk, in your office causes stress…and with that stress you’re going to be a lot less productive. Don’t believe me? Try doing a great cleanup job on your desk…and let me know if you don’t feel way better about what you’re doing afterwards.
My experience is that it’s like a weight coming off your shoulders…one that you didn’t know you were carrying!
Hang out with family and friends
This one’s obvious – the reason you planned a ‘slow’ week in the first place was to build in some time to relax, but if you’re like most business owners, life often gets in the way of your plans. An important email comes in, you get some phone calls you have to handle, you just remembered a commitment that had to be done…before you know it the week’s up and you didn’t spend any time with those most important to you.
Don’t let that happen. On your slow week…make sure you build in hard stops and walls for your business activities…and give yourself some quality time away.
What are the most important things you do on a slow week? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below, especially if you’re just relaxing around this week!
Shawn Kinkade Kansas City Business Coach
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