Newbies to small business often overlook the little jobs in the office. The tendency is to do the big-picture stuff, when there are plenty of little pesky jobs to take care of. This is especially true for solopreneurs, who don’t have other staff to rely on.

Penina Petersen, founder of The Savings Room, is a ‘work-from-home’ who does ‘all the jobs’. She shares her top 5 tips for staying on top of both the big and the little stuff. 

1. Get office supplies delivered and put them on autopilot

If you are running an office, it’s easy to forget you’ll need to be well stocked with kitchen and bathroom supplies. You can make use of retail programs that put these tasks on autopilot. You can grab all office essentials such as toilet paper, and soap for the bathroom. Also, grab kitchen gear like coffee, tea and other non-perishables. You can add stationery and photocopy paper to the list too.

If you’ve put a value on your time, you’ll soon see that delivery of such everyday essentials, is well, essential!

2. Work to the 10:20:30 rule

It’s easy to go straight to the fun stuff in business and put the boring stuff in a ‘too-hard basket’. If you tend to procrastinate like this, work to the 10:20:30 rule. Set three tasks to do today.

Do this:

  • Set a timer for 10 minutes. Work on the first task and stop.
  • Next, set a timer for 20 minutes. Now start working on the second task.
  • Finally, set the timer for 30 minutes. Work on the third task

Here’s what happens after 30 minutes. You’ll stop procrastinating and get three major tasks rolling. Then repeat this process. This kicks you into gear for any task and prepares you for action for the day.

3. Learn how to visualize

The ability to visualize goals can played a key role in success. 

A few examples:

  • Sticking a picture of yourself in front of a holiday destination
  • Placing magazines pictures in a small folder and looking at them everyday
  • Adding an image of your biggest goal as a wallpaper on your phone
  • Writing wishes on envelopes and sending them to yourself

4. Know your motivations

People don’t succeed if money is the only driver. True, successful people have different motivations. If you determine your motivations and use visualisation to impress goals in your mind – success comes easy.

5. Passion is key

If you must work long hours, which many small business owners do, you must have passion. It is very difficult to get up at 4am in the cold, or sneak into bed at 2am after a ‘late one’, if you don’t have passion for your work. Passion is the one thing that has kept many business owners going when nothing else would. According to Penina Petersen, “in my mind, passion is the true juice of business.”

Source: Women Love Tech