Q: What’s one bad habit every entrepreneur should eliminate from their daily routine?
A: Racing against the clock. “It’s easy to get caught up in crazy work hours and infinite meetings for business growth; there is never enough time. But you can’t do everything. Hire and delegate tasks that you don’t need to do. Always make room for your health, nutrition, exercise, sleep, and whatever makes you happy outside of work. The more you delegate the small things, the more time you’ll have for the big things.” Angela Delmedico, Elev8 Consulting Group
Not letting people speak up. “We cannot be in control of everything all the time. We must learn to hear other people’s opinions in the decision-making process. At Aligned Signs, we like people who speak up and contribute great ideas to reach our goals.” Jessica Baker, Aligned Signs
Being too wrapped up in work. “These days, we have a million different sources of information vying for our attention. That’s especially true if you’re an entrepreneur under the weight of a constant string of emails and communications from clients. Here’s the problem: Those constant interruptions are killing your productivity. Especially when working on an important project, learn to shut yourself off from the world for a while.” Steven Buchwald, Buchwald & Associates
Being complacent. “If you ever find yourself stagnant and satisfied with what you have, you’re in for a rude awakening. I had the rug ripped out from right under me when a few large clients left us in a matter of months. Our SEO efforts then dried up a few months after that. Now we make sure our mindset is to always move forward and grow. It’s either evolve and adapt, or wither and die.” Ben Walker, Transcription Outsourcing, LLC
Letting one bad day define you as an entrepreneur. “Getting caught up in the day-to-day challenges can overwhelm you and make you lose sight of your goals and accomplishments. Don’t do it. Understand that one day does not define you as an entrepreneur. It also does not define your business. You will have good and bad days, and you will make mistakes. Try to let that go and focus on the bigger picture.” Uchechi Kalu Jacobson, Linking Arts Web Design & Development
Dealing with small tasks over and over again. “Every time we revisit a task or decision, we are wasting precious time and energy. I used to revisit the same emails throughout the day, shuffled bills from pile to pile, and would come home to a sink piling up with dirty dishes. Now, I have a rule that if any task will take me one minute or less to complete, I must do it. Now, everything from my inbox to my kitchen sink is clear and manageable.” Emily Richett, Richett Media