Being Productive In Your Retail Shop
It can be difficult to find that productive groove you once had. It happens when you’re dealing with burn out. It also occurs when you’re coming back from a vacation or time away from your business. So how do you find that productive groove? Where do you find the motivation and the enthusiasm to get back into the swing of things? You know, the one you had right before vacation when you had to get it all done so you could actually leave.
Productivity Means Trying Some Different Things
1. Choose Just One Small Thing and Focus on It – One of the reasons it can be tricky to get your groove back is the feeling of overwhelm. There may be a long list of tasks that need to be accomplished and looking at that list just makes you feel like going back to bed. Rather than trying to do everything, choose one task and focus on that task. You should realize that there are projects and tasks – try to do some tasks that are smaller parts of your projects. It’s been said that starting by doing dishes is a great way to be productive because you feel accomplished once you have completed them. In your retail shop, you could dust or organize for a bit and get your area straightened up for the same effect.
It may be something as simple as cleaning out your email box or as tricky as planning a new product launch. The act of focusing on one task makes everything more approachable. You’ll likely find that as you delve into the task you get your groove back. If not, then choose one task tomorrow and the next day and the next until you are feeling back to normal.
2. Set Aside A Little Time – One of the things that non-business owners don’t really understand is that when you’re self-employed and own your own business, you’re always at work. You wake up thinking about your business and you go to sleep thinking about it. It can be a little claustrophobic. It even keeps you up at night many times.
And if you’re coming back from time away from your business, you may resent the demands for your time. Instead of trying to dive back into the 24/7 mentality, simply dedicate an hour or two to working on your business. Spend the rest of the day living life and doing other things. To be honest, this is often the best way to run a business because it helps you live a more balanced life. You can use time blocks in your day to make tasks more doable through finishing. If you have a time block set to organize an area of your shop, you go and do it and don’t do something else, you can find it easy to finish because you are focused.
3. Stop Overthinking It – There’s a good possibility that you’re putting too much pressure on yourself to get back into fighting form. Rather than letting your thoughts work you into a frenzy, stop thinking about it and just do it. Seriously, sit down and start working. Perfection isn’t expected, production is. Release those limiting thoughts and get back to what you do well. Go out and talk to customers during the day to get back to why you are here in the first place. You left to get recharged, don’t let it keep you down. You can manage to get your groove back and be more productive through little steps.
Getting your groove back is often setting the intention to put one foot in front of the other and to trust that you’ll get it back. Taking small steps and being kind to yourself is a good start. Being productive in your retail shop will show in your numbers and in your customer service. You can even make yourself a list in the morning of what you want to work on for the day – that’s what I do – and it helps me to be productive because I know what I need to do for the day to feel accomplished.
Have you ever lost your groove? What did you do to get it back?