Treat Your Business Like A Garden!


When I was gardening recently it occurred to me the similarities it has with business.

I’d cut a hedge back a few weeks ago. And it had looked good! Without a close-up inspection in the weeks after, I thought it wasn’t too bad, and was mostly fairly short. But when I went back to it properly, a few weeks later. I found that it was a lot longer than I’d realised. And a lot more cutting back would be needed to get it back in shape. Not out of control, but on its way to being so.

So the parallel with business? You can set your goals for the short term or long term. But goal setting and doing a lot of work occasionally isn’t enough. Although any work you do that helps towards your goals, is better than nothing. It won’t get you there faster. I know speed isn’t everything.

By spending time occasionally, it can mean you have to do more, when you do decide to do more work specifically towards your goals. This may make you feel overwhelmed. And this can lead to disillusionment. Which can be de-motivating.

Have you ever felt like you don't know what task to do first? Or exhausted at seeing all that needs to be done?

I did find with my garden, a feeling of this is going to take me ages to get to how I want it! A bit of gardening a few times a week, is better than once in a while.

So the point of this blog post? Work often towards your goals!

By taking focused, targeted action regularly, it will help you not to get overwhelmed. (Or less so anyway). And help stop work getting out of control.

This way your motivation should be easier to maintain. You should feel more productive. And that you are achieving more in your business.

Your Action Points
  • Review your business goals. What do you want to achieve in the next 1 month, 3 month, 6 months, etc?
  • What do you need to do to achieve your goal?
  • What task can you do every day. No matter how small. That will help you towards that goal?
  • Be honest with yourself (but don't berate yourself either!). Review what you've done towards your goal, every week or every day . If you've not been able to do as much that day or week. Could you spend 10 minutes tomorrow or today towards your goal? Some tasks are short and it's the idea of carving out the time that can be daunting.

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Suzanne Harris is an equestrian and canine entrepreneurial coach and consultant to veterinarians who want to help prevent animals being affected by domestic abuse.