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Why Your Routine Matters More Than Your Tools

Let’s chat about something that might just be the secret sauce to keeping our businesses (and sanity) thriving: habits. Now, don’t get me wrong, having killer systems and processes in place is fantastic. They’re like the blueprint for your business’s success. But without the right habits? They’re just pretty plans collecting digital dust.

Think of it this way: Systems are the tracks, but habits? They’re the engine that keeps the train moving. This is especially true for us, the mighty home-based business, where the line between home and work can get, well, a little blurry.

Habits vs. Systems: What’s The Big Deal?

Imagine you’ve got the sleekest, most efficient software to manage your projects. That’s great! But if you’re not in the habit of checking and updating it daily, it’s as good as not having it. Systems are essential, sure, but they’re nothing without the discipline to stick to them.

Every day, we make decisions that shape our future. And it’s the small things, really. Do you start your day scrolling through social media, or do you dive into your most important task? These choices add up, influencing the growth of your business and your personal development.

Cultivating Discipline: Practical Tips for the Everyday

Now, how do we build these powerhouse habits that keep us and our businesses moving forward? Let’s dive in:

  1. Start Small: Don’t overhaul your life overnight. Want to get better at managing finances? Start with checking your business accounts daily for just five minutes. Then, set up a weekly review of your budget and go from there. It’s all about those tiny, consistent actions.
  2. Stack Your Habits: Link a new habit to an existing one. Already have a morning coffee ritual? Pair it with reviewing your to-do list for the day. It’s like sneaking veggies into a smoothie – effortless and good for you.
  3. Celebrate Wins: Got through a week of following up on all customer inquiries? Treat yourself! Positive reinforcement makes your brain want to keep going.
  4. Be Accountable: Share your goals with a friend, family member, mentor, or even on social media. Knowing someone else is cheering you on can boost your commitment.
  5. Adapt and Adjust: Not all habits stick on the first try, and that’s okay! Be flexible and willing to adjust your approach. The goal is progress, not perfection.

Systems & Process Are Important, But…

Remember, while having a structured system and processes is crucial, they’re only as good as your willingness to engage with them daily. It’s those daily habits that truly drive your business forward.

Quick Tip for When Overwhelm Hits:

Here’s a personal nugget of wisdom: Whenever you feel swamped by tasks, pause. Open your project management tool and brain-dump everything you need to do. Don’t overthink; just get it all out there. Then, take a moment to sift through and pinpoint what needs immediate attention. Assign these tasks to yourself (or delegate if you’re lucky enough to have a team) and set deadlines. This simple act of organizing and prioritizing can dramatically reduce overwhelm and clarify your focus.

Bringing It All Together

So, whether you’re working from the comfort of your home, bustling in a traditional office, or balancing between both, the essence remains the same: yes, invest time in setting up your systems and processes. But more importantly, invest in yourself. Cultivate those daily habits that will not only move your business forward but also enrich your personal and professional life.

Every minute spent organizing, every decision to focus on what matters, and every habit formed are steps toward a more productive, less stressful, and fulfilling business journey.

Brittany Dixon & Co.

Hi, I'm Brittany!

Mom of Twins. Dog Mom. Lover of books, charcuterie boards, wine, board games (I have over 95!), bougie cocktails, candy and basically all sweets!!

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