Tips for Adding More Discipline to Your Business

A lot of direct sellers are using this time to make plans for their business next year.  Hopefully you’re one of them.  You’re writing down your goals for your business, and then breaking those goals down monthly, with steps for how to achieve each goal.

But there’s another part to your plan.  How will you keep yourself on track to achieve those goals?  You see, goals by themselves aren’t enough.  You need discipline to make it happen.  How was your discipline this past year?

It is easy to get distracted, especially when using online tools, and later justify that time to ourselves as “networking.”  But we know deep in our hearts that that time could have been used more productively.

So this year when you’re making your plan, add the discipline piece.  Here are some tips:

  • Make sure every goal has a monthly breakdown, with specific actions you’ll take to achieve each step of the goal.
  • Break down a sample week, blocking out your day hourly, to establish your routine for the year.  (Routines are essential for creating lasting habits.)  When will you make phone calls?  Hold sales appointments?  Market your business (using social media or other methods)?  Use one of those calendars that breaks time down hourly, and actually block out the time.  Post that schedule where you normally work as a visual reminder through the year.
  • Use one night a week (perhaps Sunday evening) to block out your tasks in that same hourly format for the coming week.  During the week, refer to the schedule you’ve made, to keep yourself on task.
  • Get an accountability partner that you connect with weekly.  This could be your upline.  Or a colleague in the business.  But check in with that person weekly to talk about what you’ve accomplished for the week, and what your plans are for the coming week.  Hold one another accountable for what you say you plan to do.

Are you serious about your success for this year?  If so, then put the systems in place to help yourself get there.  Discipline is an essential component of your success.  What will you do to add more discipline to your business this year?

Would love to read your thoughts in the comments below.

4 Responses to Tips for Adding More Discipline to Your Business
  1. Chris Anderson
    December 30, 2010 | 9:19 pm

    Great pointers Jennifer! One challenge I’ve been really working on is setting realistic goals in the first place, and focusing a lot more on short-term, actionable objectives on a daily basis.

    Doing this makes it much easier to remain accountable for your own progress, I’ve found. It’s easy to set lofty goals and feel great about it. But what often happens is you unknowingly underestimate how much time will be required to complete your tasks, which leaves you in one of two scenarios:

    1. You work like a dog to finish everything you set out to complete, which can easily become a habit that can take a toll on your relationships and health.

    2. You get behind on finishing your tasks, which leads to missing your goals, which is disappointing and wears on you.

    Carefully breaking out all of your tasks and being realistic about the time needed to complete them makes accomplishing your goals much easier and gives you more peace of mind.

    Those are my two cents. Again, great post – have a Happy New Year!

    Best,
    Chris Anderson

  2. Darren Spruyt
    December 30, 2010 | 12:39 pm

    Hey Jen!! 😀

    I believe the universe works wonders and in mysterious ways. I was just reading about TRACKING yesterday and it is so true.. Once we start tracking any area of our lives, we know where our resources are really spent on, be it money or time especially.

    Only when we know where we are at, can we move on to the next step. Having an accountability partner is really something useful cause you have to answer to somebody, so you will make sure you get things done because you know somebody is watching. Which is why it is really important to get a mentor to work with you especially if you are starting out on any business.

    Thanks for the sharing the great tips Jen! I’ll be seeing you around and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR! 🙂

    Regards,
    Darren Spruyt

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