It goes without saying that this year has been a tough one (I’m thinking about you corona) but it’s time to make a comeback! Lockdown was difficult for us all, although some definitely suffered more than others. Business owners and the self employed had it particularly tough with worries over finances, staff and family. Luckily though, the government did step in with some great monetary support. Whilst it’s hard to stay optimistic in difficult and challenging times, positivity really does have its benefits. Here’s 5 things you can do to stimulate positivity and better yourself in business.
1. Plan, plan, plan
Lockdown provided a fantastic opportunity to take a step back and it’s something we can learn from. Typically, people are always on the go and it’s rare to catch a minute for a brew, let alone a couple of free hours to do some planning. However, it’s needed and it’s important. As a business owner, planning offers a key way to stay focused, positive and optimistic and really think about the future. Create mind maps, powerpoint presentations, excel spreadsheets, or pick up a notepad and pen and jot down your ideas the traditional way. When your thoughts start flowing and evolving, you’ll feel more positive. Your business will become extra exciting, you’ll be motivated and passionate and you’ll have a plan to focus your attention on. What happened this year was undeniably tough, but now it’s time to show your business to the world and thrive. What great new ideas have you got to set you apart from the competition?
Exercise is another one of those things we’d all ‘love to do more’ but when do you find the time? If lockdown has taught us anything it’s that you don’t need to travel to a gym to get a daily workout in. There’s so many quick and easy ways to do exercise around your day. Whether it’s an evening walk with the family, an early morning jog to catch the sunrise, a quick 20 minute ab workout in the front room, or 10 minutes on the treadmill in the garage..
We’ve all heard it before, but exercise does have a huge impact on the way we think and feel. It makes people happier, gives them a chance to clear their mind and it’s kept a lot of people sane during the world’s most recent crisis. There’s no excuse not to do a small workout every now and then, and once you’ve started it’ll become easier to build up. It’s a fantastic way to relieve stress and feel more positive.
We all need a little bit of routine in our lives! Without it, even the most organised and motivated person can become stuck in a rut, spending the day in their pyjamas and binge watching documentaries on Netflix. Without routine, it can become really hard to push yourself. It also has lots of health benefits too, including alleviating anxiety and stress!
Now that things are getting back on track and many people are picking up their old regimes, why not consider how you can make your routine even better. Maybe you could try and set aside time for exercising each day, or get up a little bit earlier and enjoy breakfast with the family before rushing out. You could even move things around so you’ve got some room each week for planning and brainstorming?
Whilst it’s good to have structure, sometimes it can be tweaked, changed and added to for a more positive life. You might find that a small change to your routine makes a big difference to the way you feel during work.
4. Wear a smile
This is such a simple thing to do but it can have a huge impact on the way you feel and the way you are perceived by others. Not everyone wants to wear a constant smile on their face but sometimes it’s worth trying even when you don’t feel up to it.
Smiling is particularly important in a customer facing job and also when you’re dealing directly with people or employees. Sometimes, a lack of smile can make someone judge you for all the wrong reasons. It might be true that you’re having a bad day, but do you want people to walk away and wonder why you’re such a misery? If you make a routine of it, you could end up getting a bad name for yourself or be perceived as someone who is difficult to work for. You could even put customers off coming back.
There’s evidence to show that smiling really can make you feel happier and more positive too, and there’s also studies which show if you smile on the phone, the person at the other end can sense it even without seeing your face, and it’ll make them feel good. So next time you’re having a bad day or even a bad week, put a smile on your face anyway. If nothing else, you’ll make someone else feel positive even if you aren’t quite there.
5. Consider your finance options
There are plenty of demanding things that come from owning a business, but arguably one of the biggest worries comes from finances. It’s natural to experience peaks and troughs, and every business goes through it. However, when you’re genuinely worried about how you’re going to pay staff or the rent on your premises, it can become a real problem. Also, many owners have exciting plans and big ambitions of growing but they don’t quite know how they’re going to get there financially. If you feel like you fit into one of these boxes, it’s time to look at your options; and, even if you don’t it’s always worth knowing what’s out there.
Here at Capify, we’ve been helping business owners to prosper, thrive and achieve their dreams for over a decade. We offer a unique business loan which is paid back in small and regular amounts rather than big monthly chunks. If you’re interested to find out how we could help your business, why not get a quote today. It’s completely no-obligation and won’t affect your credit score.