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Bad Habits That Might Be Hurting Your Business

By Amanda Sides on May 13, 2016

There's a lot of work involved with getting your business off the ground (and keeping it running, for that matter), but what if you're putting in 70+ hours of work and still wondering why nothing's getting done?

You might be engaging in bad habits that are destined to delay your progress.

1. Facebook and Random Internet Shenanigans

"But it's part of my job, I have to keep the page up to date!" Yes, of course, and that's important. But it's very easy to get caught up in that newsfeed and follow every interesting article or video.

Try scheduling all your posts for the week in one sitting, and set a 10-minute timer sometime during the day where you can respond to comments and messages. Browse Facebook during an official break from your work duties, and bookmark any attention-grabbing articles for later. 

2. Skipping Breakfast/Exercise/Sleep

"I don't have time for it!" When there's so much to do, it's tempting to steal time away from activities like these, which seem "optional" compared to your business. But here's the thing: If you're sluggish, tired, or sick, you're not going to be able to put in the work you need to be successful, you're not going to be able to show up for the people who are depending on you, and you're not going to have much fun.

Take care of yourself first. Schedule these activities the way you would schedule your business tasks, and watch them become a natural part of your day – a day wherein you feel better and more energetic.

3. Doing It All

"If I want it done right, I need to do it myself." False. If you have a team, use the team! Trust the team! You hired them, so you must believe in themlet them do the work you hired them to do.

You don't have the time to do everything yourself, and chances are your skill set isn't suited to every single one of those tasks, anyway. If you want to accomplish more, let people help you.

Okay, fess up. Have you been guilty of any of these bad habits that could hurt your business?

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