This is a proud mama moment. I have a newborn… a new leaf.

Several months ago, I inherited my daughter’s plants when she moved. We went from a one-plant household to twelve. Now, this was really rather brave of her, as I have a reputation for killing plants at a single stroke.

It meant I could no longer take a cavalier approach to plant care in that I used to water my brave and only one, when I felt like it or to be honest when I remembered. I had to become a responsible “parent.”

So I set up a routine. Every Saturday morning I go round, have a few words and then water the plants. I am proud to say that they are still with us. But the key was having a routine, having a schedule and sticking to it.

And in business, it’s the same. As entrepreneurs routine sounds like such a boring activity, but the truth is, when you have a routine, stuff doesn’t get missed, and like my adopted plants, your business can grow.

What sort of routines can be helpful? Every morning, for example, I start my day working on social media – half an hour max, and then it’s done.

Mondays are my money day, when I set aside time to check on payments, invoices and track what is coming in and more importantly, going out from my bank account. Thursdays, I write my blog, find a suitable photo and post it up on the site. And so it goes.

I remember years ago when I ran a newbie group for entrepreneurs, one woman confessed that she didn’t know what to do when she got up in the morning. She was so new to this game, that she wasn’t sure where to focus her time and energies. I saw everyone else in the group, nod, glad she’d had the courage to speak up and verbalize what was on their minds.

That’s when establishing routines can help. That’s when you can feel yourself moving forward, however slowly. And that’s when you can start to tick stuff off on your to-do list.

Everyone has their own method of establishing what needs to be done. Because I work on several aspects of my business, I tend to compile a master list of tasks, broken down by project e.g. conference, membership, events,  marketing, etc…

Once the list is made, I then look at priorities. What needs to be done immediately and what should be done soon, in order to move the marker along later. I break big projects into manageable chunks. Not only does that move things along, there is a sense of accomplishment.

Thing is if you don’t jot down what you need to do and set the direction for every day, how do you know if you’ve reached your end goal?

It is also important that once you’ve had a taste of success (read new leaf) you don’t drop the routine.

Whether you own a business or a plant, you need to stay focused.

Anne Day

Anne Day

Company of Women

I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.