What Are Your Monthly Numbers?

In business there’s a lot of focus on the financial numbers, and rightly so, as there are too many reluctant business owners running expensive hobbies rather than profitable businesses – simply because they are not on top of their finances.

But when did you last look at your calendar and see the numbers attached to your workload versus days or even hours away from your business?

The reason this topic is high on my radar is because not only have I had a very full on start to the year as I decided to write and publish not one but two business books in less than 5 months (crazy I know), but May has been one of my biggest months.  Here’s why:

I had 1…

  • Book launched
  • New Author Contributor Acceptance (Smallville ☺)
  • Workshop presentation developed and delivered
  • Day of judging as part of Queensland Training Awards

I had 2…

  • Books typeset, printed and published
  • Conference presentations developed and delivered
  • Webinars developed and delivered

I had 3…

  • Articles written and published
  • Blogs written and published
  • Trips to the printer to proof and collect books

I had 5…

  • Plane flights
  • Nights interstate
  • Hours driving to and from conference

And a total of 28…

  • Books sold

And that’s not counting hundreds of emails, and the numerous phonecalls, meetings and client work in between.

Oh plus May also included going to 2 Mother’s Day gatherings, 1 family wedding, 2 Hawks AFL games, coaching 5 junior netball training sessions and 4 games, and playing 2 netball games myself.

So looking at your numbers for May, how do they compare to mine?  Do you have your own 1-10 which includes a 7 for working 7 days a week?

As I knew May was a huge month for me, I had deliberately blocked out the first week of June as a ‘no meetings’ week because I knew I needed time to not only tidy the office floor which slowly disappeared as the month went on, but to allow myself time to recover from both the physical and mental exhaustion I had gone through to not only publish my two business books in such a short timeframe; but also to recover from an amazing but very full on May.

As Small Business owners, we all  have full on months; sometimes they’re in succession, sometimes at different stages across the year, and sometimes we get on that roll of “I just have to …<do/em>”, “I can take a break after…” and so it never seems to end.  And yet, if we stay on that runaway train, without giving ourselves even a day off in between, not only are we at risk of burning out physically (and we’re about to hit flu season so watch out); but when we push through and continue regardless of everything else, we often make very poor business decisions which sometimes costs us a lot more than money in the long run.

So will your workload this month reflect the same numbers as last month’s or will you do something now to ensure you end the month better than you started?  If it’s been so long that you’re not even sure how to approach this, here are my Top 3 questions for you to ponder:

  1. When was your last real holiday or even recharge day when you put the phone and laptop away to simply relax?
  2. Have you blocked out time each month to get out of the office to think about nothing (which may surprisingly also lead to some great ‘what could be’ ideas for your business)?
  3. Are you serving you and your business as well as you serve your clients?

Remember, clients want to work with a healthy, vibrant and energetic YOU; not someone who is tired, rundown and looks like death warmed up.

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