By Oskar Andermo on Tue, 06/17/2014
In this article you will learn how to connect to your purpose and manage your time, two critical critical components of building a successful business. The apps you need for the exercises in this article are Pic-Collage (free) and Producteev (free) (or a similar task management system.)
Setting up a business can be heaven or hell and the majority of businesses fail within the first few years.
I personally was close to bankruptcy after one year of doing my own thing. My credit card was maxed out and I had to borrow from friends to be able to pay the rent.
I was very close to giving up.
Three years later I am super thankful that I kept going, as owning a successful business can be the most rewarding thing there is. Now I love what I do and I make a lot more money then when I was an employee. And thanks to technology, I have a flexible office that can be set up anywhere in the world.
The principles I now teach in smartphone coaching are the same principles I personally used to achieve this.
First principle - Know What You Want and Why You Want It.
Having a clear direction and a clear why is the start of any business. If your why is strong enough, you will jump over any hurdles coming your way. The way I did this with my smartphone was that I spent some time reflecting on my why; why it was an absolute must for me to build a successful business.
I then cut some pictures together and wrote my why on the picture. I put it on my phone and scheduled in my calendar to look at it every Monday. Thanks to some new apps this was simple to do. I recommend Pic Collage for easily gathering pictures and writing text on top of it.
Learn to Manage Your Time
When I coach business owners there is one mistake I see over and over again. There is no system in place to manage their time. This means they are overwhelmed with all the things they need to do. It is all in their heads leading to stress and worry. They feel they can never relax, and while they are having dinner with their family all the different business things are spinning in their head. In smartphone coaching we teach people to put all their ideas, to-dos, commitments, etc. in their phone. I personally use the application Producteev. Here I put everything that is in my head organized according to priority. The app is synced with my computer, iPhone, and iPad. Many times ideas come when you can not do anything about them. If you don't capture this it will keep popping up in your head. My mentor in entrepreneurship, Eben Pagan, teaches that we should at any given time either be in a productive mood or a rejuvenating mood. This means that when I am relaxing with my family I am 100 percent present instead of thinking about all the things I need to do the next day when back in the office.
If you know your ultimate goal and the purpose of your business, hurdles will be easy to overcome. If you also have a proper time management system in place to implement and prioritize your to-dos, building a successful business will be a lot easier. You now know what you want and why you want it, and you have a system in place for taking action.
Use Pic Collage to do a picture with your why and put it into your phone. Look at it often. Implement a system to gather everything in your mind. Producteev works well for me but try a few and find the one you like the most.
Once you have implemented and had success send me an email or a message on Facebook, as I would love to hear your success story!