Hm, I'm waiting for builders to turn up and trying to work out what I can actually do, when I'm banished from kitchen which is really where I want to be (and with looming Xmas fairs HAVE TO BE...) and can not really start any 'PROPER' jobs.
So, here is my favourite list of things to do for a small business owners, when:
....you are waiting for builders
....or putting of all the other important jobs that you need to be doing
....have a short period of time and don't want to waste a moment
Check your website (if you have one) - what can you do in few minutes? Check new links to see whether they are working fine and linking to where they should. Time to add another product to the shop? Or swap an old photo for some new.
Briefly update status on Facebook, schedule your Tweets or be inspired by Pinterest. This is usually five minutes job, which needs to be done regularly.
With the festive season ahead of us, gather all your old Christmas Magazines (can't believe you have not got any...really? are you sure?). They are always useful to have at hand and get some last minute inspiration for making decorations or great festive recipes. I'm always amazed, how something I didn't needed at the time, comes handy few years later.
Pay bills or do something, that you have been putting off for a while and doesn't take that long. It's amazing how quickly you work when you know, you are going to be interrupted.
Research your competition. When was the last time you check what is your competition up to? I would not advise to get to hang up on it to much, but you should know, what are the current trends, what prices your competition is charging or the state of their website.
Sort out your e-mails - possibly a longer task, but after a few years of getting all my e-mails in to one address, I decided, that all newsletters and useful weekly updates will go to one address and business e-mails will stay where they are. I didn't think it would be a problem first of all as I was used to getting up to 60 e-mails a day in my previous job, but then I started to miss the important e-mails amongst weekly updates on SEO. Now, I only open my other e-mail when I want to and have time to dip in and read something interesting with my lunch.
Write a blog post - Do you normally have a writter's block? Yes, me too...but again it's amazing how your brain can focus when it has to. (My builders are now officially 40 minutes late and this blog is nearly finished, so that's not too bad, is it?).
Plan your week. Is there anything looming ahead that you could work on now and save yourself the time later (even if it doesn't need to be done until later). This weekend is going to be extremely busy for me with chocolate parties, so I'm going to sort out all the packaging ahead and cut up all the greaseproof paper that I need for my chocolate trays. These are quite silly jobs, but it will it will save me time later.
Do something just for yourself! Have a fresh cup of tea and don't let it to go cold before you drink it. Simple....but so often it happens that I find my tea already cold by the time I get to it, so this time I won't let it happen!
Do a 10 minutes tidy up! Am I pushing my luck here? Probably, but short burst of activity - e.g. tidying are actually quite effective (in getting the room tidy and getting your body moving a bit!)
Have a missed something? I'm sure I have and I love to know what you come up with!
I'm posting this blog and going to explore what everyone else is up to at Handmade Harbour. Have a great week everyone!
....still no sign of my builders...