How To Create Good Business Habits In 30 Days

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By Stuart Miles

As entrepreneurs we want to create good business practice habits but many times, things can get in the way, particularly life things. For me – it’s guilty as charged.

The last few months it’s been hard for me to stay in the game for various reasons. Part of it has been a new, demanding job and a very and long commute.

By the time I get home, I don’t want to do anything else. Other reasons revolve around life changes and distractions.

As I get back into the swing of things in blogging, I find that I have to rebuild good writing habits.  Once you’re off your schedule and forgo your work habits, it definitely takes a bit of practice to get back in gear.

It has taken me about 6 weeks to get back in the groove. It was the hardest thing in the world to sign into Windows Live Writer and start to write again.

I picked up the computer and here I am again. Now, it’s time to get back to business and create good business habits in 30 days for my continued success.

How To Get Started When You’ve Had A Lull

ID-100154266_thumb.jpgOver the years, I’ve learned it takes 30 days to create a habit, but just exactly how do you create good business habits in 30 days.  It’s different for every one I’m sure, but this is my plan.   I’m getting ready to test out this ’30 day plan.’

Goal 1: Get My Blogging Groove Back On – 30 Day Challenge For Myself to Change a Habit

My plan is to get back to business by developing a few good habits.

For the next 30 days, I will write daily for 30 minutes a day (even if I don’t publish a post).

Right now it’s very hard to even start writing. I find all kinds of excuses not to write/blog. I’ve got good blog topics but when I think about sitting down and putting thoughts to paper, I baulk, then I say ‘tomorrow.’

Writing daily (even for a little while) will get me back into the swing of writing which is critical. I’ve got to get my blogging groove back on!

Goal 2: Get Back To Twitter

For the next 30 days, I need to get back on Twitter daily and share articles, retweet and keep in contact with people who are sharing my posts, and develop new friends.

I’ve noticed my followers have gone down (not phenomenally), but definitely gone down so my goal in the next 30 days is get back my followers and add a few more.

Goal 3 – Reve Up With Triberr

About a year ago, I found out about a blog sharing platform called Triberr and wrote an article on What Is Triberr Anyway and How I Increased My Website Traffic in 30 Days.

‘Nuff said. Triberr is a perfect tool to use to get back into the swing of things. I know it works and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I’ll use it again to get back into the swing of things.

Goal 4 – Change My Theme

I plan to change my theme. If I’m honest, I think I’m bored with it. A new theme will give me a chance in the next 30 days to design something new, exciting and fresh. If it’s new, exciting and fresh for me, hopefully, it will be new and fresh for others.

Goal 5 – Visit Additional Blogger Sites – Read 8 blog posts a day.

ID-10041023_thumb.jpg  I belong to a pretty good blogging group on Facebook. These are people who regularly support each other. We visit each other’s blogs, leave comments and interact regularly. In many blogging groups people only plop down their link and that’s it. No interaction.

My goal is to find another such group and add an additional 3 blogs that I will comment on to my daily schedule. Most bloggers will respond and comment on your posts as well adding to your traffic.

Goal 6 – Create An Environment of Change

New ideas, new theme, new energy, new people and commentors – all of these things I need to bring back into my ‘blogging groove’ so that it’s interesting to me again and keep me encouraged in writing and in my business.

This could be a critical factor when a person starts to lose interest in blogging and in business. Remember it’s about creating an environment of encouragement and newness that can keep us interested when things get tough or slow down.

Measuring Results and Getting Back To Business

Challenging myself to perform these tasks will help me create good business habits in the next 30 days and help me get back to work as well as get me back to good internet marketing work ethics.

Measuring results for 30 days is also realistic. We have to be realistic on what we can do, else we fail. Too many times we set goals and expect to see immediate results. Usually results are not immediate. Good internet marketing work ethics takes time.

We don’t want to set our sights so high that we’ll be disappointed when we don’t hit our goals. I’ll keep you posted on my success and tell you how far I’ve come. Wish me luck.

Now What Do You Think?

Have you ever fallen off your grind? Get bored or tired of blogging when life gets in the way? What do you do when this happens to you? How long does it take you to get back into the swing of things?  Do you think it’s feasible to create good business habits in 30 days?  I do.  What do you think?

Photos from http://www.freedigitalphotos.com Ambro and Stuart Miles.

Barbara Charles

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Comments

  1. says

    Hi Barbara,
    Writing is one of my passions, so I never get bored, but I do understand being thrown off your game plan.
    Blogging, like anything else, takes time and energy. Any habit you fall out of takes time to return to.
    One of the creative things I do is create BUTLERisms, acronyms whose words define the meaning of the word itself. Here is one I hope helps you: FORWARD = Focus On Real Wins And Reduce Distractions.
    This should help you in your efforts to create good business habits. 🙂

    Kind Regards,
    Bill
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    • says

      Hey Bill,

      Happy Sunday. So good to see your smiling face this morning.

      I love your creativity with words and encouragement. Truly a neat, unique talent. 🙂 Wish I could do that! Very cool.

      Thank you for the above. It’s is a great Butlerism and I’d like to share it. Hope it’s o.k. I’ll remember it and yes I can see how that will help, particularly when thinking of distractions.

      Thanks again. Have a great week.
      Barbara

  2. says

    Hi Barbara

    Yes once you are out of the game for a bit it is difficult to get back into the rhythm of writing. It happened to me last year when my dad died. I know what you are talking about.

    Wow that is an impressive 30 day challenge. I agree that 30 days is a good time to bring in a new habit. At the end of last year I did a 30 day video challenge. I actually got to love shooting videos. So yes they work.

    Why don’t you think about some days when you are writing rather than them being blog posts write some longer posts in Facebook, LinkedIn etc. Just a thought.

    I find the reading of blog posts and commenting sharing time consuming so I am sure you find it difficult with your job and commute.

    Nice to see you back here too.

    Sue
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    • says

      Hi Sue,

      Thanks that is a great ide – shooting videos that is. I’ve always shyed away from videos as I don’t like the way I look on video LOL! Stupid reason uh? But now I feel the need to get over it. It will be different and probably won’t take as much time as writing, particularly if I keep them short and sweet.

      Also another good idea is writing more on Facebook. Great idea, but I don’t do much on LinkedIn. Also another great idea. Just got to figure out how to do that on LinkedIn.

      Thanks for the encouragement and the great ideas. Very cool.

      Have a great week Sue and thanks for stopping by. You’ve helped me tremendously.
      Barbara

  3. says

    Hi Barbara,

    Well I always say there is that silver lining in the cloud! Being away from blogging for a while, was your silver lining. You came back with a brand new perspective of things and I know it is going to work for you.

    Committing yourself to all of the above (especially writing every day) will surely get your juices flowing. Gosh I was away for a week and had to get back on the saddle again. But…it did give me good ideas.

    As bloggers, sometimes life gets in our way. We get anxious, because we are not in that blogging mode. But girl, you sure went through a great transformation. I wish you all the best!

    Many Blessings to you,

    -Donna
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    • says

      Hi Donna,

      Thanks and yes I’m ready to get started again. Still finding distractions but forcing my way through them. How in the world do we keep up with all the stuff we have to do LOL!

      Thanks for the blessings. I’m working on it and will let you know in 30 days! Giving myself ’til the end of April! You know how it is especially, after one week. Glad you had a chance to get some good ideas. That is one way our brain is given a moment to come up with new stuff.

      Hope to talk soon.
      Barbara

  4. says

    I’ve definitely fallen off my groove in the past. It’s been tough to get back into the swing of things! I’ve found that switching things up and being more creative has definitely helped — so instead of writing a post, I’ll record a video or make an explanation with photos! I’ve tried to somehow infuse fun into what I’m doing.

    My ruts, though, generally stem from things moving slowly. And, to make myself feel better, I always remember why I’m doing what I’m doing in the first place! It’s been super helpful to remember my why!

    Thanks for sharing! I definitely understand where you’re coming from — as someone who works full-time and has a long commute, too!
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    • says

      Hi Jennifer,

      Wow you’ve given two great tips in just this short time. I love to try to do something fun instead like a video. That’s such a great idea. I try to stay away from video (just feels weird) but I know it’s something many people have to overcome. I also know it’s pretty successful in business, so maybe I’ll give that a shot just to change things up. Great idea – thanks!

      I also like that you mention we have to remind ourselves of why we’re doing it. I’ve got to start doing that. I’ve been in such a funk lately I think this is a good idea to keep reminding myself.

      I guess a lot of people are in this situation. Working, long commute and then trying to do business online for ourselves. It’s a hard battle for sure. Thanks for the help. And thanks for being there. 🙂

      God bless and have a good week.
      Barbara

  5. says

    Hey Barbara,

    Ah heck girl, we all lose our groove from time to time so don’t feel bad. Like Donna said though, maybe this was a good thing because you’re coming back full force with a new plan and that even includes a new theme. Maybe that’s exactly what you needed to spark that interest again.

    I do agree with you that doing anything consistently for 30 days “can” form a habit but if it’s something you don’t enjoy doing in the first place that habit will never stick. I know that for sure but if you get in the hang of doing things that start bringing you results then it’s much easier to want to do them instead of not. If something is working for me then I’m going full force at it and no one will get in my way.

    I know your life is hectic and busy but I hope that the desire and love for what you do will help get that spark going. If you find a new group, let me know. I’d love to find one as well, meet some new faces and people who are eager to do what our current group is doing. Get enough of those and we’ll get in front of some new people.

    I wish you the very best Barbara moving forward girl, you definitely deserve it. Hope your week is going well too and hang in there.

    ~Adrienne
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    • says

      Hi Adrienne,

      First, thanks for the well wishes! 🙂 I just gotta keep moving and grooving. This week I couldn’t even get to my plan but today is Sunday and a new week, so I’m off and running. I decided I would work at my new plan for 30 days starting April 1st, but that’s only two days away so I’m going for it right now. 😉

      I’ll keep you posted if I find a new ‘good’ group. I’ve found some but no one does what they should and I fast found out they don’t work like our current Blogging group. It may be hard to find another like it. I’ll keep you posted.

      I plan to move forward ’cause I’ve got too much stuff to do and goals to fulfill. Have a blessed week and talk to you soon.
      Barbara

  6. says

    Hey Barbara,

    I know how it is when you get off your rhythm and starting over again. It has happened to me a couple of times. Not with just blogging. But you definitely have to put it in your mind and just take the bull by the horn and just do it. Make it a point everyday to accomplish the task you want until it becomes a habit. Give yourself something to look forward to and focus on how much you will improved each day as well as look back on how far you came. These are some of the mindset tips I use for myself when I get off track. But I know you can do it and can tell you made up your mind with the goals you’ve told us here! Thanks for sharing and definitely keep your eyes on the prize!
    Sherman Smith recently posted…Using Online Attraction Marketing Systems Like MLSPMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Sherman,

      Still working on it. Seems like I get started on one thing, remember to do something else, then start working on that and forget about the other! LOL! Crazy. I’m working on each task but haven’t found my rhythm just yet. I think I need to develop my focus first, then my rhythm or maybe they both go together. Don’t know yet. So I’ll set up goals up in front of me everyday and make sure I get (at least) those done. Thanks for the support my friend. God Bless and have a good upcoming week.

  7. says

    Hi Barbara,

    Nothing like a good 30 day challenge to put yourself back on track. I know what you mean, I was off the rails for 2 weeks myself and it was the hardest thing to get back on track. Actually I didn’t started to be fully back in it before this past Monday, Since the very beginning of March.

    It’s never easy to have a job and an online life, I know all too well about that one, so for people like us the challenge is doubled.

    Great tips you’ve shared 🙂
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    • says

      Hi Sylviane,

      I understand completely. I haven’t found a challenge yet that I want to participate in but definitely working on it. I hope you’ve found your groove again. I’m still working on mine. So hard right now, but life goes on. Congrats on your coaching success. I’m sure you’ll get back into the swing of things very soon.

      Thanks for the suppport.
      Barbara

  8. says

    Hello Barbara,

    I think many people live in a cycle of perpetual victimization, abused by life’s circumstances, incorrect thoughts, unempowered thinking, strong negative habits and a lack of truth. When you start a business you don’t realize how many bad habits you have acquired over the years and many are not aware of them because their life was controlled by outside forces. I find that the best way to overcome bad habits is to consciously develop good habits and you article is wonderful example to get started.

  9. says

    Wow Barbara!

    You really struck a nerve! Your situation can easily be my story with regards to staying motivated to get some form of daily exercising in!

    There’s always an excuse to do it later! But you mentioned in goal # five, that you want to read more blogs and rev up your blog commenting efforts.
    But that far too many wannabe successful bloggers, mistake spamming their link for marketing.

    Sadly, before I met my coaches and mentors Adrienne Smith , Donna & David Merrill, that unfortunately described me to a tee!

    Simply having no clue that I was going about things all the wrong way! Without a doubt, you have a very practical plan of attack, which is why you’ll ultimately succeed!

    And as you mentioned, it’s vitally important to set realistic goals! Thanks for sharing you insights.I’ll be sure and pass them along!
    Mark recently posted…What Serious Entrepreneur Would Overlook These Five Proven Email Marketing Best Practices?My Profile

    • says

      Hi Mark,
      Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog! Welcome! I think my story is every one’s story. Life is moving by so fast we don’t have time for anything, but we have to do it the right way. Yep, excuses come by the dozen! But glad you met Adrienne, Donna/David (a matching pair) :). They will definitely keep you on the right track. So set your goals and go for it. Good luck to you.

      Regards,
      Barbara

  10. says

    Hi Barbara,
    In answer to your question, yes, most definitely can you get into new habits in 30 days. Wow!! you are going to 8 blogs a day. I’m lucky if I get to 5 a day plus Twitter, FB and Google+.
    I answered your question on Twitter about what I do but, I don’t know if you got it yet. I got a message that your feed was busy.
    Good post and gives me something to think about.
    Geri

    • says

      Hi Geri,

      Don’t think I’ve had a chance to get to your answer yet. I’ll go check it out.

      Hope you are well and glad you got a chance to read the post. Welllll, my goal was to do 8, but that is a goal and not always reachable. So much more to do! 🙂 But working on it. You’re right 5 is hard to do a day, but we’ve always got to push to do more so we can reach higher goals, don’t you think?

      Thanks for visiting and hopefully it helps.

      Talk to you soon,
      Barbara

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