The Do Build Method Every Small Business Owner Should Know

For every Small Business Owner productivity does not always come very easily, and even when it does, the streak does not last very long. The Do/Build Method is an approach adopted by many to instantly boost productivity. This method dictates that there are two major types work – “doing” and “building”. Some parts of both are adopted by most of us on a daily basis. The former involves going to meetings, creating reports, etc. and the latter is about brainstorming activities, networking events etc.

Activities that fall under “doing” are often vital but time-consuming, while “building” needs to comprise at least 25% of the total workload (ideally, 50%). Entrepreneurship is sometimes so demanding that it can be difficult to keep up this balance; so here are some surefire ways to ensure that you’re building and doing every day.

1. Set Building Goals

Building Goals should be carried out in a planned, meticulous way. Set achievable goals for yourself or the task will seem too difficult and daunting to even take up. Setting up building goals for your business will increase the possibility of completing the same.

2. The Schedule

Setting a time (not just the duration) for building can also prove to be very useful. You don’t have to be precise to the point of the seconds-hand, but drawing up an approximate schedule will always help to go about the building process in a structured manner. But make sure you don’t waste too much time on the scheduling process as ultimately, building goals are what matters.

3. Strategize

Simply put, scheduling smartly is strategising. You might have a fair idea as to when you’ll need to put in more work and when there’ll be some breathing room in your schedule. For instance, around the time of a festival, there is bound to be more work in confectionery or clothes businesses. Strategize your working regularly, maybe once a week, to ensure that there are no obstacles when you set out to accomplish your goals.

4. Customize!

Everyone’s unique personalities call for a unique do/build approach. The goal is to achieve the balance between the two. Strategising can be influenced by family backgrounds, early schooling years, internships, first jobs, etc. but practicality and a relatively objective approach is the path to take while creating a do/build schedule.

Every small business owner is different, so customize your do/build to suit your needs. Many entrepreneurs are also prone to “fast thinking,” which means trusting your gut & making decisions on the go. This may be a great skill, but don’t let your “slow thinking muscles” atrophy. Following the do/build approach helps on a daily basis to focus on each and every task. It often takes constant, conscious effort to shift your approach, but this type of discipline may improve your personal and professional life.

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Disha Bhatt is a dentist if you go by her academic qualifications. She loves food, words, pets and gadgets. She has some awesome friends and she believes that if you have the right ones, you have the world.