Do-Overs: Give Yourself One (Or Twenty)

by Annie

in ruthless productivity

Racers at the starting lineSo, it’s January 21st. We are now well and truly into the New Year.

But more than that: today is the day Barack Obama is sworn into office as the President of the United States for a second term.

And it’s got me thinking about do-overs.

Nothing political in this statement, trust me.

I’m just mulling over the concept of a fresh start. Bear with me here.

Societally, we’ve agreed on a few of these dates or occasions as regular do-over occurrences. January 1st, of course, is the big one, where (traditionally) we make resolutions and vow to do better.

September is another – back to school season never really ends even after graduation, as we grown-ups also find ourselves thinking about giving ourselves and our offices (and businesses) makeovers.

What I’m thinking, though, is that we’re not really limited to those state- and store-sanctioned fresh starts.

Every Monday can be a fresh start.

Hell, for that matter, every day can be your new chance for a do-over.

Sure, some things, we don’t get to do over. Once we burn that bridge with the difficult client, it’s done. (Then again, why would you want to do that over in the first place?)

But, as with taxes, we can usually find a way to start again, do it right.

My thinking on this day of do-overs is this:

Find a way to give yourself a do-over. Right now. Today. This minute.

Where are you unhappy with your prior efforts?

Did you blog inconsistently last year? (Ahem.) Give yourself a do-over: create a calendar and stick to it.

Did you adopt a business system that isn’t really meeting your needs? Give yourself a do-over: dive into it and figure out how you can make it better, tighter, more efficient.

Are your accounts receivable outpacing your cash flow needs? Give yourself a do-over: create a better billing and collections system.

Is your work not up to your own high standards? Do you find yourself phoning it in? Give yourself a do-over: decide once and for all which services you’re really stoked to provide, which make you drag your feet, and how you’re going to increase the former and eliminate the latter.

Your turn: where do you need to give yourself or your business a do-over? What are you going to do differently this time?

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Carol Lynn January 21, 2013 at 8:43 pm

I want about a year of do-overs!!! I need a new system, a new process, a new thingamajig. It’s funny how no matter how many years you are in business, there are times when you really just go WHYYYYY did I do that?! Yup, having a moment….

I’m giving you permission to give me permission to start over 🙂 You’re right, no need to wait for any particular day and time. Now is good. Now is always the best.
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Annie January 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Oh honey. I so feel you. Last year seems to have messed a lot of us up. We did the best we could at the time with what we had and what we knew. (Oh, that was good. Say it with me: We did the best we could at the time with what we had and what we knew.) Permission granted. Move forth and conquer, you genius woman, you.


Sharon Hurley Hall January 23, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Yes! I feel like it’s time for a revamp – this was totally the right inspiration for today, Annie!
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Annie January 23, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Sweet! Glad I could help. Not that you needed it, but permission given! Revamp away, Writer Girl!


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