Fact – consistency contributes to your company’s bottom line!
Consistency should be a core value and run throughout your business processes. It can make a real difference to how your company grows and to your overall success. You can have the best product or service in the world, but if you do not implement and deliver it constantly, you will never be successful in business
How To Maintain Consistency
Consistency starts with YOU – sorry to be so blunt but that is the truth. The consistency of your business is a representation of your habits/routines. You are the key driver for consistency in your business so the way you plan and schedule tasks ultimately as a huge impact on your wider business
Consistency impacts all areas of your company. If one area doesn’t deliver consistent results, the whole company doesn’t deliver a consistent result. It is a ripple effect. Hence, you have to consider strategies and processes to each business area, in order to help yourself maintain a consistent approach.
Have A Plan
A goal without a plan is just a dream
It’s a little hard to be constant if you don’t have a plan as a starting point. Your plan is your road map, it guides you to your end goal, mapping out all the stops on the way
People tend to get very worked up when faced with writing a business plan. However, it doesn’t have to be something that is pages long or complicated. Nor does it have to be set in stone. It’s Ok to have a basic plan at first, just a framework, from which you can add the structure later.
For example, you could initially commit to posting on social platforms every day. Only as the plan develops will you add detail around what to post and at what times etc.
If you try to plan every element of a business or project from start to finish you will end up feeling overwhelmed, with loads of ideas and thoughts running through your head. It is most effective to start simple with the framework, then add ideas onto this foundation.
Going back to our example there is plenty of advice out on the internet and many would say posting once a day would not be enough to be successful, that it should be 3 or 5 or even more! But you need a plan that you can realistically achieve, one that works with your other business and personal commitments.
It is better to post once a day consistently and increase the number of posts if you have time. Than setting yourself unrealistic targets and burn yourself out trying to achieve them.
You have to be super honest with yourself and what you have time for.
You may be able to do anything but you can’t do everything.
DO NOT SPREAD YOURSELF TOO THIN.
Use something like the Covey Matrix to evaluate and prioritise your daily tasks will help you determine how much time you have each day. From there you can determine what you can consistently achieve with regards to a given project.
Make Your Plan Actionable
Once you have actually created a strategy, bring it to life. Produce schedules that will sustain your plan, make to-do lists and also track your progress. It sounds simple but putting something in your calendar or planner gives you a far better chance of achieving results.
The bottom line is you need to make time to follow your strategy and then you have to take responsibility for actioning the plan
Develop Processes and Systems
The third piece of the consistency puzzle is to build in systems and procedures that support you and your plans. These can be as easy as a checklist or more complicated like a Customer Relationship Management system. Having suitable systems and procedures in place allows you to follow the plan without missing a step. They give you the tools and structure to remain consistent.
A Word To The Wise
If you attempt to do this for every area of your organization at once, it will appear extremely overwhelming and you are likely to burn-out. So, just like developing a plan, start small and build piece by piece. Do not overwhelm yourself as this will be counterproductive in the long run.
Also, while I’ve said consistency is a good thing, you also need to be flexible. It’s not about having a meltdown because your child is ill and you’ve missed a week of social media posts.
You are allowed to take a step back, re-evaluate, re-focus and adapt your strategies Remember, it’s not about what you do some of the time it’s about what you do most of the time.
Let’s break it down…To be consistent and successful in business you need to:-
- Get A Plan
- Take Action
- Work out a System
- Adjustment Accordingly
Writing it as 5 bullet points makes it look easy, the trouble is the devils in the detail. There is so much more to each bullet point and that is where we often get stuck. We spend ages planning, but then struggle to turn that into actionable plans. Or, we have the processes and systems that are so cumbersome we can not achieve the plan, so we get demotivated. Or, we get it all in place (hurray!) but we never review so we never grow!
It is not easy, but trust me, the more you practise the better you get and the easier it becomes. It is a case of building structure, routine and habits that work for your and your business.
But, it takes time and practises. I know I have been there!
It is easy to do it with a client…plan….put it in place…evaluate…adjust…but you don’t apply it to your day-to-day operations. This is why I offer a range of packages all geared towards giving you the consistency and structure your business needs! Book in a call and I can tell you more