Planning to make changes

Standing in line with another 300+ upset Themeslink customers who are subject to poor planning of their ‘planned maintenance’ it reminded me of the importance of creating a plan for building and on going support for startups. As I wrote those words, a huge cloud of guilt flew by and reminded me that this is something I need to do myself and I’ve recently found it difficult to keep moving forward with Brewtap for many reasons.

So, here are a few pointers that I’m going to be implementing myself so I guess we’ll find out in a few months if these tips are helpful. I believe that by implementing these tips, It will help me take another step closer to creating a solid a better plan for Brewtap and it’s development and ultimately help me to produce some of my best work.

Streamline your todo list

With any project there’s normally a huge amount of work to do but more so with a new startup and to make things even harder those tasks are normally going to be completed by one or two people.

Brewtap is just a one man show at the moment and it will probably remain like that for a while. So trying to balance the design, development, social media strategies, content generation whilst balancing life and a full time job can be pretty overwhelming. Simply separating each area and trying to tick one or two task in each area might be enough to help you to keep moving forward instead of becoming overwhelmed by a very long todo list.

Get healthy

I don’t know about you but when I have a full schedule and I’m trying to change the world in your own way, it’s often pretty easy to convince myself to take a short cut. For me it’s taking the easy option and getting some takeout or eating badly. For others, it could be not getting enough sleep, lack of exercise or picking up unhealthy habits. What ever it is for you, make sure you take some time and ensure you’re doing everything you can to take control of your life and get health. Deep down I know that the healthier I am the more opportunities I’ll have to bring my best to the table.

Find mentors and support networks

Getting your startup off the ground can be pretty lonely. The life of a startup can be very unpredictable and you will have moments when you just want to throw it in or experience some deep pain that might be hard to progress. Doing this alone with no one who really understands what you’re going through can be very difficult.

Finding someone who can encourage you in times of tiredness, someone who can bring some clarity to times of confusion, someone who can bring light in times of darkness might just be the difference between your startup sinking or swimming.

These pointers are pretty obvious and I think it’s important to be reminded of the basics occasionally, so as you push through your task list this week, I want to challenge you to consider making a few changes that might help to create a better plan to ultimately help you continue to move forward.