What Joy Do You See in Your Business?

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Our Ladies Bible Study at Pennyroyal Baptist Church just finished the Fight Back with Joy series by Margaret Feinberg.  The series was designed to help us see the joys in everyday life.  As part of our homework, we were to write down 3 “Joybombs” (good things) that happened to us each day during our 6 week study.  A joybomb could be something rather large like getting a raise or small like a warm, sunny day in February in Ohio.  This repetitive behavior made me focus on, and more easily identify the good things that happen in my life every day.

The series led me to think about how I feel about my small business.  As entrepreneurs and small business owners, I wonder if we concentrate on the positive pieces of our business as much–or at all-as the negative ones.

It’s easy to focus on the negative aspects.  After all, you need to take action when you lose a client or your computers go down.  You may need to review your Business Plan as you see your expenses rising or your competition closing in on your prospects.  But what about the good things that are happening each day that we are not focused on?

How would it change our days, attitudes, and our businesses if we started purposefully recognizing and recording the good things that happen each day?  All Star Baseball Player and Batting Title Winner, Wade Boggs, believed in the power of a positive attitude.  He was quoted as saying, “A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.”  Wouldn’t you like positive events, outcomes, and extraordinary results in your small business?

Today, I challenge you to heighten your attention and recognize the good things that happen in your business each day.  Take it a step further and list these details on your calendar, in your journal, or on your To Do List for the next 30 days.   I think you will be amazed to see just how much good is happening with your business that you never really noticed before.  Look for reasons to celebrate!  Pursue the Positive!  Jot down your Joybombs!  See how this small exercise changes the way you feel about your business and how you act towards others.  I’ll start:

  1. An existing client gave me additional tasks to work on today.  This means I am building a a stronger relationship with him and making more money for my business.
  2. I had a hearty laugh (2 really) listening to the voice mail of a client’s client.
  3. Since I work from a home office, I was able to sit outside today with the sun hitting my face while I wrote this blog post.

Your turn.  Record 3 positive things that happen in your business each day-it can even be a person that you encounter.  You will be happy that you did!  Don’t forget to let me know how this simple experiment changes the way you feel about your small business.

About the Author:  Sheri Miller is the Owner of Another You, LLC, a Virtual Assistant service in the Dayton, Ohio area.  Sheri helps small business owners save time, money and frustration by taking care of their day-to-day administrative tasks.  Think of her as your right hand while your left hand is growing your business.    www.anotheryouerrands.com  937-416-2207

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April Gardening in Ohio

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April is when our Ohio weather normally turns itself around.  We finally can spend some time outside and there is a lot of work to be done this month in our lawns and landscaping.

• Clean up hanging containers, garden ornaments and flower pots,
• Clean, repair and refurbish birdhouses and feeders,
• Pick up sticks and other debris from flower beds,
• Reset and secure stones in walls, terraces and walks that may have been moved by the freeze-and-thaw cycles over the winter,
• When the soil dries out a little, clean up your flower beds. Pull out the weeds, dead plants and pick up winter debris,
• Divide overgrown clumps of plants,
• Spread a 2-3 inch layer of mulch over bare soil under and around shrubs,
• Prune spring-blooming shrubs soon after they flower to shape or renew them,
• Prune Butterfly Bushes back to within 4-6 inches of soil level,
• When the soil is dry enough to be easily worked, prepare your flower beds; dig and turn the soil.

The best thing that you can do for your lawn this month is to have your mower blade sharpened! For thin, bare areas of your lawn, seed as early as the weather will allow this month. Cutting height for your grass should be 2½-3 inches. Always mow with a sharp blade and only when the grass is dry. The # 1 mistake that homeowners and lawn companies make is overfeeding the lawn in April. Feed your lawn with a fertilizer that puts no more than ½ lb. of nitrogen per 1,000 sq. ft. Too much nitrogen causes fast growing blades but weak roots.

Weeds are now responding to spring weather. Watch for young sprouts and pull them as soon as they are large enough to grasp. They will come up easily if the soil is moist. A pre-emergent, like Preen, can be applied to garden beds to prevent new weed growth for up to 3 months.

Ohio celebrates Arbor Day in April; observe this occasion by planting a tree! This is a good time to prune vertical suckers and water sprouts from the branches of fruit trees, Magnolias, Crabapples and other trees that produce them.

Roses need your attention this month. A good rule of thumb is: “Prune when the Daffodils bloom.” Remove winter protection from roots and add fresh mulch…but do not allow it to touch the plant. Sprinkle a granular, slow-acting rose fertilizer on the surrounding soil.

Cut off faded Tulip and Daffodil flowers as soon as they are finished blooming and their petals drop. Cut back the stems (only) to where the leaves begin, leaving as much foliage as possible. Daffodils can be divided while “green”. Rather than waiting until the fall when you may forget or cannot find them, do the job as soon as they are done blooming.

Now that you have worked hard and have gotten your lawn and beds in great shape, do yourself a favor and plant some Pansies among your Daffodils, Tulips and other bulbs. Don’t forget to add them to containers and in your window boxes. They will brighten up your landscape and help bring color to those remaining gray days we will have yet this month in Ohio!

headshotAbout the Author: Sheri Miller is the Owner of Another You, LLC, a Business Concierge/Personal Assistant service in the Dayton, Ohio area. Sheri helps small business owners save time and money by taking care of their day-to-day administrative tasks. Think of her as your right hand while your left hand is growing your business. Sheri is a wife and mother who loves to work in her flower gardens.        http://www.anotheryouerrands.com     937-416-2207

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