Each tracker consists of 15 weekly guides – 5 for each month of the quarter. (You may not need Week 5 every time, but we provide it anyway.) The Weekly Guide is designed to help you break down your monthly plan into smaller implementation steps, along with planning for your regular business routine.
HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR YOUR TRACKER’S WEEKLY SECTION:
Monday through Friday:
Most entrepreneurs teeter on one of two extremes: always working or never working. If you leave your work time to chance, something else will always come up. This is the difference between entrepreneurs and wantrepreneurs. Real businesses have real tasks. And real tasks require real time. So make a plan and stick to it.
Saturday and Sunday
Your family and your life also require intentional effort. Your business may be a great business, but even the greatest business is a terrible life. Life is about people and relationships. It does not matter how much you love your business; your business cannot love you back.
This business tracker operates under the assumption that the majority of you will work Monday – Friday, then have Saturday and Sunday off. Your job may require different days and different hours. That’s fine. But even if you need to re-label the days to reflect your schedule, the principle is the same. Work five days. But take one day to give your family your best. And take another day to give God your best.
Saturday: Again, it doesn’t have to be on Saturday. But just like you work to WOW your team and your customers, at least once a week, WOW your family. (Our customers shouldn’t get perks our families don’t!)
Sunday: I look at having a Sabbath as a time tithe. Just as we’re called to give 10% of our finances back to God, He asks us to take one day a week to make it about Him. I know it can be tempting with a quiet house to try to get ahead. But I promise, you’ll land much further ahead if you honor the commands God sets in place and trust Him with 1/7 of your productivity. He’s good for it.
When you plan your work schedule is up to you, but I choose to plan for the next week as the last task of my current week. I take our family calendar and match my schedule to ensure I can honor all of my commitments.
I’m betting that your brain rarely shuts off. You’re probably not short of ideas. But remembering all of your ideas and actually doing something about them? That’s another story. This page is your opportunity to write down everything that’s been rattling around in your brain of what you’re considering taking action on this week. I’ve even included some words to jog your memory and get your wheels turning as you brainstorm all of this week’s potential.
It shouldn’t be pretty. It probably won’t make sense to anyone else who reads it. And not everything you write down has to be completed or is even a good idea. It’s just a place to host all of your ideas. Don’t worry about flow or format. Just move it from your brain on to paper.
Prayer is one of the most critical things we can do to prepare for the week ahead. Prayer is our way of inviting God into our businesses. Working for His glory requires that we talk to Him!
Here are a few prompts and verses to get you started:
- I’m available to do Your work. (Isaiah 6:8).
- Take the glory for everything I do. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
- Go before me and stay with me. (Deuteronomy 31:8)
- Reveal my sins and lead me back to Your way. (Psalm 139:24)
- Define success for me daily. (Matthew 6:33).
- Give me opportunities to show others Your love and truth. (1 John 3:18)
- Help me recognize You as the owner and myself as the manager of what You have entrusted to me. (Psalm 24:1)
- Make my delight IN You trump my desire to do something FOR You. (Psalm 37:4)
- Do immeasurably more through me than I can ask or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)
- Help me pursue relationships with those who point me back to You. (Hebrews 10:25)
- Open my eyes to the needs around me more than my own needs. (Philippians 2:4)
- Open the hearts of my clients, customers, and teammates. (Ephesians 1:18).
- Help me listen to others more than I speak. (James 1:19)
- Make serving others the main point of my gifts and abilities. (1 Peter 4:10)
- Fill me with the Holy Spirit’s power. (1 Corinthians 4:20)
- Establish my steps, even if it’s different from my plans. (Proverbs 16:9)
- Rid me of selfish ambition. (Philippians 2:3)
- Grant me wisdom. (James 1:5)
- Make me content, despite my circumstances. (Philippians 4:11)
But don’t forget to get specific! Use these words to jog your memory to pray specifically over the areas God has entrusted to you:
People | Dates | Goals | Needs
Need a worksheet to print these reminders out to display in your office? Grab this free resource at prayerlaunch.com.
Commitment to Clients:
Average businesses prioritize marketing. They use click bait headlines and promise more than they can deliver. Top-performing businesses are intelligent with their marketing strategies, but they also have powerful systems in place for customer retention. These four areas will ensure that you don’t just have a wide front door for your business, but you keep the back door of your business closed.
Your clients won’t always expect you to solve their problems, but they will expect you to listen to them. And guess what? If you do listen to them, you’ll get some of your best ideas. When I first started she works His way, it was simply a social media account. But through listening to the women who were engaging with our ministry, we’ve evolved to an app, a membership community, academies, consulting, and a weekend conference.
The majority of these steps were the ideas of our members.
And because we’ve listened to our clients, we’ve had an instant audience for every step of evolvement. Your customers may have the best ideas for your business. But if you don’t listen, you just might miss them.
How are your clients using your products and services? What is extremely beneficial? What could improve?
You may have a customer who is using your business/service in a way that would allow you to tap into a whole new market. Or you may be able to make one tweak to your product that would increase user friendliness.
Between social media, customer surveys, focus groups, and/or 1:1 interaction, you should be able to learn from your customers every day. Loyal customers are born out of real connections. Go the extra mile.
Customers/clients invest in your products/services. Not only should we return the investment, but we should actually initiate the investment. Average businesses make sales. Top-performing businesses work harder after the sale to honor their commitment to the client. So instead of thinking of your work being over when the sale is done, use a sale as your reminder that your work has just begun.
Chances are, you have a business model that moves people from a reasonable price point to more expensive line items. To avoid confusing potential customers, you probably focus on marketing your “first steps” products, and then after you establish a relationship with the customer, you introduce the higher-level products.
In the business world, this is called “creating the up-sell.” The goal is the same, but I’ve chosen to change my perspective on this concept to “loving my customer to the next level.”
Basically, if a customer/client comes into a basic product level with me, my goal is not to sell them the next product, but to help them benefit from the product they’ve purchased to a place of growth, where in order to start growing again, they need the next level.
But again, if we don’t fulfill our promises at the lower levels, why would our customers/clients believe we would do a better job with more responsibility?
Nurture your customer relationships so you are constantly opening doors to “love them to the next level.”
Just as it reads in the pages themselves: Don’t just show up. Serve above and beyond the call of duty. And hold yourself accountable to do it every day, not just randomly.
Content Strategy + Schedule:
From email to social media to your website, whether or not you are a content-based business, you are responsible to generate content. Even if you are a brick and mortar business, in today’s world, you still need to have an online presence.
Don’t stress yourself out trying to create content on the fly. Thanks to your tracker, you’re now planning far enough in advance so you know the news and message you need to share with your audience. Make a plan here to end social media and content stress!
Quick Tip: Most entrepreneurs ignore the best content that’s right in front of them: what’s actually happening in your business.
If you follow me on social media, you will rarely see content that I haven’t said in a personal conversation, written in an encouragement note, or said to a client in my business. It’s not original content for social media only. When creating your content, share the value of what happens behind-the-scenes.
Your team/employees/contractors are the MVPs of your business. They have not only bought into your vision, but they bring a skill set to your vision you don’t possess.
I once heard Dave Ramsey say, “Most people don’t leave jobs. They leave bosses.”
We won’t be perfect, but we can be intentional to care for those who are in the trenches of purpose with us. Here are a few ways you can go the extra mile to serve your team well:
- Write a thank you note.
- Write an encouragement note to a teammate’s spouse.
- Send a prayer voice memo.
- Send a teammate on a date with their spouse.
- Take extra time to build your personal relationship.
- Go on a team retreat.
- Buy them their favorite treat.
- Complete one of their work tasks you know isn’t their favorite.
Promote Someone Else:
In a world that is quick to criticize and slow to encourage, this is one of my favorite things I do at least once a week…but usually even more often. Here’s why:
Promoting others protects us against selfish ambition. Remind yourself often of the awesome ways God is using others. See other Kingdom-builders as allies, not competition. If you can’t bring yourself to promote someone who is doing amazing work, you have a selfish ambition issue you need to address.
Encouragement is never a bad thing. Satan will never tempt you to encourage someone. Make a habit of using your words to edify and build up God’s Kingdom.
Go on a Date:
Now, I know not all of you are married. But I know everyone reading this has relationships in their life that are important and require tending. Remember: your business is a great business, but a terrible life. Invest in the people who matter.
No Matter What’s:
You guessed it. Here’s your chance to track your NMW activity for the week.