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Make a List of Action Items if You Want to Get Things Done


If you are running a business, no matter what kind of business, you should always have a list of action items you want to do to make your business better. It is important to always be striving to make your business better. It is an obligation you have to your business, your employees, your customers and yourself.

No matter how successful your business is, there is always room to make improvements.

Entrepreneurs who have successful and ongoing business operations sometimes become complacent. They begin to adopt the attitude that “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” This is a dangerous thing. It is a bad practice. A better attitude to adopt would be “take the best and make it better.” A successful business can be made better in a variety of ways including:

  • improved team building activities
  • providing more employee training
  • improving the collection of accounts receivable
  • obtaining more suitable office space
  • improved customer service plans


It is important to understand that while improving a certain area of business may not immediately result in increased profits. That is okay. It is more important to understand that improving one’s business on a regular and consistent basis eventually leads to increased profitability and sustainability.

Once you realize that your business can be improved, take action to make the improvements.

No matter what your business does and no matter how successful your business is, there is always an improvement that can be made. Take a moment now to look at your business with an honest, objective, and careful eye. Then take out a sheet of paper or pull up a word processing file. On one side of the page, make a list of all the things that your business does well. On the other side make a list of all the improvements you would like to make with your business. It does not matter which list is longer. The list of things that your business is doing well is important. It is a reminder to you that there are good and wonderful things about your company. It is important to remember as you go about making improvements, that you have done a number of things correctly.

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