The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for 30 Day Business Challenges

Jun 20, 2017, Written by Sue Miley


Admit it.  Easier is better for us.  Like the little girl in the Verizon commercial, “more” is better.  Some is good.  More is better.

For business owners, easy is better. That is why we are attracted to the ultimate cheat sheet headlines or the secret ______ to making all things better.  Small business owners know about hard, we don’t have to research that.  But, what we really want is the shortcut or home run.

Nothing is really all that easy though.  Success doesn’t come easy.  Purpose doesn’t come without focus and passion.  We have to work hard to make an impact and to get the meaning out of it.

That is why it takes time, energy and discipline to make things truly better.  I read and listen to James Altucher on occasion.  He is the King of the ultimate cheat sheets and the 30 day challenges.  One of the self-claimed keys to his success and creativity is his lists.  He thinks we need to make lists every day.  We have to exercise our creative muscle by brainstorming anything and everything.

He had a recent post on 30 day challenges for life.  It got me thinking about all of this ultimate cheat sheet-30 day challenge stuff.  I thought that a 30 day challenge for business would certainly provide the time, energy, and discipline criteria for making things better.

So I thought I would combine some of these concepts and make a list of 30 Day Challenges for Business.  Pick one and start.  Then when you finish come back to the list and find another challenge.  After awhile, you will come up with your own.

Here is my Ultimate Cheat Sheet for 30 Day Business Challenges:

  1. Keep a daily running business journal for 30 days.
  2. Track key metrics in your business for 30 days.
  3. Pray for your business for 30 days.
  4. Catch someone doing something right each day for 30 days.
  5. Schedule one hour a day for working on your business for 30 days.
  6. Make one social media post per day on your business pages or profiles for 30 days.
  7. Do one business development task each day for 30 days.
  8. Completely clear/clean your desk off everyday before leaving for 30 days.
  9. Reach out to one past client every day for 30 days.
  10. Dig in to your business finances for 15 minutes a day for 30 days.
  11. Be on time for every meeting and commitment every day for 30 days.
  12. Walk around the office and say hello to everyone on your team that is present every day for 30 days.
  13. Eat a healthy lunch every day for 30 days.
  14. Go out to eat (get away from work) every day for 30 days.
  15. Leave work on time every day for 30 days.
  16. Hold office hours an hour a day for employee questions/needs every day for 30 days.
  17. Make a list of the highest priorities/tasks to accomplish for the day each day for 30 days.
  18. Write daily for 30 days. (It can be about anything.)
  19. Stop caffeine for 30 days.
  20. Stop alcohol for 30 days.
  21. Get 7 hours of sleep minimum for each day for 30 days.
  22. Fast social media for 30 days.
  23. Stop complaining for 30 days.
  24. Read something every day for your professional development for 30 days.
  25. Read the Bible for 30 days (it is the best business book and life book).

This is just to get you started.  You can probably come up with better challenges for you.  But, I would bet that if you tackled one of these per month for the next year, at the end of the year business will be better in some way that is measurable to you.

Whether you take a challenge that helps your employees or one that improves your health, working on good things consistently, until things are habits, will make business and life better.  And once the habits are seeded, it all seems easier.

And easier is better.


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Sue Miley

Sue Miley MBA, MA, LPC helps small business owners build successful businesses on a foundation of Christian values. After 20 years in business, and 10 years as a Christian counselor, Sue uses a combination of faith, business and psychology to help clients in business and in life.

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