Posted on: February 11th, 2011 by Jen Mueller

Keep it Simple.

It’s been my mantra this week and I have a feeling it will stick around awhile after taking part in the Keep It Simple Stupid CRAVE Chat Monday night.

Nicole Donnelly, Carrie Middlemiss, Lisa Francoise, Jen Mueller

I was honored to be on a panel that feature Lisa Francoise of Sweet Beauty, Carrie Middlemiss from Bella Cupcake Couture and our moderator Nicole Donnelly of Salty Waffle. I loved their ideas on how to keep it simple, and listening to conversation and success stories energized me to tackle a couple big projects – because every project can be broken down into simple steps.  Here are a few ideas to come out of the evening.

  1. Make a schedule.  It’s easier to follow a plan if you have it written down either in pen or electronically.  You can schedule blog posts, outlines, business meetings, time in your day to email, go to the gym, etc…  Use it as accountability to get through the project.
  2. Prioritize. If you don’t have a mission statement or company goals and values take some time to develop them.  It helps you decide what demands immediate attention and what can be put on the back burner .
  3. Make a decision. This advice comes from personal experience.  I’ve worked in TV broadcasting for more than 10 years and I’m required to meet multiple deadlines a day.  There’s no time to agonize over every option.  Just make a decision and go with it.  No one will know what your other options might have been.  And if it’s not perfect – make another decision.

Starting a business or running a business can seem like a daunting task but if you take the K.I.S.S. approach it’s much more manageable.  Melody Biringer founder of CRAVE learned that first hand.  She’s launched more than 26 startup companies over the years and now she’s everyone.  Look for her book later this year and for CRAVE events throughout the year. Invest a little time in what you CRAVE – it’s worth it.