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Business Lessons from Pandemic Puzzles

Like many people, I have been putting puzzles together during the pandemic.

One afternoon while taking a break between meetings, I sat down at my kitchen table to work on my latest puzzle. I started looking for a specific piece then smiled (and then rolled my eyes at myself) as I started making a list in my head of good puzzle strategies that also apply to business.

1 . Sometimes you need to see things from a different perspective

Too often we get stuck because we are looking at things from a single perspective. Do something at least once a quarter that will force you to see your business from a new perspective. This could be reading a book, taking a poll of your clients, or simply reflecting on your services and seeing where things can be improved.

2. Sometimes you need to change your strategy

While switching strategies can sometimes seem slower in the short term (like organizing puzzle pieces by color), it can often lead to greater gains in the long run. In different phases of your business, you will need different strategies to take prominence.

Building your network, streamlining processes, creating new products or services, building your email list, hiring an employee, or finally setting up that CRM can all be used to continue to reach your goals.

3. Sometimes you need to open your hand

There have been times I had the piece I was looking for in my hand - I just forgot I was holding it. Take time to remind yourself of the resource you already have for your business. This might a person in your network you can call for support or software that has more functionality than you currently utilize. Often, the solution is closer than we think.

4. Sometimes you need to study the big picture

If we lose sight of the big picture, we can get lost down trails that will never get us where we want to go. When we study the big picture, we can see where we are going, where we need to spend our time and have more clarity on how to reach our goals.

5. Sometimes you just need to step away for a bit.

Sometimes, the best thing you can do for your business is to step away. This could be going for a walk in the middle of the day or taking a day off in the middle of the week. Whatever you need to keep your mind in a place where you can make progress instead of spinning in circles.


Hi, my name is Amy and I'm a small business coach. I love to help solos, freelancers and small business owners have the confidence and clarity to move their business forward.

While I am located in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul, MN, I work with people all over the world thanks to the magic of the internet.

Want to connect with Amy Lynne Coaching? Schedule a 30-minute call with me here!

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