Running a business involves lots of things and sometimes, even with all the work and effort you put into it, things don’t always work out.
That is not a nice place to be, but I can tell you, you are not the only one. I’ve seen this over and over again, even with the best organised business people. You make a plan, list all the activities you want to complete on the day and work hard to get it all done. Then something comes in the way or there are just not enough hours in a day and your whole plan falls apart.
So what can you do?
You could reduce the amount of activities you plan for the day, but that would mean it will take you longer to get everything done.
You could delegate some of the activities, if you have someone to delegate to.
Or you could change your way of working by concentrating on the desired outcome of the day instead on the activities. Let me explain this:
As you might know, statistically around 20% of all the things you do during the day count for about 80% of the expected results.
As you already found out, you just haven’t got enough time to get all the things done during the day. So have a look at your list and figure out which of the tasks will bring you the most desired results and start doing those first. Group all the task in relation to each other and then pick the one or two of each group giving the highest result to start with.
If it is again one of those days where something comes in your way, at least you’ve done the activities for the highest result first and that is a much nicer place to be.
I group my activities into 2 main categories:
My personal life including family and my business. I list all the things I want to do for each category and then group them by importance and result-effectiveness for my desired outcome of the day. Usually by lunch time I will have completed the 20% of the tasks required counting for 80% of results. Life becomes suddenly much less stressful and far more enjoyable.
Changes are happening all the time, how do we deal with them, should we avoid them? or accept them?
I worked for many years in IT as employee and during that time the changes came in the form of projects coming and going or jobs change for one reason or another. For whatever reason the changes were coming, they were usually coming with the feeling of insecurity.
But later I understood that changes are happening all the time, the world is changing and it’s changing faster and faster. For example, people a few generations back were used to having one job for life, nowadays we are used to changing the job when the project is finished. How do we cope with these changes? should we do something about it? or not?
What I noticed as effect is that more people start managing their own career or start their own business. Some are doing it out of their own initiative while others are forced to do it. Nevertheless I became more curious to find out what it means to run your business, be in charge of your own career or simply put: be your own boss. In any case I think this change is for the best because it gives you more freedom, more options to choose from. Let’s put it in another way: more people are starting their own adventure, isn’t this wonderful?
A question most of you have been asked in the past:
What do you do?
How do you answer this question? If it takes you more then 10 words to describe what you do, chances are that you’ve never really thought about it. What is it you do?
I answer this questions with 3 simple words:
I help entrepreneurs
This statement does not define how I do it or why I do it, it just answers what I do. This is the base of everything I do. If I think about a new technology, a new strategy or any other advancement, I measure it against that statement. Does this help me to help entrepreneurs? If I can answer that question with a clear yes, I will consider it. It is the base of all the products and services the academy offers. It is also the base of my business idea and the reason for me to get up every day: “Today I help entrepreneurs”.
It is also the question I ask myself before I go to bed in the evening: “What have I done today to help entrepreneurs?”
If you are running a business, make sure you know WHAT you are doing!