How to Accomplish More When You Are Feeling Stuck?
As a business professional, It is enevitible that at one point or another you will find your self “feeling stuck”
When you began your business, you probably couldn’t anticipate everything that would come with that decision. Many of us have rose-colored glasses on when we first step in our new office or the first time we sit down with a client.
Those glasses, however, get violently ripped off as administrative tasks, meetings, schedules, and endless projects get heaved into our laps. You soon discover just how much technology you aren’t aware of and how many things need to be done just to complete one day of business successfully. And because you’ve just started, you’re trying to keep costs down.
What does that mean? It means you’re doing all of this with just yourself or a rag-tag skeleton crew. It also means that your head is barely above water and you still have quite the swim ahead of you.
With so many things to be done and with so much riding on every decision you make, many small business owners tend to feel stuck. Because you’re the owner, you feel that you must do everything on your own because that will be faster, easier and less expensive, right?
In reality, you’re not going anywhere with that strategy. No matter how many hours you spend at the desk, in front of your computer slaving away, you can’t get admin tasks done and meet with clients. You can’t run a project and market yourself to new customers at the same time. In this “I’ll do it myself” method, your to-do list will only become longer and more daunting.
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Pry Yourself Free
The good thing about experiencing something that most business owners have experienced is that there are some time-tested strategies and tips that could be of great help to you and your business.
#1: Prioritize: Despite all of the awesome abilities of modern science, being able to replicate yourself just isn’t possible yet. So while we wait for MIT to get on that, we need to learn to prioritize. Create a main to-do list. Then circle what is most important on that list. That is where you should train your focus.
#2: Game Plan: Now you need to scan through the items you selected as being important. That was just the first draft. The second draft pick should leave you with one, and only one, top priority. This is your MVP, as it were. Once you’ve selected that, create a 10-step plan that will let you accomplish that goal.
#3: Delegate: Out of the ten steps you created, highlight the ones for which you are uniquely talented. Everything else needs to be given to team members. That’s right, you need team members. These could be people who are by your side, an inch from your desk, or they could be vendors or private contractors you found outside your business. Feel free to contact us if you have a hard time finding great team members, we can help.
A word of caution: Some entrepreneurs have a hard time delegating. They know exactly how they want something done and it’s just easier for them to do it. So I challenge you to make two lists and STICK to those lists. On one list will be one to two items that only YOU can do. The other list will be full of items you will delegate to someone else. Then I challenge you to not take back anything you delegated.
If you are tired of being stuck, join the club. Every small business owner knows what that feels like. But there is a way out of it. The steps outlined in this article can help tremendously. If you feel like you need more help, contact us and we’ll help to get you unstuck in no time.