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A business owner is constantly spinning plates. There are a constant stream of small fires to be put out every day and if you think of a business owner, they’re the ones running from place to place to get everything straightened out before the next fire erupts. All of this usually happens before 9am, and before a morning coffee. Business owners often spend time before and after work on their company, working their paperwork and putting meetings together with suppliers and clients.
As a business owner, you have to be on the ball and ensure that you aren’t getting caught up in the small things, but rather, you should be looking at the bigger picture. The question is how you can do that without compromising your quality of work. Focusing on your job and not the marketing plans and bookkeeping and IT security is important, which is why you hire other people to work with you. Strategy is key, and you need strategy to keep as focused as possible on your role as a leader instead of doing the paperwork and office stuff that can hold you back. So, how can you be a more focused leader?
Schedule In Your Time
It’s so easy to get caught up in the paper work. You start one job, and while you’re doing that, you spot something else. You then abandon the first job you were doing to do the other thing. And on, and on it goes. The only way that you can focus on the things that matter is if you put the time in your diary to do it. Blocking out a couple of hours each day to work on your business is important – and it’s the only way you’re going to find the time!
You need to know what you can and cannot do and the things that you can’t do aren’t weaknesses, but they’re still things that you aren’t able to do. Outsourcing these tasks to the experts can not only save you time, it can save you money!
Delegating is one of the things that leaders in business find tough. The business is so close to their hearts that the idea of allowing anyone else to be in charge is a ridiculous notion. Unplug on your weekends and hire a manager to help you with the day to day running of things. This takes a load off of you and allows you to take a break.
Expect Just Enough
Your productivity can only happen when you aren’t stressed out and worried constantly. You need to be able to set realistic expectations of your business and of yourself so that you can carry out your tasks properly. Too much pressure leads to a failure and that’s exactly what you want to avoid.
A business leader has to be on the ball and ready for anything but that doesn’t mean that you have to do it all by yourself. Open your eyes and see the bigger picture – embrace it!