03 September 2007

Understand the enemy – write down the things that throw you out of whack.

If someone asks me what disrupts the balance between my business and my life I can easily list the culprits:

  • 1. Overcommitting my time (I can’t say no and I get excited by new projects that interest me).
  • 2. Parts of running my company that I am no good at (bookkeeping, operational aspects etc).
  • 3. Day to day distractions that stop me getting my work done.
  • 4. The internet – I love it but get lost in it.
  • 5. Poor time management.

That is me being perfectly honest. I get lots done, I work long hours and I have very high expectations on myself but these issues bring me undone faster than any others.

Fortunately for me I have a great team of people who I work with and they are very aware of each of these issues and they do their utmost to prevent them from impacting me.

I suggest that you write your own list. What causes you the greatest frustration in your business? Is it worrying about money? Having to have to manage your staff? Suppliers? Customers? Again, try and be specific if you can. Often we haven’t actually taken the time to think through the cause of our day to day angst. By doing this you can start to do something about them and even more importantly you can enlist the help of those around you who generally get to see you slowly destroying yourself as you battle business overwhelm.

What can you do today? Make up you list of the culprits that always seem to cause you the greatest amount of grief on a daily basis. Once you have written it, put it in a prominent place and be committed to stopping these issues once and for all. Enlist the aid of others to help you.

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