Most beginner entrepreneurs suffer from the feeling of overwhelm when starting out in business. To cut costs, they wear many hats in their business. One person is in charge of selling, marketing, providing the service and customer support as well. Do this long enough and you run the risk of burning yourself out. Not only do they feel remorse, now the idea of getting a job sounds very appealing. You have your fixed hours and have the weekends off to yourself.
Ideally, wouldn’t it be nice if you can just focus on the things that you really want to do and have your staff take care of the rest? The first step to have your perfect day in business is to let go of the desire to control everything. The most successful entrepreneurs know how to leverage their time. They rely on systems and other people to get more work done with less time.
How do you know which things you need to give up control? Which one first? Which are detrimental for your success more than others? The success of companies like Apple wasn’t because Steve Jobs wrote codes. He was the visionary and he had a team of people to make that happen for him. Work on your business, not in your business.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and burnt out, I want you to take a moment and stop what you’re doing right now. Be aware and be deliberate about your action. We are creatures of habits and unless we stop and think about what we’re doing today, we’re going to keep doing what we’ve always done.
One of the most common excuses I hear from other people that want to get into entrepreneurship is “I don’t have time.” It’s finn to hear that since we’re all given the same 24 hours in a day. How you spend it is up to you. Not having enough time merely translates to “it’s not important enough.” How you spend your time will determine your success or failure. Determine the things that matter to you most and use that as a filter with how you spend your time on.
Another reason to say no to things is if it’s not inline with your strengths. If it doesn’t dove-tail with how you do things then don’t do it. The more you focus on things that are energizing, strength-based and value-producing, the more you will be fulfilled you will be. You will love your business and make more money at the same time.
How do you get to where you’re at now to only doing the things you love in your business?
How To Have Your Perfect Day In Business In 4 Steps
Define your perfect day
What does this day look like for you? What kind of activities are you going to be doing in that day? Typically, a perfect day in business consists of doing activities that are in alignment with your strength that create value for your customers. They energize you regardless of how many hours you put in. It will be different for everybody so spend the time defining it for yourself.
Be Aware Of Where You’re At
What you’ll want to do is to log your current activities right now. For the next week, keep track of you how you spend every hour of your day. Capture all these things in as much detail over a period of time. This will give you a good starting point to work with.
Categorize Your Activities
According to Dan Sullivan, you can break down your activities into 4 categories: incompetent activities, competent activities, excellent activities and unique abilities. What you’ll want to do is delegate everything else but the things that only you can do for the business.
Incompetent activities are the things that you should not be doing to begin with: legal work, accounting and the day-to-day minutia to name a few. These are activities that just make you more frustrated. To have your perfect day in business, you want to get rid of these activities as soon as possible.
Competent activities are things that you can do. You’re probably doing them good enough. The tasks feel repetitive as you are getting it done but you’re just not enjoying it.
Excellent activities give you an ego boosts. As a matter of fact, people turn to you for these things. That’s why it’s so easy to fall into the “excellence trap.” You’re good at it but you’re not passionate about it. If it’s not a purposed-based activity and not creating profitability for your business, this is something that should be handed off to somebody else.
Unique abilities are things that you feel passionate about doing them. It brings you in that state of flow and creativity. Ideas just come to you and lose track of time. It is purpose-based since it’s part of that desire that drove you to be an entrepreneur in the first place. It’s the meaning that you want to bring to your work that’s larger than you. These activities are also profitable because they better people’s lives. Other people value them. Solutions and guidance are by-products of these tasks since it helps others fulfill their needs.
Align Your Day To Only Do Things That Matter
The idea is to spend as much time within your business and within your life in those kinds of activities. Once you’ve define that you have to figure out where you’re at right now so you can start improving upon it. You must have awareness of this and then start to improve. If not, you’re going to look back many years from now hating your business, feeling completely burnt out. Now that you’ve identified this, it’s time to move forward with your goal. Get stuff out of your plate.