The greatest challenge that most small business owners and entrepreneurs I meet and work with struggle with is the sheer feeling of overwhelm. It never stops – it’s relentless. Being your own boss being a business owner is fantastic and horrendous in equal measures. Yes, you have flexibility, no more 9-5 for you! No more long daily commute. You really can create your ideal job. Yes you can manage your work around your life (theoretically) but the reality is, most small business owners are shattered and the constant list of “things to do” and think about is huge! Couple this with constantly being available through your endless list of communication media means you’re always available (god forbid you’d miss a random customer enquiry at 10:33pm on a Saturday night!)
I have masses of time saving / priority supporting processes and methodologies I could talk to you about but basically there are 3 simple things you need to do straight away. Don’t think about it – just do it…
I love this simple 2 x 2 matrix to help prioritise what to do first:
Finally to help you with the overwhelm, think about it this way – effectiveness is built on 4 simple steps.
① Think quarterly, be clear on your goals and high impact activities
② Plan weekly: make these a must do!
③ Act daily: take action – no matter what!
④ Review and change if necessary.
Simple right? Don’t overthink it – I told you it was simple didn’t I?