Let me guess. You’re too busy to have a cup of coffee with me because you’re swamped at the office. There’s no way you can possibly take time off with so much work piled up. But have you ever considered that maybe you wear your busyness as a badge of honor? That, in fact, you don’t have to be as overloaded and stressed as you think you are?
Have I intrigued you? Read on.
Consider Why You’re Busy
There’s a reason you feel like you’re in a hamster wheel. Maybe you lack the staff to help you alleviate some of the pressure to meet deadlines. Or you’re a procrastinator. Maybe you have to have control over every situation, and that means you have your hands in far too many things.
Getting less busy begins with this root cause. Be honest with yourself to identify it, and then be ready to move on to a solution.
Get More Organized
For a lot of entrepreneurs, busyness is simply a result of being poorly organized. Do you constantly forget tasks or appointments? Do you have trouble remembering conversations you had yesterday? No, you’re not suffering from dementia, and it’s completely normal. However, you need a system to better tackle this.
There are many ways you can get organized. Some suggestions include:
- Put your tasks on a digital calendar, like Google Calendar
- Use a paper agenda book
- Write reminders down on sticky notes
- Leave yourself a list of tasks to tackle at the end of the day, for the next day
When you first start a business, you can likely handle all the work, from admin to sales. But as you grow, so grows that list of to dos. It’s time to admit to yourself that you can’t do it all alone, and employ help. That might come in the form of:
- Hiring an intern
- Working with a freelancer or agency
- Hiring a part- or full-time employee
You’ll have to learn to release control over situations once you hire help. Train the person well, then trust them to do that job.
I know it seems contradictory, but sometimes stepping away from your business can help you gain clarity on what needs to be done. That makes it easier to come back with a game plan to tackle it all.
You don’t have to be as busy as you are. Just look at your situation objectively and find a solution that works for you.