You’re in business!
You’re an entrepreneur. You’ve got clients. You’ve got tons of things to do. Your to-do list continues to grow and grow and grow.
You’ve laid out a plan for where you want to go in your business and how you’re going to get there.
You’re putting in more and more time, yet the plan is not moving forward.
You find yourself overwhelmed working with clients and putting out fires, dealing with the immediate. Urgency trumps your plans to _________________ (fill in the blank).
There are always things you should be doing to work ON your business instead of IN your business. It’s inevitable. Whether it’s systemizing your processes, creating the next great product, writing that book, or even writing a weekly blog post, you find yourself just not getting it done.
So how can you set priorities and start working ON your business? Here are six tips you can use to stop spinning and finally get those things done:
- Have you hired the right support to help you so that you’re not doing everything? You should only be doing what you do best and let other people do the rest. Delegate the tasks you can delegate. This will help free up your time to do only what you can do.
- Look at your to-do list and prioritize. What will have the most impact on your business?
- Ask yourself if it truly is something you want to be doing. Are you committed to doing what it takes to get it done? Perhaps some of the things hovering over you aren’t really in alignment with what you want to do.
- Treat yourself as a client. You wouldn’t ignore clients or neglect getting their work done, so consider yourself a client of yourself.
- Write out each of the steps you’ll need to take to accomplish your goal. Sometimes we put off doing things because we just don’t know where to start, and we’re overwhelmed by the big picture. Take some time to plan it out. Write out each step and then how long it should take you to accomplish that step.
- Schedule a specific block of time for accomplishing your goal and mark that time on your calendar. You may need 30 minutes every morning or an hour every morning. Maybe one day a week is necessary for doing only your work. Whatever it is, decide that you’ll do your work at that time and don’t cheat yourself!
Now that you’ve got the steps for putting more time on your side, you must take action!
Otherwise, you’ll just continue putting in more time, without coming any closer to your goal of working ON the business you’re IN.
What steps do you take to make sure you’re working ON your business? Share with me below.