Does Running Your Business Feel More Like the Daily Grind?
You started your business because you love what you do, but somehow it has turned into the daily grind. It seems like the longer you run your business, the more things there are to do that take you away from doing what you love.
It’s a Daily Grind keeping up with your website, social media, technology, marketing, managing, bookkeeping, all the necessities of owning and running a business. There are a lot of moving parts to keep track of and all of them take energy and time away from delivering the services you love to deliver.
The Daily Grind leads you to overwhelm and burnout. None of us have unlimited energy, but some of us have the type of energy that is more likely to burn out than others. It is important to know how to manage your energy, so you have enough to do the things you must do and the things you want to do.
That brings me to the things you must do. Looking at what requires your attention and direct involvement versus what can be done in other ways is an important piece of managing your energy and avoiding getting stuck in the daily grind.
As you are honest with yourself about what you must be involved in, think about which activities help you stay in the ease, flow, and enjoyment of your business. Simply, if you don’t enjoy doing it, even if you are good at it, don’t do it yourself.
There are several ways to get things handled without your direct involvement. Having good, documented procedures helps you delegate things to others or automate them. Many administrative activities lend themselves to automation and there are many great, inexpensive software solutions available to help. Activities that do not lend themselves to automation can be delegated to others. It is possible to hire a Virtual Assistant for as little as a few hours a week so you can offload things like answering inquiries, doing your newsletter, or making follow-up appointments.
If you are a service provider and you are the one who needs to provide the service, i.e. Healers, Coaches, Teachers, Therapists, etc., then your primary activities should be providing the service and generating revenue. Anything else you do is taking the earning potential away from your business and putting in a position to burn out as the daily grind increases.
Here are 3 steps to stop the Daily Grind from creeping into your business.
- The first step is to gain a clear understanding of your energy type and how you are wired to work. This helps in understanding the best structure for your business and mix of activities you do versus finding another method to get them done.
- Next it is important to look at your natural skills and talents. We often overlook what we do naturally and don’t think of these as skills at all. This helps us get at your gifts, your genius. These are the skills you want to use in your business because it feels good to do so.
- Finally, make a list of what you enjoy doing and are proficient at. Just because you can do something well, doesn’t mean you should. How much time and energy are you spending doing it? Is it detracting from your energy and revenue or adding to it? Look to offload all the things that take up too much of your time and energy.
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