Finally, the last in our Twelve Days of Christmas posts, the fine art of stepping back. When you’re running a small business you’re usually neck-deep in it, involved in every tiny aspect, aware of the minutiae. It can be exhausting, and when you’re knackered it’s very difficult to spot fresh opportunities and hatch brilliant new ideas.
Time to step back
There you are agonising over the colours in your logo while behind your back, a splendid opportunity for new business floats by unnoticed. One of your most important tasks for 2015 is to learn to let it lie, take a step back and try seeing everything objectively.
Here are some tips for seeing the wood for the trees
- Get your priorities straight by writing a list of the most and least important things, categorising them ruthlessly according to commercial common sense. Keep it in view so you’re constantly reminded about what’s essential and what can wait.
- Get your work-life balance right so you’re fresh while you’re at work and equally fresh when you’re off work. The better your prioritisation skills, the better your work-life balance.
- Acquire delegation skills – Are you a total control freak? You’ll save loads of time and free up your poor, over-burdened brain if you learn how to hand tasks over to people you trust. Finding those people, briefing and managing them is more than half the battle.
- Walkies! Scientists have proved that going for a walk is a great way to un-glue your creativity, let bright ideas come through and refresh your entire self: physically, emotionally and spiritually. Take 15 minutes to march around town every lunchtime and watch yourself become a whole lot more productive, creative and effective.
- Are you suffering from meeting-itis? Take a sanity check and decide which subjects and projects actually deserve a meeting and what can be boxed off using the phone, Skype or email.
- If you have to hold a face to face meeting, use an agenda to keep everyone on track. If conversations keep wandering off-piste, every meeting goes over time and you’re useless at keeping control, find a facilitator to keep everyone on message, on time.
Why not give delegation a try and ask us to help you tackle your overspill?
Happy festivities from the Let Me Do That For You team!
All that remains is for us to wish you all an excellent holiday, whether or not you celebrate Christmas. Here’s to a profitable, enjoyable and successful New Year.