New Year. New You… or is it? One of the most common frustrations I hear from business owners is, “I’m so busy! There are so many things on my plate that I can’t get anything done.” It might seem simple, but sometimes simple is best: Delegate your Distractions if you want to reduce your overwhelm and stress in the day-to-day operations of your business.
Being ‘busy’ (and the stress that comes with it) seems to have become the norm – some of that being the invisible workload that is harder to quantify. But even more than that – being busy has become an excuse for why entrepreneurs aren’t growing their businesses. “No Rest for the Weary”… well, this isn’t something that should be happening, especially post-pandemic. Work-Life Balance has become a huge driving force for everyone – employed or self-employed.
This makes me ask the question, Why do my business owner clients keep themselves so busy?
A few reasons:
- Habit – they are so used to doing ‘all the things’ that they default to continuing that
- They don’t have help – if they don’t have anyone else on the team to do the work, it stays on their plate
- It’s a comfort zone thing – doing what we know is easy and safe
Every level of growth is a new challenge. That’s one of the most amazing things about business – it is the ultimate personal growth journey. Something we are all on right now.
Every level of growth means doing something differently. To grow, business owners have to let go of something at each stage along the way. The power of Delegation Compells you!
When my clients keep themselves too busy, it keeps their business small. Busy means they don’t have to do the things they are afraid to do, the things that stretch them, the things they fear.
I understand. For all of us, it is very easy to keep ourselves stuck doing things we know we are good at. The things that are simple, fun, and easy. It’s easy to keep ourselves distracted from doing what we know we need to do to take whatever it is to the next level.
My challenge to you is this: Delegate your distractions.
Look at your plate and be honest with yourself. What are the things on your plate that you know are distractions?
They may be distractions that are just a waste of time and don’t need to be done at all. Some distractions are necessary. Things that need to be done happen for you to serve clients, serve your team, and continue to grow and expand. But as long as they are on your plate, you aren’t able to do the things you need to do to grow.
The secondary piece of the solution is this: You need to be willing to do the things that scare you- the work you’ve been resisting. As you delegate, be clear that you’re getting distractions off your plate so you can make the best use of your time doing the things that lead to growth.
This is the way to escape the busy trap.
Don’t have anyone to delegate to? Or maybe you do, but every time you delegate, they need help or have questions, and you become the bottleneck. If either scenario sounds familiar, I’d love to connect and discuss your delegation plan – or better yet, help you Assess Your Biz, see where the stop-gaps are, and help you create a plan to work through them.
Catch you on the other side of the screen,