Every business owner that I know, myself included, struggles to maintain the right balance between work time and playtime. For most, it’s a constant and difficult challenge. We all are awarded the same number of hours in a day. Once time is gone, it’s gone forever.
How is it that some people constantly struggle to find time for anything other than work while others flourish and maintain well-balanced lifestyles? The answer is simple – the latter has taken the necessary steps to master the use of their time.
Want to master time and free up more for the things that really matter? Do you want to produce better results for your business, family, and your employees? You’ll need to roll up your sleeves and pay the temporary price for a brighter future. Here are a few important strategies that will help get the most out of your precious resources – money, time, and workforce.
- Set your vision – step away at regular intervals to gain clarity about the direction and goals of your business and life. These perspectives will help you understand what needs to change as you set out to pursue your goals.
- Eliminate distractions – e-mail, news, social media, and other forms of chatter are common distractions with limited-to-no value. Eliminate every possible source of distractions to boost productivity and bring focused attention to the things that really matter.
- Apply the 80/20 rule – natural laws suggests that 20 percent of your tasks produce 80 percent of the value. By eliminating non-value-adding tasks, you’re presented with an incredible opportunity to free up time and accelerate progress towards your goals.
- Just say “no” – most people find it difficult to distinguish between high value and low value tasks. The fact is, the vast majority of tasks don’t add value, so just say “no” to most everything in order to stay focused on the 20 percent of high value adding tasks.
- Align strengths – align your functional role and work with your strengths. Likewise, get your employees into roles that leverage their individual strengths.
- Delegate – too many business owners hold on to job duties a little too tight. Delegate responsibilities and tasks to individual strengths and according to pay grade. Eliminate no-to-low value tasks all together.
- Hire specialists – If job critical work remains, hire specialist employees with the necessary skills to perform their job duties to a high standard.
The journey to a well-balanced life starts here. Contact your Coach for guidance and assistance to make that journey a successful one.