Being a small business owner, we have a tendency to feel we need to do everything. And, for the most part, we do it all. But, when dealing with an expanding business, it takes us time to adjust to the growth in our own business. Our routines are off schedule. We run behind. And, there could tasks that get forgotten. I know for me, this is one area that I need to deal with now. I am grateful that my business is growing, but I need to manage my schedule a bit more closely. So, here is how I dealt with this.
Work smarter not harder in your small business helps you become more effective.
I use the computer a lot throughout the day. So, keeping all my tasks on the computer helped. I used my email /calendar software to help me manage daily tasks. It worked great to break my time up for different clients and projects. Until I realized that if I didn’t add the “other” tasks to make my business move forward and expand, they would never get done. So, I started by adding weekly time slots for me to take care of the “other” tasks.
Then, one day, I was listening to a webinar and the person said, “Think like a CEO. Does an CEO think only about day by day tasks? No they do not.” That is when I realized I was the CEO of my company. I am not just the worker, but I am the visionary too. So, I thought of what I needed to change so that the visionary had more presence in my life than the worker. So, now having some quiet time to reflect seems to work each week. It helps me look at the big picture to see where I am going with my business and see if it is on track with where I want to go. I started a writing journal and each evening I write with a pen what I need to do the next day what my daily activities are and the other “visionary” activities. It’s a very simple list but if at the end of the day, I do not get to them, I move the items to the next day.
I have done this for over 2 weeks now and it has helped immensely to keep on track. Try it and see if it helps you stay focused and get things done.
Let’s continue the conversation in the comment section. What do you do to in your CEO role? Do you have tips that work for you to see the big picture? Please share below.