Well what a loaded question that is! Knowing what to focus on in your business is one of the steps to avoid burnout as a business owner, but also a cornerstone of driving your business forward in a sustainable manner.
I was recently re-reading Essentialism, The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown and it got me thinking – as it always does!
In short, the five overview questions Greg asks are:
- Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin?
- Do you sometimes feel overworked and underutilized?
- Do you feel motion sickness instead of momentum?
- Does your day sometimes get hijacked by someone else’s agenda?
- Have you ever said “yes” simply to please and then resented it?
After reading the book the first time I actually stopped to think about those questions and reassessed my business in relation to them. It was a real game changer for me. But what I have found it that although then took my business to the next level, the bad habits started creeping back in.
It’s absolutely vital to remain vigilant about how you run your business, to ensure it is benefiting you as an individual, which will then benefit your business as a whole.
Essentialism is the basic premise of doing less, but doing it better, so you are making the best possible contribution. And this is something that I think is particularly relevant for small business owners. When you start out, generally it is not financially viable to outsource all the elements of the business that you would like to. You’re a new business, so you have to do a lot more yourself. There is nothing wrong with that. But there should come a point where you step back and realise that “… it’s about challenging the core assumption of ‘we can have it all’ and ‘I have to do everything’ and replacing it with the pursuit of ‘the right thing, in the right way, at the right time’.”
So have a think about your business days and the activities you undertake and decide if they are essential for you to action? Are they the best use of your time? Do they add value? If you’re not sure of the answer you need to stop and take stock and perhaps make some changes to your approach to your business.
And remember …
“Essentialism isn’t one more thing; it is a different way of doing everything. It is a discipline you apply constantly, effortlessly. Essentialism is a mindset; a way of life.”
Love Miss EBS xx
If you want to outsource your bookkeeping because it’s not essential for you to undertake those tasks I encourage you to get in touch!
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- On March 30, 2016
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