Are you having a hard time keeping up?
Yesterday I photographed a “local celebrity” and she asked me an interesting question.
She owns a local magazine and she knows exactly what it's like to own and run a business.
While she was in hair/makeup I was chatting with her and she asked me this question flat out, “What is your biggest struggle as a business owner?”
Not only did it catch me off guard but I really had to think about it.
I clearly remember all the struggles of starting up my business but now that it's consistently running I had to dig a little deeper. The answer I came up with was, “balance.”
Balance is my biggest “struggle” because it's not something I feel you can ever be 100% finished with, it's something you are constantly working towards.
As I thought about it a bit more I realized that although I do still struggle with it from time to time I have come a long way.
I remember the days of working from home and working from the time I woke up to the time I went to sleep and how T-I-R-E-D I was. I'm sure you've felt this way at some point. Can I get a “hell yes!” ?
Fast forward to today and I really think there are 3 main things that have helped me “keep up” and have helped me with better balance. Like I said, it is something that I'm always working to improve but I've come a long way and I'd like to share these tips with you guys in hopes that they can help you too.
1. Set Work Hours:
Setting work hours helps me to better separate my work life and my personal life. In addition when it's time to work I focus more and truly work. I don't play around on facebook, watch tv, or chat on the phone with friends. I get my work done during work hours and I know that if I do so my reward is getting ME time during my personal time hours. It might sound crazy but this has helped my stress levels SO much. Sometimes I think we as business owners get so wrapped up in our business that we forget to take our “me” time and it's so important to do so. You want good balance and you do not want to get burnt out.
Oh man, Asana is my clouds parting “ah-hah” moment, if there is one for a free online software. That's right, free. Asana helps you list your to do list all in one place, while assigning due dates, reminding you with emails, and helps you to delegate tasks. The days of paper to do lists are over, and I do not miss those days. Since getting Asana I have been able to get so much more done during my work hours and kick that “did I forget something” feeling because with Asana, I know that I didn't.
3. Delegate Tasks
As I mentioned above Asana helps you delegate tasks. Things is something else that has helped with keeping up and helping to balance my life and work. If you're super busy in your business then you need to sit back and ask yourself, where in my business can I delegate tasks to other people? Can that be with design? marketing? customer service? Even when you're buried in mounds of client orders and photo shoots you NEED to make time to look at the big picture so you can keep growing your business and keeping up with your work flow. Delegating tasks will really help you to keep up, grow, and focus more on what you love to do.
If you feel this is something you struggle with too then I hope these tips I listed can help you out! If you feel like you already have a handle on these tips then I want to ask YOU a question.
“What is your biggest business struggle?”
I want you to write this out (share it with us in the comments as well) and then work backwards. What is your biggest business struggle and then, how can you fix it?
Taking action on things that need fixing is not only great for your business but amazing for your stress levels too.
So go now, and complete these tasks so you can keep up and work more efficiently!