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20 July 2023

Flat out on the day job?

Flat out on the day job? - The Value Engine

But I’m too busy…

Hands up if this is you! It’s certainly me at times.

So, here’s the story.

You do good work, and you grow; you’re a bootstrapper; if a job needs doing, you do it.

Hey, it works at the start. Costs are low, and you know your business inside out.

But here’s the rub. Soon, you’re doing everything, 8 am to 8 pm, filled with flat-out busyness.

And the big stuff, the things that will create your future? Well, that gets done between 4:45 and 5:00 pm on a Thursday!

You know there is a better way, but changing is hard: being busy has become your modus operandi!

But deep down, you know – carry on like this, you’ll break yourself and limit your firm.

Not to mention the many family dinners and kids’ events that end up being sacrificed.

OK, OK, I get it. Any top tips?

Aha, yes!

💡💡 Track what you do each day

Every minute. Measure it all – I find Toggl is a great tool to do this.

💡💡 For each task, ask:

➤ What value does doing this create?
➤ What’s the impact of not doing it?
➤ Can it be delegated?

💡💡 Get clear on your top must-win battles

These are your North Star, the things that will really move the lever; if you’re not clear on these, life is challenging and you’re limiting your progress.

I’ll be honest, doing this alone is tough; it’s hard to see the wood for the trees. This is where the right advisors come in; they can help you get clear on the big picture and hold you accountable for taking the actions to make it happen!

What do you reckon? How do you make time for the big stuff??

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