In most businesses, the owner may have to hold more than one office, handling different sets of small responsibilities. Everyone who starts a new business does it because they have certain ambition to fulfill, certain goals to accomplish, then why is it most times they burden themselves with these menial tasks that can handed over to another person, while they can concentrate on making more important business decisions?
- If you will be too busy organizing your files, when will you get time to get out of your room, talk to new people and make new deals? Do not do $10 per hour tasks if you want to make $100K per year. When you decide to multitask or handle more than one task, you end up making mistakes since you can’t fully focus on doing one thing. You will always be in hurry since you don’t have enough time to complete all the tasks. And soon you will be tires and wonder ‘why did even start this in the first place?’ What was the prime reason you started the business – to utilize your unique abilities in a productive manner. But instead of adding staff to your company or outsourcing, you want to do everything on your own. You keep making excuses- not affordable, maybe the new staff won’t do it right, or you are scared of what opinions the new employee will have regarding you and your business. That is not how a business can blossom.
- The best way to achieve efficient results is by managing your time. Create systems. Be ruthless with time. Record how you currently spend your time. You must know what works for you. By doing this, you know what gives you best results. It’s that simple.
- Do only important tasks, keep the other jobs for your employees- Make a list of things which aren’t your unique abilities, and can be handed over to another employee or can be outsourced instead. When someone else focusing on the lesser important job, you make way for the more important ones. You can hire friends and family to help you out in the business. Let them do what they are best at, while you concentrate at doing what you are good at. This way you can rule out the ‘I can’t afford this’ argument. Surround yourself with other people who are smarter than you.
- Realize your unique abilities, it isn’t something installed by the factory. The qualities which come to you naturally, that makes you stand out. And the next step is choosing to trust someone else with the responsibility of the ‘other’ tasks. Don’t be a control freak, learn to let go.
“Most people spend 90% of their time on what they’re NOT best at and what they don’t like doing – and only 10% of their time on their best and most enjoyable ability. Geniuses delegate the 90%…and spend all their time on their “unique ability”.”