Last week I decided to call a stop to everything that was going on in my business – and I mean everything. Why I Stopped Everything in my Business I have a lot of new projects on at the moment and have been trying to fit moving them all forward round my son’s school hours. The results was that last week, I found myself feeling more than a tad overwhelmed and family life was being affected. Now, those of you that know me know that my business impacting my family is an absolute no-no. That is why I stopped everything.

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Why stopping is sometimes the best way forward

Why stopping is sometimes the best way forward.Last week I decided to call a stop to everything I have going on in my business – and I mean everything.

Why I Stopped Everything in my Business

I have a lot of new projects on at the moment and have been trying to fit moving them all forward round my son’s school hours. The results was that last week, I found myself feeling more than a tad overwhelmed and family life was being affected. Now, those of you that know me know that my business impacting my family is an absolute no-no. That is why I stopped everything.

On Thursday I totally cleared the decks, looked at everything I had on and the hours I was willing to work on them each week during the next month. I reviewed my core values, goals and vision and based on this, put the top priority things into my diary as appointments. Everything that didn’t make the cut has now been put off until next month. I am now ready to rock and roll again this week.

How this links to other Home-Based and Small Business Owners

The reason I am sharing this personal experience with you is because I often see the same thing happening for many Home-Based and Small Business Owners – people in total overwhelm with everything they have to do and the most important things often suffering as a result. A common response is to push harder and to keep going. Ironically, this is perpetuating the problem. The key is to STOP. It feels counter intuitive but, stopping is the best way forward.

Here are a few tips for what to do when you have stopped:

• Remind yourself of your core values, goals and big picture vision.
• Make your decisions on what is the highest priority based on that.
• Schedule the priority tasks into your diary so that you can see if you are over-committing.
• Don’t cancel them for any reason. Treat the appointments as you would clients.
• Anything that didn’t make the cut put on your agenda for your next review meeting.

Whatever your situation always remember this

Sometimes stopping is the best way forward.

Do you have any views on ways for dealing effectively with situations like this? If so, please share them in the comments section below.

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  • barneyausten

    Hi Ali. A very real post for me. Launching the business is involving having to work all the hours in the week. No problem doing this, but still things are getting missed. I handle it by simply asking myself “Can this wait? Or do you really need to do this at all?”. I'd say 20% of stuff that was swamping me is removed by answering these two questions honestly.

  • I had a “stop” experience myself last week, as you know, Ali, because of personal illness.

    One of my top values is health and, whilst debating with myself whether I was going to push though my sickness or take time out I reminded myself of it. In fact, getting well became last week's business goal!

    As a small business owner, whose business is built around my energy and presence, without health I have no business. Also, one of the reasons I left my corporate career was to create a different way of working and living for myself. Working on regardless is so corporate and macho – if we can't take time for the things that matter as self-employed people, what was the point of deciding to work for ourselves anyway?

  • Barney, they are great questions. Great that you can see a tangible result from asking them.

  • Christine, I love your insights. I agree that it is vital as Business Owners to see protecting our health as a way of protecting our businesses. From your comments it sounds like we had similar corporate exerpiences!

  • Thanks Elaine. I think it is useful sometimes to share our personal experiences so that we can each learn from each other. As Business Owners working on our own I think it is also supportive to know that others often share the same challenges and we are not alone. You make a good point about how to weedle out the urgent tasks from the important ones as quite often it is the most “noisy” tasks that get our attention but they are often the least important.

  • Elaine Rogers

    Thanks for sharing a personal experience Ali, and relating it to so many people here in Ireland, and abroad. The very first tip you give might bring some small business owners to an absolute halt!!! – as they realise they have no vision, or main goals. So I would add that it is imperative for a business owner to have their vision documented (Vision board, vision statement, business plan) and take it from there.
    A great system I find beneficial to me is the Important / Urgent Matrix, to help wheedle out non-important tasks.
    Work interfering with home life is an absolute no-no, and when business owners feel overwhelmed, that is the first sign to “STOP” as you say, and re-evaluate, just as Barney suggests 🙂
    great post – thanks again

  • Ali,

    I can relate to this, my partner and I have recently had to stop and take stock of where we were upto with our business. Big brave decisions had to be made; thankful now we are moving forward again.

    Great post and thank you for sharing.

    Regards

    Paul

  • Thanks for sharing that Paul. It is so true that stopping and taking stock clears the path to create momentum to move forward. Great to hear that you are moving forward again.