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.