Sometimes not doing something is better than doing it. Busy work is the stuff we do because at some point it seemed like a good idea, and maybe it was for a while. I hear from entrepreneurs about their lack of time and yet when we start to look at where the time goes, it is obvious that it is to busy work.
It is frustrating to work so hard all the time and feel like you are not making a dent. Wouldn’t it be nice to get twice as much done in half the time?
You want to get to new, cool ideas that will make you a bunch of money, and you want to not work all hours of the day so you can spend time with your family having fun. So, let’s look at what can go first.
These are three of the biggest time sucks that even focused and smart people have a hard time letting go of. If you can let go of these first, other areas that you can let go or modify will become clear and you will find all kinds of time in your day to make things happen.
1. Meetings, especially the out and about town, let’s meet for coffee and talk about how we can help each other out, kind, need to go. It’s not just the meeting time, it’s the scheduling time, the driving and the waiting time that you will save here. Try switching to phone meetings when ever possible, and use the phone to schedule them in the first place. The phone is often faster than email and will allow you to solidify the relationship too.
Try to have an actual purpose for the meeting, not just let’s waste some time sipping beverages outside of the office. And I don’t mean let me sell to you for 40 minutes type of purpose, but an idea of how you might work together in mutually beneficial ways.
2. Tasks that don’t pay off. Here is where those things that seemed like a good idea at one point can trip us up. Are all the tasks you do still working for you? See what you can find on your task list that can be modified, delegated or eliminated to make room for the new ideas with a better pay off.
I have recently looked at the time cost/benefit of the Free Q&A Call I have been doing every month. I’m still retooling the next phase of this idea, because it turns out that sign ups have dropped off, and frequently no one shows up. However, I know a few people really love it. So the newsletter goes weekly and will cover more how to’s from questions you send me.
3. Redundant work. This should be easy to spot but many people find it hard to change a habit, once it is a habit. Printing out your email and filing it is an example of this. Just create the folders in your email program and pull them in there. And while you are at it go ahead and have your favorite email reader go get the mail from all your mail programs. It will save you having to log in to every different site.
It’s time to let go of the tasks that keep you from really getting what you want. Let me know what you let go of and don’t forget to send me questions if you want them answered.