If you are an entrepreneur, you know that the number of tasks required just to hang out your shingle every day can be exhausting. With the number of emails to answer and fires to put out, it seems the “to do” list is never ending.
Given the effort needed just to keep your doors open, how do you find the space to work on – not in – your business? Everyone knows they need to spend time on business planning and strategic direction, but lots of entrepreneurs push the bigger issues to the bottom of the list – even if they’re the most important ones.
It’s a matter of making the components simple, straightforward and digestible.
Here’s the trick: making those big decisions doesn’t need to be overwhelming. It can be as straightforward as replying to those emails and turning on the lights every morning. The work we do with our clients is to provide a framework for decision-making. Of course you’re going to get paralyzed if you don’t know where to start! But by breaking down the steps, you can move forward.
The problem for entrepreneurs is that they become overwhelmed by the enormity of some issues, while still needing to manage the day-to-day operations of their companies. It is our belief, however, that any business problem can be answered by breaking it up. We work with our clients to parse bigger issues into bite-sized chunks. Whether it’s strategic planning or a choice you need to make in your business, it’s a matter of making the components simple, straightforward and digestible.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by how to make a big decision in your company, ask yourself these five questions:
- When does this decision need to be made? (You will have either a real or self-imposed deadline.)
- What are the pros and cons of moving forward?
- What are all the steps required for me to move forward?
- When does each step need to be completed?
- Do I have everything I need to accomplish the task?
We often think that the bigger issues require more time to finish. It’s not necessarily true. Breaking something down into smaller chunks just makes it much easier to digest.