Is this your business? You start your day with the best intentions- to complete an outstanding project which will improve your business. Then when you get into your office, you check your emails. Then you catch up on some paperwork and organising some orders that didn’t get sent out last night.
One of the emails is a complaint which you have to fix. Then a supplier calls to say there will be a delay in your order. Then phone starts to ring with everything from sales people to customer queries. Before you know it is lunch time, but of course you don’t stop for lunch. In the afternoon, it is more of the same- dealing with customers, following up on staff questions, and fixing problems. By the end of the day, you are exhausted. You know you have been busy, but is has been another Groundhog Day, and tomorrow you will do it all again, and if you have time, you might get onto that project.
This is a classic example of an owner working in their business. Everything they do is reactive. They can never get ahead of the game- just a hamster in a wheel going round and round, but getting nowhere. Unless you can find time to work on your business, this will be your fate.
OK, you know all that but how do you break the cycle?
The first step is to recognise that this is your situation. Diagnosis is the first step to cure! Next is to acknowledge that nothing will change unless You are prepared to change. Then you need to work out what outcome you are prepared to commit to for your business – an outcome for which you are prepared to make sacrifices in either time, money or effort – there is no such thing as a free lunch!
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Dr Greg Chapman
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Dr Greg Chapman is the Director of Empower Business Solutions and The Australian Business Coaching Club and is Australia's Leading Advisor on Emerging Businesses and provides Coaching and Consulting advice to Australian Small Business Owners in Marketing & Business Strategies Planning & Systems. He is also the author of The Five Pillars of Guaranteed Business Success.
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