Did you struggle with balancing life and business this holiday season? The holidays are notoriously tough for everyone, but especially so for business owners. There are busy days, days when the business is closed, times when you need to be off work, times when your employees need off and more. It’s easy to get wrapped up when you’re busy working, planning and running the business, but you have to slow down!
The holidays, regardless of your religion, are a time to step back and take time to focus on family and friends. How did you spend your holidays? Have you figured out how to take the time off that you need while still running a successful business? For many owners, it’s all about having the right systems.
Increase Your Personal Time by Improving Your Business System
Business systems are an important part of creating and effective, efficient and profitable business. Many owners aren’t sure how to design a good business system or how to re- design the one they already have and that means the policies and procedures that allow for a well-organized and smoothly running business are often not in place. This can easily cause an “out of control” feeling. Focus on examining your business systems and making gradual improvements over time. Make sure to also find ways to pass small tasks onto other members of your business team. If your business is too owner-dependent, it can hold you back, especially during busy times and times when you want time off!
Gain Freedom from Your Business by Honing your Leadership Skills
You can also free yourself from your business by improving your leadership and delegation skills. Many business owners forgo leadership for doer-ship because they know how they want things to be done and, as a result, end up micromanaging their staff. Instead of delegating tasks, they act like employees instead of owners. You need to make sure you have a business – not just a hectic job! Make sure you take the time to delegate small and unimportant tasks and work on trusting others. If you can ensure those smaller tasks to your staff and managers, you can avoid headaches and find more freedom.
Make 2104 the Year You Achieve Balance Between Your Business and Personal Life
As we begin a new year, it is an ideal time to re-evaluate how your business is running and make plans for improvement in 2014. It’s time to think more strategically about your business, to think long term, see the bigger picture and be proactive. The Growth Coach process has been in business for twenty years helping business owners and executives drive success in their businesses and fine balance in their lives. Join the thousands of business owners who have used our proven process to gain clarity on what it is they want to achieve and to bridge the gap between where they are currently, their reality, and where they want to go: Take the first step and call me at 503-312-3145.