You Said That Last Year! How NOT to Scale your Business
The sun’s been shining, the BBQ’s been fired up, and the Euro’s finally kicked off. It can only mean one thing: Summer is here (well, it officially starts this Sunday, 20th June).
If you’ve not yet done so, please plan your summer breaks in. I know we’re limited on where we can go, and what we can do, but it’s essential you take time out. Everyone needs to recharge their batteries – especially business owners who are affected by the Entrepreneurs’ Curse of feeling they have to work 24/7.
You don’t. But you do need to plan your time out.
Mrs N is finalising our 9-week colour-coded spreadsheet, our diaries are blocked out, we’ve made plans. It’s quite a work of art.
Have you done the same in your business?
Answer me honestly, how many of these sound familiar to your Summer?
#1 – The dates everyone else can make clash with your diary, because you’ve not blocked time out and have commitments.
#2 – Lack of holiday planning means you pay triple the price that you’d budgeted.
#3 – Your last day in the office turns into Armageddon, rushing around like a headless chicken.
#4 – Your ‘Out of Office’ asserts you won’t be checking emails….
#5 – You check emails every hour of every day of your holiday.
#6 – You leave Jane in charge, but you call in and interrupt her at least once a day to “check-in”.
#7 – Your travel companions / family get frustrated as you’re constantly stuck in the shade alone. You blame the heat, but it’s really because you can see your screen better.
#8 – You have a life-changing lightbulb moment…
#9 – But you don’t do anything about it when you return because you’re ‘too busy’ playing catch-up.
#10 – You promise yourself it won’t be like this next year.
#11 – You said that last year . . .
Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
But wouldn’t it be nice to STOP repeating this time and time again?
It’s not rocket science; but it does take focus, discipline, planning, and guidance (because we’re not superhuman).
If you’ve not yet started the process, take action this week because I don’t want you repeating the same this year, and the next, and the next….