Being Too Busy.
Have you ever stopped to think every time you pass up an opportunity to do business, to meet friends or to do something new and you say “your too busy”, that you might actually not be too busy you are just disorganised or have your priorities wrong.
Now don’t get me wrong, many of us have lots of things to do and we can feel too busy but where do you draw the line.
Over the past 15 years I have run a successful IT Consultancy which included supporting Home PC Users and Business Clients. The business is still going strong, but so is many of my other business interests.
Recently it had gotten to the point where everything was so successful that I was not able to dedicate enough time to each individual business in order to do it justice and I could see a problem beginning to develop. I recently counted that I had passed up £2000 worth of business in one month because I was too busy. It isn’t a staffing issue, we are adequately staffed, the issue was me wanting to do too much of that work myself. Something was going to break and I didn’t want it to be me.
Identifying your priorities is key in this situation.
To identify your priorities, don’t automatically think the ones you enjoy doing the most or the ones that make you the most money are high priority. It’s no good having a high paying task to do that will take you all day, if you can do 4 lower paying tasks and earn the same money and still have time left to do other things. When you make your todo list, you will generally do the easy tasks first or the ones you like doing. What happens then is you burn up all your energy doing these tasks and when they are complete you have the ones you don’t like doing left to do and your motivation and energy to get them done is low. Do the SJ’s (shitty jobs) first, then get the easy ones done.
Being “too busy” is costing you money.
I have now identified the areas in my Business that I want to concentrate on, the areas that have been taking up so much of my time have been delegated out to other people. This gives me the opportunity to work other areas of my business that can I can develop into high income streams.