This is time management for most people in a nutshell: You do the simple stuff at the beginning of the day and push the most challenging tasks toward the end of the day. When the end of the day comes, you feel frustrated that those big leaps did not happen and then you carry them to the next day. Always be aware of this fact: Procrastination and perfectionism can kill your company!
This is just human nature. You procrastinate on the tough stuff, imagining that you can do it better later and make it flawless. In reality, this is an excuse that people hide behind. It’s a way to avoid our fears and, ultimately, our dreams. Be willing to act boldly and go after the big challenges first, starting right now. Stop overthinking it. Once you make a decision, take action at that moment. Write the letter, make the call, send the email—show up in a bigger way than you ever have before. But do not wait for the planets to align. Take action now and, by next week, your anxiety will start to dissipate because you are going for it and making progress. I am always so impressed by persistent people, whether they are getting the results they want or not. No matter what, if they keep pushing forward the big break they are waiting for is just one step away. Why would you ever want to miss that opportunity?
GET TO THE POINT (GTP)
Get to the Point, or GTP, can apply to many things in business, but first and foremost it means taking a hard look at your To Do List and placing tasks in order based on which ones will move your business forward the fastest. What are the activities that will create the biggest impact on your bottom line? Some activities might seem easy to accomplish and strike off the list—which does feel good—but they might not do a single thing to help grow your business towards your Big Picture Vision. Other things that are complex or challenging may or may not accelerate your business, but either way, prioritize them based on the impact they have on scaling.
GTP means identifying your time wasters. Are you doing things out of obligation, fear, or guilt? Or because you are trying to show your team how hard you are working? Here’s an obvious tip: Trash or reassign those activities immediately!
Here’s a tough one to help you GTP and focus on the things that really matter. Ask yourself this: Does your phone really need to be on 24/7? More often than not, emails that come in are junk—or at least they can wait for a response. Having the phone on and buzzing with every single email or text can be a major distraction throughout your day. It will drive you insane. You will be amazed by how much you accomplish by turning off your phone for a few hours of the day while you are concentrating on completing projects, performing revenue-generating activities, or hanging out with friends.
Try this challenge: When you are away from the office on vacation or just spending time with your family and friends, leave your phone at home. You can do it. Once you’ve begun developing your dream team in the office, give them baby-step opportunities to be independent and run things without you—and then watch them shine!
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Allison Maslan is the CEO of Pinnacle Global Network, The World Leader in Scaling Businesses. Her new book, Scale or Fail is a Wall Street Journal Best Seller that is endorsed by Barbara Corcoran and Daymond John of Shark Tank. Allison’s built 10 successful companies starting out at age 19. Now, she and her team of CEO Mentors pay it forward helping business owners worldwide scale their company while, at the same time, create a passionate life. Allison’s been featured in Success, Fortune, Inc, Fast Company and Forbes magazines is a regular contributor to Entrepreneur magazine and a featured expert on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN across the US. She also hosts her weekly video podcast, Allie & You: The Business Success and Lifestyle Show.