Struggling With Self-Management

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“The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.”
~Ayn Rand

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Struggling With Self-Management

Struggling with Self ManagementBeing a business owner means more than owning the company. You’re also a business leader – whether you have a 50-person team, or you’re a solopreneur. Right now, by design or by accident, you’re setting the direction and tone of everything your company does. It takes a crisis for most business owners to start actively leading – getting out in front of this requires you to ask the question: Am I leading by design or by accident?

The answer – learning to lead by design – comes through self-management.

How Do You Know If You’re Leading By Accident?

Accidental leaders move with a constant sense of urgency, which looks effective and motivated from the outside. However, this frenetic pace is always fueled by the hamster-wheel of overwhelm.

You have big ideas, but feel like the ‘status quo treadmill’ keeps you from acting on them.

You think that good systems are ‘the answer.’

You view yourself as ‘part of the team’ instead of the ‘leader of the team.’

These can look like practical realities for an owner, but without meaningful leadership they’re actually energy spent moving towards more of the same. And each has a place if you lead first – starting with the Strategy 30.

Creating this space for yourself at the beginning of each day sets the foundation for everything that follows.

The Strategy 30

Spend the first 30-60 minutes of your day doing zero work ‘in your business’. Ben Ostergaard, EMyth’s CEO, calls this the ‘strategy hour’, and it’s the minimum amount of time most leaders need to ‘level up’ before moving on with their day.

Creating this space for yourself at the beginning of each day sets the foundation for everything that follows.

Here’s what you don’t do:

Email
Production/delivery of your product or service
Meetings
Interruptions

Here’s what you do:

Choose one action step that only you can get done to move your highest priority business development project forward – this could be anything from ‘create an outline for your 2014 marketing plan’ to ‘review last quarter financials to prepare for budget meeting.’ Don’t start working on it yet.

Build and prioritize today’s task list, with the item from the above action step at position #1. Scour your list for projects or tasks that aren’t ‘only you’ work – find what you can delegate or defer, and take those off your list.

Start with this free headspace, move into your day. Allot generous time for your most important project, and move quickly when you’re focused on ‘lower value’ work such as email.

Thanks for allowing me to rant…Or “Emyth”

All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don’t sit looking at it – walk. “People create their own questions because they are afraid to look straight. All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don’t sit looking at it – walk.
~Ayn Rand

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About Lance Berwald, Coldwell Banker Burnet

I am a real estate aspirant and scholar. Always seeking to learn more about an every changing world and industry. Come and seek the truth about life, real estate and what motivates us each and every day!
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