Are you living to work or working to live?

Spring has sprung this weekend with days of glorious sunshine (unusually for a bank holiday) and if you’re like me, the warm lighter days give you a brighter feeling.

If you’ve missed the sunshine this weekend because you’ve had to work to keep on top of things, you might be (should be) considering what you can do to reduce your working hours and actually enjoy life.

Remember – we should be working to live, not living to work.

In his book ‘The 4 Hour Work Week’ Tim Ferris talks about taking mini-retirements through-out life rather than building up the main event after you’ve slogged yourself to death for the best part of your life, but to do this you need to have your business working for you, not the other way round.

Here are 5 steps that will help you take control of your business:

1)      Define your goal

What is your dream? What do you want to do with your life?  If you don’t know what you’re aiming for you will never be able to plan to achieve it.  This might sound basic but so many people aren’t clear on what they really want and even if they do have a general idea they probably don’t have the detail of exactly what it looks like and the 3 or 4 key things they need to achieve to make it happen.

2)      Elimination

Now you know what you want to achieve you can start to stop doing the things that aren’t going to help you achieve it.  Our time is often spent doing things that other people have deemed to be important.  Take a step back and work out what needs to be done to achieve your goal.

3)      Processorise

Not everything can be eliminated completely but many can be automated or given to someone else to do, but in order to do that successfully you need to be clear what the processes and procedures are in your business – create your ‘How To’ guide for your business.

4)      Automate

When you know what the process is you can automate some of the tasks, ensuring they happen whether or not you are there to do them.

5)      Delegate

Once you have the processes defined and those tasks that can be automated have been, you can look to get help with the remaining tasks that shouldn’t be taking up your time.  Whether you have in-house staff that you’re not utilising effectively or you look to use outsourced suppliers, this step is key to making your business work for you, not you for it.

If you need help with any of this, or want to chat through a specific issue you’re struggling with in your office/business, take a look at www.theofficefixer.org.uk or give me a call on 01484 885485.

 

 

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