When I started my business I felt completely overwhelmed by all the things I was ‘supposed’ to be doing. Setting up a website, building a list, being active on social media, creating a product or service to offer the world. All while I had to attend to things I’d never had to worry about when I worked in a larger organisation – changing the printer cartridge, deciding which phone plan would be best for the business, keeping my books up to date, setting up a work email account.
Yes, running a business can be completely overwhelming at times and it’s challenging to know where to put your attention.
Apart from being an amazing personal development program, running a business also requires you to set clear boundaries and be comfortable saying no. Your business success relies on it.[Tweet “Saying yes to things that don’t align with you, means saying no to things that do. @samnolansmith”]
For my own business, I use three categories to keep things in perspective and determine what gets a yes and a no each day. The categories help me to reflect on how I’ve been spending my time. They help me to stay in flow.
Using this system also helps me to see where I think my priorities are as opposed to what I’m actually prioritising by attending to it first in my day or week.
Ultimately it leaves me feeling like I’m in control of my business. Like I’m running it, rather than it’s running me.
You can check it all out here and I’d love to hear from you in the comments; which of the three categories needs your attention this week?