I’m loosing my grip on the organisation I’m building

During a check-in with my mentee, she told me that she had the feeling that she was loosing her grip on the organisation she has been building. Mind you she has been traveling to Dubai to gather inspiration at the Expo 2020. Every new projects she gets she crushes. And if all that wasn't enough client work and her own projects are going extremely well too! Yet, she still has the feeling like she wasn’t working on her business.

In an ideal world you would like to juggle everything in one hand: client work plus working on building/growing your own business. But is this even possible let a lone slightly realistic? The answer is: Yes! It’s possible, but only if you have the right system in place.

Having a strategy and working on your business instead of in it, is something many entrepreneurs struggle with or completely forget to do throughout. Putting this off often happens when you’re very busy or completely swamped with client work. As a result, you don’t spend enough time on what ultimately is most important: your business.

I want to give you 2 extremely simple tips that will help you regain grip in absolutely no time. As long as you put in the work, obviously!

1. Schedule a full day of work

The first and also easiest thing you can get started with is scheduling an entire workday solely to work on your business. Client work or any work that is unrelated to your business is not allowed during this session.

2. Prioritise your business

Whenever you’re doing client work, you dedicate specific hours or days to cary out that work. Have you ever thought about prioritising your own business as if you were your own client?

In order to build a healthy organisation, you need to have a specific plan, nurture it, and put in enough work and time to see progress. Sounds a bit like creating a healthier lifestyle doesn’t it?

To create a system that works the first step shouldn’t be done just once, instead you need to do this on a regular basis. The frequency simply depends on the attention your business needs at this particular moment, and the amount of time you’re able and willing to put into it. So, what are you trying to achieve right now and how much time will this cost you? One hour a week, a whole workday a week, bi-weekly sessions or is a 2-hour session every other month enough? You decide.

Okay, and what’s next?

You scheduled your first session in your agenda (yes, it works best to have a dedicated moment planned so you can hold yourself accountably for this). Or maybe you’re a bit further along and already a few sessions in. What is it that you could actually be doing during these sessions?

As I said before, that all depends on what you’re trying to achieve. The main focus here is to start working on your business sooner that later. These questions will help you get started:

  • Where can I start? Fe. Schedule weekly sessions for the upcoming 3 months with a specific goal to work toward;

  • What do I want to have achieved at the end of my session? F.e Get a better understanding of the progress of previously set goals and put in the work to achieve them.

  • What has to be done in my financial administration? F.e Update administration, send invoices, check the financial progress, file your taxes.

  • What work am I constantly putting off that needs to be taken care of?

  • Which webinars or workshops can I follow?

  • What would I like to achieve this specific month? Within my organisation? Within a year?

These are some questions and examples that can help you get started. And don’t forget, as this is a hands-on approach, you need to put in the work in order to regain the grip.

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