Do you ever have days (or weeks) where things are just so chaotic you don’t know whether you are Arthur or Martha? Well, I’ve been having quite a few of those days – in fact a little more frequently in the last few weeks than what I would like.
I’ve recently had one of my assistants leave due to the distance she was travelling to the office after she had moved to another suburb. Instead of replacing her, I’ve taken on a lot of her tasks myself – because I’ve just been too busy to recruit a new staff member. It’s no wonder that I’ve found myself struggling to cope.
After a few weeks of ‘organised chaos’ I’m now doing something about it as I realise that it was only a matter of time before things start to slip through the cracks – something I definitely don’t want to see happen.
I’ve started to list various tasks that I’d like to outsource; am in the process of reviewing and updating relevant instructions/processes; while also creating an overview of the person (qualities, characteristics and skills) so that he/she can take over those tasks and allow me to free up my time to work on business/program development and other creative business building tasks, which I love!
What about you? Are you avoiding something that you know is not serving you or your business? Perhaps you need to look at hiring another team member to free up your time to work on business building activities? Perhaps you’ve put off addressing an issue that you know is costing you and your business dearly? Or perhaps you’ve been tolerating an ineffective process or under-performing staff member?
If you were to add up the emotional, physical and monetary costs of what that ‘thing’ you are tolerating is really costing you, you may be surprised at how high that cost really is when added up over a week, a month, or even a year.
So, my coache’s request for you this week is to stop tolerating that issue, stare it directly in the face and address it. Doing so will ensure that you can invest your energy and attention into activities that will drive your business forward, rather than keeping you stuck worried and annoyed about that ‘thing’ you were tolerating. I know you can do it! Pop across to my blog and let me know what you’ll be working on! Me? I’ll be sending out requests for new people to join my team!
Have a great fortnight!
This is actually the second article I’ve read about “tolerations” TODAY! (The other was on The Renegade Writer). You’ve really got me thinking!
In my personal life, I’ve put my foot down and will no longer be tolerating crummy food and bad health. http://littlezotz.com/2012/04/a-weight-y-update/
In my business, I finally said “ta-ta!” to my “worst” client. I couldn’t believe I had put up with her shenanigans for as long as I did! Was I really that desperate? Is my esteem REALLY that low? Am I secretly a masochist or something?! Yeeeeeesh! It’s only been one week since I removed that particular “toleration” from my life and I’ve already replaced her with 3 new clients who actually respect me–and pay the going rates without haggling me to death! Ahhhhhh…
Even little things can make a huge difference! It’s amazing the things we learn to tolerate when we’re swamped. Doing something simple like cleaning your workspace or switching from frozen vegetables to fresh ones can do wonders for morale!
Great post, Annemarie!
Woo hoo Lauren! Congratulations for setting your boundaries. You’ve now opened up the space for your ideal client who you LOVE and of course who will respect you for the specialist you are!! Exciting!!
Thanks, Annemarie! It’s great to know I’ve got you rooting for me as well! 😉
I’ve been keeping an eye out for that “ideal client” we figured out for me in your wonderful Get More Clients Booked webinar!