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Starting a business can be like throwing spaghetti on the wall and seeing what sticks. Even if you have clear goals from the start, once you start walking, things keep changing and evolving, keeping us reactive and out of the driver's seat. That being the case, it makes sense that one of the most common causes of fatigue and exhaustion (according to Genny Ghanimeh, founder and CEO of Pi Slice and collaborator of ) is “working very hard being unable to turn off”. Many entrepreneurs find themselves doing this: working long and heavy hours to make their business work in this period of chaos, when in reality real work should start with an intensive strategy session to create a business plan .
Now, this should not be a business plan in the traditional sense. This is a plan on how and when you will work in your business , and what your weekly and monthly priorities will be as you go along. Once you have clear these priorities and the order to attack them, you can avoid fatigue by building a balance between your life and work. Here are four tips to do while doing a strategy for this new decade.
1. Create three clear goals for the year
Sit down with your team or your mentor and make a list of the main goals for this year; Ideally there should only be three central objectives. These can be specific to the business, or more towards personal development, such as the number of conferences you should attend or how many events you would like to attend. Once you have an exhaustive list, review it. Which three are really worth your time and energy? You may find yourself goals that can enter into others.
Once you feel good (and excited) with your three main goals write them in large so you can hang them in the office. As the quarters, months and weeks begin to pass, the smallest objectives and all the initiatives to achieve them should fit within these three base objectives.
2. Fragment the year into small pieces
It can be massively overwhelming to see the 365 days ahead and try to make an attack strategy for each of them. Better, start with small pieces. Think about the next quarter. What should you be the sub-objective for each month? What will you do each week to achieve that sub-objective, and how do daily, weekly and monthly habits and practices come together to achieve them?
When you start to fragment the goal, you start to feel more organized. Now, knowing what you should achieve on a day-to-day basis (which could be: how many articles you should write, how many sales calls you should make, or how many coaching sessions you are going to offer), will guarantee you to always be in control of your business.
3. Create parameters that allow you to be proactive, rather than reactive
In the end, the process of creating this plan will empower you to be proactive, rather than reactive. , wedding planner and founder of a millionaire flower arranging company, she is also the mother of three children and has to find balance in this. He had to get rid of the need to be reactive (responding when clients wrote, working all night) to be for their children and create that balance.
“Be clear about the time you start and finish working,” he shared. “Historically, in our agrarian society, humans worked with the rhythms of the sun. Work if stop is not in our DNA. ” Zimmerman recommends creating parameters to work in shorter blocks of time to do more impact work, and allow time in the morning and at night to not work. Another thing that applies is to only check your mail once a day (in periods of 30 minutes). In this way, your work time is exploited to the fullest and can prevent fatigue before it begins to form.
4. Agenda time to go on vacation
Contrary to the recent trend of working all the time, vacations leave you better than how they find you. Emma Seppälä writes that “even a short getaway can offer a significant recovery, while longer trips offer even more relief.”
And when you take vacations, it means disconnecting from everything at work. You will not take full advantage of free time if you are always opening your computer by the pool. Prepare everything to leave for a week, or look for someone on your team to take over. As this is going to be planned in advance, it will not be so difficult to achieve.
It may be impossible to avoid fatigue when starting and running a business, but it is essential that you protect your health and well-being. Be proactive, create a granular plan and make sure you have enough breaks. Your business and your happiness depend on it.