When it comes to entrepreneurship and running your own business (and life), it can be easy to get caught up in an endless list of must-dos. Follow these five tips for weeding out the clutter in business to improve your life overall.
1. Outsource any task that you can easily hand off to someone else. Entrepreneurs are almost always short on two things: money and time. You can make more by concentrating on the most important aspects of your business and outsourcing the smaller, easy-to-handle tasks that eat up most of your day. Since you can’t have more than 24 hours in a day, this is the next best way to create more time throughout the week.
2. Don’t spend time on any projects that don’t meet your business vision and goals. You wouldn’t put up corporate signage that doesn’t actually promote your business, would you? Before you agree to a request, ask yourself if the work matches the direction you want to take your business. It’s easy to immediately agree to a radio interview, charity event, or pro bono project, but think before you answer – if it’s not going to help your own career, even the best-sounding offer isn’t worth it.
3. Set boundaries so outside distractions don’t eat up precious work time. This doesn’t mean that you can’t focus on your passions and relationships outside of work, but far too often people say “yes” when they really mean “no way, not in a million years.” Activities and relationships that drag you down aren’t helping your work life or your personal life. Ditch that toxic friend, set boundaries with difficult clients, and cut out a gossipy Tuesday night Happy Hour if it means you never get important work done on Wednesday morning.
4. One of the best (and most difficult) parts about being an adult is putting health first. Like it or not, it’s a priority, and you have permission to say “no” to anything that isn’t healthy for your mind or body. That includes ridding your life of other people’s complaints that zap your energy, that book that everyone loves even though you hate it, junk food that will only kill your mood, and 12-hour work days without a break for a trip to the gym.
There are so many things that are out of your control. When it comes to the things you can have a say in, stick with your business and life goals – you won’t go wrong.