Focus On The Important Things
…Then make them more efficient.
Too often as entrepreneurs and business owners, we find ourselves in a dilemma due to what I like to call “decision paralysis.”
Decision paralysis is when there are too many decisions that need to be made all at once. Some of these decisions work hand in hand, but unfortunately others do not. This leaves you in a catatonic state, and prevents your ability to look at all the data necessary to make a well informed decision.
The other part is that the process of making decisions is not going to end any time soon, so we need to find a solution quickly in order for us to be able to effectively choose the appropriate ones for the right time.
Now that we know the problem, let’s get solution oriented.
Steps to focus better
- Keep one calendar. It amazes me how many people have gotten away from keeping a calendar. As an entrepreneur, it is almost impossible to balance all the things you are part of without the help of an organizational tool like a calendar. It will help you maintain focus on the things that are most important and need your attention prior to anything else.
- Prioritize. You can get as creative as you’d like with this area, just make sure that you only have one list and stick to it. Whether it’s a daily, weekly, or monthly list, be sure to start from the highest level of importance and work your way down to the lowest.
- Leave gaps for miscellaneous pop up items. Within your calendar and your list of importance be sure to leave gaps that will be open for last minute things, putting out fires, family time, or anything else that might pop up. Be sure to stick to the allotted time given. If it looks like you’ll need more time, move it into a more appropriate area within the priority listing.
- Delegate. If you are in a leadership position, delegating a decision to a qualified person within your company is a great way to build their confidence and sense of ownership. The plus factor is that you now have taken some burden off your shoulders and have empowered another person, making work more efficient.
- Celebrate. Never stop celebrating your successes and accomplishments. Moving items off of your calendar, or from high level of importance to a lower level, is an accomplishment in itself. So, reward yourself. It doesn’t have to be a tremendous thing as even something small like a favorite candy or drink will do.
Following the steps is a great start in avoiding decision paralysis. Feel free to make each section your own by adapting new things and remember, EVERYTHING is not important, right now.
Today’s challenge: how would you restructure your decision making process to avoid decision paralysis?