If you’re like many entrepreneurs, you probably have a buzz of activity around you. Get this out, call that client, finish this project, deliver this, go to this meeting. It’s a lot. It’s a bunch to keep up with. We often feel great to be in this hive of activity, knowing that everybody needs us and that we’re getting great things done, but you can lose yourself in there. Sometimes you need to stop and slow down the activity buzz.
Two of my advisors, strategic coach and Atticus recommend that entrepreneurs take three days, days where you don’t do any work on your business to keep things moving forward. Both are proponents of time blocking which is blocking your time to do certain activities so that you’re not wasting your energy and then wasting time. We as entrepreneurs, often feel like running in circles produces a lot, and it can, but if you can get away from the activity buzz, the potential is there to do even more. By slowing down the buzz, we could potentially create even more value and get even more done in less time.
The key is to be more intentional in your activity and less scattered so that you can get more done. Use your staff to take care of the emergencies as you begin to delegate and grow your business. Let them deal with the non-routine so that your schedule can be more protected and you can deal with the strategic, long-term important projects, and your staff can screen and involve you in the truly important critical projects.
What’s been your experience with time blocking? Have you used this strategy in the past? Are you doing things to avoid the buzz of activity? Join us in the comments below and let us know about your experience.
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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.