I was sitting in a networking meeting today and someone said, “Don’t should all over yourself”. “Should” is defined as indicating what is probable. I immediately started thinking about how I need to change my mindset and verbiage from “I should do xxx” to “I will do xxx”. It’s easy to say that we should do something, which leaves a way out. In theory, if we will do something and commit to it, there is motivation and accountability to actually get it done. It’s also turning what could potentially be negative, into something positive.
I talk to a lot of entrepreneurs, who say that they are overwhelmed or overworked and “should” hire someone to help them. There’s that “should” word again. “Should” allows the pattern to continue, when they don’t have time to find help. Having little time to do much else but catch up, leaves little time for the priorities which really need their focus.
The question these entrepreneurs need to ask themselves is “what is most important, right now?”
Is it time management?
Is it organizing your digital systems?
Is it following up on customer calls or emails?
In essence, “what do I need to do to help move my business forward, TODAY?” Oftentimes, that is hiring an assistant.
There will be a training and ramp up period, but when you find your flow, you WILL have more time during the work day. And once you find this partner, you WILL be able to offload more tasks, which WILL free up your time to put focus where you need it. Ultimately, the time it takes to actually hire someone is worth the effort in the long run.
So, ask yourself…”should you hire someone to help?” or instead say, “I will hire someone to help.”?
I’m here to help walk you through how I can help. Let’s chat.
No “shoulds” allowed.
You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will. - Stephen King
4 Great Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs and How a Business Operations Manager Can Help by Pam Weiser
Do you want to become a successful entrepreneur? Here are some great habits to help you succeed and why a business operations manager can help you overcome some common challenges.
1. Focus on the highest value tasks. When you focus on the daily grunt work, you take time away from focusing on the bigger picture and your best chance at achieving ROI and PROFITS!
Learning to delegate is important and a Business Operations Manager, who is experienced and knowledgeable, will take some of these low level tasks off of your plate. An operations manager can help with things like scheduling meetings, doing research, updating your CRM, or managing your social media.
2. Stay organized. Disorganization can cause a large amount of stress and the loss of focus. You might have a deadline approaching or you’re procrastinating with doing other things.
A good business operations manager can help with creating processes and procedures to help streamline efficiency. Make better use of your time and work smarter - not harder!
3. Improve your time management. Poor time management can cause missed deadlines, rushing to complete projects, and burnout. If you fall behind, you likely need to work until project completion, which can affect your work-life balance, and may ultimately affect your mental health.
Allow a Business Operations Manager to help you with these projects. They can do research, create your presentation slides, proofread your work, and schedule time to focus on your calendar. Wouldn’t it be nice to leave work early, for a change?
4. Encourage teamwork. A successful entrepreneur can’t possibly do everything themselves. By delegating, you maximize efficiency and get closer to your goals.
Using an experienced Business Operations Manager not only helps you, but it improves their own professional development, creativity, and skillset.
As you can imagine, being disorganized, having poor time management, and focusing on the low level tasks may all result in lowered productivity and poor quality of work. A good Business Operations Manager will help your business run efficiently and smoothly. Because you’ve got better things to do!
“Efficiency and focus are the keys to success.” - Robert Crais