Pragmatic Technologies for Life and Business Success®
We’ve all been there before: The emails, voicemails, and to-do lists keep piling up, but nothing seems to be getting done. “Business paralysis” is a common issue for entrepreneurs everywhere, who love the excitement of new ideas, and constantly seek out fresh insights.
But the only way to fix paralysis at your business is to focus on one small thing at a time—and make sure your big initiatives are crystal clear.
There are quite a few initiatives my team and I have been working on including the creation of a new product among the many other projects.
Still, I can’t just shut down the rest of my business to solely work on the product. Instead, I have to expertly manage the influx of messages and requests I get from clients, colleagues, and partners every day—all without losing sight of my biggest goal.
To navigate this common problem, I’ve developed a powerful 5-step model: Discard, Delegate, Outsource, Schedule, Take Action. Here’s how it works:
At the end of the day, it’s important not to let the daily influx of messages and distractions drive your work activity. Only pay attention to your email and phone at certain times each day. Never check your messages constantly or divert the course of your day as soon as you receive a message or come across something exciting. Remember to focus on your own agenda, not the agendas of those who are reaching out to you. Commit to moving forward with a specific action each day, week, and month—and stick with it.
The Discard & Delegate system will make you far more productive and efficient. If you’re ready to defeat your business paralysis, it’s time to start implementing it right away.
Discard what needs to be discarded, and always delegate if you can. Keep your big priorities at the center of your tasks, and don’t let distractions lead to “business paralysis.”
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