They say that every stereotype has its roots somewhere in the truth. And as a Melbourne business coach, one particular stereotype I’ve seen proven true over and over again is the stressed, overworked business owner.
Do deadlines, emails and meetings haunt your dreams?
Is your business shaping up to become your new home?
Do you find it impossible to “switch off” at home?
Is the answer yes? If so, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey, somewhere around 1-in-4 business owners work 7 day weeks.
If you ask me, many completely miss the point. Overworking doesn’t always lead to success and productivity – it just means you’re more tired!
To solve a problem, you first need to understand what’s causing it. And a business coach in Melbourne can help!
We start by identifying the common reasons why business owners overwork. Armed with this knowledge, we devise strategies that give you your time back.
1) First off, stop taking work home with you
You want to see your business succeed. Sometimes that requires sacrificing a bit of your own time for the sake of your business.
I get it, I really do. Scanning your emails every couple of minutes, checking cameras or taking your laptop with you on holiday is important, and it only takes a couple of minutes.
While technology has made life a lot easier in many ways, for business owners, it can be one of the biggest contributors to overwork. 24-hour connectivity blurs the line between work and life, often leaving little room for other priorities such as family quality time and “me time”.
I’ve seen these cases all too often as a business coach. Luckily, there are 2 ways out of this:
- Clearer boundaries between your work and your home life
- Efficient processes and systems that completely eliminate the need for you to take work home with you
If you ask me, the second solution is much more preferable!
2) “I’d better do it myself.”
“If you want something done right, do it yourself.”
While I get where this is coming from, in a good business, it shouldn’t be necessary at all!
Like I mentioned above, many business owners operate under the assumption that as business owner, they need to be on-call for everything.
While it’s good to have a solid understanding of the different aspects of your business, you don’t need to take care of everything if you don’t have to!
- Fixing problems
- Sorting out disputes
- Overseeing staff
- Processing invoices
- Taking care of admin
Each of these are tasks that overworked business owners insist on taking into their own hands.
And they’re all things that can be looked after by a competent floor manager!
In short, delegation is not a dirty word. In fact, the ability to delegate is one of the key attributes of a good leader.
Things like bookkeeping or working the register aren’t things that you should be doing on a day-to-day basis if you can avoid it. At the end of every quarter, sure, but not every single day – as a business owner, you have bigger fish to fry.
Business coaching services help you get this busy-work off your hands. I take a look at your systems and processes, including who’s responsible for them. Then I help streamline them and identify parts that can be delegated.
3) Why working hard =/= working well
Working hard won’t always get you better results. Working smarter will!
Once a system is in place, it’s hard to get rid of it – you’ve got to overcome internal resistance, or as I call it, the “we’ve-always-done-it-this-way” effect.
And if said system or process is inefficient, you may as well be stuck!
One of the biggest drivers behind overworking is inefficient systems and processes:
- Inefficient processes means more work on your hands;
- More work on your hands means work doesn’t get done;
- Work not getting done means taking work home with you;
- Taking work home means overworking yourself
Good business owners are constantly on the lookout for faster, better ways of doing things. Not only does this make your job easier, but it also gives you more time which you can spend on a little bit of R&R!
A business coach in Melbourne can connect you with better, more efficient ways of going about things. On top of optimising your systems and processes, we’ll also bring in completely new tools and computer programs that automate much of your manual processes.
4) Can you recognise when it’s time to let something rest?
One of the biggest things a business owner can do to stop overworking is recognising when the battle is lost.
Sometimes, working extra hard won’t get you where you want to go. You’ve hit a brick wall, and you can’t go any further for the time being.
Instead of keeping at it, it’s important to recognise when you should drop something. I’m not saying you should give up – maybe you could sleep on it though, and come back when things start moving again.
Oftentimes, a failure to do so leads to overworking as business owners keep running at the wall, trying to brute-force a solution. This takes precious time away from other tasks, which pile up until you’re left with a lot of work and very little time to catch up!
Avoid overworking yourself – contact a Melbourne business coach today!
Don’t buy-in to the idea that your business should take up all of your time. Even owners of start-up businesses need some time to themselves!
These are just some of the reasons that cause business owners to overwork themselves. In truth, it could be anything that’s driving you to overwork, so don’t panic if you’re overworked and don’t recognise any of these problems in your business.
I’ve been a business coach in Melbourne for over ten years now. And during that time, I’ve helped owners of businesses big and small achieve a healthier work-life balance and avoid burning out.
My approach is all about tailored solutions. After all, no two businesses are 100% alike, even if they’re in the same industry. That requires a different tack for each client.
Are you overworked? Call Bruce Frame now on 0419 352 540 to schedule your one-off programme. Four 90-minute meetings – that’s all it takes to start becoming a better business owner!