The luxury of free time. Is it an unobtainable goal? No one seems to have enough free time, especially entrepreneurs who tend to suffer from perfectionism. If you suffer from that affliction, you have a deep-seated need to be watching over all your team and their outputs, and, most important, you have set yourself up for exhaustion.
One of the hardest things for an entrepreneur to do is to delegate responsibilities to the capable people on your team. Another thing equally difficult thing to do is to disentangle from the constant problem-solving that goes on when someone comes to them for solutions. Entrepreneurs shouldn’t be run ragged as it hurts themselves physically and mentally, allowing them no time to step back and do the creative thinking and recharging that is so necessary for their business.
It doesn’t have to be this way. The most successful entrepreneurs know how to run their businesses without paying such a steep price for it.
Here are a couple of tips to make your work life easier:
First, tell your team that they can no longer come to you with their work dilemmas. Instead, ask them to send you an email in which they describe the problem, and then ask them to offer a solution(s) to it. If you agree to the proposal, just send the email back saying “yes” or “no,” with no further explanation needed. The process will cut down dramatically on your day-to-day interruptions, and it also gives your team members an esteem boost as they will sit in the cat bird seat.
Secondly, crank it up another step higher by eliminating all the emails, replacing them with a face-to-face meeting once a week with each team member. Limit your sessions to twenty minutes each. In that time, they should have a list of prioritized problems and have solutions thought through. A Monday is a great day to schedule meetings, and you should be able to get through all of them in an afternoon. This step will free up your schedule immensely for the week, leaving you to focus on where to best spend your time.
Free time is your end result and an achievable goal. The choice is yours to make.