Do you have too much on your plate?

As solopreneurs and business owners our to-do lists can be overwhelming. Once you cross one thing off, it seems like five more get added. But sometimes, having too much to do isn’t the problem. Sometimes our lists become unmanageable because we’re really trying to do too much. It’s not so much what we’re doing, it’s what we need to STOP doing that makes the most difference.

Here Are 6 Things You Should Stop Doing Right Now In Your Business:

 

Stop Overthinking

It’s good to research before making business decisions, but overthinking can be costly. Give yourself a reasonable amount of time for due diligence and research, and then make the best choice you can with the information available. Your time is valuable – don’t let overthinking steal your time and energy from more important things. Also,

Stop Worrying

When running a business, at time you will need to anticipate problems and come up with solutions for worst case scenarios that haven’t even happened yet. But don’t get caught in the trap of continually focusing on the negative. Worrying can feel productive, but it usually isn’t. Instead of worrying, try focusing on what you can do to set things up for success, and once you’ve done that let go and focus on more positive things. On a similar note,

Stop Complaining

Even in really frustrating situations, complaining is a vehicle that will only take you so far. Verbalizing your frustration can feel good, but it’s rarely solution oriented. Instead of complaining, choose gratitude. Intentionally look for things to be grateful for in your situation. That way, even if you do need to speak up about a less-than-ideal scenario, you’ll be able to do so with a positive, solution-oriented approach. Speaking of solutions,

Stop Procrastinating

Especially on the most important things. Procrastination has it’s place, but not in the things that really matter. Take that vacation. Make that doctor’s appointment. Spend that weekend with someone you love. Don’t let the demands of running a business keep you from doing what matters most. It’s your LIFE after all. And speaking of work-life balance,

Stop Checking Your Email

Not entirely, of course. But checking your email too often might be costing you more time than you realize. Instead of checking your email every time the urge strikes or a notification dings, make a schedule. Set times during your day when you’ll deal with your inbox. If something comes in during the meantime, it can wait. Also,

Stop Trying to Do It All Yourself

Running your own business can mean that you wear a lot of different hats – especially at the beginning. But don’t get caught in the trap of trying to do everything yourself. What can you stop doing? What can you outsource? Are there tasks, (like sorting through your email inbox, or simple data entry) that could easily be taken care of by someone else? What can you automate with an app or software, or delegate to someone else on your team? Successful entrepreneurs know that you can only be so successful doing things on your own. True growth requires a team effort.

 

At UpscaleAlly we help busy professionals become more productive – with less stress, less overwhelm, and more time to do the things that really matter. Whether you’re a solopreneur looking to affordably scale your business or an executive wanting to double your efficiency, without doubling your workload, we’re here for you. Click here to see how our team can change the way you do business for the better.