You are probably thinking, yes Yasmin has now officially lost the plot! But stick with me…it’s good! (and yes, I am talking about an actual cow!)
As you may know, my lovely hubby is a farmer.
He deals in cows. He tends them, feeds them, keeps their sheds clean and that’s about the extent of my knowledge of what he does with them.
I’m not a traditional farmer’s wife, I don’t don the wellies and do any of that stuff….I do make hearty meals for him and I’m comfortable to go that far! I have been known to bake the occasional bread too!
Anyway, last week we had a bit of a stress and a group of cows got spooked and jumped over hedges and into several fields.
Now, what does this have to do with me??
Well, I work in the business in the mornings and the kids are with me for the rest of the day.
Hubby normally comes home (just in time for dinner!) and helps me put them to bed etc etc.
And then in the evenings, I might sit down and get stuff planned for the following day.
Not when the cows got away!
These cows did not want to get caught and one cow in particular was being a real pain.
Hubby was very stressed and and I don’t mind telling you, I was getting seriously stressed about all the stuff I had to do and couldn’t get to it because hubby was off chasing cows….ALL DAY LONG!
Why am I telling you this?
Well, in my line of work, I know just how important discipline and focus is. And one of the biggest challenges for any business owner (cow or no cow) is being able to get stuff done!
When life happens and you can’t get to the things you want to do, it can be hard going!
I was full of good intentions about what I was going to achieve last week but they all went out of the window when I couldn’t get to my desk without little fingers pushing buttons on the laptop (and pushing my buttons in the process!)
So what do you do when you’re faced with distractions and disturbances that you can do nothing about?
Here are my Top 4 Tips!
1. Stop everything and take a deep breath!
2. Take a good look at everything that’s on your plate and use a traffic light system on what you need to get done and what can wait (and no, not everything is an emergency!)
Red: MUST GET DONE
Amber: NEEDS TO BE DONE SOON
Green: CAN WAIT
3. Make sure revenue generating items are red. I talk about this ad-nauseam with my clients. Making sales and bringing money in has to be your #1 focus especially if you’re struggling with cash-flow.
4. Start working on your reds and only once your red items are finished, then can you move onto your ambers.
When you have limited time, you really can’t do everything so stop killing yourself trying to!
Think 80/20 all the time!
What tasks are you doing and what return are you getting?
As a business owner, one of the biggest traps you can fall into is doing everything. You will struggle unless you have set up your business to be leveraged so running it is not so time-intensive which is what I have done in my business (this is also something we’re talking about in our group on Facebook….come and join, you’ll enjoy the conversation and learn how you can leverage more effectively!)
Get really choosy on what you have to do to grow your business and put the other stuff to the side until you have got time.
And when the cow did eventually got caught, I went back and completed my tasks in time to go to London on Friday to learn about how to write, publish and promote my book which will be all about how to run a business in 3 hours a day!
And if you can’t wait a few months for that, book your free discovery call and let’s talk about your tiny time business and how to ramp up your income and impact!