At our monthly NAWBO meeting we worked on where we saw our
businesses in the next three years, what we needed to STOP doing in order to
achieve the goal we set, and what we needed to START doing in order to achieve
During the meeting, which was a progressive dinner, we moved
tables three times, and at each table we discussed the goal and the things
that we needed to stop and start doing to meet that goal. One common theme
revolved around each table at which I sat, and that was the fact that we all felt that we spent too much time working on the smaller tasks and not enough time working on the larger ones.
We all admitted to spending too much time taking care of
administrative tasks that perhaps could be ferreted out to other workers, or to
checking emails throughout the day when we should allocate a time to do this
I found it very interesting that almost every woman at every table felt that
they needed to stop spending time on things that didn’t matter as much and
start spending time on things that did.
So why do we all seem to waste time doing the
small things and not working on the big things? There were several ideas
discussed when this question was asked. Perhaps we are avoiding doing the big
things because we know they will take more time, or maybe we really aren‘t
giving up control of the smaller things and in return we are trying to do it
all and are getting bogged down.
Think about your job. Do you find yourself spending too much
time on the small things? If so, perhaps it is time to make a change. Some of
the ideas we talked about in order to change this were to spread the jobs out
more, so that we are not retaining full control of everything but that we are
handing off some of the responsibility to others; create a need to do list each
night and the next morning focus only on the important things first; and to
set a time each day in which you can stop to check emails, so that you aren’t
getting stuck answering them throughout the day when you should be doing
Have a great day, mommies!