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Do you have team meetings at your business?
The next meeting you lead, try a quick, round-robin check-in about what’s on each individual’s mind. Ask your colleagues to share something good (Strike!!!) and/or not-so-good (Gutter L) about what’s going on for them. It can be completely unrelated to work.
The intention is to let everyone settle, become present and recognize how people are feeling or what might be coming in with them. As a facilitator or participant, check-ins help “take the temperature of the room.”
Acknowledging what’s going on allows us to diffuse distractions and focus on the topics at hand. It also allows others to have insight on the best ways to engage with us. Bonus points: check-in practices communicate that everyone is seen and valued, leading to greater employee morale and office culture.
"Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way"
~Time, Pink Floyd
Today I want to share a little time management system with you that may just bring a new level of sanity to your day.
Because the whole "work-life balance" thing can prove to be an elusive beast.
One of my clients recently came in with this pain point:
"The business it taking up so much of my time there are not enough hours in my day!"
Maybe you can relate to that feeling...
Most entrepreneurs don't mind slogging through the long hours in the start-up phase of a new business adventure because it's fun! (at first)
But nobody starts with a business plan that calls for indefinite long hours for little to no pay for the owner.
It's been said many times before that the great equalizer for us humans is time.
Like it or not, we are all blessed with the same 24 hours in a day.
It's what we DO with that time that seems to make all the difference.
One 'trick' to knowing how to set and achieve goals, be they personal or business, is to first figure out what you actually want.
If one of your goals is to get some of that work-life mojo, and recapture some of the time that is getting frittered away in your business days, try this...
Instead of letting your employees interrupt your day with little 'got a minute?' meetings (they never just take a minute) what you do is create a calendar system where you block out certain times in your day/week where your staff can sign up for time with you.
You can make the sessions as long or as short as you want but I suggest starting with 15-minute blocks of time and maybe a maximum meeting time of 5 minutes. So in 15 minutes you could entertain 3 employees and their burning issues.
Here is what my client shared with me after she implemented this little system in her business:
"I have implemented the got a minute meeting and LOVE it!!! All staff was fully on board and I think the biggest switch was me not feeling like I am 'on call' 24/7."
No matter where you are in the entrepreneurial adventure you can hit the 'pause' button and use some critical thinking to examine what you're shooting for and what attaining it will mean to you.
And I'll let you in on another little secret, we all need someone to share our hopes, dreams, fears and challenges with.
For some, that's a spouse or life partner - and if you've got one in your corner, congratulations!
For others, it often means going to see an outside advisor who can look at your situation through an unbiased lens and give your business situation an honest appraisal...
...and help uncover truths in such a way that your best buddies, or lover, may not be able to.
Here at the SBDC you've got a safe place where you can bounce your ideas off some grizzled veterans in business, who can help you implement new strategies and tactics to grow your business, and give you an occasional check-up from the neck-up to get your sanity, and your mojo, back.
Gotta minute? Let's chat...