Monday got you down? Let loose your inner Control Freak!
By Talmar Anderson
Are you a business owner with the Monday blues? Mr. Founder “SLASH” CEO, do you hit snooze over and over again every morning? Ms. Entrepreneur, do you flinch every time the phone rings for fear it is a complaining client?….Ummm, how do I say this nicely? It’s your own damn fault! You started this business to build a company delivering goods or services that you believe in and feel sure you can deliver the best possible way. You wanted to be your own boss and set your own schedule. So why have you built this role within your own business that stresses you out, makes you want to swear (I hear some people do this under stress not just as a regular part of conversation) or hide under the covers?
Think about it. You have complete control. You CAN do this. If you have not realized that being a business owner is the ultimate in control freak heaven, then I would ask you to revisit WHY you started your business in the first place. I mean, surely there is someone out there offering services, if not the same then very similar to your company. You could just go get a job with them. I am sure they would love inspired ideas to help their companies grow. What’s that? Oooohhhh, they don’t understand the RIGHT way to do it? You don’t want to bend to someone else’s schedule? Or wait…maybe it is that you wanted to be able to decide who you want to work with (and who you DON’T!). We are back to what you want. What do you want your business day to look like?
If you are too busy reacting to your company’s needs instead of proactively scheduling time on your calendar, you ARE more likely to be frustrated, overwhelmed and run the risk of losing the passion behind your decision to go out on your own. Though this certainly occurs from time to time, it should not become “full time”. Only you can determine what your business needs. These items still need to be performed but as the CEO you have the control to decide how to allocate resources – including staff time and budget– to have someone else handle those bits.
The truth is that there is someone out there that LOVES to do what you do not love. In fact…the very thing that makes you want to curl up and cry likely gives someone else a sense of accomplishment. And thank GOODNESS! So to love your Monday morning alarm clock again, try this.
- Take a moment and write down a list of all the pieces you handle for your company that you would love to never (or mostly never) do again.
- Look at the cost associated with hiring or outsourcing that piece.
- Measure against the benefit of your freed hours and completely engaged passion
Now if the Monday blues are about leaving your fabulous family, friends and weekend fun then you can do the following.
- Take a moment and write down a list of all the pieces you handle for your company that you love and feed the joy of owning this business.
- Look at your calendar and allocate Monday morning for performing these specific tasks
- Delegate any items that you were regularly handling in those scheduled times
No one but you can effect change on how your business is run or how you prioritize your own day. This is the “control” part.
One last piece that is a part of Talmar’s Truths, if making decisions and strategic planning are on your delegate list – you have two choices to start loving Mondays again. Close your business to start looking for a job in someone else’s company or decide to call me. You know strategic plans are what Talmar It Up is all about!