How often does life seem chaotic to you?
If you’re like me — running, founding or acquiring multiple businesses — it can look pretty chaotic sometimes.
Some of us are energized by the chaos. Others of us are totally thrown off by the chaos. For the entrepreneur, it’s important to make sense of the chaos in order to truly succeed.
Though some chaos will inevitably creep into any day, there are certain tricks and hacks that can keep you organized no matter what.
Super organized entrepreneurs review their goals every day.
The entrepreneur’s goals are guiding lights.
Every successful entrepreneur has goals, and the most successful entrepreneurs review their goals frequently.
Keeping your goals front and center allows you to weave through the chaos. It’s an introspective process that helps you hack at extraneous details. It can reveal what is important, what is a waste of time and what you should do about it all.
To instantly bring organization and clarity to your life, review your goals often.
Super organized entrepreneurs batch tasks.
“Batching” is collecting all of your similar tasks for the day (or week) and doing them all at once.
- Email: Sit down and do it all at once.
- Writing articles: Get it done in a single morning.
- Writing your business plan: Take an afternoon and write it down.
Darren Rowse discovered this process in 2008. He explained,
My week was a jumble of activities.
He would run from one task to another and never seemed to get anything done.
My life felt like a traffic jam,” he said, “with tasks coming from all directions.
After he learned to batch, he reports having become “10 times more productive.”
Batching can eliminate your disorganization in a one fell swoop.
They work on the one thing that will move their business forward.
For most entrepreneurs, there’s that one thing in your mind that you know you should do. You recognize its importance and even realize that it has the potential to change your business and dramatically move things forward.
The problem? You feel too disorganized to do it.
A simple way to usher organization into your life is to just do it. Every day when you wake up, resolve to do at least one task that will move your business forward.
Doing so will organize your thinking and your priorities. It will give you a clear and coherent vision for the success of your business.
Super organized entrepreneurs choose a few major tasks for the day.
Staying organized is as much about what you choose not to do as it is about what you choose to do.
Choosing too many “priorities” for the day will crush you and leave you gasping for relief. Before you know it, your day will crumble into a pile of disorganized chaos.
The secret to staying on track?
Select a few things that you need to get done for the day. Maybe it’s a single task — an article, a marketing plan, one step in a new hire, etc., — that you must get done.
Leo Babauta refers to these tasks as “Big Rocks.” They are “the major things you want to get done this week.”
Unfortunately, “These Big Rocks get pushed back from week to week because we never have time to do them — our days fill up too quickly. Too often we overstep the Big Rocks only to look back nostalgically.
How do you avoid this problem? By planning your week with the Big Rocks first.
Super organized entrepreneurs delegate.
For the entrepreneur, it’s delegate or die.
In fact, the art of delegation may be the difference between entrepreneurs who flounder and entrepreneurs who succeed.
BBC reports that “delegating gets harder to do the higher someone goes up the corporate ladder.” For the entrepreneur delegation can be even more difficult.
The Harvard business review provides a helpful process to move from anti-delegator to master delegator.
- Understand why you’re not delegating.
- Measure how you’re doing.
- Choose the right people.
- Integrate delegation into what you already do.
- Ask others to hold you accountable.
- Really let go.
- Learn from experience.
Here are some of the things that entrepreneurs must learn to delegate.
- Anything you don’t enjoy doing.
- Anything you don’t do well.
- Anything that will help to increase cash flow.
- Anything that is getting in the way of growing your business.
- Anything that is process-oriented (easy to do) but time consuming.
- Anything you want a team member or aspiring leader to learn to do.
If you run all your tasks through this delegation matrix, you may discover you’re left with very little to do.
What does this mean? Have you delegated too much? No indeed. Instead you’ve unlocked the secret of master entrepreneurship. You’ve freed yourself of administrative minutiae and can take your business to extraordinary new heights.
Entrepreneurs must be organized. Does this mean that they always iron their shirts in a certain way and live life by a routinary schedule?
Maybe not, and that’s okay.
The point is that an entrepreneur organizes his or her life around what’s important — growing the business and achieving dreams.
If you attempt this task without a thought as to organization, you’ll fail. If you guide your task with an organized mindset, you will succeed.
This article was originally published in: https://www.forbes.com/