All week I’ve been sharing some different reasons I’ve experienced that keep entrepreneurs from getting done what they want to get done. Many have the belief that to get it done, you must do it yourself. As entrepreneurs working on our own, we’ve got enough isolation. It’s important to break from this belief, because it can really hold you back.
Reason #4 Why you don’t get things done: “You think you have to do it all yourself”
Possibly it’s money worries that make you think you have to do all your own work. Possibly you’re worried about control and think, “No one will do it quite as well as I do it” or, “I don’t want to have to explain that, so I’ll just keep it on my plate.”
Like many of you I’ve got a lot on my plate. My three kids have various activities, my computer is always beckoning, and there’s always another load of laundry to fold. Fact is we’re pulled in many directions so a key element to getting things done is learning how to delegate effectively.
Hilary Clinton says “It take a village to raise a child.” I believe it takes a village to get it done and run a successful business. In our corporate lives we had support. There was a computer guy and a finance guy and a guy who took out the garbage.
We didn’t do it all then, why should we do it all now?
It’s very important to delegate and have support. Here’s the thing, delegating doesn’t have to necessarily be something that you pay for—you can barter for services, find an intern, or ask your kids for help. Delegating just means it’s not you doing everything. You’re in a place of choice when it comes to what you take on personally.
Delegating is a way to give yourself more time, more energy and more money. You give yourself more time to focus on the things that generate you income, like product and service creation, sales meetings, client interaction etc. Wherever you’re directly earning your income is where you should be focusing your time and energy. Everything else should be delegated. This will give you more energy because you’ll be focused on what you love doing. This will also fuel you since you won’t spend your time on things that drain your energy
If you’re running at maximum capacity right now and are frustrated that you can’t get that one great idea out there, then it’s time to seriously consider delegating. If you feel like you can’t afford to pay a virtual assistant at this point then consider finding an intern or trading services with someone. I even have my kids help me with simple office tasks! (I highly recommend checking out Nicole Dean’s Outsouring Weekly Program)
I hope this
blog series will give you new ideas to get over (or around) these typical reasons why entrepreneurs don’t get it done. Here’s a recap of what I shared:
Reason #1 “You want it to be perfect.”
Reason #2 “You’ve got limiting beliefs”
Reason #3 “You don’t know HOW to do it”
Reason #4 “You think you have to do it all yourself”
Why do I teach this information? Because, we teach what we need to learn.
While I know all of these truths, I have to remind myself of them continually and catch myself. I’d love to hear your experiences (and possible a-ha moments) as you’ve read this series of blogs.
And as promised, next week I’ll share more details about my new program that will help you get the most done during your summer (while still enjoying it).
Kim DeYoung is the original Metromom—a motivated mom entrepreneur committed to her family, her career and achieving success on her own terms. Also known as the “Get It Done Girl”, Kim is the dynamic and creative force behind Metromom.com, the “get it done” resource for the busy mom entrepreneur, providing solutions on marketing, money, mindset and motherhood. –