“Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1
As an entrepreneur and business owner, I can easily keep myself perpetually busy thinking about the business, making plans for it and working on it. I love working on my business and I also love being with my family, taking time to be healthy and going deeper into my faith. Does that sound familiar? All good things but how can I do all these things and not have a crazy hectic life?
Is it not interesting to note that the only difference between the words “busyness” and “business” is just one letter? The key to taking the busyness out of business is to do the following:
Over the next week, consider all that you are doing in your business. Take stock of the major and the minor responsibilities and the things you are spending time doing. Now is not really the time to analyze things (though you may be tempted to go there☺). It is the time to record what you are doing and get a full picture. Later, is the time to analyze.
Dear Heavenly Father: Thank You for the opportunities that I have. Please give me the wisdom to make the best decisions on where to spend the time I have on this earth. Forgive me when I continue to become increasingly busier and do not take time to determine if I am doing what You would have me to do. This week, search my heart and reveal to me where I am spending time where I should not, and not spending time where I should. Please help me to throw off everything that hinders me, including where I spend my time. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Monday: What are your core responsibilities? Consider what you are doing in the business and on the business. As a physiotherapist: I treat patients. As a business owner, I am responsible for business issues such as marketing, financial planning, programming and human resources. List your core responsibilities.
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17 ESV
Tuesday: Now, look at your core responsibilities and divide them into specifics. For instance: what specifically is involved in marketing? Consider social media, talks you may give, newsletters you may write, supervising staff. Do this for each core responsibility.
“Know well the condition of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds.” Proverbs 27:23
Wednesday: What percentage of your day do you think you are you spending on your core responsibilities? Note that one day may be different than the others. Take a full regular work week and write down what you actually do. I know this takes extra time, but doing this now will save you massive amounts of time going forward. It is a wise investment of time. Use whatever method will work best for you: calendar of the day on printed paper next to you or a scheduler open on your computer, tablet or phone.
“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” Romans 7:15 NIV
Thursday: I once read a book about a business owner who actually worked in 5 minutes increments. He had his schedule down to each 5 minutes. This may be extreme but not scheduling at all is also the other extreme. As you are now accustomed to writing down what you are doing during the day, now try doing it in 15 minute increments to see if you are missing some details. Ten minutes here and 10 minutes there, working on a non-important issue, all add up during the day.
“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 NIV
Friday: Now, add up and total, where you are actually spending your time. Give a percentage to each one. It needs to add up to 100%. Are you surprised with your results? Are you spending time on your priorities? Is there a direct relationship between your core responsibilities and where you spend your time? Or, is there an inverted relationship? Are you spending too much time on the unimportant instead of the important? This will definitely contribute to a hectic schedule as you are always trying to catch up on the important. If you are not yet sure where you are spending your time, then take another week to work on this. Ask God for His insight.
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9
Have a great, and acceptably paced week!
Bonny, Christian Women at Work