Let's face it. As small business owners there are only so many hours in a day and unfortunately they are never enough. It's not always easy for us to let things go or most importantly delegate them out. Sometimes this negatively affects the passion we have for our business. This fact was perfectly summed up in Tara Gentile's Help Yourself podcast featuring Charlie Gilkey (Episode 14).
Where do you find joy and flow in your work? What do you consider Dread Work as you run your Biz? Is there a process in your business that you may able to smart source?
Can you change your Dread Work into Joy Work for someone else?
Keeping the books in my business is the last thing that I want to do. Paper and keeping track of where every penny goes is the bane of my existence. I met another small business owner who has a bookkeeping company. I called her to put the wheels in motion and inquire about her services and if we could be a good fit. Speaking to her I was left with the impression that Bookkeeping is her passion. It brings her joy. I booked her.
Now I know that I could potentially save some money and manage the books on my own. But I would also be stealing away time from focusing on my business and serving my clients. My business would be working harder and not smarter. It is a priority for me to have my clients work smarter; therefore, I must practice what I preach.
Pay attention to your Dread Work and Joy Work. Know that your Dread Work is someone else's Joy Work. Holding onto the Dread prevents someone from working on the Joy with your business not working as smart as it can.
•Pay attention to the things that you dread doing
• Pay attention to what you find joy in doing
• Pay attention to the things that deplete you
• Pay attention to the things that nourish you
• and for Godsakes take those seriously
How Can You Optimize?
Do you enjoy all the tasks involved within your business? Are you resenting some of them? Where you may find yourself experiencing resentment may be a good area to optimize. What can you do in your business to experience more joy and less dread?
Do you require a bookkeeper? How about someone to answer customer inquiries? For my clients it's about delegating the task of managing their online presence to me. Having the courage to delegate can allow you to optimize the tasks that you love. The tasks that make you happier and allow your business to flow and make your days better.
What is your Joy Work? Are you able to look within and to see where what you do can have more impact?