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In it, not on it

I’m not ‘on it’ at the moment. In fact I’m ‘in it’ up to my eyeballs.

I have a to-do list full of stuff and I’m dodging curveballs like I’m a major league batter.

As Managing Partner my role is to not only deal with the day to day, but the strategic long-term planning. I need to be working ‘on’ the business not ‘in’ the business.

It can happen easily. You put time in your schedule to work on strategy and an emergency happens, then you get interrupted, and before you know it, you’ve had mission creep and your days have become full of ‘stuff’…not strategy.

Here are my tips to get back on track.

Reset:  Stop, close the door and pause. Sometimes it pays dividends to take a break, breathe and consider what is not working. With so much going on it can be difficult to see the wood from the trees and you need to take yourself away to get to the root of how you can spend more time on what you need to.

Reflect: Once you have managed to catch your breath, it’s time to think about what is not working. Where am I spending my time? Why am I not able to focus on what I need to? Really push yourself to think about the reasons why you are not having the opportunities to look at things from a different point of view.

Refocus: Probably the most important part of the process, create a plan of what you are going to change. Do you need to block some time to work on your business plan? Do I need support from anyone to be able to make this happen? Look at the barriers you are facing and decide what it is that you need to address to be able to focus. Write them down and use these to plan your diary.

Re-evaluate: Schedule some time in for after a few weeks to check that you are still on course. Look at what has worked and what hasn’t gone as well. If something hasn’t worked ask yourself why and make changes!

Take a bit of time to stop, look and listen to what you need to do. This can help you take a step back and look at the business with a bird’s eye view, allowing you to be able to see where the gaps are and for you to be able to see a clearer picture of which direction you want to fly.

So stop, take a breath and step up to the plate!