It’s the weekend, TGIF. Everybody’s working for the weekend, right? What if you didn’t? What if the weekend was an interruption to the things you really loved to do? That’s sounds amazing to many people. They can’t imagine wanting to spend more time at work. They go in, put in their time, and treasure every moment they’re not in the office.
But there are others, that special group of people that can’t wait to get to the office. They’re not workaholics, they just love what they do so much, they can’t imagine not wanting to do it. They dream about ways to improve and grow their businesses. That’s not to say they don’t have their issues, struggles or challenges to overcome. It’s just that they look at those same challenges with excitement and a willingness to grow, not as something waiting to beat them down.
So which group would you rather be in? It’s not the difference between owning your own company and working for someone. We all know the technology entrepreneurs who don’t have time for a sandwich at lunch before it’s time to get back to work. They work the same as when they had someone else as a boss. Other entrepreneurs seem to have everything under control. They work hard, but it doesn’t seem to consume them. They can take time off in the middle of the week to go see their child’s school play and not think twice about it.
How do you get that enthusiasm back? The thrill of owning your own company, made in your own image back again? I won’t say it’s easy, but you can do it.
• Start by identifying what you do each day. Are you putting out fires or developing a vision of what you want your company to look like?
• Once you identify what you do in the course of a day, determine if each task is something one of your employees can take over. If so, delegate.
• Develop processes and systems for each of the tasks completed in the office. Write them so you can give the instructions to a new person and he can complete the task with few questions.
• Test your written processes by giving them to someone that doesn’t do the job and see if they can complete the task, using only the written guidelines.
• Take control of the planning in your company. You’re the boss, decide what YOU want to do.
As I said, it’s not easy, but the difference between working with passion and just having a job is how you approach Friday.