A brief guide to unplugging, powering down and going minimal
When you run your own business, live can become very fast paced very quickly. You can find yourself going from struggling to get anyone to take notice, to suddenly juggling so many plates it all feels like it might slip out of control. We've written another post, here, about managing challenges as a small business owner, and now we're going to go a bit further- delving into our first point:
You’re doing it all yourself
If you've got to the point where your business is starting to sustain itself, in all likelihood you're probably bogged down with admin and management. The next step towards growth, is to stop doing it all yourself and to give yourself a break. Our advice at this point is to hire the very best people that you can afford and take advantage of the extra time this gives you. Options include bringing in freelancers for key positions (or temp to perm to trial people) and by using outsourcing for non-core roles like finance and HR. This would free you up to get creative and start planning for the future.
The key here, is that getting bogged down with admin and management can impede your growth. Not to mention wear you out! We're becoming more and more reliant on technology for these tasks - and to some extent - utilising technology and automating basic tasks is a great step forward. However too may of us are feeling the pressure to be constantly accessible and up to date despite being always on the go. As business leaders, we need to start focusing on taking time out and getting away from screens.
1. Spend the first hour of your day away from technology
The time just after waking and before engaging with the world is a crucial period, it's when we readjust from sleep and get set up for the day ahead. If your first action is to reach for your phone, resist and focus on mentally preparing for your day. If you need that news fix, turn on the radio, and don't be swayed by social newsfeeds- there's nothing that can't be picked up over a 10am coffee break!
2. unplug annually
Each year, plan an extended break without technology. If you're really committed, try eliminating all things digital for that holiday period! This could be to a cosy Scottish cottage over Christmas, or a Mediterranean island in June- somewhere were there is no temptation to check your emails and make calls. Your family will thank you, and you'll get back to the desk full of new ideas and ready to go. When you're back at work, you can look at outsourcing the function of your finance department- another good way of reducing the number of things on your mind.
3. Take Advantage of Detox Apps
There's loads of new software on the market, allowing us to take full control of our smart phones. Previously you needed to be up to date with your notification and privacy settings to avoid unwanted notifications, but now you can block entire apps for specified periods of time, or only allow notifications from certain contacts. It may sound strange, but using technology can actually help you escape from technology!
Have a look at some of these interesting apps here.