You know how tough it is to run your own business, but you would not have it any other way. You are in the minority in our culture, as the majority are seeking a “safe, stable job” working for someone else. It’s risky to go out on your own, and it takes some doggone guts.
Do you ever feel like you could just use some breathing space in your business? Wouldn’t you be thrilled if you could have more mental bandwidth to zoom out and think big about your vision? I know exactly how you feel. You and I could both use just a little more bandwidth.
So, you know you need the bandwidth, but how do you create it out of thin air. Your to-do lists are already overflowing. It’s tough enough just keeping up with the daily grind of business-as-usual, family and self-care. Let’s chat!
Here are my top three “bandwidth creators” that I pull out when I’m in desperate need of bandwidth.
1. Can you let one client/task/responsibility go?
If you are a control freak, like me, this will be tough. It must be done, if you want to get that bandwidth. Something’s got to give in your schedule, whether it’s asking your significant other to do the dishes, hiring a housekeeper or getting a personal assistant. It’s time you learn to outsource, even if it’s just one thing. I recently raised my rates on a few clients, so I could create some bandwidth in my business by providing more quality time to a smaller number of clients. Sure, one client decided to part ways, but that freed up my brain to focus on my clients who better aligned with my own values.
2. Are you meditating on a daily basis?
If you are a Type A, you’re going to roll your eyes. You already have too much to do, but just hear me out. Meditation is one way that you can center yourself each day and begin thinking big. It may be the one time in your day that you are disconnected from your computer, except for when you are in the shower. For a few years, I had tried to do just plain ol’ meditation, but it did not work for me over the long haul. A client told me about Headspace, a mobile/desktop app that provides guided meditation. I began using that app, and I finally could do meditation. I call it, “The Meditation Practice for Type A’s.” Try their free Take10 Challenge to see if you like it.
3. Get up early, or stay up late.
If you have kids, you’ll understand why I suggest this point. Even if you don’t, it’s still a great practice. I know there are successful business owners who claim that they follow the 40-hour workweek protocol, but I can guarantee you they did not spend only 40 hours each week towards achieving their dreams in business. They put in a lot of 80-90-100 hour workweeks at the start. If you are really serious about growing your business, then you better be ready to give up a little shut-eye to get in some extra quiet time to think big. It’s not sexy, but it works. What about you? What practices help you to create bandwidth in your business? I’d love to add a few more to my arsenal.