Value Your Time and Focus on Growth

by Sonya Shelton

One of the biggest issues we’re hearing from our clients is overwhelm – for them and their teams. 

Lack of clarity and focus can be big contributors to overwhelm.  

When you have a clear vision and clear target objectives, you’re able to focus primarily on the priorities that will bring you closer to achieving the vision. Once you’ve set your priorities, you can spend the majority of your time on them. Of course, unexpected things come up that require our attention, but you can never replace your time. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. 

For business owners, when the growth and scalability of your business depends on you, you have to be smart about how you use your time and make the most of every second. We’ve heard all kinds of stories from our clients, multi-million-dollar business owners, and entrepreneurs, undervaluing their time and carrying out tasks that could have been either delegated or ignored.  

Valuing your time has to start with you. 

If you’re not spending your time focused on the priorities that will move everyone toward the vision, your team will follow your lead. If you want it to be important to them, it needs to be important to you – in action as well as words.  

Remember that as a business owner or executive, it’s your responsibility to focus on strategy and leadership. To build agility and flexibility into your structure, consistently reevaluate how you spend your time and whether you’re spending too much of it on execution. If you feel like you have to wade into the details to get the job done, then you may need to reevaluate your team as well. Of course, it’s important to be accessible, but you also need others to respect your time. 

As a leader, if you don’t value your time, no one else will value it either. 

For more resources on identifying your target objectives and narrowing your focus on growth, visit ExecutiveLeader.com. 

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