Efficiency Doesn’t Just Happen

In the chaotic world of entrepreneurship, it is rare that entrepreneurs assess how they work, and how they organize and execute their days. We are often running from fire to fire and don’t think about the ways we can be more efficient, more balanced, more rested and more effective. Many entrepreneurs wear this frenetic pace like a badge of honor. In an environment with so many moving parts, you would think that we would be looking for ways to get more organized and structured. Quite the contrary. Entrepreneurs just go and go and go. Take time to think about how to better manage yourself.

“Many of the greatest mistakes have been made after 10 p.m.” 

Turn Off At A Respectable Time

After a long day, our guard is down and our mind is not as sharp. We are careless, make mistakes, and let the pressures of the day impact our decision-making. We also tend to be reactionary and are more likely to get angry or frustrated. If you have something fresh in your head, write your email and stick it in your draft folder. Read it in the morning. Trust us, more often than not, you will say, “I’m glad I didn’t send that last night.” Emails to employees and other team members late at night also send a negative message. When we send emails to employees late at night, especially those that require follow-up or effort on their part, it makes them feel as if we don’t respect the time they put in or the time they need away from the business. This lack of respect can undermine your culture. Not to mention that constantly being in a work state of mind hinders everyone’s performance. Many avoidable mistakes are made when we don’t properly shut down each day at a respectable time. As the leader, we must demonstrate our respect for our team, and their individual lives and efforts, especially for those early team members who are putting in long hours and making their own sacrifices.

So before you think you must complete every task possible before calling it a day, remember there’s always tomorrow. And if you don’t properly rest your mind and body – tomorrow won’t be a success.

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