A common way of describing someone who is overly engrossed in details is to say that they are “stuck in the weeds”. For many small business owners, not only is this a common place to find yourself, but it can also be pretty dangerous to the health of you and your business. By placing all your attention on micro-details of the day-to-day, you can stop thinking strategically, planning ahead and identifying opportunities and risks.
So how can you avoid the pitfalls of being stuck in the weeds? Here are our top 3 tips:
1. Lock in time for regular strategic thinking – Think about locking in one afternoon a week that is spent looking at the macro of your business. Start by formulating your strategy. This can be as simple as articulating your vision and future direction. Write down: where do you want to go? How do you see your business evolving in 5, 10, 20 years? Map out some action steps that help move you toward your vision. Then, you’ll need to make time each week to check in on your progress. This can help you stay on track, but it’s also important to be flexible and adjust as new market trends emerge, or as your experience enrichens your vision. Make sure you share your company vision with your employees, and ask for their input, so they can get on board too.
2. Delegate, outsource or automate where possible – Make a list of all of the repetitive or menial tasks that take up the bulk of your time. Can you outsource any of them? Can you delegate to existing staff? What opportunities exist to automate any of these tasks? Check out our blog on 5 Tasks to Outsource for some ideas that you may find helpful.
3. Prioritise learning – Think you’ve reached the top of your game? Think again! Today in business, more than ever, it’s critical to keep learning and stay current. There are so many ways to learn today including podcasts, books/reading, industry group events, networking or formal study. Learning helps generate new ideas, identify business development opportunities and keeps you on top of trends.
Discover how your business can benefit from more time spent out of the weeds, looking up at the horizon. If you’d like to read more, check out our 10 Best Tips for Small Business Success.