No one likes to be bored with what they’re doing. Burnout happens too often when you’ve been doing the same thing for a zillion years.
If you’re my age (over 60 years old) the idea of doing four, five or even six different careers in your life is just something you never wanted to and don’t want to consider today. If you’ve been in the same career for many years or own a business and have been doing the same thing over and over, it’s probably time for you to re-think what you do at work.
Read on to find out 4 things you can do in your life to make a difference.
Stop doing $25 per hour work.
I’m assuming you’ve been running your business for twenty years or more. I’m also going to bet that if you’re the founder, you are good at lots of different things, some you’re good at naturally and some not so much. You continue doing the things that you first started with when you opened your business. I’m also going to bet that you don’t need to do those low value things anymore.
One of the goals you need adopt is to become operationally irrelevant in your business. When you do this, you’ll find something interesting happens. You’ll stop doing jobs that pay $25 per hour and move up the value chain. That means as you let go of activities you don’t need to do the value what you do at work will increase.
First, it will move to $100 per hour, then $250 per hour. Before you know it, you’ll be doing strategic activities that earn you more than $5,000 per hour. This is a natural occurrence. You’ll stop doing the things you’re not the best at and start paying attention to the things in your business that is actually fun and profitable.
Doesn’t that sound like a great idea…….stop doing things you hate, start doing things you love and make more money. All sound like good things to me.
Find out what you’re really good at.
This is going to take some hard work on your part. First, you need to know what you’re good at. I recommend taking the Strength Finder instrument to see where your skills lie. When you get the answers look at how you spend your time. Ask yourself how much time you spend doing things you’re great at. My guess is you’ll find it’s not very much of your time.
The next step is to start delegating activities and jobs that aren’t in your wheelhouse. If you have lots of employees, this is an easy thing to do. If you only have a few employees, you might want to investigate the world of virtual assistants.
When I had my vending company this was easy. I had lots of employees around and it was easy to find others to take over for things I wasn’t very good at. Today, it’s more difficult. I have few employees and have worked with VA’s (virtual assistants) with great luck. It did take me lots of time to get it right, and I’m still working on that.
A good start is to read or listen to Chris Ducker’s book Virtual Freedom. Chris will walk you through the steps you should take if you want to start exploring the world of VA’s in your business.
Be willing to let other people make mistakes.
When you start to delegate I can promise you one thing. There’s going to be lots of mistakes. Both on your part and from the person you delegate activities to. You can’t just try and then give up the first time a mistake appears.
Instead, you need to say this, “My, isn’t that interesting.” It took me years to be able to say this. It’s also the key to allowing me to let myself and others make mistakes. I learned to ask, “What did I or you learn?” Once I did that, it became easy for me to learn from my mistakes and force those I worked with to learn from theirs.
Delegate, delegate, delegate
If you want to end burnout in your life, you need to delegate. It’s the only way you’re ever going to get out of you rut. At first, delegation is difficult. You might not actually delegate, but abdicate. You don’t want to do that.
You also don’t want to be a helicopter delegator. You don’t want to oversee everything that’s happening. If you need to do that, then why would you want to delegate in the first place?
Here’s what I want you to do:
- I want you to assign an activity or responsibility to someone in your company.
- I want you to train them on how to do that activity properly.
- You will then let the person delegated do the job.
- You inspect to make sure the job was done correctly.
- You either accept what has been done or help the person you delegated to learn from their mistake.
That’s all there is to it. If you follow these five things, your delegation will be effective. If you decide to skip the 4th step, I can promise you delegation isn’t going to work for you. The only way to make delegation work and to build trust in your systems is to inspect and correct to make sure delegated tasks are done properly.
How does this sound to you? Are you willing to end your burnout and have more fun? I hope the answer is yes and you’ll leave me your thoughts in the comments below.