Weekly Business Idea

March 9, 2018 – How Is Your Energy Level?

Posted on | March 9, 2018 | No Comments

Main Idea:

Do you get tired?  Does every day seem like “Groundhog Day” where you are continuously doing the same thing and not achieving any results?  When you get behind at work, do you put your head down and work harder?  When was the last time you took two days off to work on your attitude and skills?

Expansion of the Idea:

Most businesses aren’t as extreme as public accounting.  We are busy all year but there is intense pressure for three months.  Everyone wants to know their financial results or whether they owe taxes.  There is a lot of demands on my time and that of my team.  Thirty years ago, I would have just put my head down and do as many tax returns and financial statements as I could, go home and repeat it all the next day.  While this may be admirable at one level, it was also probably not as productive as it should have been.  It is hard to focus intensely for 10 to 12 hours a day for three months straight.

Is there a better way?

For the last few years, I have been able to take a few days off at the end of February and attend the Global Leadership Summit point leaders’ meetings which are generally held somewhere warm.  The meetings are really educational opportunities where I can develop as a leader.  The other significant benefit is that this whole exercise energizes me.  I like learning new things and being around people who are much smarter than me.  By taking a few days off in the middle of a long push, I am able to be more focused for the last six weeks of tax season.  This allows me to work at a higher level and keeps my endurance up.

All of us have different demands and challenges.  Owning a small business can be a challenge.  Add on being a spouse, a parent and a myriad of other duties and you can be overwhelmed.  There is never enough time in the day to do everything that you should probably be working on.  That is why taking some time off is so counterintuitive.  By pulling back from the everyday grind, we actually can be more effective in doing our basic jobs.  Stephen Covey writes about it in his great book, Seven Habits of Highly Effective Leaders.  He calls it “Sharpening the Saw”.  This is time that you are doing activities that energize you.  Some examples are:

  • Going to an educational conference such as the Global Leadership Summit
  • Going with your spouse for a long weekend vacation but do it in the middle of the week.
  • Go golfing or to the zoo
  • Read a book that you are interested in, even if it doesn’t relate to your business.

Some business activities will energize you also.  Some people might get energized by spending time planning or doing a management retreat.  The key is that you intentionally block out time to do something that energizes you.  When you intentionally energize yourself, you will help energize your team and your business.  Businesses with energy are easy to spot.  They are the ones that are thriving.

Here are some questions to consider:

  1. What is your current energy level?
  2. Do you have some time scheduled for energy renewal?
  3. Is your company culture energetic or is it lethargic?
  4. Brainstorm with your team on how to improve.

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