Time management is an ever-present challenge for entrepreneurs and business leaders. There is always more to do than there is time. Although entrepreneurs tend have a sense of urgency that drives them and gives them the “can-do-make-it-happen” mentality, that same sense of urgency often gets them in trouble. It causes them to be short with people or leads them to take unwise shortcuts. Too much urgency at the wrong time can lead to careless mistakes or making unnecessary apologies. As the adage goes, “There is never enough time to be sure it’s right, but there is always enough time to do it over.”
One of the biggest indicators of business maturity is that a person can sense how much time is really needed to do something well and to do it right the first time. This maturity is usually acquired after making many mistakes and wasting lots of time. Instead of being judgmental or self-critical, simply take the opportunity to reflect on when urgency is good and when it could cause problems. The first place to gain this perspective is in your thinking and planning time. Allow enough time so that you can really think things through. By getting your ideas clear and your plans in order, you will be able to take action and give direction more effectively. Once it is clear to you, you can make it clear to others. Giving yourself enough thinking, planning, and writing time allows you to move along with fewer mistakes at a swifter speed.
If you are engaging with a business coach, this is always a great opportunity to take that time to think, talk and plan things out. If you don’t have a business coach, consider having a complimentary coaching call. Click here to request one today.
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