With flowers in bloom and grass growing fast, many of us are running around at breakneck speed right now trying to get done all that we need to do. We’re going nonstop from early in the morning until late in the evening, with barely any time to eat. The pace is unrelenting but, we tell ourselves, we just have to get through these super-busy months and then we’ll get back to all the “priorities” we’ve let slide—from thinking about our long-term business strategy and spending quality time with our families, to eating right and staying fit.
I am very familiar with this approach because it used to be mine, and in times of stress I can still easily fall back into it. But I try mightily not to, and if you want to win at business and at life you should try mightily too. Your future, your family, and your health are priorities only if you make them so.
So this week, I am asking you to take a step back and answer these questions for yourself:
Am I spending time every week on my priorities? Or am I letting my inbox and cell phone control my time?
Am I playing offense with my team and my clients? Or am I in reaction mode because I haven't planned accordingly?
Am I reviewing numbers and metrics daily? Or am I just hoping we are making money on the work we are doing?
Am I spending quality time with my family and friends? Or am I just there, but not really present?
Am I eating right, staying active, and getting enough sleep? Or am I making excuses for being too busy to do any of that?
Folks, it should come as no surprise to you, but I have been on the wrong side of these questions many times, and I still continue to battle all of them every year. These are not difficult things to accomplish, but it is up to us to accomplish them.
So this week, please take a step back, answer these questions, and start to chip away at them one by one. If you are looking for a place to start, I would make sure you:
1. Plan out your next two weeks each weekend. 2. Exercise and eat well. 3. Treat your family as the most important client in your business.
I am on this journey with you, we'll all make it through! I'll check in with you again next week.
Marty Grunder President & CEO The Grow Group & Grunder Landscaping Co.
Sign Up to Receive our Weekly Great Idea to Your Inbox!