Many business owners started with the goal to have greater control over their time but as the years progress, they realise they’ve onboarded a runaway train. It seems their entire lives are spent keeping the operation from spinning off the tracks.
One client I’m working with has a major objective to move to a 3-day workweek. This is what it involves:
- Identifying what their future role will be in the company.
- Highlighting current responsibilities that don’t belong to their future, thus reallocating them to other team members or stopping them altogether.
- Training other team members to operate in those new tasks.
- Re-working position descriptions to reflect the changes.
- Ensure the business systems and people are operating efficiently.
- Establishing a reporting system so they have a sense of control, even when they are absent.
- Developing disciplined task completion habits.
- Reminding them of how far they’ve come and how close they are to achieving their objective (when they feel they aren’t moving fast enough).
Like building a home, plans are drawn first and then the construction proceeds according to that plan. Business manoeuvres, like moving to a 3-day workweek is similar: draw up the plan and then follow through to completion.
Here’s to 3-day work weeks!!!
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