Earlier this year I became aware that, in my business, though I was focused on things that were important, I was too focused on things that were not essential for ME to be doing.
It’s not that I was working too many hours. I am pretty focused with my work time. The issue is that I was taking on too much control; I wasn’t delegating or trusting enough.
As a result, it was eroding the mental and emotional margin in my work life. It was also holding back the creativity of my own team because I wasn’t giving them as much autonomy as they deserved.
In his his awesome book, Essentialism, Greg McKeown writes:
Many capable people are kept from getting to the next level of contribution because they can’t let go of the belief that everything is important.
I think I was pretty good at knowing what was and was not important. But, as I said, I was doing things that I should have delegated instead.
And so, about 4 months ago I began intentionally focusing on ways to let go of things in my life and business that are are non-essential so I can more diligently focus on what is most important for me.
My process for focus was an odd one, and it’s something that I felt embarrassed to talk about in public.
But what I did was this: I cut my work week in half. I limited my working hours to only 20 per week — roughly 4 hours per day.
By giving myself half the normal amount of time to get my work done, I was forced to do the things that only I could do. Everything else had to be delegated or else eliminated.
The results so far from this focused time have been great. I’m experiencing a calmer work life with less stress and anxiety. I’ve spent more time with my family and in personal development. I’ve delegated more to my team, and as a result we’re even seeing an increase in our creative output and business profits.