Becoming a time management Ninja
Building a new business on your own can be daunting, but also extremely rewarding. Every day presents a new set of challenges and as much as I love to get my hands dirty on the mechanical side of things, there comes a point where you need to recognise your worth and the value of investing in others.
As a lean start-up, I’m currently doing it all, from designing and crafting leather bags to coding and managing every other touchpoint of the business. I’ve already wasted half of a day attempting to put together the new industrial sewing machine but there comes a point when you realise it’s time to step back and delegate. It’s a bittersweet moment. I know I could accomplish building it with JUST a little more time plus an instruction manual (I can’t believe it didn’t come with any!), but I simply don’t have that luxury.
“It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” said Steve Jobs.
He was right. You never get time back. Once it has been spent, used, or wasted, it’s gone for good. So I constantly need to check myself to ensure I don’t get caught in the trap of spending too much time on the fun and interesting activities (building an industrial sewing machine included). I need to learn to delegate like a champ whenever possible so that I can free up my limited resources to keep the business running and bring in new business.
“From a young age, I learned to focus on the things I was good at and delegate to others what I was not good at.” – Richard Branson
The learning curve is certainly a steep one. Being a solopreneur requires one to become a time management Ninja and delegation is a very powerful time management strategy that I need to on-board early to be as efficient as possible. Stepping back frees me up to focus on the other million important tasks at hand.
The question is which task takes priority now?
Shout out to all my fellow solopreneurs, entrepreneurs, and start-ups!! ☺️ it's not easy but it's so worth it!