It’s likely your first response is emphatically, no! After all, who in their right mind would choose work overload, right?

We all know work overload means less time with our loved ones, losing touch with our personal needs, and it inevitably results in burnout and frustration. On the surface no one wants to admit they’ve chosen work overload.

Let’s Take a Closer Look at Work Overload.

When was the last time you, the business owner, sat down and gave thought to where you are, where you want to go, and how you will get there? Have you taken measures to outline the steps necessary to reach those bigger goals? Or have you gotten sidetracked making frantic to-do lists every day and hoping you get through another day of chaos?

You’re not alone if you find yourself overworking but let’s be honest with ourselves. Overworking will produce results in the short term, but it is not a long-term solution and shouldn’t be mistaken for ambition. Let’s call it what it is. It’s a choice you’re making every day. Don’t beat yourself up or judge yourself about this. This is a sneaky situation, and it happens incrementally. It’s something we find ourselves in the middle of without realizing it. Then, when this happens for extended periods of time it leads to losing sight of business goals and working in alignment with our purpose.

How Can We Choose Differently?

Delegation is the path to ending work overload. Learning the art of delegation is a must for business owners with big goals and dreams. And it is how you demonstrate to your team that you trust them. This boosts morale and helps build their skills and gets more work done in less time.

It also helps keep your ego in check. Staying in touch with the fact you don’t have every skill needed to operate your business creates an important reality check. This makes you a better leader and able to take your company forward by leaps and bounds. Surrounding yourself with a team more talented than you in the areas needed is crucial to the success and longevity of any business.

What if You Don’t Have the Help You Need?

If your small business doesn’t have all the talent needed, it’s probably time to get some help. One of the best ways we’ve found to help small business owners soar is working with an HR consulting firm. This gives you access to expertise in many areas needed to help you reach big goals.

Because if you’re choosing to get caught up in the work of human resources, (recruiting, payroll, compliance, employee development, etc.) who’s running the company? Who’s doing the planning and ensuring the business is on course to reach the mile markers of success?

Let’s look at the question again. Are you choosing work overload?

You must step back every now and then and evaluate the choices you’re making every day. Otherwise, you risk taking much longer to achieve your goals, or maybe not achieving them at all.

Here’s to choosing well.

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