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“As the CEO, you should have the fewest emails in your inbox, the fewest papers on your desk and almost never be the one who puts out today’s fire. To the untrained observer, and to the “hard working” part of you, the part of you who thinks you lead by example with your output, this looks like the worst kind of laziness. It’s actually a huge accomplishment.” Jonathan Raymond, EMyth
You can’t be overwhelmed, struggling to manage your time, and actually be on top of things. Yet, this is the state of being that most business owners and managers say they’re in. It’s a constant struggle, sapping the energy and slowing the growth of the businesses everywhere.
It doesn’t have to be this way. It’s an unhealthy way of relating to work that most of us just got used to as “normal”. It only looks like it’s the result of external forces, it actually comes from an unnecessary orientation to your work, and of course you need some practical tools to change things.
You can make major strides here over time, but even a 5-10% improvement in this area will have a profound effect on your colleagues and staff, and on your own well-being. How can you not make time for that?