One of the things I like most about running an IT solution and managed services practice is that after nearly 18 years, I’m still learning new things about technology — and making the business run better. When it comes to the latter, I’ve learned it’s often the little things that keep us from reaching our full potential. Specifically, I’ve found that following these two practices has had the biggest impact on me personally:
- Start Early. Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar: You stroll into the office around 7 a.m. and you’re immediately greeted by an employee with an urgent problem that takes you up until your 8:30 a.m. business meeting to resolve. From there, paperwork, more meetings, unexpected phone calls and other interruptions continue well past 5 p.m., leaving you too exhausted to work on that one thing you had hoped to get done that day — let alone going to the gym for a much-needed workout. Everyone has days like that, but as a business owner, it’s easy for this scenario to become your everyday reality, which over time can make your office feel like a prison and your employees the inmates. Over the years, I’ve learned that if I want more control over my day, I need to start early. For me that means getting up between 5:30 and 6 a.m., looking at my work calendar, reviewing my goals for the day, and then either heading to the gym for an hour of cross-fit training (three days a week) or heading straight to the office. Since making this commitment three years ago, I’ve found that not only am I in better physical shape than I was back then, I’m in better mental shape, too. I’ve also noticed that I’m spending more time with my wife and kids due to the fact that I’m spending less time in the evenings trying to play catch-up from my workday.
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