In order to focus on the responsibilities of a CEO, you need to learn how to start using your time wisely and stop overcommitting. But this is easier said than done.
The very strength that helped you get your business off the ground may actually be hurting you in the long run. I’m talking about your ability and willingness to handle any challenge that comes your way.
In the beginning, you probably said “yes” to every opportunity. This made sense because you needed to grow your business and take what you can. And you were probably rewarded for taking on so much work, leading up to your habit of overcommitting. At a certain point, you might’ve simply just accepted the fact that you’ll have to thrive in chaos.
But by using your time wisely, and learning to say “no” to things that distract you from performing the real responsibilities of a CEO, you can achieve so much more.
Just think about what the role of a CEO entails. As a leader there are two very important elements to your job. The first is to predict the future. At least, in the sense that you need to figure out where the business needs to go. What is your target market looking for now and in the future?
Second, you need to have a plan in place that allows you to take action, that will move your business towards the place it needs to be. Along with the plan, you need to be able to drive accountability and execution in your team.
When you start using your time wisely, your job will become a lot more simple. You’ll have more clarity to carry out the true responsibilities of a CEO, instead of overcommitting to day-to-day tactical tasks.
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