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Jeff: What do I do if I feel like the business is running my life rather than the reverse. What if I have no personal time? Dave: That's a really common problem. It's amazing to me how often I talk to business owners. And I say what do you do for fun? And they sort of get this blank look on their face where they don't know what it is; they have lost that completely, and that's a sign that the business is controlling your life. So the first place that I would start with a business owner that feels the business is controlling their life is I'd say create a boundary line, create a time of the day when you are going to stop and start, and don't cross that line.
Don't allow yourself to cross that line. When you do that, it actually forces you to be more creative about how you use your time and part of that creativity goes back to something I talk about a lot, which is the systems accountability and motivation. If you have a limit to how much time you are going to allow yourself to work in the business, it forces you to create business systems. It forces you to create processes and procedures that you can delegate to other people. Sometimes people wear a badge of honor, and say I am going to work as long as it takes to get the job done.
When in fact it's just lazy productivity, and in fact gets in a way of the business developing and growing. So first create the boundary. Then start to work on creating systems, and work on finding ways to offload responsibilities to other people.
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