It's easy to think that running a successful company is too difficult and that it's too big for just one person.Â Even if you have more employees than yourself, some days, your company can be daunting, especially when things are doing well.Â Instead of getting overwhelmed, it's a good idea to stop doing the one thing that always puts you behind the rest — short term thinking.Â Though you may believe that focusing only on the day-to-day tasks will keep you stress-free, it will also cause you to limit your business.Â It's time to change the way you think because short-term thinking is changing the way you do business.
It's Too Limiting
Right now, your short-term thinking strategy probably includes a calendar and a To Do list.Â Your goal each day is just to make it through your list and your predetermined responsibilities.Â If you do that, then you will feel good about your day.Â But is this really helping your business?Â Just because you finish ordering business cards or updating your website doesn't mean that your business is benefiting. Instead, think about ways you can adjust your To Do list to include longer-term ideas and tasks.Â These will not produce the immediate results you're used to, but when you start focusing on how today will benefit tomorrow, you will begin to see changes that allow you to work more efficiently and create stability in your company.
You'll Experience Ever-Changing Priorities
That daily calendar and To Do list is probably changing right now as we speak.Â You constantly move things around, trying to make the most out of the hours of the day, not moving toward a certain goal, aside from completion.Â Instead, when you focus on long-term ideas, you can have a few priorities that steer your actions in certain directions.Â Have these priorities posted somewhere in your office, helping to bring your focus back to the priorities that make a difference.Â When you look at the list, you can decide what needs to be done each day that is in line with this list.Â You will have a more singular focus and will waste less energy during your workday.
The Fire Drill Mentality
When you have unclear priorities and you are limited to focusing on the short term, you will be more vulnerable to the fire drill mentality.Â You will begin to think EVERYTHING is important and anything that comes up needs to be addressed RIGHT NOW.Â Just as the saying goes, with a slight adjustment, poor planning on your part does not constitute a fire drill on your part.Â When you have a long-term mindset and priorities in mind, you will be focused on what you need to do when you need to do it.Â You won't be rushing around to finish things because you will already have them done.
Think about it: a workday in which you do the things that really matter.Â A workday in which you can finish what you need to finish and still have time for creative thinking? Now that's the setting for a business that succeeds.