Every business tends to have a backburner – those projects that “you’ll get to” at some point.
And, for me, the more books I read/the more things I want to implement, the longer my backburner list tends to get. Sound familiar?
About two weeks ago, I looked at my list of backburner projects and two things were instantly obvious:
- The list keeps getting longer with few things being checked off and
- Our existing team, myself included, is focused on other priorities and won’t be able to take them on.
- Whine about it for a few minutes and go back to business as usual or
- Do something about it.
Flashforward to today:
- We hired a new team member to take over some existing tasks so we can knock out a prioritized list of backburner projects thus freeing up even more time for more projects (that happy cycle!),
- We’re in the process of installing a new business dashboard/scorecard which incorporates our vision for the next 12 quarters (3 years) and
- I hired a mentor to work with me privately.
Everything comes down to a choice point:
Do you do something to change current circumstances or do you complain for a bit and then continue living with it?
Not sure what to do?
How would you advise a friend or client in the same situation? I find that taking *me* out of it makes the answer much more obvious.