Day 3 – Blog Challenge
What’s your definition of freedom in business and adventure in life?
The quick answer to this question is:
To have a that’s streamlined with systems, support & structure so I have way more time for fun or rest (depending on the day, week or month)
And what does that look like for me?
When my business is streamlined it’s “automated” as much as possible, and things that once took 27 steps to complete only take 22 steps. Any little time and energy savers are implemented. This often requires documentation, but it’s well worth it when you’re able to hand something off to someone else easily. Or take a tedious task like setting up a wordpress blog and finding ways to go from start to finish in less than an hour.
Much like above, it requires looking at what tasks I do on a regular basis and turning them into a system, instead of just reacting and doing things as they show up. I have a love hate relationship with systems. I love the freedom to choose what to do when I want to, but crave the freedom I get after they’re in place and I no longer need to keep the mental clutter in my head. Love/Hate relationship, for sure.
Without systems it’s challenging to build a great support team. But without a support team it’s nearly impossible to grow or sustain a business long term. Support teams (for me) include my health care team (mental and physical), business support, and family support.
Also intricately tied into systems and streamlining is structure (you can read more about this in my post in my post from 2011. This is the foundation of my business – the legs it stands on. Without a firm foundation it’s wobbly & things take a lot longer to gain traction. This is a step I come back to over and over again to revisit. Does something in my business structure need strengthening? Can I make it stronger to keep my business healthy in the long term? And, ultimately give me the freedom I crave to continue my journey as an entrepreneur.
What does freedom look like to you?