And no, we do not mean a sneaky 5 minute (and became 30) session checking out your friends antics on Facebook – that’s just tuning out! Take time, that is professional development time, for yourself.
This is easier said then done, we are all busy solving operational issues and the phone doesn’t stop. But carve out 30 minutes a day, or 2 hours a week and make sure you work on your business instead of in it.
Taking that time can help you craft lasting solutions to those fires you put out again and again.
It can be an actual training course OR you could just Google it and go deep. Pick a weekly topic, leadership, finances, technology, marketing or any other old thing that’s been on your mind and really put some time into:
• Understanding what it is
• Figuring out if it can help you
• Lining up any questions you still have
• Making a plan for addressing the lingering questions (if any)
In 30 minutes you can definitely get through each of these steps, and if its something that needs further investigation to bring to a conclusion then rank it on the list of other things and come back to it. Or even better – delegate that task to someone else in your business.
Remember – its your day – you didn’t start a business to have someone else set your schedule. So take time to develop yourself – you will feel so much better for doing so.