Do you have a strategic plan of action? Do you struggle with allowing your inner control freak to let some things go? Here’s three easy steps on how to begin.
3 easy steps to taming your inner control freak
Step One: “Do I really need to do this or can I delegate it to someone?” If you are sitting in the room all alone and have no team, it’s time to make one.
- Are you trying to grow your business?
- Do you want to give yourself back some precious “me” time?
- Do you often find yourself working more than 8 hours a day?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, it’s time to seriously think about delegating.
Step 2: “Can this wait until later?” That’s why we keep a to-do list with due dates. Reassigning due dates is a reality of life. It is normal to overbook or want to believe you can squeeze 12 hours worth of work into 6. We all have high expectations for ourselves. Hello inner control freak — behave yourself and read on. Be realistic about what is due and why you assigned it that due date. If it is something can wait until next week or next month, push it ahead.
Step 3: “I’m so overwhelmed I don’t know what to do first!” How many times do you think that and then sit there spinning your wheels and get nothing accomplished? It’s time to change that. Remember to set boundaries and plan ahead. I set my daily schedule to include everything. Yes, everything…even break time or personal time. This is a great way for me to keep track of how productive I’m being and allow myself the time I need to rejuvenate. If you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed, take a break and gather your thoughts.
Tackling that inner control freak
These are three ways that I tackle my inner control freak. Most days it works. Of course I have days it doesn’t. I’m human. And I accept that. That’s when I turn to a trusted friend, mentor, or collaborator for a cup of coffee and a chat. That helps me gain back perspective. Try saying goodbye to your inner control freak by following these golden rules. Get out there and enjoy life. It’s too short to be controlled by the demands of others, including that inner control freak.