Addressing the elephant

I think being an entrepreneur, you will be facing tough decisions often than not.

Escaping them or going around them is not advisable at all. You should take them head on, after all you’re in control now. Didn’t you always want this to be true, to be able to take your own destiny in your hands.

Take your most important decision first, make it your top priority. Address the elephant in the room. It might be painful or embarrassing or may put you in a bad mood, but its important and must be done.

Procrastination is not the way forward at all, delaying on crucial matters may cause all hell to break down. Its happened to me and trust me I had to pay a heavy price.

Once bitten, twice shy, they say. Now I try not procrastinate on important matters. Even if you do delay something, put a deadline on it. Write down the number of hours or days you’re comfortable with.

I came across something called an importance and priority matrix.

Draw a 2 x 2 matrix on a sheet of paper, so you have 4 squares to write on.

The first square is the important and urgent tasks, those that must be done by you only and urgently.

The second square deals with the less urgent but important tasks that can be scheduled for a later time.

The third square deals with most urgent but not that important tasks, the ones that you can be delegated to someone so you can continue working on the important and urgent ones.

The fourth square has those tasks that are neither important or urgent, I call them the power suckers, they just take the energy out of you.

Well these tasks can be avoided for sometime. So don’t worry about them.

Addressing the elephant is so important yet we try to avoid it for months and sometimes years.

I’ve been reprimanded severely for my mistakes of delaying things/decisions.
Practise makes perfect. So you must practise this habit daily to achieve success.

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