When You’re Drowning in Work, Get Out of the Pool

March 8, 2016

By Judith Miller

How do you make hay while the sun shines? How do you take advantage of the tremendous surge in remodeling activity over the past two years, as well as the continued growth forecast for 2016? It’s essential that you double down now to FOCUS on the following five strategies for success:

  • A reasonable budget for 2016
  • Increased customer satisfaction
  • Strong production practices
  • A well-defined target market and sufficient spending to reach it
  • A healthy and motivated strong leader in the driver’s seat!

You can FOCUS on these five strategies for success in 2016 only if there’s NO RUNNING ALLOWED: not from you as owner, nor from your production people, nor the people in the office, nor the clients. You, as owner, must set the example to prioritize all work done in a given period and then lead/teach and mentor all other employees to do the same, being sure to maintain customer satisfaction and quality control.

It might surprise you that more construction companies fail during upturns than during downturns. Don’t be one of them. Slow down, prioritize and focus on those priorities as you make hay while the sun shines. Just remember: NO RUNNING ALLOWED.

EXTRA: In this month’s Entrepreneur, Matt Villano stated the following notes that also relate to this story.

One of the best ways to ensure that work doesn’t overwhelm you and that you’re operating at peak performance, is to fiercely protect the time you devote to personal activities. That means planning and prioritizing vacations, regular exercise and some form of mental recharging.

When you are overtired and overworked, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the dramas of your own world. To combat this, outsource tasks that aren’t fulfilling to you and turn to friends and people in your professional network for guidance and support.