Some days you might actually feel like you were very productive because you were busy going from one project to the next all day long. You paid some bills, responded to emails, did some research on a piece of equipment you wanted to buy, talked to a couple clients, cleaned out your email again, made a trip to the bank, and stopped by a couple accounts to check in with employees.
You were busy! Yet, you really didn't do anything to move your business forward. You still didn't take any action on that employee with the chronic bad attitude -- the one that other employees are complaining about. You didn't do any marketing activities -- in fact you skipped the monthly Chamber of Commerce networking event because you were too busy fixing a vacuum cleaner that stopped working last night. You forgot to get the monthly newsletter done -- again. And you gave up looking for that much needed supervisor because the thought of having to spend all that time interviewing and training a new supervisor is just too overwhelming.
Guess what! You were busy on the wrong things!
I've worked with a lot of cleaning business owners and there's one thing that I've discovered. The owners of underperforming companies almost always work as hard and sometimes times even harder than the owners of successful cleaning companies.
They seem to think that as long as they work hard and put in long hours, their business will continue to grow. But that's not usually the case. It's kind of like rowing a boat as hard as you can, but rowing AGAINST the current instead of WITH the current. You're not going to reach your destination no matter how hard you row!
So stop filling your day with "busy work" and tasks that should be handled by your staff, and start filling your day with projects that matter. Projects that will increase sales and profits, and that will bring you closer to your goals.
If it seems you're crazy busy every moment of the day but your business isn't moving forward by leaps and bounds, then stop and take a critical look at what you're spending your time on. Look at each task you're working on and ask yourself if you're working on the most important things that will move your business forward.
You only have so many hours in the day so make sure you spend those hours wisely.