From the Tuesday Morning Gallop Newsletter published earlier this week:
No doubt as the owner of a business, you’re busy. And as the owner, you are in control of your busyness. One way to get more done is to first decide what you’re not going to do today.
Stop doing tasks you’ve mastered that are now assignable to others. Like comfort food, they are “comfort work”-the fried chicken and mashed potatoes and gravy, of your work day.
Comfort work examples are: stall cleaning, grooming the arena, bookkeeping, sweeping aisles, Facebooking, cleaning tack, deleting emails, driving to the feed store, or completing the employees’ work schedule for the week. Like comfort food, comfort work is satiating for the short term and bloat inducing for the long term.
Uncomfort work examples are: making calls to place horses no longer productive in your lesson program, setting near and long term goals, collecting past due money, raising rates where applicable, saying No to requests for your time that don’t mesh with your goals and promoting follow through and expecting results from your team.
Pushing the Easy button at the start of your day for comfort work is like hitting the Snooze button on your alarm clock and staying in a warm bed. Nothing significant happens until you leave your comfort zone.