Being an entrepreneur of two companies is a demanding role. Both have very diverse cultures and aspirations as one is a midsized services-based company (250+ Employees) and the other is a product-based startup (20 Employees), managing them both at once with the same passion is challenging.
I have been using the NeoPlanner TM for the 5 Months, I fixed a schedule for myself, and it has been working brilliantly to manage my time and focus deeply on the issues and make better decisions.
I have allocated specific days for each company, and I use this with specific day-wise “THEMES” like operations, sales & marketing, delivery, product innovation etc., and “ZONES” like strategic zone, operational zone & routine zone, within those themes which are about 2-hour slots for each theme.
Previously I had an open-door policy where any team can approach me with a short notice that resulted in me switching between different mindsets required in both my companies, which might lead to less focus and might affect the ability to make the right decisions.
I guess a lot of entrepreneurs like myself try and attend to all problems immediately with the fear that they might snowball if we leave it for later. After I started the practice of “THEMES” & “ZONES” the teams started approaching me only during those times except for emergencies of course.
This has helped me stop trying to put out small fires as they arise and enabled me to go deeper into the theme that I am working on. This is also pushing the teams to come prepared with a few solutions on their end as well.
I believe that the NeoPlanner TM is a good first step and I strongly recommend this for entrepreneurs and executives who are trying to scale their business with a strategic approach and focus.
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