“Paper is to write things down that we need to remember. Our brains are used to think.” – Albert Einstein
While running a business, there are too many things to consider and distractions come unexpectedly and often. Distractions create an environment in your mind that is not conducive to remembering details – this is one reason why people have to retrace their steps to find a lost item, instead of relying on recall alone.
Write It Down
Many great ideas pass by during the course of the day, but they are fleeting thoughts and can disappear forever if not written down. It’s helpful to have something to “thought catch” anytime of the day or night – especially during sleep – when the mind goes through the day’s events and you wake up with an “A-ha” moment that will be lost if not caught. Writing things down helps one remember important ideas, and clears room in the mind so that other ideas can form.
“The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen”- Lee lacocca
Goals need to be written down. It causes you focus on the details of your plan, so you can make intelligent decisions that aid in reaching your success. It is also a reminder of the tasks that need your energy.
Writing down your vision is meditative – most find it difficult to write without being distractive – so it serves as a focus tool. It also enables you to consider all the positives and negatives in actions and thoughts, so that they can be corrected if needed.
“The inability to delegate is one of the biggest problems I see with managers at all levels.” – Eli Broad
Delegate to Elevate
Delegating responsibilities is one of the hardest things for people to do, because it means relinquishing power. Delegation does not mean to simply give assignments – it requires the appointed person to use discretion when it comes to making decisions. This is the reason why hiring the right employees in the beginning is one of the most important steps CEOs can make. You need to hire people that will grow in their roles, and with company.
Delegation sends a clear message to your subordinates that you respect their abilities, which is a benefit that encourages them to strive in their position, naturally learning and developing new skills that will help the whole organization.
Optimize your greatest resource – which is your mind – by writing things down, so it can continue to develop new ideas. Refer back to your goals to keep you focused, and as those ideas and concepts turn into growth, delegate responsibility to subordinates – freeing up even more brainpower to fuel your success.
Review your goals periodically so that you can evaluate your progress and the progress of those that have taken on more responsibility through delegation.