Most entrepreneurs are doers, meaning they enjoy rolling up their sleeves and working directly on whatever needs to get done. Similar to the idea that if you want to something done, ask a busy person to do it. Only, there’s all this talk that entrepreneurs should work on the business instead of in it. One challenge that comes up repeatedly is making time for tactical and strategic tasks.
Here are a few thoughts on making time for tactical and strategic work:
- Be cognizant of things occupying space in your mind
- Manage email like a boss
- Implement a rhythm of tactical and strategic meetings
- Allocate personal time for strategic thinking (exercising is a great time for it)
- Take a personal retreat for strategic thinking time
Constantly switching between tactical and strategic work is a real challenge for entrepreneurs. Naturally, human nature is to go towards the easiest tasks — tactical in nature — and to put off strategic items. Entrepreneurs need to make time for strategic work.
What else? What are some more thoughts on time for tactical and strategic work?