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Have You Ever Felt Like This?

Olivia Chiong, The Unbusy Entrepreneur

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It's Friday evening. You are stuck in the office catching up on administrative work left over from the week while your friends and family are enjoying their evening. As you repeatedly stick little bits of

receipts on paper and attempt to record the details on an expense claim form, you wonder what in the

world possessed you to think that starting your own business would give you more leisure time.

Some people call it 'death by admin'. I call it the 'busy entrepreneur' syndrome and I firmly believe it

doesn't have to be that way. So, what does being busy mean? Dictionary.com has it defined as:

Bu•sy

ˈbɪzi/

adjective having a great deal to do.

"he had been too busy to enjoy himself"

synonyms: occupied (in), engaged in, involved in, employed in, working at, labouring at, toiling at,

slaving at, hard at work (on), hard-pressed, time-poor; at work (on), on the job, absorbed in, engrossed

in, immersed in, preoccupied with; active (in), lively, industrious, bustling, energetic, tireless; informal

busy as a bee, on the go, hard at it; informal on the hop; have one's hands full

The key points being: working at, labouring at, toiling at, slaving at, etc. You get the idea.

Over the past 15 years, I've met many small business owners and entrepreneurs who are bogged down by the excessive mountains of paperwork a business generates. There are those who are snowed under by emails and others who hoard boxes full of receipts. Whenever I ask them why they

don't get someone else to handle it, they always tell me that they either can't afford to hire someone or someone else can't do it as well as them. Somehow, they always believe they are the best person for the job, even if it means spending their precious evenings and weekends ploughing through it.

Somewhere along the way, someone decided that being busy meant you were important because you

have a lot to do. It's also a false mark of success that seems to suggest only successful people are busy.

So, people pull out the word busy all the time and feel self-important when they proclaim they are too

busy to join friends and family for social and other important events.

They misguidedly wear their busyness as a badge of honour. Because what most people don't realise is, busy actually signals a lack of efficiency. It is not really a sign of success.

A truly successful business is one where the business owner is working on the business and not in the business.

The daily operations of a business can quickly overwhelm a small business owner and what happens is most people end up playing constant catch-up. When processes and productivity tools are not in place, it is a painful routine where more time than necessary is spent on mundane tasks and there isn't really any time left for play.

No one likes to do the boring stuff like administrative work when you could be having fun creating new

products and building the business. The good news is that there are outsourcing platforms - like Connected Women - that have the solution.

This article was originally posted on the Unbusy Entrepreneur blog.

Connected Women matches women virtual assistants (VAs) with women entrepreneurs. Sign up now for early access to our job matching app!

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