With only a few days (I hope) until baby #2 arrives I find myself quietly calm and confident of my "maternity leave" plans. Which is odd because they don't look that much different from my current work commitments.
Should I be anxious or have written a 50 page manual on what to do in any and every scenario? No. Why?
Well for 3 reasons which I will share with you.
1.I have a strong team behind me - people who I have utmost trust and faith that will make the right decision if I am not there. I heard recently in a Tim Ferris podcast that he recognised that he was a bottle neck in his business as people would come to him to make decisions. Instead, he created a formula for his team which went a little something like this. If this decision will cost the company less than $100 use your discretion and make the call. He would then review the decisions made and as his team built more confidence, he gradually increased the cost threshold to $1,000. In doing so, he was stepping out of the process and streamlining.
2. My business is structured to operate without me - CPS works with my lifestyle and I have structured it so that I am not involved 9-5 everyday. My phone isn't constantly ringing and my team know how to handle things, in most cases better and more efficiently than me anyway.
3.I am comfortable with the 'worst case scenario' - one of the most effective tools I commonly use when making a decision or change is asking myself 'what is the worse case scenario?' and if recoverable, I put as many measures in place to prevent it and accept there will always be a risk.
Now you don't have to go as far as having a baby to put these measures in place for your own business. Have you ever considered disconnecting from your business for at least 6 weeks? Go away overseas or have an extended camping trip or simply find a project away from your business that will consume your time.
Whatever it is, your time away will be a great test for your business where you will be able to truly see if your business is too dependent on you. You will also come back with renewed energy and likely new ideas to reinvigorate your business and take it to the next level.
One of the most empowering things about being self employed is having the choice of how much you work. We don't get sick leave or annual leave, there are many late nights, long weekends and early mornings working but don't forget, the most important asset to the business is you. Take some time away and your business will benefit from the massive return.
For now, I am going to enjoy the last few entire nights of sleep before my world flips upside down and I can guarantee you, when this baby comes I won't be thinking about returning emails or checking invoices, my biggest goal of the days will be brushing my hair and successfully having a shower.