Business hasn't been great lately, I've been riddled with problems of my service losing demand, employees not seeing a future and am unable to get new services launched in time because of difficulty in finding and putting together the right team. On top of this, I really feel I should have a vision for my company going forward so that there is something my employees look forward to. But don't have time to think about it because am just not interested in getting work done. I have just been avoiding doing the work I need done and get distracted by a whole lot of other things which are not productive. I know that perhaps I should just get down to disciplining myself and making a full fledged plan but I'm scared because every time I make a plan always something else comes up. I am really frustrated at my inability to get things done. You can tell by now how muddled and confused my thought process is, there just too much I feel I need to do but the prospect seems so overwhelming that I don't even want to get started! Any advise?
raj, take a break! Hand over power for a few days to a trusted employee and go do something completely else than what you do now. Drive go-cart, play bowling, go top the mountains, fish, watch your favorite movies, what ever that can entertain you and keep your mind off business for a few days. Remember, we are not robots.
After that you will be able to think more clearly.
Without knowing your personality, much less the oddity of being psychoanalyzed on a public forum, here are some general suggestions (your mileage may vary).
Second, seek out any business owners you know and talk through some ideas with them. You can also look for attorneys and CPA's in your area that work with small businesses. They can often provide some good pointers. You may want to look for someone who is retired from your industry to give you some part-time consultation.
Third, look for examples of what success looks like to you. Encourage everyone you know bring up similar examples. The human brain works by analogy, so feed it as many examples as you can to see where your company and products might be similar to your success examples.
The bottom line is feeling overwhelmed by the seemingly endless planning for a start-up is not unusual. If you can't find a way to start making progress, you need to get some professional assistance (not just a forum like this). It is also not unreasonable to conclude that start-up life is not what you had hoped for, and some time with a steady paycheck may make your world feel a lot better.
I suggest working down to a level you can easily handle, and grow maintaining that easiness.
Practically a break won't help you. I was in a similar situation and any free time I got, I just use to think about problems. Even sleeping on regular time was impossible. You need to change somethings around you. The faster you do it, better it will be for you.
Talk to 'real' people. I use to ease up by talking to my closest friends. They were a life saver.
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