Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary defines micromanagement as “management especially with excessive control or attention on details”. Training yourself to avoid micromanaging the staff members of your food truck is one thing; but handling these same controlling tendencies toward your own work can be even harder. Here are three ways how not to micromanage yourself which may impede your own progress.
Do You Micromanage Yourself?
Micro-managers lack personal leadership and tend to have these 10 traits.
- Resist delegating work.
- Immerse themselves in the work assigned to others.
- Look at the detail instead of the big picture.
- Discourage others from making decisions.
- Get involved in the work of others without consulting them.
- Monitor what’s least important and expect regular reports on them.
- Push aside the experience and knowledge of colleagues.
- Loose loyalty and commitment.
- Focus on the wrong priorities.
- Have an unmotivated team.
3 Ways To Not Micromanage Yourself
- Keep your eyes on the prize. Don’t focus on details before the big picture is laid out. Keep the larger project goal in mind and resist temptation to dig into the small stuff.
- Don’t second guess yourself. You’ll inconvenience yourself and your food truck staff if you shift project direction midstream. Work all the way through a project before changing course.
- Micromanage when it’s time. Almost every project requires some planning or detail work. When you reach that point, unleash the micro-manager in you and handle it.
The Bottom Line
Because micromanagers rarely recognise this behaviour and the impact it has on the team it is worthwhile to look for it in yourself. You need to understand that there are guiding forces in your life that you can’t control. Once you realize this powerful paradigm you will be enabled me to stop micromanaging yourself.
Do you micromanage yourself? Have you gotten past this in other ways than our advice? We’d love to hear how you did it. You can share your thoughts in the comment section below or on social media. Facebook | Twitter