A morning of catch-up work, followed by a day of meetings, and a late-night cram session to top it all off. Does this sound familiar? If so, it’s time to learn how to maximize your time. Don’t feel bad, this is how I used to run my business. Don’t get me wrong – I am an organized person, and I know what tasks need to get done within my business, but sometimes I spend SO much time on one task (that’s the perfectionist in me), that other tasks just get pushed to the back burner. I was finding myself in a constant state of “catching up”, and let me tell you, that is not a place where you want to be.
Learning to maximize my time has helped me on my road to success, and also helped me to find a great work/life balance, which wasn’t even something I was aware that I needed. If you find you’re in the same place that I was, follow these four rules I use to maximize my time as a business owner.
Emphasis on realistic. When you’re a business owner, there’s no doubt that you have big goals that you want to achieve. You may want to spend all of your time working on that big task and put off every other task, but that’s only going to hurt you. Instead of pushing all of your other tasks off until late at night or the weekend, simply set realistic goals for each. If your goal is to begin an online course, schedule each task of the goal in a realistic manner. For example, for the first week, you’ll spend 2 hours every day working on course templates. The next week, you’ll spend another 2 hours every day working on audio for the course. This gives you 6 hours every day (or however long your workday is) to catch up on emails, complete client work, and finish essential tasks in a timely manner.
You can achieve every single big dream you have for your business, you just need a little patience and a plan!
Being a WFH business owner definitely has its perks! You don’t have to worry about setting alarms, or traveling to work, or rushing through your morning routines, and you can wear whatever the heck you want. But, having your office in your home can sometimes have its downsides. One of which is that it’s easy to put off your daily routines and go straight to work. I was guilty of this for quite some time. I’d roll out of bed at whatever time, grab my laptop, make some coffee, and work until about 1:30 PM, where I’d then finally take a shower, and continue working. This was no way to live, and I actually was accomplishing very little because I was demotivated.
My routine now consists of waking up at the same time every single day and instantly grabbing my planner (I love this one from Amazon) instead of my phone or laptop. Within my planner, I write down my wins from the previous day, things I’m grateful for, things I want to approve on, and tasks I want to complete (REALISTIC tasks). I follow this by some exercise because it works wonders on your mind and spirit, take a shower, and actually take the time to make a nutritious breakfast. I find I have so much more motivation and drive since starting this routine, and I’m able to finally maximize my time and find a balance between my work and personal life.
As a business owner, you make the rules. But, sometimes it is more difficult to keep yourself as accountable as your boss would. You’ll find that you’ll become more accountable for yourself by following the two rules above.
Another way to stay accountable is to connect with others in your field on a Facebook group. Odds are, they’re also in it alone, so it wouldn’t hurt to connect with someone going through the same thing as you. Another way is to create a vision board and place it right in front of you. The constant reminder of these goals right in front of your face is a great way to keep yourself motivated and accountable! By staying accountable every single day, you’ll find yourself cruising down your success path.
Outsourcing can be terrifying, but will allow you to gain SO MUCH of your time back within your business! But what should you outsource? Anything and everything within your budget!
If you’re spending more than an hour every day going through emails, outsource it. Provide a Virtual Assistant with a guide and a script for responses, and take that task off your plate forever!
Do you run a blog and Pinterest, and find it time-consuming to write the content AND create graphics? Outsource it. Communicate with your Virtual Assistant the topics and details you have in mind, and then set up weekly calls to discuss your vision and review their work.
I know it can be hard to trust someone else to fulfill the needs of your business, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the impact it can make, and the time you gain back. Plus, it’s always nice to have a business buddy.
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If you’re at a place in your business where you feel like you only have time for your business, it’s time to take a step back. Set those goals, create those routines, become accountable every single day, and outsource the rest. You’ve got this!
If you’re a creative business owner or influencer who found that this really hit home, and you’re ready to maximize your time, head over to my website to see exactly how I can help, and how we can get in touch.
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