Whether you’re working on a new business idea and trying to get it off the ground, working side-by-side with your loved one, or juggling your job and home all while starting your new business, time management is the most important step to success in every area. Take it from me, You HAVE to protect your personal or relaxing time, but you also have to dedicate to each area of your life, or you will not succeed. You only have so much time in a day and must accomplish something for your business each day. Here are a few things that help me out.
1. Plan out every single week and let no time go to waste.
That’s right. It’s time to buy yourself a calendar notebook, or start using the one in your phone. The tools are right at your fingertips. Sometimes we just need a little nudge in the right direction to begin. Start out mapping your to-do’s that happen weekly, that way when you enter it into your phone, you only have to do it once for… ever! Don’t worry. It’s just as easy to delete an event as it is to add one. Once all your weekly events are in place, add the special items that happen each month, or the weekend plans you’ve made with friends and family. This will show you exactly how much time you truly have to spend towards your business. Now start adding work priorities in between. Don’t overdo yourself. Make it worth while! Don’t forget, when you make a plan, stick to it. Circumstances change plans all the time, but if you could write an article over watching TV to build your business, you should probably be writing the article, am I right?
2. Start Setting Goals
I have found the easiest way to make a goal, is set your “final goal” first. Once that’s in place, understand what you need to accomplish that goal. Whether it’s sales, residual clients, a large team behind you, or even a larger building, you will be able to do something. Again, start out small. Need more sales? Make some phone calls, or start getting your name out there either on socials, marketing, or door to door in your neighborhood. Is it fun? Not at first, but you’ll get the hang of it! Each week, set a goal to get you closer to your final goal. But don’t stop there! Once you hit your goal, make a new one! You can do this!
3. Work on Something each day
Ok, you’ve made some goals, now it’s time to start putting the pen to the paper. It’s time to begin. The goals you set weekly will help you stay on track and focus each day. Make sure you plan ahead. Proper planning will allow you to immediately start on your list of things to do, so there is no time wasted. This is also why we write everything down (or digitally) on our calendar, so there’s no surprises when a new client wants to meet and you can confidently set a time that fits both your schedules without missing a beat at home.
4. No procrastinating
It’s extremely easy to get distracted when you have work or other projects on the mind. Planning helps, but even with a plan, getting distracted is as easy as checking your email, catching up on socials, organizing your desk, getting other things done around the house, or even other work related items. Find a routine that fits you, start a system, and use the free tools all around us to get medial tasks done much faster so you can focus on growing your business.
5. Don’t forget about yourself
Running a business from home requires a larger than normal amount of mental energy. You might have children to care for, or still have your steady paycheck job to contend with daily. This causes both your mental and physical levels to drop significantly, which can lead to high stress and even burnout. This is why you have to take care of yourself. Get a good nights rest, eat a healthy diet to keep your body functioning better, get regular exercise, and take a break now and then during the day. There’s also no rule against treating yourself now and then!