Now, I know I was supposed to do something.
It's 2 am and I still haven't - pick one - washed the dishes, read a book, created content, taken a nap.
We are so busy, we don't have time to breathe. I can't be the only one who gets exhausted at the thought of moving my body to do the simplest tasks. And that's just everyday life tasks, you add a business and whoo!, I need an assistant.
"I'm so on it that no one can be as on it as me"
How do I coordinate networking events, plan my next venture, host a podcast, raise a toddler, and work a 9 to 5? Easy peasy, I schedule my life out. Last year I prioritized what needed to be done first, which was usually ok, but when things needed to be done simultaneously life got hectic. This year I am making a real effort to setting a routine and dedicating certain days to certain tasks.
1. Theme Your Days
Having multiple businesses means a lot of my time is spent dividing my time. Each week I have to prioritize what needs to be completed for each company. The easiest way for me is to dedicate my days to a specific business, but you can dedicate you time to specific tasks. For example,
Monday: answer emails
Wednesday: watch a webinar
Thursday: review financials
Friday: self care
Saturday: plan content
Or if you have multiple businesses, like I do, you may want to work on a different business every day. Either way chunk out your time and then large tasks into smaller ones. Don't forget self-care, whether that's taking a walk solo or getting the full treatment at your favorite spa, make sure you pencil yourself in.
2. Set a Timer
Completing tasks is a matter of focusing. How many times have you said, "I just can't focus on this." When you are having one of those days, put yourself on a time limit when working on your tasks. Tasks like checking email, posting on social media, or organizing files those are tasks that can be completed in 20 minutes or less. Tasks that take more time like consultations, research, content creation increase the time to an hour. Once the timer sounds, that's it, stop working on that task.
Setting a timer tricks you into competing with yourself. You know you have so much time to get as much done as possible, you remain focused, take less breaks and increases the discipline you need to become a strong business leader.
3. Call in Back Up
Running a business solo is hard, but it doesn't have to be. We all need help at some point in order to grow our businesses. I know you're saying you would love help, however, the way your sales set up it's just not in the cards right now. No problem, get creative. You can ask you family and friends to help you a couple of hours per week. How about an intern, someone is interested in what you do, show them the ropes by having them assist with back office tasks.
When you need help, not just in business, but in life ask for help. With so much to do we need a support system, if you don't have one, build one.