These days it seems like everyone is super busy all the time. There’s work, family, partners, friends, pets, housework, shopping, sports, functions and social events to attend. Not to mention all the distractions we have constantly at our finger tips with our phones having access to Facebook, Instagram, Emails and text messages.
So how do you manage to find the time to start your own Online Business amongst all of this ‘life’ that is happening around you?
Before I started my business I felt like I was always busy, and I was. What I was busy at though was filling in my time! I kept myself busy checking Facebook and Instagram. I was sending endless text messages with friends, wandering through the shops to see if there was anything that I just couldn’t do without. I would play games on my iPad, watch TV and generally faff about without really achieving a whole lot.
Now don’t get me wrong, I have a 12 year old daughter, a job, a house and a social life to look after so that all takes up some time but outside of that I wasn’t doing much of anything of value.
Making the decision to start my own Online Business changed all of that for me. I love my business and I’m so passionate about learning all that I can and sharing it with others that I make it a priority in the time I have available. I know that there is so much value to be gained from working on my business and that for it to be successful there are certain things that I need to do.
I have put together some Essential Weekly Planning Tips that I find helpful and you may just find that they could help you too!
Sunday is a great day to make sure you are organised at home for the week. Get your housework and shopping done and even have a bit of a cook up so you have some meals prepared for those days that you know time isn’t necessarily going to be on your side.
Make a plan for the week ahead. Fill out a chart showing each day across the top and the hours of the day down the side and start by filling in the things you know you have to do. For example, fill in the days and hours you work, allow for family and dinner time, housework and chores. Add any other non-negotiable commitments you have.
Next make a list of the things you know you need to do for your business and prioritize these things in order of importance. For me I know I need to most importantly focus on writing blog articles, advertising, broadcasting and making connections. After that I fit in time for training and personal development. I’m better at working on my business early in the morning so I make sure I schedule in an hour or two before work, before anyone else can make demands on my time, to do the things I really need to concentrate on.
When you work out how many hours you have available to work on your business, plan to spend 80% of that time on the tasks that drive your income and build your business. So as I said before, for me that includes advertising, writing blog articles and broadcasting to my list.
The remaining 20% of your business time can be spent on training, education and more of the aesthetics such as working on your website or Facebook page. Keep in mind that when you first start you will spend more time on training, setup and education to get yourself going.
Make sure your plan for the week has a healthy balance to keep you in a good mindset. Allow for exercise, personal development and of course adequate sleep to keep you performing at your best.
As life goes, sometimes not everything will go to plan despite your best efforts. Each night before bed, review what you have scheduled and make any adjustments or preparation that is going to help ensure you achieve what you need to for the following day.
If you find you have spare time, check to see if there is something you can start on that will help ease your load later in the week.
When you are working on a set task, remove all distractions and just focus on that one thing for the time you have allowed.
Let your kids or family know that you need to concentrate on what you are doing for the next hour but after that they will have your full attention.
Put your phone on silent, shut down Facebook and emails and really focus on what you are doing.
Mark off the tasks you achieve each day as you do them so you get a clear picture of what you have actually achieved for the day. Acknowledging your progress motivates you to keep going.
Most importantly remember this! Progress is still progress no matter how small. Over time every piece of effort you put in will add up. Success can only come if you don’t give up! Everyone suffers setbacks from time to time however you can still pick yourself up and move forward.
I always think of setbacks like this…
If you dropped your phone and the impact resulted in a cracked screen, would you then continue to smash the phone up further and chuck it in the bin? Hmm probably not… Chances are you would pick it up, keep using it and get it fixed as soon as you can.
Having a plan and being organised not only sets you up for success, it also makes you feel happier and less stressed.
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Do you have any helpful time saving or productivity tips to share? I would love to hear them, feel free to drop them in a comment box below.