Your work day is starting.
Today is going to be a good day. You have decided to make real progress and tackle that to do-list of doom.
You sit down with your computer and...
Or you try to make use of the evenings to do some work but you are actually exhausted and can't do anything valuable. You struggle and wrestle for a bit and just have to throw the towel because visibly all your brain power is gone.
We waste time trying to figure out what to do and what's the best action to make progress in your business. We ignore our energy level or the limitations of our lifestyle.
You don't always need a big software to help give you directions and keep on track.
Too often, we don't realize how much time we actually have to do our best work. We try to do things at the wrong moment because we are too busy to slow down, observe and prioritize.
Take a generic weekly calendar (you can get one by putting your email in the form below for this or create one in Canva/Google doc/Numbers )
Do you have weekly classes? Family rituals that you can't escape from? Date nights? Lawn mowing obsession of your neighbours that prevent you to record any good sound? Picking up kids at school? Time off and self-care should be in your calendar. It's too easy to always push that away as a solopreneur...
Block them out with a pencil in the calendar.
For me, Tuesdays are a no-no for podcast recording as the lovely lady who comes to clean the house never let us know when she comes during the day and obviously, hoovering isn't quite silent.
What do you want to get done at all costs?
For me now (yes I have to plead guilty, it hasn't been so in the past...), it's sending my newsletter and publishing the podcast.
THAT is my priority. Client work on top obviously.
I will also need to do some admin/invoicing once a week. That's always good not to delay so I can get paid in good time for my freelance work.
I also need to do outreach to get more clients and get seen. so cold calling, connecting on social media. The less time you have, the more personal you need to be. No outreach, no sales usually, either now or down the line. You don't want to do only outreach when you don't have clients... Even if it's one call/email a day. Don't skip this.
Put the day you want things out in the calendar.
For me, I like to think by theme so
That gives you the "landscape" of your week from your client point of view.
Maybe you have to get all your paperwork ready for your accountant a specific day of the week.
Put that in as well.
My brain/high energy tasks are
Many tasks you can do even if there are noise around or jumping kids. or when you are tired in the evening.
They still make a bit of progress when you do them.
Now that you have your lists, look back at your past few weeks.
(if you can block these time out, it's brilliant. Routines help a lot putting the good habits in.)
I love to colour code these.
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if you follow me on Instagram, you know I do a weekly review. I love scanning through various areas of my life and list what I will do that week for this area.
The client work that is booked in, the people/companies I want to contact, what kind of care I need to do, the events that are happening etc...
It helps me considering all areas and not skip on one, at least for too long (yes I have been in touch less with my friends recently because I am trying to squeeze as much content creation time as possible before film season starts. I know it's temporary and for a reason. Having the reminder in my notebook though allows me to remember that it HAS TO BE temporary and I can't skip that for too long.)
With these little blocks of time and the list of your priorities in each area of your life and work, it's easier now to know what you should be doing when.
Thursday morning? Yes, it's my content creation block. Have I done my newsletter yet? my podcast editing? BOOM. Faster to decide what's to be done.
Having boundaries in place helps you focus on what is more important.