Being a Creative One Woman Entrepreneur is rewarding as well as equally tough. When your business just comes down to you and the one pair of hands that you have, you really need to work as smart and efficient as you can.
In this article, I am going to give you 5 tips that you can implement in your business to free up your time as much as possible.
Remember that whatever tips you put into place, you need to set realistic goals from the outset. Setting goals that are not realistic are going to add to your overwhelm. They will add to your sense of dissatisfaction in not being able to achieve your daily, weekly or monthly goals.
5 Tips to Work Smarter as a Creative One Woman Entrepreneur
Start your day by knowing what you are going to be doing! At the end of each working day, I plan out what I am going to do the next day. I work out what my priorities are. I have two lists. The first is “must be done and urgent / timed deadlines” and the second is “want to do”. Set yourself no more than 3 things on that list. This will give you a sense of achievement when you complete those 3 things. If there is more time in the day and your list is complete, you can add something from your “want to do” list. Working on your business or improving some skills, doing some research, for example.
It is easy to see that putting 10 items on your “to do” list that day is going to leave you downhearted and miserable with no sense of achievement. So do be realistic! Using this method will mean that you are not wasting time when you get to your desk in the morning and you can get started straight away.
Manage Your Productivity
One of the best ways to manage your productivity is to break your task list down into manageable bite sized chunks. Set aside short time elements to focus and complete a task with a short break afterwards. A great example of this is The Pomodoro Technique. A short burst of focused task time, followed by a short rest.
Stop procrastinating and putting things off. Put the job that you hate most at the top of the list for that day and do it first! You will feel an utter sense of achievement first of all and pure relief that you did it and actually, it wasn’t so bad after all. A friend of mine refers to this as “eating the frog” so go and get those frogs eaten!
Schedule Your Social Media
This one is a no brainer! Your time will be more effective when you focus on this one task once a week. There are some great software tools out there, like Buffer and Hootsuite which allow you to schedule posts ahead on various social media platforms. You can do all your social media for the week ahead for all platforms or you can focus on one platform at a time.
If you enjoy participating in Twitter #hours, then you can schedule your participating tweets ahead of time. This leaves you free to chat and interact with other businesses when it is “real” time. One piece of advice, if you schedule ahead for #hours, make sure you actually do join in and not post and run!
Schedule Your Time
Once your social media is scheduled you can log off! Set times aside during the day when you can “check in” and respond to any interaction you get. Give yourself a set time to do this, then log off and carry on with your work. I promise you, you will feel more efficient doing it this way!
Apply this to your emails as well. Check in a few times a day and respond, then log off and move away. Allow yourself a set time to do this. Who says you have to check your emails first thing in the morning? Maybe do the tough task on your list first then check your emails.
Do not allow yourself to disappear down the “rabbit hole” of social media and email checking. Save links to read later. Facebook have this facility now for articles and posts you read, click and save. For interesting website links you can use Evernote or Pocket to save articles that you can read later. Create folders with topic names so you can find them easily.
When you are a Creative One Woman Entrepreneur, your life can become very overwhelming. So overwhelming, you feel that you are not coping very well and you are heading for burn out! If that is you, or you can feel that is happening to you, perhaps it’s time to think about getting some help.
There are businesses, like mine, who can help you do just that. People like me can take some of the workload off your plate and do it for you. It is a very scary thought, to think about trusting someone with your business but if you find the right person, working together can be an amazing success. The right person will understand you and your business.
Start with the tasks that you don’t enjoy or are not very confident with and see how someone else can help you. This can take the pressure off and give you the freedom to grow your business and bring in new ideas!
If you need help and assistance about any of the topics discussed in this article or need to investigate in hiring another “pair of hands” to help you reduce your overwhelm and help you work smarter, then feel free to get in touch with me, Imogen Allen to see if I can help.
Thank you to Ellen for giving me the opportunity as a Guest Blogger on E L Feelgood’s Vintage Boutique & Lifestyle Blog
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