Updated: Nov 3, 2021
If you’ve ever wanted to start a business without feeling confused or burnt out, keep reading!
You’re about to find out exactly what you should be focusing on each day to get your business up and running without sacrificing your free time.
Thankfully these tips work even if you have a loaded schedule or work a full-time job!
Step 1: Identify your daily non-negotiables
Daily non-negotiables are tasks that you simply will not compromise on. They are the things you will make time for no matter what! These boundaries will help you stay consistent and create structure when you don't have a boss managing how you spend your time.
Most people who are new to the online business world don’t even realize that they need to do this step before they can create an effective schedule. And that’s why a lot of people who try to better manage their time end up failing – they’re simply missing this crucial step.
So, the first thing you need to do is take a look at your daily tasks and determine which can go vs. which need to stay.
You’ll find that this part of the process goes much more smoothly if you apply these tips and tricks:
• Analyze what tasks you enjoy, what you’re good at, and what you absolutely can’t stand or always avoid.
• Think about what or how you could outsource the tasks that you can’t stand or avoid.
• Align your non-negotiables with your values; check in on these points frequently to make sure you’re always on track.
Once you’ve identified your non-negotiables, then you can move on to the next step…
Step 2: Create a schedule
The next thing you need to do is plug ALL of your tasks into a functional calendar. When I first started getting organized, I made a lot of mistakes. And now that I’ve helped others do it, I see a lot of people have a tendency to make the same mistakes.
So let me share with you the top 3 mistakes and how to avoid them:
Focusing on the wrong work at a bad time - Think about how you feel throughout your day and fill in those time slots with tasks that naturally match your energy.
I don’t check my email before 10:00 am because I like to take my mornings slow to read, meditate, and journal without any distractions
I feel the most creative during the early afternoon or late at night, those are the times I schedule to write marketing content
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Cramming everything into one day, every day - A stacked schedule might feel good to get through the day quickly, but why are we rushing?! This only makes you feel like what you’re doing is something that you don’t want to be doing...if so, revert back to Step 1.
Spacing my tasks throughout the week allows me to work less each day, avoid burnout and stress, while still completing what needs to be done.
Being unrealistic with time - Be honest with yourself. If it takes you awhile to get into the creative process, schedule a buffer around your content creation strictly for “getting in the zone.”
Step 3: Respect your boundaries At this step you’re likely to notice some resistance. So, what you need to do is utilize your support system! If you’re feeling isolated or misunderstood around your goals, we’re here for you inside The Creative Solution! Communicate to the people in your life that you’re going for a big goal and would love their support around your decisions. I still remember the first time I tried to set boundaries around my biz - I thought I had to say no to anything that went against my goals! No binging Netflix, no weekends with the fam - grind, grind, grind until I got there! I failed miserably because that’s just not realistic and it made me start to resent the goals that I willingly created for myself. Lol! Boundaries need to be in balance with your business goals and your personal life. Going hardcore in one direction will inevitably result in burnout. Bonus step - keep it simple starting out!
You don’t need to be doing ALL the shiny things when you first start your biz. Your goal is to make money first and use that money to then create the shiny things!
And there you have it – 3 simple steps to get the most out of your day when starting a new business. Now that you know how to maximize your time, there’s just one thing left for you to do: take action.
So get to it, and soon you’ll be crushing your calendar!