Finding time for business
For the person trying to transition from a career to a full time entrepreneur, and still balance family time, me time, rest time, and fun time, finding time for business can be a challenge .
There are some great habits to incorporate, however, to get you started being more productive. So, here are the first of some time management tips to help you break through to higher productivity and faster results.
- Mind Map. I know you hear this all the time from me, but I can’t say enough about how transforming this one tool and skill can be in producing clarity and organizing your thoughts, finding time for business, and achieving goals. Getting it down in a simple, one page map eliminates the distractions and enhances focus. Using mind mapping to plan your tasks and manage your projects can help you prioritize and achieve your goals. So, if you haven’t started mind mapping yet, now is the perfect time to start!
- Batch your projects. One thing that helps me get so much accomplished, is scheduling certain tasks in batches. Once you mind map your project you know the tasks needed to accomplish it. If you have blogs to post, auto-responder emails to write, content for a website, products to create, do it all in a specific time frame. Create enough posts in a day or two that you don’t have to come back to that task for several weeks or more, upload, and queue for publishing and that task is complete. Write your broadcast emails to cover a period of a month, or at least a couple of weeks, upload and queue. If you’re doing video, it usually means setting up lighting, backdrop or green screen, scripts or at least the key ideas, dressing for video, and hair and makeup if you’re a woman taping in front of a camera, so why not do enough video clips to cover several weeks of content. Batching allows you to prioritize your tasks and complete a project more effortlessly.
- Spend 80% of your time doing the things that create revenue and 20% of your time on everything else. Often we waste huge amounts of time doing what we think is work, when it doesn’t do anything to move us forward in creating a bigger list, connecting with that list, or producing cash flow through sales. Perhaps the best thing you can do right now to help in finding time for business is to sit down and look at where you are spending the most time and assess if that is serving your business vision.
Time management is one area of self-mastery required to be a successful entrepreneur, so how do you measure up?
Track your daily habits for a week or so and see if there are ways you can mind map to better organize and streamline your project management. Look for ways you can batch your tasks for more effortless completion of goals. And consider ways to give more focused attention on the things that produce results and potential revenue. Often, making a few small changes in the way we manage our time can create huge results in finding time for business.
Is time management something you are good at or do you struggle with finding the time to launch your business? Let me know by posting below.