One of the biggest challenges I’ve personally faced while becoming an entrepreneur and building my business from scratch has been: Time Management. It’s the most important thing to get a hang of if you’re going to set yourself up for success.
I know! You’re already bored!
But hear me out for just a second. We all have the same 24h a day to create our vision for our life and business. And if we’re going to turn that vision into reality then we need to create the habits and daily routines that will support us.
Creating your own habits and daily routines will set you up for success, no matter where in the world you are, or whatever the kind of craziness going on around you.
So today I want to share with you, my 4 Habits and Routines that help me get more done everyday.
4 Tips that will Set You Up For Success
The Bullet Journal
I’ve used every app out there, tried every tool you can name to organize my day and keep track of my tasks, projects and client work. But of all the tools I’ve used this low-tech tool is my absolute favorite: The Bullet Journal
I use a modified version of The Bullet Journal where I keep all my projects and client information as well as my daily logs. My journal is inspired by this amazing journal by @journalspiration.
The Pomodoro Technique is a focus technique where you divide your tasks into 25-minute blocks. This allows you to stay focused on the task at hand for 25-minutes at a time.
The biggest benefit for me of the Pomodoro technique is the peace of mind of knowing that you can commit fully to the task at hand without the fear that it will take up all of your day.
If you’re looking for an app to implement this technique my personal favorite Be Focused, check it out if you’d like.
Work in a Proper Office Space
This has been vital for me! I used to work from home, in between cute cats and laundry it can be hard to focus. But my productivity went trough the roof when I started to work from at a local coworking space.
Having a space that is for work is the single most important thing that you can do to improve your productivity.
Music & Podcasts
Finally; to keep me focused and chipper all day long I listen to either music or some of my favorite podcasts. I do much better with something to listen to than I do with silence. But this is just my personal preference. 🙂
We live in a world where we are always on, always connected. In a world so connected, it’s important to find the time to take a day off work. Having a no tech day and the constantly on world can be a game changer.
That’s why starting right now (actually I started yesterday) I’m taking Sunday’s off tech. One full day without any tech in my life. Sounds Crazy, right? I promise you it’s worth it.
What did I learn from my first No Tech Sunday?
Taking a day off is hard!
It’s hard to disconnect from the internet and all of your responsibilities for a full day. I really had to fight the urge to turn on the computer, or just check my email really quick.
You get to focus on what really matters
Without all the distractions of the internet, I got to enjoy the time with my friends and family. It was a great opportunity to connect with the people and pets I love.
You will get bored
It will happen, I promise. I started the day off fine but by 18 PM I was crazy bored! I’m sure I’ll get better at this as time goes by, but just be prepared to face the boredom.
Planning works best in a vacuum
For the past few weeks, I had been feeling overwhelmed and unsure of where to go next. Taking this time off of everything allowed me to take a deep breath and focus on where I want to go.
You’ll start the week with renewed energy
Monday never felt better! With a clear idea in my mind of where I want to go and a draft of how to get there, I attacked Monday full of energy!
Who should do this? Everyone!
Seriously, if you spend most of your day connected to a screen then you NEED to do this! The time off will give you perspective and keep you centered as you go on to chase your dreams!
If you like this idea of taking some time off this tech world and doing a digital detox, then you need to check out Folk Rebellion. The whole idea behind my no tech Sunday’s was generated after hearing about a Digital Detox from the amazing Jess Davis.
It’s been 15 months since I started my business and billed my first client. (I can’t quite believe this myself!)
Had you asked me a year ago: if I’d be doing this full time within a year of starting my business. My answer would have probably been No!
I know that I’m good at what I do. But I had never thought I could grow this fast and support myself so soon after starting. There’s still plenty that I don’t know how to do. And I learn something new every day but I wanted to share a couple of things I have learned along the way.
What I’ve learned in 1 Year of Building my Business
Consistency is Everything
I tried to start a business before, many times before. (an embarrassing number of times, let’s not talk about that) What made this time different was consistency.
If you want to start a business you need to show up for it every single day. This doesn’t mean you need to sit for an hour at the desk every day, or maybe it does, it’s up to you. What it does mean is that if you really want to make this happen you need to do something every day to move the ball forward.
It doesn’t have to be perfect AKA Adjust as you Go
Creating your own business isn’t a perfectly organized process. Actually, it can be messy as hell, but that’s okay!
So when you’re starting your business don’t worry about making it perfect. Make it as good as you can make it right now. And then keep moving forward! Chances are you will change everything in a few months anyway so please do yourself and the world a favor and, as a wise woman once said, “Launch before your ready!”
Not everyone is a right fit for you
If one lead doesn’t call back. If the one client never renews and if there are just some people that don’t get you that’s okay. Your business isn’t for everyone! It’s for the people who get it and most importantly the people who get you!
As long as you have clients who get you and people who keep coming back for more you’re doing great! Don’t spend too much of your time thinking about the people that don’t get it.
Everything is growth and this is all part of the journey.
There will be moments when you need to regroup, and times when you want to shift gears. There’ll be days of amazing growth and joy and days of pure sadness. This is all part of the journey called life.
Keep living and remember you get to adjust your direction whenever you feel like it. It’s your life after all.