The Struggle Is Real
Being a business owner can be super overwhelming.
Have you ever felt paralyzed in your business because you were so overwhelmed with everything you have to do?
I know I have.
When I first moved my business into the online space I was completely overwhelmed. It was the first time ever in my business life that I did not have a staff to handle all the daily tasks for me. And using the internet as a place of business was completely new for me.
New platforms, new terminology – funnels, landing pages, chat bots, conversion rates, bounce rates, split testing. OH MY!
And sometimes you just don’t know what you don’t know.
The Struggle IS Real.
So just how do you handle business when there’s a mountain of things to do each day and not enough of it ever seems to get done?
There are plenty of methods for getting control – cleaning up, organizing tools, to-do lists, time management – and I will be sharing many of them with you over the month of January.
Today let’s start with a few simple things you can do to save time and reduce the feeling of overwhelm.
Keep Meetings and Discussions Short
For meetings, create a clear agenda with a time limit and stick to it. Keep small talk to a minimum. When having an informal discussion, keep a goal in mind and focus on achieving that goal. Once achieved, wrap up the conversation.
Limit Email Time
Daily emails can seem endless. Set a time limit for how long you’ll spend on email during certain times of the day. For example, 30 minutes for morning emails, 15 minutes after lunch, and so on. Instead of reading the first message first, start with the most important and respond in order of priority.
Avoid Social Media
Social media can be a serious time-waster. Stay off social media, turn off notifications – whatever you need to do to remove the distraction.
Even though you use it for business – you need set aside time and limit it just like with your emails.
Time Manage Your To-Do List
For each item on your daily to-do list, set a maximum time limit. This is the most time you can spare for the task. Set a timer as you begin each task. This prevents one item from taking too long and pushing others off your list.
Take Care of Yourself
Get plenty of sleep, eat well, manage stress, and stick to regular routines. If you maintain your health in this way, you’ll stay more focused and work more efficiently.
Take many small breaks throughout the day to keep your focus. During these breaks, you may want to engage in some activity that’s just fun and relaxing.
Always look for parts of your day that you can trim, and you’ll find yourself working smarter with less stress.