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116: Do You Have A Lifestyle Business Or A 24/7 Job?
It’s so easy to become all-consumed with your business because it’s your baby and you went through real labor pains to birth it into the world.
Sometimes I’ve been awake at 2 in the morning because an idea for a podcast show just hit me and I know that it must be written out, if not, I will forget about it. So, yes, the flexibility and freedom of working from home allow this, but does it help you in a healthy way to be running your business?
Of course not.
In this episode let’s talk about how you can regain your sanity!
What does that have to do with working hours?
03:47- 04:27 I sometimes very guilty of working on my business from the moment I get up in the morning to the time I go to bed. In fact, I was going to go off to my studio and knock off a couple of things one evening when my partner gave me the look “are you friggin kidding me?” look. Naturally, I put aside work for the evening and spent quality time with my partner. Just as I think it’s important that you have a dedicated workspace in your home even if it is a small desk in the corner of the bedroom it’s equally important that you put some boundaries in place around when you’re going to work.
Regaining your sanity
05:56- 06:00 Work out how many hours a day and a week you can realistically work on your business.
06:11- 06:18 The time you have available for your business might be 10 hours, or 20 or 40 but not 24/7.
06:20- 06:48 Learn to say “No”. I used to do a lot of pro bonus, collaborations free things, everything possible because I’m a pleaser, I really like to please someone. So when someone else asks something of me I find it terribly difficult to say no to. Wasn’t long before I was drowning in trying to get everything done and meet all my commitments.
06:54- 07:08 Now, I’ve learned to say no. If an opportunity comes along that doesn’t truly align itself with my vision for my business, then I say no. If favor is asked that is going to take a lot of time and effort on my behalf, I also say no.
07:10- 07:40 Get organized. Grab a calendar and sort out your schedule. What’s happening when. Every day I write out my top three tasks for that day, and I make sure I get them done. I automate what I can and I’ve got systems in place so that I can outsource stuff to my assistants like uploading my social media posts, scheduling out my newsletters, even doing my podcasts, editing, and stuff.
08:05- 09:18 Batching. This one is such a timesaver and it's my favorite. So rather than writing your own blog post or recording your own podcast one by one or newsletter when it’s due, dedicate a few hours and write as many as you can in advance or record as many episodes as you can in advance. I actually schedule out a Tuesday afternoon once a fortnight dedicated to writing my podcast shows. Same with shooting video, don’t go to all that effort for one video, shoot a week's worth of content and you’ll have tons of content ready to go. Batch smaller tasks like social media and email, I put aside half an hour in the morning, lunchtime, and afternoon to read and reply to my emails. I don’t leave my email program open all time and keep checking it again because it distracts me. I turn it off after I’ve checked them and I’ve turned off the notifications so I’m not distracted. Batch tasks actually to save time. It allows you to be more productive and it works.
09:22- 09:50 Just do it and stick with it. So you’ve only got two hours a day to spare? No problem, turn off all distractions like your Facebook, Instagram, whatever that is happening on your phone, desktop, and make effort to do that and focus entirely on doing what needs to be done from your task list. No phone calls, no tv, no kids, and no husband, please. Shut yourself away and really commit to getting things done.
09:51- 09:59 Make your time count. The more you take action in a consistent way, the faster you’ll build up momentum and really grow your business.
- Work out how many hours a day you can.
- Learn to say “No”.
- Get organized.
- Sort out your schedule.
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