Starting your own business is an exciting idea, you get to make your passion your work and build that dream, reach your goals. One of the best parts of running your own business is the opportunity to manage your own schedule.
Well, that may sound less confusing than it actually is. A big challenge that comes with this is how to get organized.
The truth is you may not be working on a 9 to 5 job anymore but that doesn’t mean you have to forget about planning your day.
I’m guilty here. When I started working full-time as a designer, I made a lot of mistakes even after hearing a lot of organization tips: woke up late, didn’t really wrote down my tasks for the day and relied too much on my memory. Needless to say that this plan didn’t work. I wasn’t taking advantage of my day and even though I did got everything done in the end, that often meant staying up until late hours.
But, we all learn right? After all being an entrepreneur also requires some experimentation to discover what works for you which is what helps you improve and be more efficient.
Today I bring you 5 organization tips for entrepreneurs that will help you be on top of your game each day.
1. Wake up Early
I’m not a morning person, I have to admit it, but waking up early will help you get the most out of the day. It will give you more time to get everything done, not only work-related but tackle your personal goals as well. This will help you create a balance between those two.
Most entrepreneurs work from home at least at first. Making time to work out, eat right, and take breaks is very important. And it all starts with waking up early.
Create a routine that works for you and stick to it. Write it down so that it stays in your mind until you get used to it. Plan ahead how many hours you are going to work each day, your workout sessions, meal times, and make space for your hobbies.
2. Write things down
When you have that much to do in the day you need to write things down. There’s no other way to make sure you complete each task.
Even though you may think you will remember every single appointment or idea, give yourself a break and just put it on your to-do list.
3. Define your goals for each day
You may have a long to-do list each day but you need to prioritize so that you don’t feel overwhelmed and make sure you don’t jump from task to task.
Define your goals for the day, focus on the top 10 and move the rest to the next day. If you get time to complete more, then great! But if you don’t it’s Ok.
4. Make time for yourself
When you work in what you love time goes by incredibly fast. One minute it’s only 10 AM and the next one it’s 10 PM…and you are still working.
Even though you love your work you need to take breaks and make time for yourself each day. Not only on the weekends. Take that time to go for a walk, go out with your friends, read a book, anything that can help you relax. This way you will have even more ideas for your business.
5. Delegate if you need to
I know it’s your business and you are the only one who knows how everything works. You know what you like and what you don’t. Trust me I know the feeling. But if you are planning on growing your business then you will need to delegate certain tasks.
When your budget allows it, think about what areas of your day you can get some help on. Maybe is your social media, creating blog posts or images for your products. This way you will be able to focus on the creative part and reduce the time you invest in so many other activities.