Take Back Control of Your Schedule
Are you running your schedule? Or are you at the beck and call of everyone else?
If you’re not setting boundaries around your availability, then that needs to change right now, friends!
It’s time to take control of your life, your business, and your schedule by creating clear boundaries.
Here is how to unapologetically take control of your calendar now.
1. Create drop dead, line in the sand, working hours.
2. Purposefully choose days to work “on” your business and days to work “in” your business.
3. Do not create a schedule that makes you available ALL THE TIME
Create drop dead, line in the sand, working hours.
Ok, this does not mean “I work M-S 12am to 12pm” It does mean, choose reasonable working hours and stick to them. You will need to commit to this and it should be part of the vision for your business that you are living and breathing everyday. You’re not going to miss out on anything, in fact your customers, clients, and vendors will appreciate and value your time more when you have clear boundaries.
Purposefully choose days to work “on” your business and days to work “in” your business.
Now that you have your working days and hours committed to, it’s time to figure out what and when. What time of the day are you most productive or creative? This should be the time you spend ON your business. Projects and tasks like podcast or video recordings, approvals for your team, marketing initiatives, and planning. Anything that moves your business forward or is a revenue generating activity.
Working IN your business would be the times when creativity or productivity is lower. For most this is later in the afternoon. This is the time to schedule meetings with your team, clients, or vendors.
Now I am NOT saying that you don’t need to be productive or creative when you work with your team, clients, or vendors. What I am saying is that these two activities require different kinds of energy and different ways of being and thinking that for most, is usually the same time of day, everyday.
Just be conscious of your energy levels at certain times of the day and schedule around that, not around everyone else’s schedule.
Do not create a schedule that makes you available ALL THE TIME
This is the fast track to burn out, no one valuing your time (including yourself), and overwhelm. You do not have to fill every second of your calendar.
Take consultation calls and in person appointments on specific days and times. Meet with or schedule client calls the same way. Take time for you!!
Schedule your business around the life you want instead of scheduling your life around your business.