Whether you are running your business fulltime, parttime or every once in a blue moon, you've realized by now that being your own boss can actually wreak havoc on your schedule, and it's really mind-boggling how being 100% in control of your time and no longer having the strick 9 - 5 dictating everything can be an adjustment. I'm not alone, right....??
I wanted to share a few things I do to help me be consistent but to also give my days some meaning and intentions for myself and my health. Physically and mentally. Of course, some days are better than others, but these few items are really easy and take up very little time yet make a huge impact!
First, you need to move, every day, even it's just for 10 minutes. As freelancers, small business owners and entrepreneurs we spend a lot of time at home sitting at a computer and it is shockingly easy to not have quality movement in our day more often than not. And, I'm not even talking about weight lifting, CrossFit or whatever else, it can simply be 10-minutes of stretching or yoga. I make sure to move at least 20 minutes a day by doing just that, stretching and yoga with some push-ups and "push-up crunches". Easy peasy - you could even do it while on a conference call.
Next, I journal and/or set goals for the day. Some days I can only muster setting just one goal (Thanks, you dumb autoimmune disease), but it's better than nothing and still gives me that "win", no matter how big or small it is. We need those wins. I also journal about the things I'm thankful and grateful for, write out some manifestations and affirmations and even vent a little if I need to. And, when I do vent, I write out every true feeling I have, I don't sugar-coat it, I write the bad words and all and then I scribble it out, tear it up or even burn it sometimes. I get it out of my head and move on. And, I make sure to give myself kudos for at least one thing. We have to. This is so important. We (most of us) work alone and don't have anyone to give us recognition and we usually don't talk very nice to ourselves anyway...even if it's at simple as "You're a badass bitch". Yup, I write that.
Did you kill it on your conference call? Sign that client you've been working on for MONTHS!? Get 10 more likes than normal? Write it down and congratulate yourself! Positivity breeds positivity and gives you the push to keep killin' it!
Now, time yourself to keep yourself on track. I purchased the cutest little strawberry kitchen timer the other month and started setting time limits for myself on projects. Projects I enjoy and those I don't. It helps me ensure I am actually being intentional and productive. The projects I hate, (cough, couch, bookkeeping) I set my strawberry for 30 minutes and get it done. And, the projects I love, I will set it for an hour so I don't end up submerged in the project for 3 hours and accomplish very little of anything else.
I am pleasantly surprised that it has helped me this much. It's just like the rule of cleaning for just 10-minutes. By the time the 10-minutes is up, you're in a grove and want to keep going because you feel accomplished.
And lastly, schedule your calls only on certain days, during certain times. This has been HUGE for me! I actually learned this tip from Jenna Kutcher on her Goal Digger Podcast. She only takes calls on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and it gets rid of having to schedule your day around the constantly changing days and times, the accidental booking during pick up time for your kids and waking up at 2:00 am wondering if you have a call scheduled in the morning...
I only schedule calls on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 pm - 3 pm and 4:15 pm and 6:30 pm (MST). I have it this way because I'm not a morning person and I do pick up for my son at 3:30 pm. Although, I have added additional days and hours right now due to the whole AB5 debacle. A lot more freelancers are incorporating due to this law so I needed to be flexible with my schedule, especially for those that may still have a 9 - 5. Most don't have the luxury of scheduling a conference call smack dab in the middle of the day. But the additional days and hours that I have added are statically scheduled and not just a free-for-all. I use Calendly so that clients can schedule the day/time that works best for them without having to do the back and forth emails of "When is good for you"?
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Now, what about you? How do you ensure you are being intentional with your day and time? This is one of the main reasons we've decided to do what we do, let's use our freedom the way we want to!
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