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Friday, 30 October 2015

I Think I Can!

Are you feeling overwhelmed because it all lands on you, the owner?

There are many "hats" to wear as a solopreneur. There is the financial hat, the organization hat, the marketing hat, the sales hat, the planning hat, the people hat, the boss hat, the human resources hat, the networking hat,..and the list goes on. There are new hats all the time. The big question is how does one manage all of them at one time?

Short answer is, "You don't."

It is all a matter of priorities. Set aside time to plan your day, every day. Take that hour to just sit and think about what needs to be done that day, and then make a list. Once you have the list, then prioritize it with "A, B, C". "A's" being top priority, and so on.

Do the hard things first, and the rest will come easy. Once the hardest tasks of the day are complete, it gives you a boost for the rest of the day and a huge sense of accomplishment. For instance, if making phone calls to follow up on past appointments and check in with clients is hard for you to do, and the telephone feels like it weighs 500 pounds, do that task first and get it out of the way.

If you are trying to figure out what the "hard" things are, think about what it is that you procrastinate most often. Bingo! It is usually the "hard" things...the things that we dislike the most.

Then move on to the next hard thing on your list.

As you work through your day, you will see that the "C" list does not always get completed, so you can move those items into the following day, or even schedule them into another day either that week or later in the month.

Personally, I have a hand written daytimer, as well as my electronic systems. What is in my manual calendar is also in my electronic systems. My manual one is always open on my desk, so I can easily see where I am at that day or in the days and weeks to come. I love my electronic calendars because they give me audible reminders about when it is time to move on to the next task.

Try this for three weeks and you will feel like the "little engine that could".

"I think I can; I think I can; I think I can! Phew! I thought I could; I thought I could; I thought I could!"

Christine Till
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