In this day and age most creative entrepreneurs are juggling the MOST. Some of us have to wear ALL the hats in business; Owner, Bookkeeper, Content Creator, Accountant and so on. It’s easy to get burned out. However, if we find ways to create structure throughout the week and check in on that structure every now and then to ensure it’s working, we’d be able to do less and still have a successful work week. Check out these simple tips below.
First and foremost, self-care will help prepare you for a productive week. What you consume and the amount of rest you get definitely affects your mood and energy. Make sure to eat a good meal before work and snack in between if necessary. Drink lots of water (at least half your body weight daily) and get enough rest each day, I recommend 7-9 hours.
Write a list of tasks that are done every week; emails, content creation, bookkeeping, designing etc. The tasks that are consistent and similar can be grouped together i.e. it’s possible that checking emails and writing newsletters can be a task that is grouped together.
Daily Business Objective
Each day of the week should have a business objective. After creating a task list, you can assign tasks to each day of the week. For example, you can reserve Monday for emails/newsletters, planning and meetings with clients. Tuesdays can be the day you design and create content. Wednesday can be for bookkeeping and accounting and so on.
Creating a workflow works wonders. Have a set time for the daily task at hand and set your work hours. Let’s say you set your work hours from 10am – 4pm. On monday you decide to spend an hour and a half on emails, an hour and a half on newsletters, two hours on planning etc. Remember to be strict on your cut off times, this will help prevent burnout.
Planning Ahead and Deadlines
Plan ahead and utilize that calendar! You can choose a work day to create long and short time goals and then plan the week accordingly. Give yourself deadlines. This will help with setting the time spent on each task for the week. Whatever rolls over can be a task for the next work day.
Another way to prevent burnout is to give yourself time off and I mean a complete day of no work! Set your boundaries with clients. Set your boundaries with friends and family too. It’s important for you to have dedicated time for yourself so that you can breathe, do nothing, go for a bike ride or whatever floats your boat.
Keep checking in on the structure you’ve set up for yourself. Is it working? Do some things need to be switched around? Are you taking enough time off? Are you spending enough time working? Creating new structures can sometimes be a little daunting at first but take your time with it or start with small changes. It will, for sure, benefit you in the long run.