One of the many reasons I love being an entrepreneur is the freedom. One of the biggest challenges of being an entrepreneur is the freedom! I can’t tell you how many times I have walked into my office knowing I have a million things to do, but end up on Facebook or casually going through emails. Procrastination, avoidance, lack of motivation, there are probably another ten reasons I could name as to why this is happening.
I learned pretty quickly that if I was going to be my own boss, I needed to put in place some structure.
Here are three ways to take back control of your workday:
Set Time Boundaries
This may seem odd, because one of the reasons I loved working for myself, was I could set my own hours, but problems arose when I wasn’t setting any boundaries. I was working all the time, day, night, and weekends. I wasn’t protecting the time for myself, my family, and my friendships. I had take a look at what my ideal schedule looked like and practice intentional planning. As an entrepreneur, it’s not always ideal, there are still times I find myself in my office when I shouldn’t be, but that’s ok, because at least now I pay much more attention, and most days, I get it right.
In my opinion, you can’t build a business by yourself. You have to delegate the areas that you are not an expert in. I did not design my website, I had ideas of what I wanted it to look like, but hired it out to set it up. I have a contractor who helps me with marketing. I have a virtual assistant to help me manage my time. I have an editor who edits this blog. It’s a small team, but it works and I would not have a business without them. I know what I’m good at and I know what I’m not, so I have no problem investing in the right people to make my business successful.
Hire a Coach
Another important person on my team, is my Mentor Coach. This is the person I turn to when I didn’t know what to do next or I have a question on how to deal with a certain situation. A coach can help with time management, organization, breaking projects down, accountability in making sure you follow through, and for me, just reminding me to be patient and to breathe!
Here is a testimonial I received from one of my client entrepreneurs that demonstrates how I can help:
"As I mentioned when we wrapped up our coaching a few months ago, I'm sure that I wouldn't have been able to get my freelance editing business off the ground without your help and guidance. Being able to even just talk to you and voice my own thoughts and ideas aloud really helped clarify what I needed to do, steps I should take, and what would or wouldn't work for me. Since I had only recently discovered my ADHD, I was still very much in the process of learning how it affected me and how I could mitigate the symptoms, so having a professional to talk to helped put my mind at ease and relieve some of my worries about whether I could not only manage without medication, but successfully build a business.
Since we last spoke, my business has continued to pick up, and while I'm still working out some inefficiencies and figuring out better ways to do things, your coaching helped me realize that I have the tools and skills necessary to make changes that will positively impact my life and work. So thank you, again, for everything!" - Liz
Until Next Time...