This past week I was just that. Follow these simple strategies and you can be one too!
- Do the Tasks You Love Most, first! Once you start doing work that matters it is SO easy to fall into this trap. We all know we should tackle the large, hard stuff first, but sometimes our passion for a project pushes logic aside, doesn't it? I spent Tuesday doing a project that needed to be done but honestly could have waited until after Thanksgiving. If you keep doing this, you'll progress right on to step two.
- Wait Until the Last Minute Like I have said in recent articles, we are quick to focus on our products and services, or those of our clients, and forget about marketing and promoting our own business. This resulted in multiple launches, and preparation for things to come in January, right now at the end of the year. Which we all know is the most
terriblewonderful time of the year, the holidays. I was up at around 5 AM everyday during the "thanksgiving break" in order to get work done before the wee one woke up. Which of course did not work out because toddlers can smell your schemes in the air and she woke up early. Someone call the wambulance for me.
- Don't Do Tasks in Batches If I had been smart, I would have sat on Tuesday & Wednesday and done all of the large stuff, to give myself Thursday and Friday off to unplug and relax with the rest of the family. But, I didn't. I was busy working on the fun stuff as noted in strategy 1. A friend of mine, Kevin, is smart and reminded me that December is not the time to set giant goals. His goal was to sit and write a bunch of blog posts for the beginning of 2015 so he could get ahead. That's what I mean by batches. Do what he says, not what I did.
- Don't Let Go of Little Things I also would have let go of some smaller things, but sometimes I get very stubborn and bullheaded. I must get those tweets scheduled! People will weep without my awesome posts on Facebook twice a day! I can get a little crazy after waking up at 5 AM during the holidays. I'm sure I'm alone in this. When times get crazy, let go of little things and focus on the most important, most return for your time tasks. Posting, responding, even writing, can feel like momentum but it's just movement. If you're going to spend energy during the holidays away from your family to work on your business, make it count!
- Don't Unplug During Family Time With all the aformentioned solopreneur FAILS I was rocking last week, it was no surprise I was tired and grumpy for some of the holidays. I also felt sick, probably from lack of sleep and a cold I should have been fighting off with rest. I was a real joy to be around. Don't get me wrong, we had a blast and enjoyed our Thanksgiving, but if you were to ask my husband, I'm pretty sure he'd tell you I was a terrible mompreneur last week and he'd like me to do things differently for our next holiday. And I will.