Like many self employed people, I struggle to keep focussed on the tasks at hand. But as anyone who works from home can tell you, the distractions are numerous; especially if you’re a social media consultant who spends much of the day online.
I’ve accepted that this will be an ongoing struggle.
There are gazillions of self help books and productivity improvement e-books out there, but like most things, it takes repeated exposure for the wisdom to sink in. So consider this another brain poke.
Is it possible to schedule your day to 20 minutes blocks of time?
According to the entrepreneur self help pundits, it’s what the successful guys do. So the day before you fill those 20 minute pockets, visualize your day and allocate your tasks accordingly.
The key to conducting a successful meeting is to start on time, end on time, and keep the meeting short.
3. Manage your emails
Avoid getting sucked into constantly responding to and sending e-mails, which delays you from finishing projects on time.
I use GMAIL. I like that it’s web based and so I have access to my mail no matter where I am. I use folders and filters extensively to organize mail by senders, topics, companies, subscriptions and priorities.
Now the trick is to not treat every email as a priority.
4. Never stop selling
Always cultivate new business. Not only shouldn’t you wait until a project is finished before looking for a new one, you may find that the one you’re working on now may suffer a premature expiration.
Always have something on the back burner.
This also helps you stay focussed by minimizing the chance that you will take on panic projects that pull you off your business trajectory.
5. Take care of yourself
Whether it’s getting up at dawn to run or taking a break in the day to get to the gym, physical activity keeps your idea factory in shape and the brain department on it’s toes.
You are your business. There is no understudy to step in the last minute to save the show.
Thanks for dropping by. I'm a Social Media Strategist eager to help you sort out social media platforms and content that will best drive your business forward.
My background is in business, specifically non-profit performing arts and restaurants. (Some would argue that is also non-profit.)
In addition to the posts you'll find here, I also host the Ray2Go show on YouTube and Soundcloud and publish the weekly "Ray's Marketing Digest".