How to become a more organised entrepreneur

Do you ever feel that you are overloaded with work, and don’t know how to go about reducing that big pile of stuff; which has been building up for days, weeks, or even months?

Maybe its about time that you conquered that Mount Everest of tasks and paperwork!

Here are my top 10 tips on how to become a more organised (and hopefully a less stressed) entrepreneur…
  1. Create a mind-map of all the ideas that are crowding your head space. Use this to clear your mind and focus on each task in hand
  2. Write a to-do list. Use headings and subheadings to narrow down exactly what needs to be achieved within each task
  3. Use a scheduling or diary system to organise your time. Plan tasks ahead of schedule to allow you to dedicate suitable time for each one
  4. Outsource anything you can to free up your time to run and grow your business E.g. by using Virtual Assistants, Marketing Experts, Accountants, etc
  5. Set aside designated planning time and spend one evening (usually a Sunday works best) to plan and prepare your week ahead
  6. Check emails at the end of every day rather than at the beginning. Use a small amount of time at the end of the day to plan and prepare for the next day
  7. Turn off your phone and stay logged out of your email while competing each task. Less distractions mean you will complete tasks quicker, and you can reply to urgent calls and emails during coffee breaks in between tasks.
  8. Schedule email mail-outs and social media posts in advance so they happen automatically. Set aside time to schedule as this will save you time in the long-run (you can also use a social media management tool to be even more efficient at this!)
  9. Clear your work space so it is free from loose papers and clutter. After all, an organised space creates an organised mind!
  10. Constantly review your progress. Assess what is working well for you at keeping you organised, and focus on doing these things (and remember that what might be working for another person wont necessarily work for you – and vice versa).

These are all good and well, but are you still wondering where on earth to start with becoming more organisedand tackling that mammoth of a mountain?

Here are some useful tangible items you might want to use to help you get started:

  • Mind-mapping software, such as MindGenius or imindmap (or just an old-fashioned pen and paper – and one or two highlighters)
  • A paper diary – electronic ones are great but sometimes its good to have everything there in front of you in black and white!
  • A list of useful contacts to lend a hand with your outsourceable tasks when needed.
  • Social media management programmes (e.g. Hootsuite, Buffer, etc)
  • Email scheduling software (e.g. Mailchimp, CRM database, etc)
  • A quiet and clutter free space to work and focus (even a desk in a library might be suitable!)

Basically, all of the above boils down to the fact that: to fail to prepare, is preparing to fail.

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This mantra is very true both in life and business. Setting aside a little time to prepare your diary, and plan your time in advance, will be extremely worthwhile in helping to organise your life, work, and most importantly your mind.

So, dont wait until tomorrow to start planning your strategy to become more organised. Give yourself that phew’ feeling, and start taking action now! (You might even get a better nights sleep, and thank yourself for it!)

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Top Tips for Juggling Motherhood and Self-Employment

Being a self-employed mum of a toddler and a baby can be very challenging at times! If you are a mum who works for yourself, then I am sure you can relate to the conflict your brain has between spending time with your children and working on your business.

I know I constantly feel guilty that one of these is suffering, as I haven’t got enough time in the day to do everything! ……and as for household chores, I sometimes just give up, now have a cleaner!

So, here are my top ten tips for juggling motherhood and self-employment:

Make lists and prioritise

I like to have one list for both business and mum stuff as to not confuse myself by using separate ones.  I also put everything in my diary so nothing is missed!

Find amazing childcare

I am lucky to have my parents and in-laws to look after the children whenever I need to.  Although I still feel guilty when leaving them for a business-related appointment!

Prepare

Get bags, clothes, lunches, etc ready the evening before. Mornings are the most crazy for us!

Work when the kids sleep

Schedule in work time when the kids are in bed. A few hours every evening can clear my work to-do list as well as a full working day will!

Outsource work and ask for help

I have 3 amazing ladies who help in my business, and they make me feel like all is not just on my shoulders.  Plus, self-employment can be pretty lonely at times, so having a team to support me is lovely!

Find others in the same boat as you

Connecting with other self-employed mums who are in the same boat as you can help. Try joining us at a Her Business Brew meeting for support.

Get a box of tricks up your sleeve

Have a box of crafts or games that the kids can do themselves.  This will keep them entertained if you have to make a business call or complete work when they are around! Even short bursts on a tablet, or half an hour in front of CBeebies isn’t going to do any harm either!

Schedule quality time with the family

Time with your family is very important as your kids grow up so fast.  Even a quick trip to the park, or reading them a story makes all the difference!

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Don’t beat yourself up

Don’t worry if everything isn’t done that day. No woman is superwoman (even though we like to think we are!) just move stuff to next weeks to do list. Its not the end of the world!

Make time for yourself

All this juggling can leave you shattered, so make time for yourself.  I like to get my nails/hair done, visit the spa, or have the occasional afternoon tea!  Although a long soak in the bath (with no kids) is even a nice treat!

 

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Get your mojo back and love your business

Lost your mojo? Not sure if you love your business anymore?

It can be all too easy to lose focus, drift off from your original plans, get frustrated, be disappointed that things aren’t moving fast enough, lose your mojo and to simply fall out of love with your business.

When you’re self-employed, your business often becomes your life. Sometimes it can be tiring especially if you don’t have any downtime or are going though a rough patch.

So here are some savvy tips to wake up your mojo and help you fall back in love with your small business…

Get focused on the bigger picture

So many women get stuck in a rut after they’ve been running their business for a little while. You need to constantly focus on where you want to go with your business and why are you are self-employed in the first place.

In one of my courses we create a vision board so you know exactly what you’re aiming for. Think about the bigger picture and your long-term goals then work towards them day-in, day-out, in your business.

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Speak to your ideal customers

All too often small businesses are so desperate for someone (anyone) to buy what they sell, that they try marketing to everybody to get whatever sales they can. But that doesn’t always lead to a happy business if you’re serving people you don’t really want to be working with or just don’t relate to those customers or clients.

Think about who you really want to be working with and literally go and chat to them (on and off-line) to find out what they want from your business, get to understand them and their needs, then start talking to them in your marketing and social media posts.

Take time out from your business

When self-employed, especially if you’re the only person in the business, it can be hard to switch off with your mind on your work 24/7.

Self-employment gives you the opportunity to create your own schedule and work flexibly around your family. Use this opportunity to build things you love into your day, week, month and year. Take time out each week for yourself, do things you love, include time for relaxation and exercise to keep your body and mind healthy and strong. This will be reflected in your business as you’ll be more happy when working on it.

Put these into practice, you’ll start loving your business more and get your mojo back.

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