When it seems like you have way to many things to do, and you’re tired, spending time working on your business can seem like a luxury that you can’t afford. Especially, when your business is your side-hustle. When delaying your tasks don’t immediately hit your pockets ($$), it’s easy to put marketing and creating your next offering on the back burner.
This past month have been difficult. Not only am I working full-time, but I’m also a caretaker. Being a caretaker can make your schedule unpredictable. And not to mention, the stress at times can be overwhelming. So, how am I able to continue moving forward with my business?
1. You have to give yourself permission to extend the deadlines you’ve created for yourself.
Because my schedule is unpredictable, I have to be flexible. Hard deadlines are a thing of the past. This doesn’t mean not setting a deadline at all, instead it means allowing yourself some flexibility in your commitments to yourself and others Communicate to those your schedule affects and let them know that there may be times where you’ll have to reschedule or extend a deadline. People are usually very understanding of this, as everyone has had a challenging season or two.
2. Focus on one major thing at a time.
You already have a lot on your plate, so prioritize and focus on the one task that will bring the greatest return of your time and energy. The important thing right now is to just keep moving forward. Progress is progress, no matter how fast or slow you’re going.
3. Schedule time to work on your business at least once a week… even if it’s just an hour at a time.
If you wait until you’re free to work on your business, it will never happen. You have to be proactive. I personally meet with my best friend three days a week to work on my business while she works on her dissertation. Even when I’m tired, I know I’m going to show up because I’ve made the commitment. And meeting at a location outside my home helps me to have a change of environment without distractions.
Even if you’re just starting out in your business, it’s in your best interest to invest in an assistant. Just a few hours a week or month can help you so much in getting things done quicker when you just don’t have the time. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have someone to delegate tasks to. She’s definitely been a life-saver!
5. Increase your self-care.
When you have a lot on your plate, you’re undoubtedly under a lot of stress. Stress affects your health in ways you don’t realize until it’s too late! So, make sure you’re getting your sleep, exercising, eating a balanced diet, and drinking plenty of water. Also, make time for the activities and people you love. Whether it’s bowling, reading, going to the park, or listening to your favorite podcast…do it! You must fill your cup first so that you can continue to give to others.
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