One of the first huge adjustments I had to make was how my days were to be structured.
In corporate employment, my days were straightforward. Get to work by 9am and leave at the end of the day. I’d like to say 5pm but there was 7pm, midnight and 2am finishes too 🙃. I could rely on any scheduled meetings automatically being in my calendar and if I wasn’t aware, there was always someone to let me know.
Now, I’m my own employer. And employee. And team. For the first time, having multiple personalities doesn’t seem quite crazy…
What many aspiring business owners miss is the fact that in the beginning you have to work both, on the business AND in the business. This meant I had to structure my time between being the boss, middle manager and the minion or as Michael Gerber puts it in his book, The E-Myth Revisited, I have to be the Entrepreneur, Manager and Technician. #confusionisnotmyportion
So how did I figure out my daily structure?
I asked myself a simple question:
If my calendar was fully booked with clients, what would that look like monthly/weekly/daily?
This actually helped me lots (and even my business coaching clients who have had similar concerns) because it got me thinking of where I’m headed and acting like who I want to become.
It helped me connect how today’s actions can get me closer towards the reality I’m aspiring to, by asking:
What action could I take today that would take me closer to achieving my vision?
Any gaps in my calendar are replaced daily with product and workshop creation, reading time, networking, research etc.
Once I thought this through, I took out a huge piece of paper and made it into a weekly timetable with time slots and all and started inputting my allocations.
Over time, I have made changes as flexibility demands but overall I have a daily structure I can follow by default. Voila!
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