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Female bosses running their own businesses or working after hours on their side hustles are nothing short of superheroes!
Finding time to run a business, have a personal life, and take care of yourself (and doing all of those things successfully!) is no small feat.
In our courses, we talk about a concept called business energy and how to use it to your advantage. Business energy is a mix of mental strength, inspiration, motivation for accomplishments, leadership charisma, and vital energy.
It’s what separates those “who make it” and those that don’t. The good thing is it’s all in your control! We dive into how to find more of what fills up your energy and how to get rid of the things that deplete it in our entrepreneurship courses.
If you haven’t signed up for a course yet, don’t sweat. We’re giving you some of our best tips to keep your productivity high and achieve more in less time for your biz.
Take a look at your to-do list. If it’s filled with small tasks that are distracting you from working on more important things, apply this rule. Do all tasks that can be done in three minutes or less first. It can be anything from answering an email, loading the dishwasher, sending a text you’ve been avoiding, etc. Once these little things are off your plate, you’ll be able to focus on the more time-consuming and energy requiring tasks.
Once you’ve got the 3-minute rule down, you can graduate to this one. There are probably tasks and projects on your list that you’re dreading and avoiding starting. You might think that they will be hard to complete, take a long time, or you just don’t particularly like doing them. That can be solved by telling yourself you’ll spend 10 minutes working on your task. But, guess what? You will most likely build enough momentum by the 10-minute mark to keep working, taking you closer to the finish line. Simply the act of getting started can do wonders for your productivity.
Match your energy
We all have the same 24 hours in a day, so how is it that some people seem to squeeze so much more out of their day? A big part of doing so is knowing to match your work to your energy levels. Not all hours in a day are created equal. Pay attention to when you feel most focused and alert during the day and match your more valuable tasks to those hours. Leave low-energy work for low-energy hours.
Successful women know the power of delegation and use it to their advantage! Outsourcing tasks like graphic design, social media engagement, answering customer questions, etc. will free up time for you to focus on core and high value business tasks. Letting go can be hard though! Many entrepreneurs believe that no one can do what they do as well as they do. Even if you're right, the benefit of having low-value tasks not perfectly done is greater than not having them done at all.
Stop being busy for the sake of being busy
Two words: Parkinson’s Law. This little (BIG) life hack says that work expands to fill the amount of time you allow for its completion. Meaning that if you tell yourself that you have an hour to complete something, you’ll most likely have it done in an hour. If you don’t set a time limit, that same amount of work might drag on for two hours, three hours, or even the whole day!
Fill up your energy levels
Back to that business energy we mentioned earlier. The amount you have isn’t static; it’s affected by what you exert yourself on and whether or not you are doing things to fill your energy level back up. That means productivity is directly correlated to keeping your stress levels down and doing things that make you happy and are good for your health - sleep, nourishing your body, spending time with loved ones, etc. Although they may seem separate, these are the very factors that can determine if you will have the energy it takes to run a business.
We hope that you’ve uncovered some new ways to keep your productivity and energy up and that you can start implementing them today! At Online Women Biz, we recognize that personal development is just as important as having the hard skills needed for running a business. You can’t have one without the other and expect success!