4 Keys To Time Management (And Sanity!) For The Self-Employed

Original article written by Teresia LaRocque

As your business grows and gets more complex, there are so many things demanding attention that it can be a real challenge to focus.

I challenge you to step out of reaction mode – and be super efficient when you are working. Let’s take a closer look at four “perspective shifts” that really bring this concept to life.

1. Become the CEO of your business

When a good CEO starts their day, they have a plan. They move with purpose, methodically devoting their full attention to each objective. They have results in mind. Do they answer every call that comes in? Do they let other people determine when to meet, and for how long? Do they run around putting out fires and saving the day? Not a chance.

You are the boss of your company, and it’s okay to act like it. You get to decide where to invest your time, and that means you don’t necessarily respond to every little thing right away. Go ahead, let that call go to voicemail!

2. You won’t get it all done – and that’s okay.

It’s the dark side of ambition…that driving need to get everything handled. It haunts our nights and eats into our personal time. Many of us believe that in order to be successful, we have to get everything done. It’s not true! Handle your biggest priorities every day and let the small stuff take care of itself. It is ok if you don’t get it all done – really! Getting to the next level is about doing what’s most important – always.

3. Perfectionism isn’t profitable.

Remember the golden rule in business: ‘Tis better to get it done than to do it perfectly. Don’t waste time with details that don’t really matter in the end. If high standards are compromising your productivity or adding to your stress, take some time to explore whether you have an unmet personal need (such as a need for approval). If this is the case, find ways to meet your needs outside of work. Remember, your job is to make sure things get done – one priority at a time.

4. Contain your business: declare office hours.

When you’re self-employed, and especially when you work from home, your professional life and your personal life tend to blend together. But when you set up boundaries between your personal time and your work hours, you’ll start to experience some wonderful benefits:

  • you become much more efficient. In an effort to make the most of your work hours, you stop tending to the minor details and start tackling the bigger picture.
  • your time off actually becomes “down time”… so you feel much more rested.
  • at the end of the day, you feel satisfied instead of resentful; in control instead of chaotic; purposeful instead of panicky.

Of course, you only realize these benefits if you actually honor your office hours. Take them seriously, and demand that everyone else does too.

Teresia LaRocque, professional speaker, first Master Certified Coach in Canada, is passionate in helping self-employed professionals leverage their business so they can live life on their own terms. For more information, visit www.teresia.com or to book an initial consultation you can reach Teresia at 604-473-9884 or [email protected]