Is Time Managing You or Are You Managing Time?

Without a doubt home stagers and other industry-related professionals are busy entrepreneurs. Many are solopreneurs wearing many different hats in their business and trying desperately to find the time to get everything done that needs to get done sometimes just surviving – never mind thriving!

We all have the same amount of time as another busy entrepreneur so how do they find the time to get it all done? I’d like to share some of the ways that I have learned from others and in my decade as an entrepreneur. And as I have already mentioned I’m not perfect at it but I am more mindful that I am using it wisely and not just letting it slip away. . .

  • If you really don’t know where you are ‘losing time’ then I recommend you use a chart to track your time (see the Assignment section to get started on this)
  • Decide on what days and what percentage of time you will dedicate to sales, marketing, operations and production (keeping in mind that marketing needs to be 60% or more of your time)
  • Really look at your week ahead and set a daily intention so that you can accomplish what needs to be done versus what will keep you busy at your computer (you know you need to be in front of people to make the sale)
  • Block off time or days that you know are your ‘lower energy’ and choose an activity in your business that does not require as high energy as it would for your sales calls
  • Determine what time of the day you are going to respond to your emails and try and avoid opening them as soon as you see them coming in
  • When you do look at your emails decide which ones are priority and which ones can go to ‘junk mail’ and label them that way for future – creating ‘Rules’ works well to keep you organized so you can look at ones later in a more systematic way
  • The same is true for your phone calls – you don’t have to answer your phone every single time it rings if you are doing something productive – you do though want to respond in a timely manner to calls that you have labeled ‘priority’
  • If you signed up for a lot of enewsletters/ezines or group discussions now might be a good time to revisit them to see which ones you can ‘unsubscribe’ to now
  • When you choose which networking groups you are going to belong to or attend, chose the ones that energize you the most and benefit your business
  • When you are able to afford to ‘delegate’ some of your workload find people with the right skill sets so you can free up more of your time to focus on what you do best
  • Block off personal time for you, your friends and your family – make it dedicated special time and not just a few minutes here or there – it will take its toll down the road and you will feel resentful of allowing time to manage you . . .

You might want to go back to October 17th’s blog and read about the amount of time it’s recommended to spend on Social Media.

If you can learn to change your scarcity mindset from thinking you do have enough time to get everything done then you are on the road to your abundance mindset!

Colleen McClure
Proud owner of PRES Staging® and expert home stager. I naturally started drawing interiors when I was very young. I see finished projects completed in my minds-eye as the client explains to me how they would love to see their space created. I then can draw sketches quickly to produce this vision right then and there with the client. My creative talents led me to full time work as a career counsellor working with people, designing workshops, facilitating groups when the economy did not support the luxury of home improvements. My many talents in this field was a happy marriage to own PRES the Professional Real Estate Staging Centre. Helping others start and run their own home décor businesses for redesign and staging, learning design principals and building confidence brings me great joy and passion. Working with people and helping them make confident decisions comes easy to me.