Do you ever feel stuck? Or feel as if there just isn’t enough time in the day?
As a creative entrepreneur, I constantly have ideas swirling in my head. I always have at least 10 projects I could be working on. And when you add the daily tasks of cleaning, adding products to my Etsy shop, blogging, playing with my dogs, and exercising, things can become incredibly overwhelming.
I hate when I finish the day and feel as if I didn’t get anything productive done—like I was just spinning my wheels all day trying to keep up.
Have you ever felt stuck, because you don’t know what idea to choose?
Sometimes when I have 5 different things I want to be working on, I spend a couple hours just deciding which one to work on. That’s wasted time.
Thinking about things instead of acting can seriously eat up way too much time, and when you’re running your own creative business, time is valuable. You don’t want to waste it.
This past weekend, I found a way to end this problem, and I thought I should share it. Because, I can’t be the only one who struggles with this, right?
It’s a pretty simple solution, and I have to give credit to the lovely lady who I got it from, the beautiful Laura Roeder.
At Rich, Happy, and Hot Live she talked about getting organized, and one of the things she covered was using Google calendar to schedule everything that’s business related.
I’ve never made the transition of keeping my schedule online as opposed to in a fun paper planner—but she convinced me to give it a try. And, man, it has already made life much easier. Here are some benefits of using Goggle calendar:
- It’s free. And who doesn’t like free stuff?
- You can repeat tasks. For instance, I could schedule my newsletter to go out every Wednesday, and repeat this without having to input it every Wednesday.
- You can schedule your content. A lot of us have blogs, newsletters, and websites that we constantly update with content. If you plan out your content for the next few months, you don’t have to spend that time each day deciding what you’re going to write about.
- You can schedule your ideas as they come. Now, when I have an idea for a project I really want to do, I can schedule it within the next few months. Then I can stop thinking about it until that time comes.
- You can share your calendar if needed. Let’s say you hire a virtual assistant and you want her to have access to your content calendar, so she knows when to publish the blog posts you’ve written. Well, it’s super easy to give her access to your calendar. If you have things written down, you’ll have to redo it online to give her access.
You know those tasks that you always mean to get around to doing? Sending out your first newsletter, reading your camera manual to take better product photos, figuring out how to make videos for your blog. If you schedule them, you’ll be more likely to complete them.
I love waking up in the morning knowing what’s on my to-do list. I can jump right into accomplishing stuff, instead of trying to decide what to do that day.
It sounds like a simple change, but it’s a change that can revamp your business and productivity. Try it and see if it makes a difference for you.