I’ve got 99 problems, and 57 of them need to be fixed by next Tuesday. Welcome to solopreneurship!
At my busiest point last year, I was freelancing for 14 different small business owners. Within each of those small businesses, there were many and varied issues for me to be working on. In short, it’s not surprise that I got overwhelmed, needed to take a big step back, and ultimately change my business model to something more sustainable.
So for me, 2018 is the year that I change (mostly) from working one-on-one to one-to-many – I needed to scale to save my sanity!
But there was a point that I had my finger on the pulse of 14 different ventures’ social and content needs. So I know a thing or two about organisation by now! Back further to the earliest days of my business, when the business landscape was bleak for me, I used to make up the gaps in my income by ghost writing for people on Fiverr.
On one hand this was amazing – I ghost wrote hundreds of blog posts and articles on a wide range of topics. And the best thing to come out of was the creation of my Blog Post Template Planner – which you can get for free here if you fancy trying it. But also, because the average 500 word post paid me $8 (and that’s before Fiver and PayPal take their fees from me), so I learned how to structure my day to blast through my work.
I know that there are a million different day planning apps and tools out there, but I have simple tastes. Personally I plan my working life out on a simple Google sheet. It works for me – and I think that’s the trick. However you log your tasks, the main thing is that you note them down somewhere.
Trying to hold things in your working memory literally slows your creative thinking down. That part of your brain (pre-frontal cortex) does have a strict capacity – so be selective what you try to hold onto. Writing things down makes a huge difference, and if you do it before bed too it will even help you get to sleep.
Find what works for you. Keep it simple, and something that you can use easily with no barriers to it.
The other critical factor for my staying sane in a very busy life has been mindset. And again, keep this simple too, and don’t spend a fortune on it either.
If you wanted to, you could spend thousands of pounds on joining a mastermind or a personal development program. And that’s fine if you want to. But I’m assuming most solopreneurs are like me; time poor and on a very lean budget.
So my way is simple; podcasts (free), audiobooks (affordable), and spending time with my mentors. Now this last one can cost you money, OR the opposite. Some of my mentors are my clients, so I’m growing while I’m earning. It’s a win-win situation for both parties, as I’m happy and enthusiastic while I’m working – I’m literally having a great time!
In conclusion (and let’s wrap this up because I know how busy you are), plan your time is a simple, accessible way. Don’t overload your working memory – note stuff down instead. And find ways to stay positive and keep growing – mindset is so important.
I hope this helps you – and if you want to try my Blog Post Planning Template, then you can check it out here.