Only 24 Hours in a Day

May 22nd, 2010 by | Print


Molly just woke up. She is sitting at her desk thinking to herself, I have to:

  1. Write a blog.
  2. Post on networking sites
  3. Post on FB Fan page
  4. Make 20 sales calls
  5. Answer prospect emails
  6. Come up with a new marketing campaign idea
  7. Update website- add that new testimonial

Her face is getting flustered and her energy is disappearing by the second. 

Molly is a mirror image of “all of us” when running our own businesses. We all have our days of feeling frustrated and overwhelmed, but we can do certain things to make our days happier and simpler.

Here is one technique you can use.

Make a “to do list”.
Write down all the “essential” things you need to get done. I’m using the word essential because prioritizing is of high importance here. We only have 24 hours in a day and you shouldn’t be working all 24 hours of the day either. Remember sleep, friends, family, a game of tennis, a good movie, eating and whatever you like to do need to find their way into your days as well.  

Block your day based upon your “to do list”.
Break your day into blocks in which you will do certain things on your “to do list”. This can be done in blocks of three or four. For example:  Today I need to write a blog, answer some forum questions, make a few calls, market, update my profile on a few networks, and do some random tasks.  

Since, I write best in the morning between 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM, I’m going to write my blog and answer forum questions.

– 10:30 AM and 12 PM, I’m going to make my phone calls to prospects. 

– 12 PM and 1 PM, I grab a bite to eat.

– 1 PM to 3 PM, I’m going to market my business depending on my current marketing campaign.

– 3 PM to 5 PM, I’m going to update my profile on a few networks and do random tasks which are less important. 

What you will quickly find by blocking times of your day based on your “to do list” is that you will get more done and stay on task throughout the day.

Don’t keep your “to-do list” in your head or on a post-it note that you can lose in all of the other paperwork on your desk. Go to the Small Biz Break site and register for access to the Solutions Center. Inside the Solutions Center, you can download a free form, “Task Management Worksheet”, to help keep you focused and get the most out of your day.

All the Best,

Doug Dolan
The Solopreneur’s Guide
Small Biz Break


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