When you’re the owner of your own business there’s never enough hours in the day to do everything you have in mind! So, I've outlined 5 time management techniques on how to plan your week when your to-do list is overwhelming.
*Insert lyrics: I got my mind on my money, my money on my mind.
GROUP LIKE TASKS
Managing several tasks all at the same time is a great skills, however the first thing you should focus on is to group like tasks and carry them out without procrastinating nor postponing. For example, if you’re sourcing images for a blog post don’t just choose your selection and move on to another task. Instead, once you’ve made up your mind on the images you want to go live, edit them, resize them and optimize them. This way once you’re happy with your blog post you can go ahead and publish it straight away!
REWORK YOUR OLD CONTENT
You hear the word EVERGREEN when people are talking about content. Evergreen content is content that is always relevant. I like to stress out this point: reworking older posts is money! It’s great for SEO, it can help you grow your traffic and, most importantly, it can save you time and allow you to work on other tasks!
DREADED TASKS FIRST
You know what they say, take the bull by the horns! It might not be the most enjoyable part for the day but if there’s a dreaded task that you keep postponing, it’s time to act on it! Instead of having it in the back of your mind while doing something else, go on and take it out of the way! You’ll feel more relaxed and ready to deal with everything else left to be done without that horrible feeling of anxiety.
The early bird catches the worm but thats not for everyone. There are people that give 100% in the early mornings hours and others work best at night. Therefore it’s important to know yourself and know the time when you’re the most productive. This doesn’t mean that you should only be working during a specific set of hours but instead to plan your working day in favour to your natural work tendencies and preferences. If there’s a big task that requires your complete attention, carry it out during the hours when you know your concentration reaches its peak and use the rest of the day to finish other smaller duties.
BATCH PLANNING AND SCHEDULE, SCHEDULE, SCHEDULE
For any industry, scheduling is almost as important as breathing! First things first, set a day and lay out your editorial calendar with all the content you want to produce. Once you’ve set up your editorial calendar, you should also plan your social media posts. This way you won’t have to worry about posting on your Instagram feed! Your editorial and social calendar go hand in hand: once you’re done writing the blog post you scheduled, don’t forget to write and schedule the related tweets or IG pic: this goes back to the first tip about grouping like tasks!
*Download my one month calendar of IG content here.