This article is from Michael Hepworth 's "StreetSmart Marketer #49: How to Get More out of Your Web Marketing"
I have been preaching for sometime that entrepreneurs need to take more time off rather than less. But how do you get started?
Well for a start, try taking weekends off and spending time with your family doing things you enjoy.
If you are interested in making this weekend one of the best you've had here's a way that works for me.
Mostly, I make no client appointments on Fridays. Fridays are a clean-up day for me. They are for working on the business, for getting organized and for planning.
Each Friday, I begin planning my calendar for the week, preparing my "to do" list for all the tasks I know will have to be completed. I prioritize them by deciding their strategic importance and their urgency. I look to delegate any tasks that are not mission critical; even if I know I could do them better my self. This, by the way is not often. There are so many people better at doing a lot of things than I am.
I also plan my Monday, so that I am ready to run as soon as I start work on Monday. The rest of Friday, I work on plans for the business, things I need to delegate, odd errands I have to run, but didn't have time for during the week. It's also a good thinking day.
My Fridays are busy days, but when I am done, I can take off for the weekend knowing that most of what I have to get done next week is at least planned. More importantly, I don't have a backlog of administrative things hanging over me like a cloud, nagging at me because they haven't been done.
Working this way takes some practice and doggedness but the bottom line is:
I am more effective during the week, because I know what I need to do and don't worry about dealing with anything but building the business. I don't worry on the weekend about what's going to happen on Monday. I already know, and am properly prepared to take care of it. On a rare occasion, like this weekend past, I still do some work on the weekend - but it's more relaxed and often it's fun stuff that I don't mind doing. I am productive the moment I start work on Monday morning. What's more if your week is properly planned you can be more productive all week, even if the odd day gets screwed up.
Try it; you'll be glad you did. You'll come back to work on Monday, more energized and better able to cope with what your business throws at you.
Michael Hepworth is a Revenue Growth Specialist with Results Exchange Inc. He can be reached at StreetSmart.Marketer@results-exchange.com or visit his web site at www.results-exchange.com
Added on November 03, 2005