For any independent business owner, even if you’re an independent artist, being your own boss is tough. How do you stay on top of everything when you’re being pulled in a million different directions? Especially when there’s so many different responsibilities to keep track of? Here’s a couple tricks I’ve used to stop my own anxiety.
First, when I felt that the list of things I was in charge of was too big to even remember off hand, I made a spreadsheet. At the top left I wrote “Action Items:” Then below I listed all of the actions I go through(or should) almost daily, such as Blogging, Research, Drafting, Email, ect. Then every day I check off the categories I did and list the specific projects I worked on.
It helps me in a couple of different ways. It lets me know which areas I’m hitting the hardest and which ones need work. It also lets me track how much is actually getting done daily, and it gives me something to be proud of. Also it pushes me to be more productive so I can have the simple joy of checking off those boxes.
There’s just one other crucial step in this process: Get a clipboard. For some reason, there’s something official about having a clipboard with information regarding the productivity of your business. It is reassuring, and especially when your office is your living room or your basement, and your environment might not be so “official” looking, having something that represents that order to your business is important, and having things organized like that goes a long way for your peace of mind.
One more AWESOME and similar organizational tool for any business owner, that can sky rocket your productivity, is called the Mini Day Method. Check out that blog post for more info, it is REALLY worth looking into.
Today’s Advice: Don’t stress, buy a clipboard!