This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nothing But The Fruit. The opinions and text are all mine.
If you told me 10 years ago I would be a blogger and digital content creator, I would have probably laughed in your face. But here I am, literally loving every day of what I do, and I’ve got the hustle to prove it. Lovely Indeed has gone through lots of different permutations over the years, but it’s almost always been a one-woman show. I’m a do-it-all type of gal, but that means I’ve had to be super disciplined when it comes to getting stuff done. Over the years I’ve seriously streamlined my efficiency and I’m so glad I did — otherwise I’d be buried in mountains of work at all times. So I thought it might help some of you all to share my 5 secrets to the solopreneur hustle. (Spoiler alert: they’re way more chill than you think.)
Create Your To-Do and Calendar System You’ve gotta start somewhere, right? For me, that’s usually with a to-do list. I use a combo of Teux Deux for daily tasks, Google calendar for managing my schedule, and my email inbox for various things I need to remember. I’ve been using a list system since (no exaggeration) high school. It just works for me. Maybe you like to be a little more free-flowing, and that’s okay. But you’ve gotta get your own system in line for organizing projects, ideas, and to-dos.
Keep a Schedule I’ve talked before about our work-from-home schedule, and in our house we live and die by it. For me, it was crucial to lay out a work schedule and stick to it. Don’t get me wrong, we still take vacation and can be spontaneous with our days. But on an average week, we know exactly how much work time vs. parenting time we’re going to get and it’s so important for me to be able to plan that way. As a solopreneur, you have to be diligent and dedicated about putting in those hours to get where you want to be.
Don’t Multitask Multitasking is the enemy of efficiency! I totally just made that up. 😉 But I believe it. Any time I try to do two things at once (which is way too often), it takes me so much longer than if I had just tackled them individually. This tip goes straight back to your to-do list. Organize your list so that it fits your day, and work your way down that puppy one thing at a time.
Take Breaks Okay stop! Breathe. Be a person. Take a mini moment away. For me, I’ve found that I’m toast without a morning and afternoon break. And usually snacks are involved. As we speak, I just finished a little break time and I was snacking on Nothing But The Fruit — bite sized snacks made of 100% real pressed fruit (you can grab them at Starbucks, Target, Meijer, Winn Dixie, BI-LO and online at amazon.com). They’re like a little natural pick-me-up and have no added sugars or fillers, which I love because I find that if I have a junk food snack I’m just hungry again a half hour later. I keep a box of them in my desk and a few packs in my purse in case I’m out and about. So take a break, get up, stretch, eat, drink, whatever you need. After all, you’re not a machine for crying out loud. 😉
Be Present When there’s nobody in charge except for you, it’s easy to let your mind wander. Like, mayyyybe those invoices can just wait for a few minutes while you scroll through Instagram. But trust me, the hours you put into your hustle are so much more meaningful if you are present and focused on your goals. Maybe you can only focus for 20 minutes at a time. That’s okay! Schedule some breaks accordingly. But as soon as you start to wander, you’ll find that your efficiency plummets. So stay present. Surround your work area with things that help you focus. Maybe that’s a glass of water, or a pretty photograph, or some good music. Set yourself up for some quality work time so that when you quit for the day, you can be present in your personal life, too.
Here’s hoping that our tips help your hustle! And now if you’ll excuse me, I think I deserve another break (and probably some Raspberry Chia NBTF – be sure to check them out on Facebook and Instagram!). xoxo
This post is sponsored by Nothing But The Fruit. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the brands that help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!