Today I want to share with you some tips for self-management. It’s up to you to make your business successful and that means putting in the hours and doing the work.
It is very important to know what you want out of your craft business. You will flounder around and waste time if you do not have a clear set of goals to keep you on track. Know why you are doing what you are doing.
In my Start Your Successful Microbusiness seminars, I ask everyone at the beginning of the class why they want a craft business. It’s important to know. The answers vary from covering the cost of your hobbies/addictions, to paying for a new kitchen. Write goals which are specific, dated, and measurable. Write goals that are personal to you and you will want to achieve them.
I sit down once a week and make a list of what needs to be done. For every project on the list I write down what needs to be done next to move that project along. Keeping this list on the top of my bench helps to keep me on track by giving me some structure.
It is tough sometimes to actually get the tasks done rather than just writing lists. I’ve taken to rewarding myself every time I check something off the list.
Trick yourself into working. You might not want to sit down and write a blog, so tell yourself you will free-write or brainstorm ideas for 10 minutes. Use a timer and just get the job done.
Now here is the biggest way of losing control over your own time. The internet coma. When I have stuff that just has to be done I unplug the modem so that I can’t access the internet. It hurts but is necessary. It’s not forever and you’d be amazed how much you can get done.
You will find that you are more productive and less distracted if you are not feeling that nagging desire to check up on your friends, to Google that new book you heard about, or to tweet you just spent 10 minutes thinking about tweeting. Just take a break from the computer and give yourself some uninterrupted, technology free time, and you will find you are able to accomplish so much more.
Ok, I know no one likes that last tip, but it’s oh-so-true.
Me, I’m back to making more jewelry. As to why I’m here so late on a Friday night? Well, it’s motivation. There’s a giant picture of the Eiffel Tower on my wall in front of me. I’m off to Paris for a vacation and I can’t go until my holiday inventory is made. So the trade off is losing a Friday night for hanging out in French cafes. Yup, that is motivation.