I am not one of those ultimate lifestyle coaches who is like, “look at me and all my cool vacations, don’t you want to be like me?”
Not really what I’m going for.
But I do want to give you a few tips on how you can manage your business so that you don’t have to be on ALL THE TIME.
Ok, So Three Tips for Working Less:
- Try some simple automation tools. I am not working right now. I wrote this email last week and had my assistant load it into Mailchimp, and it automatically launched this morning while I slept. In my inbox you’ll notice a vacation auto-responder, making you aware of my inability to answer your email this week. Income is streaming into my account because I have set up recurring Paypal payments for my clients. Even better, it’s being recorded automatically in my bookkeeping program (GoDaddy Bookkeeping, formerly Outright until GoDaddy bought it out. But I swear, it’s really great!). There are even tools that automatically post to Facebook while you’re away.
What simple tool could you start using to automate a part of your business?
- Hire an assistant. Really, you can do it! It’s actually not that expensive or hard to figure out. Simply make a list of the repetitive, mundane tasks, research projects, and other activities that you dislike or suck up your time, (like setting up email newsletters, creating forms and surveys, updating your website, getting client forms, creating Facebook graphics, plus, answering important emails while you’re away!). Then find an assistant to help you, even if it’s just a few hours a week. There are many services out there that can help you find a Virtual Assistant (VA) that can help you find someone with the right skill set for your needs. And like I said, it can cost $20/hour or less (or more, if you have higher level projects, of course).
Name three things an assistant could do for you, and start researching to find someone to help you.
- Commit to vacation. I need vacation. You need vacation. I know, I say this all the time, but I can’t stress it enough. Your best productivity tool is simply to stop, take a break, fill yourself up, so you can get more done later.
Where and when is YOUR next vacation?
By the way, the picture above was taken of me the last time I was in Hawaii, three years ago. At that time, I was on an extended sabbatical, and I think you can see how happy that made me!
Post your answers to the questions in the comments below.
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