If you do any work for yourself, you’ve definitely asked yourself this question. How in the world do I balance everything that I need to do?! This can be one of the most difficult things to do, because if you don’t balance everything out, you’ll either get burned out, or the time needed for the more important things will start to slip away into non existence. So here’s some tips that I think will help you to learn the trick like my friend the Cat in the Hat here.
1. “The plans of the diligent ones surely head for advantage” – Plan out what you’re going to accomplish every single day, and when you’re going to tackle it. This will make sure that you handle everything as you’re supposed to, and ensures that nothing slips through the cracks. Make sure that you also schedule in important things like spending time with friends and family too. Those are probably the most important things that you don’t want to miss. Make sure that you write your plan as a list too.
2. Actually stick to the plan – A plan means absolutely nothing if you don’t execute properly. So make sure that your plan is actually achievable, and then resist the urge to not do something that you had planned out already. Remember, reasonableness is a mark of wisdom, so again, don’t create a list that you’re not capable of completing, that will make it easier for you to stick to it. And once your done with one item, check it off of your list.
3. “Only two things are needed, maybe one…” – Don’t feel like you have to accomplish everything this very minute. Break tasks up into smaller ones and spread them across a few days if possible. A lot of times if you do this, you’ll accomplish much more than just frantically trying to complete something at one sitting. Take your time. Slow down, and just make sure that you do a good job.
4. Work on one project at a time – What I mean is work on one work project, one family project, one hobby, etc. Don’t have three work projects and eight hobby projects, you’ll stress yourself out, and you won’t be able to give each tasks the attention it deserves. If you focus on just doing a good job at a few things, you’ll be much happier in the long run.
5. “Eat, drink, and see good for all your hard work” – This is my favorite part. At the end of the day, relax, and just look at all that you accomplished that day. Look at where you wrote down what you wanted to do that day, and smile at the fact that you finished the list, or at least accomplished some of the things you wanted to. Grab some food, get a good drink, and enjoy your success. Then go to sleep, and wake up the next day ready to repeat the process again.
I hope this helps you out some. Fortunately I’ve had some really good friends and I have been able to receive some very good advice along my path of self-employment. But I’ve also had to learn many things the hard way. Hopefully this post will help you not have to go through some of the headaches that I had to experience.