Have you ever went to plan a day in the life of your business and thought to yourself, “I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do today?” Or, “What should I be doing first, second, etc.?”
You’re not alone. A lot of entrepreneurs, especially new ones, struggle in this area. The main reason is because at the beginning of our business journey, we have to wear ALL the hats. Social media manager, blogger, podcaster, product creator, VA, sales manager, and the list goes on and on.
All of these responsibilities can cause us to forget what is most important, and how to set up our days to be the most efficient in our business. Today we want to introduce you to how we plan our days, in hopes that some of these will help you know how to prioritize your day.
We take our business day and we section it off into thirds. For this example, we will talk about a 9 hour workday. So simply take how long you work in your business every day, and divide it into three parts.
Part 1 (3 Hours)
The first three hours, and first part of your day for that matter, is always going to be your most productive. This is going to be the most important part of your day, that will set the tone for the rest of the entire day. Why? There are a lot of reasons, but let’s talk about a few main ones.
One, you have the most energy, or if you want to think about it another way, you’re at 100% battery power. You’ve just woken up, so you haven’t had any of the stress or demands on your day yet, so you’re the freshest you’ll be. Second, your mind is the clearest it will be all day. You haven’t had to make any decisions yet, which according to various research, says you’ll end up making up to 35,000 throughout the day. So now more than ever is the best time physically and mentally to get the most important done. Lastly, it is the quietest it is most likely to be throughout the rest of the day. The mornings are when most people are still ramping up for their day, so life isn’t as hectic as, say, 1 o’clock in the afternoon. Take advantage of this quiet still time.
During these first three hours, we like to get done with the following: personal growth, lead generation, and all our activities for the day that directly make us money. We ALWAYS focus on money making activities FIRST, because those are the lifeline of our business, and what keeps your business scaling and moving forward.
When we are intentional about these first three hours, we have gotten done with the big rocks for the day. If all we did every single day was these things, then we would know that our business would continue to scale, continue to grow, and continue to make money. That is why this is the most important block of your day.
Make sure that you prioritize this first chunk of your day, and get done the MOST important things you need to in order to keep your business moving forward. That way, if your day doesn’t go according to plan, you’ll always know that you took care of the most important things you needed to.
Part II (3 Hours)
The second part of our day is focused on important activities, but not the ones that NECESSARILY make us money. I say that loosely because being present on social media, writing blogs, doing a podcast, and emailing our subscribers can lead people to want to buy from us, but they don’t directly do that typically. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be doing them!
We prioritize tasks in this section that involve driving traffic to us and building a relationship with our audiences across all platforms. Batch creating also lives in this section for us. So we batch create our social media posts, blogs, and podcasts. So to do that for a week can take quite a bit of time. However, when you do this you allow yourself to get into a “flow” state and you also then allow yourself time the rest of the week to have what we call “extra” time, which we use for additional learning.
Part III (3 Hours)
This last block is for non-urgent tasks that should be attended to. For example, we answer emails during this time. Any organizational things that we need to do would also go in this block. Typically, there are only a few things on this list, which leaves the rest of the block for additional learning.
Typically, when we do additional learning, we will read more, or take a course that helps us learn more, or teaches us a new skill. The more we learn, the more we are able to teach others.
When you divide your day into three blocks, and have a plan for each block, you’re utilizing your time in an efficient way, which will always keep you on track towards doing the most important things and hitting your long-term goals.
Let us know in the comments below, how do you like to structure your business day???