So you’ve started a health and wellness business. You’ve got a few clients. Things are going well! You’re seeing growth daily and starting to build momentum. Then suddenly you find yourself OVERWHELMED with to-do lists, appointments, client onboarding, and a MILLION other tasks.
Once the overwhelm starts in, so does procrastination and distraction and before you know it you’re in a hole you’re struggling to dig yourself out of.
What you NEED is a PLAN!
But where do you start? How do you prioritize?
The answer to those questions are a lot less complicated than you might think. Here’s a few of my quick tips for making a plan of action that you can actually FOLLOW!
First, you need to do a brain dump. Grab a sheet of paper or a notebook and start writing anything and everything you can think of that needs to get done for your business to STOP running YOU.
I know this sounds SUPER simple, but I can promise you it DOES work!
Next, once you have EVERYTHING you can think of out of your head and onto paper, I want you to look it over, grab a separate sheet of paper and write down the things that are MOST important to you.
If you don’t know where to start with this, begin with the things that would solve the MOST overwhelm for you OR save you the most time. Those items will be your TOP priority, because accomplishing them helps to open up time to do all the OTHER tasks you’ve written down.
Now it’s time to start making your plan! If there’s anything super fast that you can accomplish TODAY, go ahead and get it on your to-do list.
For everything else, I want you to list what needs to be done to bring that task to fruition. Essentially, you are making BABY STEPS that you can follow to achieve the overall goal of completing these tasks.
Once you have ALL the baby steps written out for each of the items on your priorities list, it’s time to grab your calendar! I want you to realistically consider how long it will take to accomplish each item, and then SCHEDULE it out on your calendar where time allows. It’s okay if things don’t get done in order. The idea is to ONLY assign yourself as much as you can complete any given day. If per chance an item is dependent on another item being complete, try to schedule those all for the same day so you can quickly move on.
Finally, it’s time to return to your original brain dump list. Now that you have successfully identified and scheduled your priorities, you can fill in the blanks on your calendar with everything else. It’s possible you might have to schedule over the course of a month or two to get it all completed, and that’s OKAY!
Business plans and strategies tend to take some time to bring to completion. What’s important is that you STICK to your plan and get each of your tasks complete when you’ve scheduled it. Try your hardest not to skimp when your day gets tough. If by chance life gets in your way, MAKE SURE that you’ve got that task RESCHEDULED for the earliest time available, even if you have to double up one day to get it done.
Lastly, I want you to look at your braindump list as a whole. Is there anything you don’t know how to do? Make a star next to it. Now analyze what it would take to LEARN that task. Is it something you can probably figure out in a couple minutes or hours? No problem! Just make sure you include time to teach yourself how to do it in your POA.
Have something that looks like it might be daunting? No worries! YOU as a business owner do NOT need to know how to do ALL THE THINGS. There is no possible way that any one person can know EVERYTHING they need to know to make ish happen.
That’s where OUTSOURCING comes in. I want you to bite the bullet and HIRE someone who is an EXPERT at that overwhelming thing. There is NOTHING wrong with spending a little money to get it done right the first time, instead of wasting your precious and most valuable time trying to figure it out on your own (and probably screwing up all the plans you just made while you find time to educate yourself on the process).
After all, team work does indeed make the dream work!
Now that you have your plans made, it’s time to get to work! AND HEY! If you’ve been following me, you know my specialties are Email Marketing, Graphic Design, Admin Services and Website Management and Design. If any of these are on your list and it’s a struggle area, you can feel free to reach out to me ANY TIME! I’ll gladly help you get it done, and if you want I’ll even walk you through the process.