You may have noticed, I think I’ve mentioned it a few times now, but I’m my own Boss.
Being my own boss has redefined my view on focus and prioritisation over the past 3 years and I’ve had to learn a completely new style of working in order to achieve the goals I’ve set out, not just myself, but ultimately the businesses that I am managing to ensure that they’re sustainable and fit my life plans.
It can be incredibly challenging and rewarding all at the same time, and it’s important to be the kind of boss that you would like to work for, otherwise why on earth are you doing it?
Here are some of my top tips for being the best ‘own boss’ you can be!
- Decide on your hours and stick to them!
- Give yourself breaks at regular times; use a Pomodoro timer, it’s a great way to break down tasks and stay focussed.
- Establish a routine, one that works for you and enjoy the advantages of being in charge of your own hours – relish those freedoms.
- Get out – take breaks, go for a walk in the park or a potter round the local shops.
- Make connections with other people who also work alone, it’s a great way of building a support network and sharing information. Another great way is to meet someone for coffee, even just for half an hour, so that each day you connect with someone face to face.
You won’t get a prize for working the most hours in a week or making the most money, and it’s important to continually question what your idea of a good life is?
It can be easy to get carried away with work for two simple reasons, it’s your business (your baby), and you are passionate about it and want it to be a success.
You will always have new ideas that you want to try and implement to achieve this, and this can make it incredibly challenging as a business owner to switch off from work to concentrate on other areas of your life.
Here are few tips for this too:
- Buy an inspiration book and as new ideas pop up write them in your book, it’s a great way of clearing your head and recording it for later.
- Consider having 2 phones! One for work and one for personal, that way you can switch off the work phone when you need to concentrate on you and the important stuff.
- Have an out of office on your email or your phone that states your hours of work. It’s OK to tell people that you are not working today, no-one will judge or think badly of you, they will simply wait, and for anything urgent have a plan for how people can reach you.
- Be mindful of other people’s time (something I myself am getting better at); use an email client that allows you to schedule emails to send later so you are not disturbing others out of hours and in their personal time. This also helps you avoid getting into any evening or weekend email debates that can distract you from the job in hand.
Remember that a good measure of success is how much happiness you’ve brought not just into your own but into other people’s lives, and how much you could possibly make the world a better place, so remember to be kind not just to others, but to yourself.
I’ll leave you with this Steve Jobs quote:
“We believe people with passion can change the world for the better. That’s what we believe. And we believe that those people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that actually do”
Start with your world!
Until next time #eventprofs…