It’s no secret that having a schedule helps you be constant with your business. Even the most dependable people who self-regulate need a plan. That being said, a program can feel confining and threatening if it goes against your natural and unique rhythm. It doesn’t make sense to adopt a schedule that causes frustration or resistance, especially if you are the boss. Your schedule should help you feel focused and productive without making you feel controlled and micro-managed. 

A schedule isn’t a taskmaster who is there to rob you of the freedom you want most as an entrepreneur. A schedule is a guide and a method for you to complete tasks and stay focused while you work. Plans mean productivity and time well spent, so you have more of it for other things. 

How to Build A Schedule that Works for you.

Decide when you want to work. If you’re going to be motivated, deciding when you want to work is crucial. Having the power to choose what’s best for your rhythm will make all the difference in how willing and able you are to work. If you have the option to choose when you work, do it. If you are a morning person, set aside the beginning of the day for your most productive work time. Schedule your off-duty time when you are least effective. If you are a night owl, create a work schedule that allows you to do work later in the day. 

Know yourself and take care of yourself. Knowing ourselves helps us better understand what motivates and discourages us. It also helps us take better care of ourselves. Knowing some fundamental things about ourselves can help set work time up for success. 

Protect your schedule. Once you’ve made the schedule that works best for your unique rhythm, it’s essential to protect it. There are many ways your schedule can be disrupted, and it’s up to you to set boundaries and limits that protect it. Learn to say no to distracting or trying to force you into working in ways that aren’t best for you.    

Need a push to build your plan and schedule? We should talk – email me at heather@elevateix.com

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