Do you have those non-negotiable tasks that absolutely have to get done every single day? Or do you just kind of wing it?
I know what it's like to wing it and it sure isn't fun or productive. For me anyways. This is what happened to me when I had zero routine or direction in my coaching business.
I would sit down to work in the afternoon and I would stare at my screen trying to think of what to do. If I couldn't think of anything then I'd hop on over to Facebook. Once I validated that nothing is really happening over there, I'd open another tab and search something that had been on my mind all day. Then I'd get bored and go grab a snack thinking that that would help me think better.
And of course, I'd have to hop over to my email and see if I had any new subscribers come in recently. Zero. Hmm, must be a slow week/month/year...
After seeing zero dollars come into my business for MONTHS, I finally had to be honest with myself and ask some big questions.
- What are you doing here?
- Why do you sit here every day?
- Why do you feel what you do is important and who do you want to help?
I knew my purpose was important and I knew that I had not lost my passion for what I do, but something was off and I needed to fix it.
I'm a big rule follower and I love a good list, so what I decided to do, was create very specific tasks and block out time for every single important thing that I knew I absolutely had to do in order for my business to move forward. I couldn't stand another day of staring at my computer screen, "working."
I also knew there were some very basic, yet crucial, things that I needed to implement daily that would help me stay focused and in control of my time. Because, let's face it, when you have three kids, time is precious!
7 Things I Do Daily to Grow My Coaching Business:
WAKE UP EARLY: I've always been an early riser. Especially after having kids. On most days, it's the only time that I have to myself to get whatever I need to get done with minimal interruptions. If you're not a morning person and you have no desire to be, then that's okay. Think about YOUR best hours and make them a priority.
CONNECT WITH CLIENTS: When you start booking clients, make them a priority. I run my business in a way that I am easily accessible to my clients. They can reach me by text, Voxer, or email whenever they need me.
I always take care of them first because they are most important. I know what it's like to start out and feel totally alone. I also know what it's like to hire a coach that over delivers and doesn't follow through on their promise of open communication. When you're working on your business and you have a question, you want an answer! And I believe you deserve one as quickly as possible from someone you chose to hire to help you.
FOLLOW UP ON SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS: Get in and get out! Check your notifications, respond and follow up with what's necessary, and click on that exit button! Do NOT get lost in this time sucking land! Your time is worth so much more than getting caught up in a Facebook feed.
TRANSFER PAPER TO-DO LISTS AND PHONE NOTES TO MY PROJECT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM: As I said before, I'm all about lists. I realized one day that my lists on my phone and pieces of paper were getting out of hand. So, now I make a point to dump all that information into sorted categories and tasks in my project management system.#brainsaver
REVIEW THE UPCOMING DAY: If I get done early with my daily assignments and tasks, I pick something that’s ahead of me to get a head start on, if I feel like it. If I don't feel like it, then I'll call it a day and move on with my life. I also wouldn't know what's happening tomorrow if it wasn't written down, so this is also just an important refresher. Especially for the forgetful ones like me out there :)
JOURNAL: Before I read my books at night I take a few minutes to journal. Some nights I'll write more than others, but I love to write down different moments of the day that stick out in my mind and reflect on them.
READ: I am constantly trying to better myself. Whether it's a business book or personal development (I usually read two at the same time), I always seek more information and ways I can improve on myself and what I do. My reading time is usually the last thing I do before the day ends, when it's quiet, and I can really focus. I usually only just read 8 or so pages from each book and then call it good.
Some things I would like to add to my list is working out daily (I got off track after this last baby!), add one or two books to my nightly list, and tighten up my office hours.
So, tell me what kinds of things to you do in your day that are non-negotiable? What tasks do you think you could add to your calendar that would push your business forward a little bit every single day? Start implementing and testing what works best for you. And if you're still feeling lost, then ask someone that you trust, for help!