There are lots of reasons to work ahead in your business. First of all, when you’re intentionally doing the work instead of doing it because it’s last minute, it’s better quality. Second, having things done and off your list will bring you peace of mind. I am someone that struggles with anxiety. And if I have things hanging over my head, to-do’s and things that I haven’t got done, then I’m feeling stressed. Third, you will love what you’re doing because you can focus on it. Working ahead means less time dreading work and less time working around the clock.
How I work ahead in my business
1. Email templates.
Every time I answer an email, I save it as a template.
2. Schedule Social Media
It is hard to be consistent. It is hard to be on social media, intentionally posting things that you know are meaningful and fit your target audience if you’re not scheduling your social media ahead of time.
3. Hire Help
I hire help before you don’t have time to train them. I look ahead at each quarter and schedule in house cleaners, babysitters and assistants in times where I know I’m going to be extra busy.
4. Use a calendar.
We can’t always control when we work, but we can control when we don’t work. I use a calendar to schedule everything including my to-do list, days off, meal planning, and more.
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Kylee started Kylee Ann Photography 9 years ago, and has since grown from a one woman amateur show to a full associate team. We shoot 50-75 weddings a year, and thrive on kindness and service. After a year of teaching Intro to Photography at the local technical college, she discovered that helping other entrepreneurs create thriving businesses is what fires her up! She hosts semi-annual Kylee Ann Sleepovers all over the US, speak at conferences and teach online courses about running a small business and marketing.
June 11, 2020