As the world continues to change around us, it is important for entrepreneurs to maintain some normalcy in order to keep themselves afloat. There are few things that help people stay on track better than a schedule. Although some people prefer to work spontaneously as they feel motivated, it can be difficult to keep up with your workload this way, particularly since we are all stuck inside for an indefinite period. Use these tips to revise your schedule and make it fit your needs while keeping you accountable during this time.
Tip 1: Track Your Energy Levels
People who like to work spontaneously usually choose to do so because they have fluctuating energy levels that can make some tasks difficult at certain times. In fact, everyone has energy fluctuations, but some people choose to instead power through the low periods. The best method is somewhere in between. Track your energy levels for a week and see when you typically feel most motivated and when you start to check out. Plan to get most of your work done during the high-energy times, especially those tasks that require more brain power.
Tip 2: Set Aside Break Times
Every entrepreneur needs to take breaks, just like anyone else. It can be tempting to work through the entire day without pausing, but this can actually cause more damage than good, as you might lose focus and make mistakes. In addition, you can easily overwork yourself this way. Instead, set specific times of the day when you can step away from work and do something else. Taking a lunch break is good, but even a few 5-minute breaks can make all the difference.
Tip 3: Reward Yourself For Efficiency
We’ve all had days where everything seems to go right and we’re able to power through our work. Set a specific amount of work to complete in your day. If you get done early and have no other pressing tasks to complete, reward yourself by taking off the rest of the day. Of course, this method is best used sparingly, or with smaller amounts of time. For example, you might run out of things to do by 4pm when you would normally stop work at five. That is a reasonable amount of time to take for yourself, especially if you are neglecting breaks. However, quitting at noon might be fine once per month, but doing so often should signal that you are not involved enough with your work.
Tip 4: Front Load Your Week
On the opposite side, we have also had weeks where it seems like tasks drag on and suddenly, our Fridays are full of three days’ worth of work. To avoid this issue, front load your week so that you can complete the toughest and most time-consuming tasks early on. By doing so, you free up time for necessary meetings later in the week. This method can also help you coast through to the weekend, which will help you feel less stressed.
It is important to find a schedule that works for you, not just in the office, but at home as well. Take these tips to begin revising your schedule and building one that will help your productivity and mental health stay strong.