Welcome to Part II of how to Slay the Day as a Single Entrepreneur. During the first part of this blog, we spoke about setting up your structure. Your environment is key to setting you up for success. Now let’s talk about preparing for a productive work week.
Let’s face it, working from home (especially if you’re new to all this) can consist of a lot of distractions and/or emotions. Being quarantined and isolated for an extended period of time is also causing an impact on our energy levels. One moment we can be super energetic the next not so much. This can lead to significantly reduced productivity. Leveraging your weekend to prepare for what’s ahead will add tremendous value to you and your business.
Before I get started, here’s the link to our upcoming live Q&A session with social media influencer and book author Tayo Rockson. It all goes down on Thursday, April 30, 2020, at 8 pm.
The goal of preparing over the weekend is to set yourself up for a fulfilling results-driven vs task-oriented work week. Especially with so many still adapting to and managing the new “normal”. Here are a few tips that will help you rock your week:
1. Determine what you want to accomplish for the week
- What are your top 3 goals personally and professionally?
- How do you want to feel?
- Who do you want to connect with – personally / professionally?
2. Prep for your meals over the weekend
Reduce the time you spend in the kitchen making breakfast and lunch while working from home. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate prep where you cook entire meals for the week. I sure as heck don’t have time for all of that. But you can start small. I dice up onions, tomatoes, and spinach then place it in Tupperware for my morning omelets. All frozen fruit is divided into freezer bags as single portions. My chicken is also separated in freezer bags as single portions either thin sliced or chunked for me to easily defrost and throw on a grill or pot. If I have time, I season some chicken before placing it in the bags so that it marinates for a few days.
3. Schedule virtual meetings
Intentionally booking meetings via video will help you kick off your workday if you feel challenged creating a daily schedule. Knowing that I have to meet my team in France or a client virtually forces me to roll out of bed and out of my pajamas. I set meetings up at a realistic time for me. A time that allows me to prepare properly for the virtual meeting(s).
4. Connect with your tribe
Stay in contact and connect with other humans that complement you and your goals. Having a group that supports you and that you can do the same for is a game-changer. Connect with them before starting your week to discuss what your individual goals are so that you can hold each other accountable.
It’s so important you interact with others during this crisis. However, you have to be intentional about not allowing it to turn into full-blown conversations about work, current events (since it’s currently inducing many with heaps of stress), or anything else that can impact you negatively. Think about it, even if you were working at an office or shared space, there was the “water cooler” chat where you spoke about other things. So add it to your workweek as well.
5. Add distractions to your list / schedule
Many will tell you to avoid distractions but who are we kidding?! That’s so much easier said than done. Instead, I say, include your distractions. Add them to your schedule. For me, this includes making time to pet my pup, checking in on social media, or quietly loading the washing machine while I’m on a call with my tribe. This helps me stay focused, productive, and accomplished.
6. Set up your music playlist
Music is one of my favorite things to implement for the workweek ahead. I arrange my music based on what I have scheduled and my energy levels throughout the day. It helps me jump-start the day and motivates me when I’m feeling sluggish.
Music is known for boosting your mood and productivity levels. Here’s a cool guide on what to listen to and when based on your productivity goals.
BONUS: If you’re not sure what to include on your playlist, you can connect / reconnect with friends on social media and ask them for recommendations.
7. Set up / update your Google alerts
Google alerts will keep you updated on all the latest news and trends. I love using this to keep me up to date on things that matter to my business and clients.
This will also make it easier for you to manage your news consumption. Scrolling through social media and listening to the news all day during our current epidemic can lead to depression, anger, loss of hope, and so much more. Taking precautions to avoid this is more important than ever.
Not sure how to set this up? Just follow the Google instructions here.
8. Block off time for unscheduled calls / meeting requests
When working from home it’s easy to get distracted with unscheduled calls and meetings that end up consuming all of your time. You will need to make sure you have specific days and times set up to accommodate those requests. Otherwise, it will be easy for you to allow interruptions and tough to accomplish your goals for the week. But worst of all, it can lead to you working longer hours than necessary. This is something you have to manage to keep a healthy immune system during our current epidemic.
BONUS: Synch your calendar to sites like Calendly (free meeting scheduler). This will make it easy for you to share a link with anyone requesting to schedule time with you.
9. Create a rewards / penalty system
Determine how you will reward yourself for completing your goals when the week is over. This gives you something to look forward to, especially at the end of a tough week. Make it something you truly want / enjoy.
You will also need to include what the penalty will be for not accomplishing your goals. It could be refraining from doing something you love to do. For me, I don’t allow myself to binge on Netflix. A cool socially conscious penalty is donating $5+ to your favorite charity. Whatever works best for you. If you don’t have an accountability buddy, you want to make sure you’re being super honest with yourself. After all, it’s all in your best interest.
That just about covers leveraging your weekend to slay the day as a single entrepreneur. Stay tuned for next week Wednesday, April 29, 2020, where I’ll share part III with tips on managing your workweek as a single entrepreneur quarantined alone.
If you are encountering financial hardship during this COVID epidemic, be sure to check out my list of available funds for small business owners and their employees, as well as, gig workers.
About the Author
Roxana Colorado is an international business strategist and philanthropist. She believes that everyone should be given the opportunity to do something great. Most people want to do big things. But many don’t know where to start.
Through Kandula International, LLC, Roxana leverages her international network and corporate experience to spare purpose-driven entrepreneurs from losing their time, money or sanity during the business development process.
As a philanthropist, Roxana runs a nonprofit, Dare2B, Inc., to equip, inspire, and empower homeless children to survive and thrive. Roxana has successfully created and implemented innovative solutions that consist of a seven (7) step holistic program that drives Dare2B’s mission. Providing homeless children with an opportunity to tap into their potential and become positive influencers in their home. Through this process, children enjoy developing skills important in gaining opportunities for economic growth.
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