Next year, I will be more organized. I need to be more organized. I MUST be more organized. If I can be more organized, I’ll be more productive. Time is money, right? Right? Does this sound familiar? Working on my own small business over the past few years has taught me several lessons. I’ve always been internally driven and self-motivated. Being motivated, however, doesn’t always translate into using time wisely. Tapping in to my entrepreneurial spirit has also taught me how to manage and balance my time. Here are my top productivity tips for Paparazzi consultants in 2018.
Get up early
To your own self, be true. I am a morning person. I always have been and probably always will be. My kids are wired differently, 1 of them is a night owl and the other 3 are early birds. When are you at your best? When do you enjoy being productive? If you are a night owl be sure to block time off when everyone else is asleep and use that time with laser-like focus to get things done. For me, I make mistakes late at night. My brain gets foggy and my eyes get droopy. In the morning I can’t remember what I did the night before. 🙂 I am at my best between 4 and 5 in the morning. The house is quiet. Kids are asleep. Husband is snoring. 🙂 Just me, a cup of coffee, the cat and my priority list.
Blocking time has been one of the best tricks I have learned since starting this gig. You know the saying if you have 6 hours to clean your house it will take you 6 hours. If you have 10 minutes, it will take you 10 minutes. This is true with business, too! Set a time to work with intensity every day. What do you need to accomplish? Follow-up with customers? Send out e-mails? Make training videos? I discussed this concept here as well. It is so helpful when balancing work with family time. I homeschool my kids and stay home full-time. This sounds ideal but there are so many interruptions. I have set “office hours” from 1-3 p.m. This is the time when I know I can work my business. As a result, I can give more attention to my kids during the rest of the day as my brain is not spinning with my Paparazzi to-do list. On a domestic note, I’ve started using this with chores, too. Knowing that I only have to clean bathrooms once a week in 10 minutes really makes it significantly less daunting. 🙂
Specifically for Paparazzi, consider blocking time each week for the following:
**Trust me. Block out some time to track your income and expenses. Come tax time you will thank me. 😉
Invest in Yourself
This may seem like an “extra”, something that isn’t going to help you with productivity. However, learning new skills and investing in yourself will pay off. Here’s an example, I had this website for a full year before I really started utilizing it. I had no idea how to set it up, how to maintain it or what SEO was. I tried to Google. I tried to watch You Tube videos and figure it out. I had some content up, but I always felt way out of my league and overwhelmed. As a result, I avoided it. I just let it sit here. Yet, at the same time my head was constantly spinning with questions and ideas for my blog. This is the epitome of non-productive. So I forked out some cash and took a blogging boot camp course with Brenda Ster. Worth every single penny. Seriously. I’ve found the same thing with a variety of social media channels. If I don’t feel confident I tend to avoid it. Could I continue watching You Tube videos and reading blog articles to figure it out for free. Yes, absolutely. I have found, for me, though, it is much better to just fork out some cash and take a cohesive training. My confidence level gets an immediate boost and I’m ready to conquer the next challenge. If you are struggling with your Paparazzi business or just feeling confused consider trainings on how to run a Facebook Party, how to use Pinterest effectively, how to follow up with customers. Obviously, check with your upline as she might have resources or knowledge that you aren’t aware of but don’t hesitate to invest in yourself. Keep learning and growing!
If you time block as we discussed above then you can really create graphics for a month in advance, write Facebook party posts, design team e-mails and contests. Do you really need to be on the computer all the time post these and create them? No! Use your time wisely. Work with intensity and focus during your time blocks and then use resources to help you schedule your posts, e-mails and follow-up calls. Technology is amazing – use it! Again, there are plenty of free options here but some are worth the basic cost.
Cinchshare allows you to schedule posts to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This saves a ton of time! You can schedule all your Facebook parties, group posts, etc. in advance. As a result you can turn your attention to responding to comments, interacting with team members and customers and focusing on the relationships. One of the biggest benefits of a scheduler is that it allows your brain to relax. I don’t have to remind myself 20 times a day to post on my fan page tonight at 7 p.m. I don’t have to carry the weight of all these tasks around. Time block it. Create it. Schedule it. Done.
My other favorite paid resource is Canva for Work. There are free graphics programs out there but the reason I love Canva is because it saves your templates, fonts, colors, branding. Images are super easy to edit without having to recreate the entire thing. This saves a TON of time. I can create a month’s worth of images in a few hours.
Another resource you might consider using is Fiverr. This is a freelance site where you can hire out tasks you don’t have the time to do or don’t have the know-how. Most services are very affordable.
One of the best things you can do to boost productivity is to find an accountability partner and concentrate on your goals. I have a phone call every week with my upline. We discuss goals, challenges, brainstorm ideas, and celebrate victories. I know that next week Kenzie will ask me how many pieces of jewelry I sold, how many blog posts I wrote, how many parties I booked, etc. Having a partner that will hold you accountable even when you totally blow it is a great way to build productivity. Your partner should be someone you trust to celebrate successes but also to really call you out when you’re not holding up your end of the bargain. Yes, life gets in the way but you can’t let it stop you. An accountability partner will help you brainstorm ways to keep your business thriving even when life gets crazy.
One technique we have used on Team Magnificent as an added layer of accountability is a co-working session. This is a Zoom session (so we can see and hear each other). At the beginning of the call we state what we will accomplish in the next 40 minutes and then everyone mutes themselves. You work diligently for the next 40 minutes and then at the end of the call you go around and state what you actually got accomplished. Trust me. No one wants to be the person who says, “Ummmm….. I caught up on a Netflix binge.” 🙂
Still not sure where your 24 hours in the day are going? I remember during a team training one of the elite leaders used the phrase, “There’s no PV in TV.” This is so true! Be aware of where your time is going. Do you not have the time to invest in your business or are you choosing not to? If you cannot answer that question with 100% confidence, consider using a time tracker on your phone. Quality Time is a good one but there are several options out there. This app tracks how you spend your time. How many times you unlock your phone. Which apps you use the most. (The results can be nauseating. Trust me.) Similarly, use a time tracker on your laptop. Are you actually creating graphics or are you scrolling Facebook? Time blocking is really going to help with managing your time but if you’re still struggling use an app to take control of your minutes. We all have 24 hours in the day – how will you use yours?
If you maximize your work time when you personally are most productive, invest in yourself and grow your business skills, block out your work time and pay attention to where your minutes are going you will feel so much more organized. Your brain can relax because these background details are taken care of and our Paparazzi business will be up and growing in no time. You will have more time to spend with your family (without being glued to your phone!), feel more relaxed and more confident about the health of your business. What productivity tips for Paparazzi consultants in 2018 would you add to this list?
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