When is an entrepreneur workday done?
We can all remember that first job we had. A minimum wage position may be working at a grocery store or McDonald’s. We had to use a time clock⌚️ to start the workday and to end it. Things didn’t change much when I graduated from technical school and started working as an electrical engineering technologist. The office hours were 8 am to 4:30 pm and we were expected to be there between those hours.
Most of the jobs I have held in my life had a definite start time and end time each day.
When I started working for myself🧑 if I thought that I would work regular business hours and that when 4:30 pm hit I would be done for the day,
I would surely be wrong!❌
I had to meet the needs of my clients and most of them could not meet with me during regular business hours, so I extended my hours to meet with them during the 🌛evenings or early mornings. I also joined some networking groups that also meet outside of regular business hours, and then I found that I am most creative and productive between 9 pm and 1 am.
How do I know when my workday is done?
None of my days look the same. I can have client meetings at 10 am and at 7 pm. I meet with like-minded people at 2 pm and 8 pm and then at 9 pm I’m putting together proposals and courses and writing up meeting 📝notes. When I work like this I never know when my workday should be over. I guess I could work 15 hours a day because I love it and I’m an entrepreneur but I can’t sustain this type of workday and enjoy 🚴🏻life! I need to give myself permission to be done! How do I do that?
I start by setting myself up with a finish 🏃line each day and when I reach that finish line I am DONE!
Working With an End Goal In Mind!
I create my finish line each week with my weekly review that I do every Monday morning🌞. This is when I establish my three areas of focus for the week. From this, I know what projects I will be working on for the week and each day I assign myself three daily tasks that must be completed before the workday is over.
By creating this structure I give myself a definite finish line, something to work towards, something I know when I reach it just like 4:30 pm.
The flexibility of working for myself means I can work all day every day; I have done that to meet deadlines and client 👩💼needs but this type of workload is not sustainable.
- We need to know when the workday is done!
- Create a definite finish line so when you reach it you know that you are done.
This gives you permission to leave your home🏡 office or the kitchen table and interact in a meaningful way with your kids, your spouse and friends. You can even let your mind think about things that are not related to work like 📖reading the next Shari Lapena novel.
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