Set a schedule.
If you work from an office away from your home, this premise is easier. But if you’re doing it from home, you’ll have to set a rigid schedule and try not to skip it since you’re usually available 24 hours a day. And that’s impossible.
Leave time in your schedule for you.
In the case of a sole trader, the agenda is both personal and professional. It is necessary to strictly carry out an agenda with milestones, in which you record all the actions that you must encounter during the week, but be sure to reserve personal matters in the same agenda, and preferably reserve a mandatory time to develop a hobby develop or a task that you find rewarding and stimulating. “People’s well-being is fundamental, so just like planning a work meeting, you should include face-to-face meetings or even meetings with yourself on your agenda to rediscover yourself and meditate on your problems,” stresses Enrique Carvajal, a teacher at EAE Business School and General Manager of Sizet Experience.
Get a homework notebook.
In addition to the agenda in which you will indicate the most important aspects of the week, create a task book in which you will record daily the actions you must carry out throughout the day: the calls, the project you must design, the e- Mail, what to send, etc. At the end of the day, check that you have fulfilled everything and write a new one for the next day. It can be a paper list or written down on your Blackberry. The important thing is to get used to this daily repetition, which when done is the most stimulating.
And a log book.
Carvajal also recommends a control notebook for all your meetings. “Write on it the date and time, participants, place, conclusions, objectives… In short, everything related to the meeting to avoid later misunderstandings, because usually you are caught up in so many puddles that it is very easy to make mistakes” , he says.
Make a quadrant in which the urgent, the non-urgent, the important, and the unimportant appear. And learn to prioritize and distribute your first efforts on important things so that they do not become too urgent: preparation, personal relationships, planning… All this to prevent circumstances from turning into a crisis.
Focus your travels and meetings.
A great way to make the most of the time is to focus any upcoming trips or meetings on the same day, allowing you to use synergy and downtime for other tasks.
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