When you are self-employed in direct sales, it’s easy to get sucked into the minutia that can easily consume your day. You look up at the clock, it’s 4:30pm, and you realize you’ve been on Facebook all day. Yup, happens to the best of us, despite our furtive proclamations of conquering the to-do list. I recently adopted a system that is helping me stay a bit more organized and accountable, so I don’t wander off into Facebook obscurity, to be found hours later by my children, unshowered, and still in my pajamas (true story).
I didn’t invent this system, I found it somewhere online. But I did adapt it for my personal use. The goal is to create a system that you can make your own. Each day of the week is designated with a certain objective, around which all your tasks and activities are organized. Create to-do lists for each day of the week, so as things come up, just delegate it forward on your calendar.
In direct sales, it seems that there is a never ending supply of mail. I find that I’m always mailing catalogs, hostess packets, team incentives, prizes, or any other number of things. All that gets delegated to Monday, if possible, on one master list.
This is the day where I can focus on my team. Not necessarily just communicate on Facebook, but really dive into performance, look at various reports, and assess where coaching or training might be necessary. This is when I update incentive tracking, check-in with newer team members, write my weekly team newsletter, and post any new training documents or videos that have been created.
WORK IT WEDNESDAY
My day for personal business. Phone calls, lead management for team members, hostesses, or customers, hostess coaching for upcoming parties, customer order and return handling, and anything else associated with my own personal business. Not everything in a week can necessarily wait until Wednesday, but this does allow the bulk of activities to be concentrated into one, organized day.
I personally spend a large portion of my time on social media related activities. This includes not only scheduling Facebook posts, but also blogging, creating graphics, and researching or studying new techniques, sites, or strategies. I try to create and schedule content for a good portion of my future week, on Thursdays.
FOLLOW-UP FRIDAY or FREE FRIDAY
Depending on how effective I was at staying on task all week, I can either use Friday for general catch-up, or freebie day for myself. Nap? Movie? Shopping? Yes please!
I do spend some time everyday on general administrative activities such as email and Facebook, since that’s where most of my team activity takes place. But now I control it much more efficiently. I personally work my own business full-time, so I do tend to work a generally full day, each weekday (working around family, kids, and personal activities – a major benefit of being self-employed). If you are a casual or hobbyist consultant, or a part-timer, staying organized is even more important since your “work” time is more limited. No matter how much time you have to dedicate to your business, make that time count. Whether it’s post-it notes, a to-do list, an electronic task list, or a super cute planner, hold yourself accountable to the system you setup for yourself. It WILL make a difference in how effectively you manage your time. And hopefully, will help control the time-suck that is Facebook!