Even under stress we can do much good at this time in our history (April 2020). That’s why the perfect question to ask yourself, as often as possible, is “what is the best use of my time right now?”
I wasn’t asking myself that question enough since I started working fewer hours, and so I found myself getting down in the dumps. To that end, I wrote this article as a reminder for myself of what I can be doing, and hopefully the list in this article will help you, too.
Maybe you’re like me and have been working from home for a long time. Maybe working from home is new to you. Either way, when you don’t have the freedom of going out and doing what you want, because you want to be safe and keep others safe, too, it’s easy to not be productive. When you can’t connect physically with people (I’m a big hand shaker), life seems weird. When I just can’t get in the car and drive to visit relatives or drive just for the heck of it, life seems more than hard.
But there is plenty we all can do. Not just to keep busy, but to be productive and make the best use of the time we have now.
Below are some suggestions of things we can do to help our business:
Create an Executive Schedule. It’s a schedule of how you’ll be spending your day. I’m sure you’ve seen them and may have one in Excel somewhere. Use the free Executive Schedule I’m offering you at the end of this article, and block time off for what’s most important to you at this point in your life.
Here are some other ideas of what to do with your work time:
Video chat or teleconference with clients and prospects. Never did it before? Start with the resources I’m providing below.
Take a new look at one piece of technology you’re paying for. When I do that, I learn easier ways to do things I’ve been doing the hard way!
Write an article to send to your clients, and include a personal note. Post the article to your blog and put it on LinkedIn. Make it a topic that would be of interest to your ideal clients — but don’t make it business related! Tip: “Top 5 Ways to _____” is a great way to start.
Create or update your business plan.
Nail your niche, once and for all. There are many good tools online that can help you start the process, including my blog.
Update your LinkedIn profile.
Clean or organize your email.
Learn how to use all the features your email program offers. There is much free training online.
See how apps like Hoot Suit, Buffer, Revive Your Post, Lead Pilot (for Redtail), or Meet Edgar can help you automate some of your social networking.
Create a subscription box for your blog using Jetpack. Place the code on your site, and when you post to your blog, anyone on the list will receive a link to read the post.
Call prospects who didn’t become a client to see if there is anything you can do to help them.
Call former clients and see if things worked out well for them.
Learn how to use video systems such as Start Meeting, Skype, Zoom or What’sApp.
Get this quarter’s business tax records in order.
Some Personal Things You Can Do:
If you haven’t talked to your family about privacy while you’re working, now is the time to have the talk. Create an office off-limits space – even if you must work in a closet! Explain to your family what constitutes an emergency (i.e. times they can disrupt you). Often, my clients create a poster called “wow-man working” or “dad working”, etc. When the flyer is on the door (or a nearby wall, etc.) your office is off limits to family.
Look at one item you can change in your diet and do it.
Do something nice for the people you are around and be grateful because some of us are home alone.
Do major shopping for the next month.
Cook a new recipe (or two) each week.
Start a gratitude journal.
Watch an inspiring TV show.
Create a business and/or personal tolerations list. I’ll supply the directions at the end of this article.
Get help keeping focused. Join an Integrity Day.
Watch that DVD on yoga (or other exercise) and spend 10 minutes doing it.
Learn how to do something new.
Play games with your family.
Call friends, family members, alumni and others — particularly people you miss in your life.
Find a religious service online or via TBN (etc.) and view it.
Clean your pantry out. Donate anything good (not expired) that you no longer want to a charity.
Clean a room in your house from top to bottom. If that’s too overwhelming, choose a closet to reorganize. Post items you no longer want but are good for someone else on Freecycle.org, BuyNothingProject.org, Pass It along or other Facebook groups where things are given away for free. Donate anything you don’t give away.
Enjoy your time by doing nothing important. Recharge. Look out the window at the wildlife. Open the window and listen to nature.
Resources Mentioned In This Article
Executive Schedule https://coachmaria.com/executive-scheduler/
Going Virtual Starts Here. For free video and notes visit the bottom of https://www.ElevatingYourBusiness.com
Integrity Day – A great way to get things done with accountability https://coachmaria.com/financial_advisor_productivity_integrity_day/
TBN for services https://tbn.org/watch/schedules. There are many religious programs for just about every religious or spiritual group available via cable, YouTube, and Roku.
Social Networking Scheduling
Hoot Suite – https://hootsuite.com/plans
Buffer – https://buffer.com/
Redtail – If you are using this Redtail technology, contact your rep. They just announced an association with Lead Pilot by https://corporate.redtailtechnology.com/new-integration-with-lead-pilot/
Meet Edgar – https://meetedgar.com/pricing/ (Thanks for your recommendation, Johanna Wise)
For Your Blog
Revive Your Post – https://wordpress.org/plugins/tweet-old-post/
Jetpack Subscription Box – https://jetpack.com/support/subscriptions
Help your fellow humans by letting us know how you’re spending your time. You may give someone the exact advice they need at this time.