By Sagan Morrow
As a small business strategist, one of the things I hear students say is that they want to keep their business moving forward, but they’re having a tough time keeping on top of everything.
And I TOTALLY get that: we live in a pretty intense, chaotic world! We all have way too many things to juggle at any given time. Sometimes it can feel like we’re just scrambling to keep on top of things, and we barely have time to eat or sleep, let alone make progress with our businesses. This is especially true if you don’t have a team to help you out (hurray for solopreneurship!).
With that in mind, today I want to share with you 5 tips for making serious progress with your business… in just 15 minutes/day:
Tip #1: Start with a brainstorming session
This is one of my favorite things to do. Brainstorming sessions are great for getting all of your business ideas on paper! It’s a total idea bonanza -- you’re not worrying about strategy and practicality at this stage. It’s all just about the brainstorming.
I like using giant pieces of poster paper with colorful pens, but you can map it out however you like. (And yes, you can even set the timer for 15 minutes to get all your ideas on paper :))
Tip #2: Prioritize your activities
Which business ideas are you most excited about? Which are going to be the easiest to implement? Which make the most sense to focus on first?
The most important thing to consider at this stage is what fires you up the most. If you don’t LOVE your business ideas, then you’re going to have major problems in taking action on them. So even if some of your business ideas might take a little longer to implement, if you are super passionate about them, then those ones are absolutely worth focusing on.
Tip #3: Set actionable monthly goals
Four weeks is enough time to get a decent amount done, if you’re strategic about how you use your time effectively. Once you know what activities you want to prioritize, then you can set about creating goals for yourself!
Keeping them as monthly goals also makes it that much more manageable than trying to plan out the next three years for yourself.
Tip #4: Outline a plan of small tasks you can take every single day
Here’s where we get to quick bursts of time! Let’s say your goal this month is to create a business plan. You’re giving yourself 15 minutes/day to work on that business plan. So what could those 15-minute time slots look like?
Your first week might look something like this…
- Day 1: Do research on small business planning tips
- Day 2: Outline your mission statement/vision
- Day 3: Identify your business goals
- Day 4: Identify your ideal client
- Day 5: Choose what services/products you’ll offer with your business
- Day 6: Set rates for your services
- Day 7: Choose what marketing techniques you’ll use to promote your services
See how that works? Once you’ve intentionally laid out all of your action steps, and identified the small pieces that build up to achieving your goal (whether it’s to create a business plan, as in this example, or whether it’s to outline a marketing strategy or get your business finances in order or pitch to clients or do something else altogether), then you truly can make serious progress with your business even when you’re on a time-crunch!
I recommend making this plan of action for knowing what daily tasks you work on up to a month in advance, but you could even do it just one week at a time.
Tip #5: Choose a specific time of day for when you’ll work on business tasks
When you work on your business every day, it becomes a habit. This is even more true if you do it at the same time each day! Make working on your business a part of your routine. Every small step you take will really add up -- and you might just be amazed at what you’ve been able to accomplish a few weeks from now.
Psst… want to make progress with your business in 15 minutes/day, but don’t want to create the action steps for yourself? I’ve got you covered! Join the FREE Begin Your Biz Challenge to get ready-made daily 15-minute action steps you can take to keep moving your business forward.
Inside that challenge, we even use monthly themes for focusing on different areas of your business! Solopreneurs of all backgrounds and experience levels are welcome.
Sagan Morrow is a small business strategist and blogger at SaganMorrow.com with nearly a decade of experience as a solopreneur. She teaches other time-crunched solopreneurs how to build their own successful, profitable home-based businesses, WITHOUT the overwhelm. She loves hanging out on Twitter and Instagram, so be sure to say hi!