10 Ways To Keep Up With Your Online Business When Life Gets Busy

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Trying to keep up with your online business when life gets busy is like herding cats. You keep wishing they’d cooperate and do what you say and stay in line. But cats have a mind of their own, and they’re not much interested in your agenda. Your life doesn’t stay in line or cooperate either, so you might as well figure out ways to get business done when life happens.

Here’s the short version of 10 Ways to Keep Up With Your Online Business When Life Gets Crazy-Busy:

1.  Make a decision. This is the first step in keeping up with your online business when you’re busy. If you’re wishy-washy about whether you’re going to do this thing, you’ll drift away at the first sign of trouble. After you’ve made a firm decision, no fair going back and picking it up and turning it over in your mind. “Maybe I should just quit.” No way.

2.  No escape clauses. Now it’s one thing if you have a major life shift, but sick kids or a nasty email don’t count. Stop giving yourself permission to put off blog posts because “something happened.”

3.  Use systems. Have a system for writing blog posts, a system for newsletters, a system for Social Media, a system for answering common email situations. Systems free up your brain space for thinking, decision-making and creativity.

4.  Use checklists for your systems. Do your brain a favor—use written checklists for the multi-step tasks you do frequently. You might feel like you could do it in your sleep, but glancing at a checklist can cut some stress when you’re tired or facing a stressful situation in another area of life. Written lists also make it easier for you to delegate.

5.  Use a written to-do list. This sounds like a no-brainer, but yours truly is guilty of trying to keep to-do lists straight in her head. When you’re extra-busy, you don’t need extra-stressful thoughts. Unwritten to-do lists easily multiply in your brain, floating around and creating unrealistic expectations for yourself that lead to procrastination.

6.  Experiment with designating days for tasks. Rather than feeling guilty every day about everything you’re NOT doing, set aside certain days to focus on specific tasks. For instance, designate x number of days per week for a certain segment of your business, then don’t think about that segment on the days it’s not assigned. I say “experiment” because it might take some trial runs to figure out what works for you. This is a way of simplifying and getting out from under guilt.

7.  Master the art of ten minutes. Spending ten focused minutes on a task will produce far more than planning to spend an hour and never getting around to it.

8.  Use mobile tools. A smartphone and tablet can help you keep up with your online business when you’re out and about—or even just away from your desk. I do a good amount of business from my rocking chair with an iPhone and laptop.

9.  Stay accountable to someone. Whether it’s a Facebook group or a business coach (and I highly recommend both), being connected to people who will kick your buns and cheer you on are essential when the going gets rough and you need to get going. We’re usually either too hard on ourselves or too easy on ourselves. Perspective and truth from others is essential.

10.  Take time off. “Wait a minute, I’m too busy to take time off,” you say. Hey, we’re not talking about a trip to Hawaii. Pay attention to your body’s signals and take a break when your thinking gets fuzzy. Change locations, get a drink, read something funny. If you’re working at home, folding laundry or loading the dishwasher is actually a nice change of pace. You can listen to a training audio or laugh with your kids while you’re at it, then return to the computer with fresh energy.

Most of the time life is not going to stay neatly arranged so that you can run your online business in a vacuum. Herding cats and kids and businesses rarely follow a neat path, no matter how good the plan.

Let go of the unrealistic thought that you’ll do better on your business when life slows down. Do better on your business while life is happening. Keeping up with your online business when you’re busy is essential, because otherwise it won’t be long before you don’t have an online business!

Take courage, set your face to the destination and herd your business like a cat shepherd. Things won’t go as planned and it will get frustrating at times. Deal with the detours but make sure you keep moving towards the end goal with these simple tips to keep up with your business when life is, well, life.

 

Charlotte_SiemsCharlotte Siems is a happy wife and mom of twelve who is a speaker, author and coach. After losing 100 pounds with T-Tapp, she became a Master T-Tapp Trainer, sharing her encouraging story with people all over the world. She has built a successful online business and writes about family life and T-Tapp at www.ThisLovelyPlace.com.

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Tim
Tim
9 years ago

What a great post! Thank you so much!

Kim
Kim
Reply to  Tim
9 years ago

Thank you for dropping in!

Kim
Kim
9 years ago

Lists are HUGE in my world! Love that Charlotte included them as they are my lifesaver 🙂

Kim
Kim
9 years ago

Glad you got value from Charlotte’s tips, Liz. Yes, we do have systems for all of our social media platforms. Life savers for sure!

Heather
Heather
9 years ago

Great tips here! I’m a big fan of systemizing everything possible as well. If you’re procrastinating over blog posts, sit down when you do have time and use the scheduling function to do a few at a time. Also, there’s something very satisfying about crossing items off a hand-written to-do list…

Kim
Kim
Reply to  Heather
9 years ago

Absolutely agree, Heather!

Linda Keaton
9 years ago

I agree with Elke, it’s a great post 🙂

Kim
Kim
Reply to  Linda Keaton
9 years ago

Thank you!

Kim
Kim
9 years ago

You may be ready for help, Harold. Hiring someone to help you manage your social media would be a tremendous time saver for you.

Kim
Kim
9 years ago

Glad you got value from the tips!

Kim
Kim
9 years ago

Leonie, thanks for dropping in!

Jenelle Daniels
Jenelle Daniels
9 years ago

Great points here. Decided to run a biz after having my now 2.5 daughter. Hard work, yet amaze myself how creativity keeps me moving forward. Thanks for sharing this great insight. Life happens we must get good and rolling with it.

Kim Garst
Kim Garst
Reply to  Jenelle Daniels
9 years ago

Exactly! Good luck with you business Janelle and don’t forget to send time with your little one, they grow up so fast! Thanks for stopping by!

Kim Garst
Kim Garst
9 years ago

Absolutely! We use Virtual Assistance in our business here a Boom! Social all of the time 🙂

Eva Sheryl
Eva Sheryl
8 years ago

It’s so good points about how we have to keep in touch with our business in our daily routine..Keep posting the good article like this.Thanks for sharing:)

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