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Time management in direct sales is always a popular topic. Most of us aren’t used to running a business. Plus, it’s super easy to get bogged down with all of the day to day tasks of your business. Not to mention the demands of your family. Here’s some easy tips for taking a little more control of your time.
Yeah, that sounds like a no-brainer, but I’m not just talking about a random Post-it note that gets lost. Oh no, my friend. I’m talking about an actual PLAN to achieve your goals!
Once a month take a big ‘ol sheet of paper and write down your goals for the month. Then you need to think about what it will take for you to get there. For example, if you want $2500 in sales, you probably need to know what dates you can book parties for, have a list of people to follow up with and maybe focus on a couple of products to promote that month. Write out the smaller steps you need to take to get to your month goal. This is your roadmap for what tasks to complete throughout the month to achieve your goals! (You should do the same thing for your year goal!)
To be truly effective at time management, you also need an area to write down the little stuff that piles up- mail host packets, coaching hosts, customer follow up, and don’t forget to schedule family events and “me” time! Make a note of tasks that are “must do” right away and things that may only take 10 minutes.
2. Use That Week View, People!
Everyone uses the month view to write out future plans- doctor’s visits, birthdays, direct sales parties, etc. It’s an efficient way to see events at a glance. But I’m here to tell you, the week views will help you break down the month’s goals & tasks so they’re not so overwhelming. Wouldn’t you feel a lot better seeing your big upcoming Facebook party broken into 10 tasks over the course of the week instead of one big red mark on Thursday taunting you with all the work you have to do?
Breaking out the work into daily actionable steps will help make sure that you don’t start to suffer from overwhelm and also that you’ll know exactly what needs to be done that day, effectively managing your time. Meaning you’ll save at least 10 minutes every day wondering “what do I need to do today?”
3. Time Blocking
Time blocking is the magical process of arranging your tasks into the hours of a day to achieve max productivity. It’s how you design your days in a proactive way, vs. being reactive to the demands of others. Once you’re in charge of your time, you can get a ton of stuff done in a short amount of time by batching tasks and setting a time limit. It’s all about knowing your habits and tendencies. I wrote more about how to time block in a different post. Trust me, that’s a big article.
4. Get Yourself Some Good Tools (And Use Them…)
I really recommend using a planner with a monthly, weekly, and hourly spread. That way you can really manage your time every day. I’m partial to a digital planner (read more about that over on the blog). That’s why I prefer the Now What Digital Direct Sales Planner System. It comes with training and insight into using it. You don’t have to guess what the creator intended…the video will show you!
Go check out the Now What Digital Direct Sales Planner and start taking control of your time!