As great and as profitable as business consulting is, it’s one of those careers that requires a lot of your individual attention and time when working with your clients, and one thing that consultants often say is that they wish they could find better ways of managing and leveraging their time so that they could create a better work-life balance.
In this post, we’re going to share with you some simple yet effective strategies on how to do just that.
Have a schedule:
As the saying goes, “failing to plan is planning to fail” it may sound a tad dramatic, but it’s very true, and one of the best ways to get your time management to where it needs to be is to schedule everything. That doesn’t just include your work stuff, but everything from dates to grocery shopping. The reason that having a schedule is so recommended is because it allows you to break your day down and focus in the moment on one thing at a time so you’re less likely to procrastinate.
Automate as much as you can:
If you find yourself having to repeat many of the same tasks, such as sending invoices and emails, then automating this is the best way to go. There are now so many tools and apps online to help you automate everything in your business and this will free up so much more of your time to allow you to focus on doing the work that’s actually bringing in the money.
Create an inbound marketing plan:
A big part of your success as a consultant is in your ability to keep bringing in clients, but the catch is often that you’re so busy working with clients you have no time to market yourself and once those clients are finished working with you, then it means you have to go on the hunt for new clients again. This is not only a very frustrating way to operate your business, but it’s really not sustainable, so having an inbound marketing to help clients find you that you can set up and automate such as blogging and social media will really make a big difference and allow you to work with clients whilst new ones are constantly making inquiries.
Manage your client-time better:
When you start working with a new client, it can be tempting to just dive right in and do everything they need, but this is not the best use of your time. You need to have a structure for ensuring you’re making the most out of that time and getting the work done so you can continue working with other clients and actually having a life at the same time.
Look at what’s working:
Any business is all about learning and you will find that some things will work better than others, so it’s important that you take regular time out, whether daily, weekly or monthly to go over what you’ve done, what’s been most effective and what’s not working so you can decide what things to keep and which to let go of.
Challenge yourself and why it is a great idea!
There is always room for improvement when talking about our knowledge. The eagerness of learning new things to be better in life. This should be our second main focus since the first focus is to be happy in Life.
We need to get out of our comfort zone to be better and excel, easier said than done. Even for me it was difficult to consider something out of my comfort zone but there is always something to improve.
By learning a new language, your time and communication should be improve by 200%.
My challenge was around learning a new language, this was a huge task for me. I already talk 3 languages and decided two weeks ago to learn a new language. This is out of my comfort zone and this is why i decided to try it.
Decided to learn Korean ,why you may ask? Was watching a TV show on Netflix called: Bo Dong Soung! A small women with incredible strengh growing up in Korea. Since the show is in Korean and i’m a bit tired of watching and reading at the same time the traduction.
This is my challenge to learn the Korean language until i’m abble to have a conversation with a native speaker and watch any Korean show i want.
- Why learn a new language?
- Expend your knowledge
- Get out of your comfort zone
- Develop new skills
- Give you access to new connection
- New opportunities
- And more…
Give yourself a chance and try to learn a new language that you have a interest and would love to learn. Even if you think it doesn’t make sense, try it ,you will be surprise by the results.
For me, i’m already abble to say , hi , how are you, Yes -No, i’m hungry and more in Korean. At first, i was really affraid to start with this new language but once the process was ongoing, i was much surprise by my progress.
One more thing, our brain will always tell us at first, it is difficult, you don’t understand this language why learn it. Your crazy, how long it will take you… Once you hear those sentences in your head, you should start learning a new language right away.
This will force you to be stronger in your head, not to always have control and let go your bad habits!
Whatever you do in Life it is your duty to be happy.
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