You’ve always been seen as the person who can fix situations. Knowing that somebody needs you makes you feel good. Doesn’t it?
As a pet sitter, you are constantly rescuing pet parents with fur babies who need support during the day (vacations, etc.) to take care of them. Thankfully, you’re able to fix it by stepping in and fill that need with your services. You thrive in an environment where you are surrounded by four-legged cuties who are depending on you.
I have a question. Is there such a heavy demand on your schedule that sometimes it feels like you’re working 24/7?
How to Know If You Need to Make Changes
Does this sound familiar? From the time you begin your day until you end it, you’re in the midst of continuous activity, running from one appointment to the next, servicing the dogs and cats? You are the fixer!
There’s walking the dogs, cleaning those litter boxes, replenishing food and water, and you may even sneak in some playtime, which you love. Add the travel time and maybe you’re so busy that you’re actually eating lunch or snacks while you’re driving to your appointments.
Phase 2 of Your Work Day
Even though you have fun with the pets, at the end of the day you’ve had loving interaction with them, but after you get home the second part of your business is waiting for you (e.g., first-time and follow-up email requests for information, etc.).
You probably have phone calls to return because you couldn’t grab every call that came to your phone during your work hours, and you still have invoices to prepare, scheduling to do, and new client packets to prepare and send by email. You’re so dedicated to fixing things for other people personally and professionally that you’re getting drained.
Have you ever told yourself a 15-minute nap will fix it? Great idea, but how’s that working for you?
Exhausted and Embarrassed
Sometimes it feels like you work 12 to 15 hours a day, but those sessions feel more draining because you don’t get paid for your administrative work. It’s not like your computer purrs when you type on the keyboard.
You feel guilty for having those thoughts because you still enjoy your work. You know it’s part of being a small business owner, but still wonder if there is a better way because you feel like you are heading toward burnout if something doesn’t change.
I Need to Fix It NOW
So what’s the solution?
I’m glad you asked that question because I have an answer.
Believe it or not, there’s a simple fix to your dilemma.
Get More Organized
Ta Da! Problem solved. Right?
You probably already knew that was an issue, but when you’re in the middle of a situation sometimes it’s hard to see how to get out of it.
Three points you can start using today are:
- Pinpoint Your Time Stealers
Identify the activities that take over your day and simply return lost hours to your day. I created a useful tool to help you. Download this PDF to analyze how would you are using your time and where you can be more efficient with it.
- Establish Routines in Your Schedule
Create and document your schedule for free on Gmail. You can have separate personal and business calendars. Add daily activities; general categories are good enough (e.g., morning prep, breakfast, etc.) when you are adding details to your business calendar. Adding your recurring activities is a quick fix that you can see immediately. Things like your client appointments, operations/administrative tasks, etc. will work here. Remember to add your travel time and the meals you eat during the day because you’ll do your best work when you’re getting proper nutrition
- Create Processes for Your Recurring Tasks
I’ve created a Google Sheet to help you fix this process. Click to access it, Make a copy that you can use to document the steps for activities you perform on a regular basis. You do some of them automatically (daily and weekly tasks), but the time it takes to remember how you did the monthly or yearly activities last time is a time stealer and that’s what you want to eliminate.
I hope that these tips have given you some more clarity about how to better organize your day. Send me a note and tell me how the tools in this post helped you get more organized.
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