Many solopreneurs are passionate dreamers that tend to overestimate how much work they can realistically get done (guilty!). Big projects are exciting but they can quickly become overwhelming if you don’t know how to manage them. You end up feeling paralyzed in your business and not know why.
You can stop the overwhelm and get started working on your projects again by dedicating fifteen minutes to your goals. This is enough time to make some progress and will give you a feeling of accomplishment.
Make Your 15 Minutes Count
The best way to make sure you accomplish something in fifteen minutes is to have a plan before you start. If you’re working on an opt-in report, make sure you have an outline so that you know what to write about when you sit down.
If you don’t have a plan, then take 15 minutes to create one. You might have a huge task like ‘overhauling your website’ on your to do list. You could break this task into smaller chunks like ‘choose a new color scheme for my website’ that you can do in fifteen minutes.
While this might seem silly to you at first, you’ll quickly see how helpful this method is once you start using it. When you tell yourself that you only have to do ‘one little thing for fifteen minutes’, you’re more likely to get it done.
Create a Routine
Turn your fifteen minute blocks into routines. Start by looking for time you normally waste. If you spend a few minutes waiting in the carpool line at your child’s school, you could use this time to outline a blog post, answer client emails, or record a video answering commonly asked questions from customers.
Keep a project or two with you throughout the day. Make them easily accessible by using apps like Evernote or Trello. When you have a few extra minutes, you can squeeze some work in.
Progress = Energy
I recommend the fifteen minute blocks of work because they create momentum. Even if you’re just taking tiny steps forward, you’ll feel energized. You’ll become more engaged in your project and more likely to finish it.
Remember progress begets more progress. The more you work on a project, the more you’ll want to work on it. You already have fifteen minutes available to you somewhere in your day. Your job right now is to find those minutes and put them to good use. 🙂