I keep talking about theme days. Theme days. Theme days. But what are they and how do you know what theme to even choose. When you are a business owner you wear many hats. You probably have a long list of things to do and things that you normally do every single day but you never thought about clumping them under a theme.
Think about all of the moving parts in your business and everything that you do. You probably have a product or a service or a combination of these two. So you do things within that framework, you might be developing curriculum, developing a professional development course or workshop. Besides the ideation stage, you are also developing them. That could be using software, video, photography, etc to bring your idea to a tangible product or service. After that you need to market. So there are things that entail marketing and promotion. Once someone purchases from you, you have customer service and support. All of this is encompassed by business administrative tasks and planning your business. So you are working on your business sometimes and sometimes you are working in your business. Each of these items are themes. You might not need to dedicate the whole day to these activities if you are working full time on your teacherpreneur business but you will have to either tackle them yourself or outsource.
I suggest greatly that if you are working full time then dedicate your AM and/or PM work period to a certain theme for a day. For example, on Tuesday, every Tuesday you will see that I am drafting blog posts. That is all I am doing in the morning part of my work period. I also work in chunks of 20 minutes because that is how I comfortably can handle focusing for a time period (everyone is different and you do you). Then after a 30 minute afternoon break, I will will work on editing the blog posts I have written. What ever I don’t finish, I put off till the next Blog Writing Day theme – which is next Tuesday for me.
My theme days for the week look like this:
- Monday – Video & Photography Creation
- Tuesday- Blog Writing (AM) & Editing (PM)
- Wednesday- Resource Creation
- Thursday- Resource Creation
- Friday- Social Media & Marketing
- Saturday- Self Care & Family Day (NO WORKING)
- Sunday- Sunday is my CEO day – I spend it getting ready for the next week and working on admin tasks and planning — so I work ON my business that day. It is also the only day that I will do any type of planning.
So the first thing that you need to do is identify what you do when you work IN and ON your business. These will be your overarching themes. Then track yourself to see what you do and write it down. If you want to get technical you can put a timestamp on how long tasks take – this helps with planning and projecting, so you can do that if you want.Then put these tasks in the form of a workflow. That way, when you sit down to work on whatever project you need to work on that fits that theme – you just pick it up and follow your workflow. Gone is the confusion of what to do. Make it simple – trust your planning – and work your plan using your workflow!