Are there enough hours in the day? I don’t think so. That is probably why I work till 3am most nights. And that isn’t something to be proud of, I should have enough skilled staff in place that I don’t have to work until 3am any night. But I would say I am a bit of a control freak when it comes to business and I battle to trust anyone to do it the way I do it.
So how do I manage so many projects and business admin and wedding planning tasks and design work and clients? Well, I use a fun and very old traditional technique called: making to-do-lists. This seems quite obvious, I know. But until a couple of weeks ago I was literally writing out my to-do-lists every day in my work book. I don’t know whether it is because I have a thing for writing with a pen in a book (I really do just love it, so much more than typing), or whether I am a sucker for self-punishment, but either way I had been doing myself in for a very long time by not moving over to online software systems.
In winter this year I came across an amazing (and free) online project management software called Asana. There are really so many similar software for to-do-lists and project management, but I love Asana. It wasn’t until I got Asana that I realized just how many tasks I take on in each different business, and each different aspect of each different business. It is has been one of the most simplest and best things I have ever taken on.
It has helped me increase my productivity drastically, as well as transparently keep track of all projects and progress. I cannot believe that it has taken me so long to get with the program. Literally.
I am still very young, and I am still almost new in the entrepreneur world, and I am learning every single day. But I can easily say that one of the most valuable pieces of information I have learnt so far in my journey, is that in order to succeed and do well, you have to be extremely productive. It is the only way to get ahead and grow your business. Productivity is key.