Yesterday was the last day of April, and until 6 days ago, I felt SUPER stagnated.

Like, for the entire month.

It’s not a good feeling to deal with when you’re trying to grow a company to influence the masses, and I was definitely waking up with a feeling of unexplained existential crisis every morning. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

I was meant for something great, but I wasn’t living it.

It all came to a head when a client deal that I was all but promised fell through last week, and I took it hard.

Like–packed up the computer, went home & cried. ๐Ÿ˜ญ

I was banking on that deal to magically make everything in my financial situation rosy, and when it fell through, it felt like a personal assault. (Well, it kind ofย was a personal assault, but that’s another story for another time.)

Not that my financial situation is that dire… I cover my bills, have savings, and could swing it if I had a particularly bad month.

But, you know, we’re all these humans with primal urges, and when lasting security is promised to us & then ripped away, we take it personally.

But because that deal fell through, I knew I had to make something work, and I had to make it workย fast.

And that’s when it dawned on me:

 

If I wanted to be successful, I had to treat myself like an employee.

If I had hired someone to grow this business for me, what would I expect out of her? ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

What things would she be expected to do or deliver on a daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis? ๐Ÿ“

What would her calendar look like? ๐Ÿ—“

What would she be responsible for achieving to justify her role, so I wouldn’t have to fire her?

What can she feasibly get done in 5-8 hours per day, up to 40 hours per week? โฑ

Yeah, it’s some pretty tough music to face, but once you figure things out… guess what?

You have your daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly to-do lists taken care of, AND you have a solid plan for sustainable growth.

 

Getting Into the Nitty-Gritty of Employee Tasks

And guys, let me tell you:

This might sound like a super cool, this-girl-has-her-shit-together approach to growing my business, but when I started trying ti figure out how to create a daily, weekly & monthly schedule, it was a mess.

In fact, this is exactly what it looked like:

And then, when I got it “refined” and decide how to spend my time each day, it looked like this:

Yeah, still not very fancy. Like, at all.

But you know what? IT WORKS.

And that’s all I’m really concerned about right now. Fancy-looking planner apps be damned. ๐Ÿ“•

 

How I’m Spending My Time as My Own Employee

Here’s how I worked out to spend my time as an employee, to work towards smart business growth & toย  make myself a worthwhile part of the payroll:

Monday:ย 

  • 1 hour: messages, emails, and tasks like discovery calls
  • 3 hours: writing & sending of 5 guest post / podcast pitches for PR & gaining audience reach

Tuesday:

  • 1 hour: messages, emails, and tasks like discovery calls
  • 2 hours: work on an ongoing or growth-based Business Bitch project

Wednesday:

  • 1 hour: messages, emails, and tasks like discovery calls
  • 2 hours: write commissioned guest posts

Thursday:

  • 1 hour: messages, emails, and tasks like discovery calls
  • 2 hours: work on an ongoing or growth-based Business Bitch project

Friday:

  • 1 hour: messages, emails, and tasks like discovery calls
  • 2 hours: Business Bitch Dispatch + blogging, if needed
  • 30 minutes: Planning Copy Power tasks for next week

 

I also still have to complete some work for Copy Power, which I take time to plan out every Friday, so I have 2 hours available each day Tuesday through Thursday for that work, an hour on Monday, and an hour and a half on Friday.

If I ever don’t need that time for Copy Power work, I can use it to continue working on a longer-term Business Bitch project, like writing copy or setting up software implementations.

This is based on a five-hour work day, with the full understanding that I canย totally go over to up to 8 hours if needed. (The only thing is, my brain starts to get tired after 5 whole hours of solid, focused work… so it’s best for me to shoot for no more than 5 1/2 hours per work day.)

 

Making it happen, because it NEEDS to happen

So what if I didn’t get the job with the easy, predictable salary to cover my bills and contribute to my savings every month?

I’m meant for SO MUCH MORE than just politely pressing keys behind a computer screen, and you are too. ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ’ป ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป

And it’s time for us to stop “playing it safe” and waiting for others to save the day for us…. and to step up and save our own damn day.

Because we’re sure. as. shit. powerful enough, aren’t we?

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