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Productivity and strategy tips to managing your business with a full-time job

💡I started structuring the time I had for both of my businesses around revenue-generating activities and automated or delegated everything else.

Did you know that outside of my full-time role as the host of the Independent Business for HoneyBook, I also own two businesses? Lately, I’ve been asked how I am managing my time as a full-time employee and business owner. Spoiler alert: it didn’t come easy or naturally and the transition was tough. 

In today’s short and sweet solo episode, I’m sharing the productivity and strategy tips I’ve implemented to balance all of my roles and avoid burnout. If you’re looking for better ways to manage your time as a business owner, this episode is for you.

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Balancing a full-time job and a business

For context, I’m currently a full-time employee at HoneyBook, but I also own two businesses. My first business is a consultancy business where I offer storytelling strategy services to SaaS businesses—HoneyBook was actually one of my clients prior to me going full-time with them.

When the previous host, Natalie, handed the podcast over to me, I went from being a contractor to a full-time HoneyBook employee. I realized quickly that if I wanted to succeed in my role as a host and continue to run a thriving business, I would need to make changes in how I managed my time.

Redefining what success looks like in a busy season

The first realization I had when I took on the hosting role was that I would not be able to do it all and that is okay. I also had to get comfortable with the fact that growth in my business would look slower than it used to, which was a tough lesson for me to learn. Finally, I had to redefine what success looks like for me in this season. 

For example, one of my businesses, which I run with my mom, is now a seasonal business. We also brought my brother into the business to carry some of the workload. 

These lessons took time to learn, and I had to spend time letting go of what I thought my life was going to look like and make room for something new. 

Implementing revenue-generating activities, automation, and delegation

I had to make several changes in how I managed my time when I started hosting this podcast. My conversation on the podcast with Shay Cochrane was a huge lightbulb moment for me. She’s built a six-figure business working 16 hours a week, and she talked about focusing your time on revenue-generating activities. 

I started structuring the time I had for both of my businesses around revenue-generating activities and automated or delegated everything else. I went into my HoneyBook workflows and adjusted them so that they wouldn’t require so much of me. HoneyBook’s scheduler feature and AI email composer have been a major time-saver. 

Assigning themes to your workdays

To get everything done and keep up my productivity, I now assign themes to my workdays. I learned that switching between my various roles and tasks all the time made me less productive, so I added more structure to my schedule. For example, when I’m done with my nine-to-five job, I do specific work for my business on each day of the week that aligns in theme with the work I did for HoneyBook.

Maintaining your mental and physical health in a busy season

To make sure I’m maintaining my mental and physical health, I schedule breaks for myself and make sure I eat. I meal prep to save time, and I schedule in my workouts. I also make sure to have a lot of grace for myself and pivot when things get off track. I also make time for things I enjoy and do my best to take time off on the weekends. 

Important sections of the conversation

  • [1:13] Balancing a full-time job and a business
  • [4:15] Redefining what success looks like in a busy season
  • [5:52] Implementing revenue-generating activities, automation, and delegation
  • [9:00] Assigning themes to your workdays
  • [13:05] Maintaining your mental and physical health in a busy season

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