Wow, where does one begin. Running a business solo requires a great deal of time and effort. To achieve success as a solopreneur, time management is essential.
Here’s how I manage my hectic schedule as a fitness solopreneur
First, I am a single mother with an almost 11-month old daughter so that’s a huge part of why time management is essential for me and running my business, MoFit Training & Sports Performance. My day pretty much is guided by alarms.
My days start as early as 4-5am and end as late as 2am the next day. Alarms keep me on track with my day and help me stay on top of tasks. My favorite app to use for my daily tasks would be: Swipes. It’s free to download and very helpful.
Swipes allows me to schedule my tasks for a set time. By assigning a time to my tasks, I am able to stay on track. If I’m unable to complete a task at the set time, I’m able to reschedule with a click or tap. It even syncs with gmail and Evernote.
Dedicate time for emails
The most time consuming part of my day is actually going through emails. I make sure to check emails and my voicemails before 1PM every day. In a highly competitive industry, it is important to respond to clients promptly.
Prior to applying this strategy, I previously would check my email every time a notification would chime on my phone. I soon realized, being guided by phone alerts caused me to spend more time on emails than allotted and took my attention away from whatever task I was completing at the time.
Setting aside time to only answer and respond to emails will free up more time to become more productive in other aspects of your business.
Carve out time for social media
I dedicate an hour a day to posting something relevant to health and fitness to help increase my following as well as keep my followers engaged.
Dedicating that hour gives me more than enough time to put together a well-thought-out post and find any other relevant information that can be shared at a later date.
Prioritize staying in touch
I dedicate another hour later in the day to sending emails to new and old clients. This allows me to stay in touch with those who may have fallen off the path towards their health and fitness goals.
Checking up on them once a week or at the bare minimum sending an email allows them to understand that they are not just numbers.
Making clients feel appreciated is key.
I make sure my clients know the relationship isn’t about the financial transaction but about me being invested in their goals just as much as they are.
As entrepreneurs, we can get so busy and wrapped up in one part of our day that we may keep putting things off until the next day and the day after that, or even the day after that.
Practicing time management, as well as making a daily to-do list can keep your entire day under control. Be sure to set realistic goals in achievable increments.
I understand that life can sometimes get in the way, but we can’t let it hinder our productivity.
Things can get very hectic for a personal trainer and strength coach since each client has a different goal that they are trying to reach. So, as a fitness solopreneur it’s my job to stay on top of my schedule and make each person feel as if he or she has my undivided attention.
Yet both are very rewarding in their own unique ways.
Let us know if you have any tips for time management!