Hi! I’d love to say I had an amazing productive week, but that would be a lie.
For real though… Either I had the stomach bug from he** or food poisoning, either way, this week was no bueno on the work front. 🤒
It made me think of a few things though that I am incredibly grateful for:
- Auto-responders: LOL This might be a weird one to be thankful for, but at least when someone sent me an email they knew I was under the weather and would reply as soon as I could 📧
- SYSTEMS! My clients know our typical 2 day turnaround time for deliverables so even if I’m out for a day or two, I’m not late getting back to them with their graphics, social posts, email marketing stuff etc. 👍
- Social media content done ahead of time: if you’ve been hanging out on my list for a while, you know that content done ahead of time is kind of my jam, so no surprise there 😉 Having my content done for a whole month means I don’t have to worry about anything except checking in here and there to answer comments or messages (if I want to)🙌
- My team! OMG where would I be without them! I can hit ‘forward’ on the emails coming in and get them to jump in and help. If you don’t have a team, even a part-time VA is hugely beneficial to help you with tasks that don’t require you ❤️
This week really made me take a step back and think of what else I can do in my business to make sure it can operate independently of me if I was ever out of commission for more than a few days. The number one thing that keeps coming up is the phone calls and text messages. It’s really the only thing that I can’t get to if I’m sick, because the emails can wait and can be handled by someone else.
I guess at the end of the day, it really comes down to what are those boundaries you set for how your clients communicate with you and when. For years (almost 9) I’ve had a really open door policy with calling or texting me whenever. I think it came from a place of fearing ‘what would happen if I didn’t allow that, would they go work with someone else?’. I know now that my limiting beliefs were total 💩.
Whenever I have new clients, I let them know that they can book zoom calls with me through my calendar page (if you don’t use calendly already, this is your official nudge to go check it out and let it change your life 😌), and no one seems to have a problem with that, at least not so far. Many other small businesses like me don’t have a phone number you can call and they do just fine with chat and email support… so… what am I doing letting people call me all the time?
In today’s crazy fast-paced world, we need to take time for ourselves and set boundaries to protect our time and energy. This is your reminder to do that for yourself this coming week 🙂
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