I’ve discovered that staying on task is one of the most challenging aspects of running my own business. I always have random ideas to either start a business or help someone with theirs and I add to the mix in between. One of the many reasons why I decided to start a concierge service business was because I knew that I would be able to take it in multiple directions. I knew before starting that regardless of what I decided to do, that it would definitely change as it grew. Not only has my business shifted in the course of one year, but things in my life have too. I think many young entrepreneurs don’t necessarily stop and accept that before going all-in on a business or project.
It’s okay to be inspired by other things and put your hands in a few different pots to see what might light your heart up. I do everything from planning family vacations, romantic getaways, to grocery shopping for clients as well as renting linens. I get to network with people in different industries whether its fashion or boating and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I am okay with the fact that I am involved in so many different business categories because that’s what keeps me interested.
It is definitely a lot harder than I make it sound. I have more than one passion and because of that, I get pulled in more than one direction on a daily basis. I have to set out 3 major tasks during the day and strategically plan how I am going to tackle them so that I don’t break focus. I have realized that the 3 main tasks are things that generate some type of income and make me happy. Once I complete them, I can use the rest of my time to stay creative, inspire other ideas and work on how to expand my top 3. Getting into focus is a whole other story…I’ll save that for another day.
Having different focuses within my business ensures me that I will never get too comfortable. I don’t get into a routine – unless it’s my pre-work routine which basically just involves me purposely procrastinating for an hour. Once I’ve been in the zone for at least 20 minutes, it’s difficult for met to break away until everything is finished.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with ideas and inspiration, write it all down. I do NOT throw out any of my notebooks. I moved my idea-lists into an actual “list” notebook (because I’m a notebook addict) and it has really helped me keep my ideas separate from clients, business information, and other things in between. It’s nice to have some pages to flip to when I need a creative push or want to dig into something new. Don’t get stressed out for having so much creativity, and an abundance of interests and ideas. Instead, be thankful that you always have other options and directions to turn. I can’t stress writing your ideas down enough. It not only clears your head of all that (awesome) clutter, but you’ll know that you aren’t losing any thoughts that may help your business later on.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on how you stay focused when having multiple passions in life and in business! Share your thoughts on my recent post at www.instagram.com/conciergecaskia !