Are you frustrated thinking you can’t do what God is calling you to do? You may think it’s impossible to have a business, or at least the business you want because your life is so chaotic and there is too much going on for you to do it well.
There are many things that can get in the way of having the business you imagined. We are all at different stages in our lives and different places of responsibility. Part of learning how to prioritize your life involves figuring out what CAN work now and what can be left “simmering.”
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Your life changes quickly but God has something specific in mind for you at this point in your life, and He has something more for you as your life progresses.
Let’s explore some of those NOW possibilities to help you have a satisfying business, even if life is difficult or tricky. Then, we’ll look at some examples of women, just like you, who are making it work as they move through different life circumstances.
How to prioritize your life and ideas
Many times we think our business needs to:
- Look like how someone else is doing it or told us we should do it
- Live up to the image of the perfect business in our heads
What if there was an alternative? Maybe you have found yourself saying something like this, “I would have clients, BUT I never know when I will have time because . . . (add your ending).” Instead, say this “I would love to have clients, AND right now, I can create x,y,z because it will . . . (you can fill it in).”
We’ll get more specific as we go through the examples of what some of my clients are doing to make their businesses work for them. I’ll also show you a few of my transitions as I have worked on my business over the last 20 years.
How to prioritize your life and time
Besides the ‘AND’ attitude, you must consider how you can prioritize your business right now. That doesn’t mean just carving out time in your day or week. It means creating something that can work for you.
Start by evaluating where you are right now. I have a tool that can help you. It’s called Simplify Your Day. It takes you through a brainstorming exercise of the three Rs to determine what activities are filling your day.
It asks you to write out. . .
- What activities are Required of you each day?
- What activities give you the greatest Return for your investment of time and effort?
- What activities give you a Reward when you engage in them?
How to prioritize your life and circumstances
Here are some of the ideas that my clients in Calling Clarity have worked out around their circumstances.
Carmel and Kheri both had difficulties working with the model I have found helpful for most of my clients. So we have come up with the same solution for each but for different reasons.
Carmel is an executive coach specializing in helping her clients work through imposter syndrome and gain confidence. But, she is now pregnant. She wanted to continue working with her clients and gain new ones but not have to work so closely with them 1:1 or in group sessions.
Kheri is a parenting coach for those with difficulties getting their children to listen and obey. She specializes in working with families where mental illness is a factor in either the parent or the child. She realized through her research that many parents are ashamed they need help and want to stay anonymous if possible.
Same solution but different circumstances
How could these two have the same solution? We’ve come up with the DIY Course for each of them.
Carmel realized that whether she was working 1:1 or with a group, specific themes came up repeatedly. She used this knowledge to create a program that a client could use with minimal contact with her. She has decided to have two monthly sessions where clients can come in and ask questions.
Kheri knew what her parents needed to learn to help themselves and their children. So, she does more than give strategies in her course. She helps the parents dive deeper into their issues to deal with their child’s issues. Since it is as simple as downloading, there is no need to connect with Kheri at all to get started. And she has created an option where parents who want more help can get that from her individually.
Both needed something that could fit not only their own lives but for the good of their clients.
Where are you right now? Have you been working 1:1 with clients and reached your max? Is it impossible to spend that much time with the group you’ve created?
Prioritizing your best way
My clients Ashley and Angie are both caretakers for someone in their family—Ashley for her disabled sister and Angie for an aging parent-in-law.
Ashley is a Pinterest teacher and manager. She has found Clubhouse to be her preferred way to reach out to clients outside of Pinterest.
Angie is a Spiritual Director of sorts. She is still working through Calling Clarity and discovering exactly who is her ideal clients and what is her functional title.
The problem both of them face is that they can be interrupted at a moment’s notice. There are times when they can schedule the help they give, but then there are times when interruptions cannot be avoided.
How do you run a business when your brain needs time to refocus every time you are interrupted? The answer is having 15-minute tasks. For each of them, it’s more important to know exactly what they can “get back to” once the interruption (crisis) has been taken care of.
Their solution is more about knowing and writing out what tasks are essential to get accomplished each day and having those broken down into smaller activities so they can move in and out of them quickly.
Prioritize your routine
Lisa and Claudette are in that stage of life we call empty nesters. That means they have lots of time for their businesses, right? That’s a misnomer. When your children leave home, you find other things to keep you busy that are good but not God’s best for you.
Lisa is an artist and has a membership-based business with monthly projects and art journaling. She shares content every week on video and has merch for sale. She also has a thriving community.
Claudette, on the other hand, is a retired customer service team leader. She has trained with John Maxwell and is a speaker. In addition, she works with small to medium-sized companies to create individualized internal training for their customer service personnel.
Keep yourself on track with a routine
They are keeping themselves on track in their businesses by having a routine. When Lisa first came into Calling Clarity, she voiced she needed to be inspired to work. Unfortunately, this led to her finding many other projects that kept her from doing exactly what she needed to do for her business.
Once she had established her routine, though, she realized how much more she was not only accomplished but how much calmer she was, which led to her being even more creative.
Claudette’s situation is a little different. She may be an empty nester, but she is a very involved grandmother. Involved, means she helps with the care of her school-aged grandchildren from babysitting to school pick up and transport to work.
She needed to create a routine where she could plug in all her other responsibilities and still come to the end of her day and her week feeling like she accomplished the goals she set out for herself.
Routine is important. Creating one for yourself, no matter what stage of business you are in, is necessary. How is your routine? How consistent are you in keeping to your practice? Calling Clarity can help you design your unique way just as we did for Lisa and Claudette.
Prioritize your preferences
I am going to bring up just one more client, Anita. She is a copywriter for website designers. At first, she was trying to do everything: website design, copywriting, and even social media management. It was all too much be Anita is also a homeschooling mom.
We worked together to scale down all the things she was doing. First, we worked on time management to carve out when she could focus on her business. Then we tailored what she wanted to do. The thing that she most enjoyed and liked doing the most. That ended up being just copywriting. We even narrowed her focus to a topic she felt knowledgeable about and only looked for those types of clients.
We discovered that she needed a better way to actually ‘get’ the clients, something more straightforward. So instead of looking for individual business owners who may need her services, she focuses on larger website design agencies where she can be their copywriter. They get the clients, and she does the work.
How to prioritize your life and your focus
No matter where you are in life, there is a way to have a business that is satisfying to you. On my entrepreneurial journey, I have had several different focuses—each one is designed for that period or circumstance in my life.
When I homeschooled my girls, I was teaching Spanish to other homeschoolers. By the time the girls were earning dual high school credits, I was a leader in a direct selling company. As they went through college, I also grew to have a Networking group for Christian women business owners, ran workshops, wrote a book, and became a speaker and a coach.
My girls are adults now, and I was an empty nester until the pandemic hit. But even through all the different twists and turns of my situation, I have continued to transform my coaching business into something that works for me and am planning for when my husband retires.
Learn how to prioritize your life and God-centered business in a way that works for you
You can learn how to prioritize your life and God-centered business into something that works for where you are now. God knows how much you can handle, and He knows you may need help along the way. I see myself as a resource.
I would LOVE to have a chat with you if you are looking for a way to stop being frustrated with your business and want to create a business that gives you what you need in a way that works for you and your life.