When you’re running your own social enterprise, it can feel like there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done.
Proper planning and resting when you can will help you stay both focused and productive, but by making some fundamental changes to the way you think and live, you’ll be able to take better control of your time management and overall effectiveness as a social entrepreneur.
In this blog, we look at how small changes can have a big effect on the way you work.
1. Grab every opportunity
When you’re working towards a single goal, it’s easy to become blinkered.
You may be so focused on following your self-written plan of action, that you aren’t open to opportunities that arise along the way.
Starts to think more laterally and encourage yourself to be open to ideas that may not be in your plan. For instance, networking events and social gatherings may seem like a waste of your precious time, but if you’re able to work them into your schedule, even a quick meeting could offer you invaluable new leads and connections.
2. Be accountable
Your time is precious, so don’t waste it berating other people or feeling cheated by circumstance when plans don’t work out as expected.
One of the traits of successful entrepreneurs is the ability to take every mistake on the chin. This doesn’t always come naturally, but if you can train your mind to accept when an idea hasn’t worked, you can tweak and try again.
Learn from your lessons, but don’t lose sleep over them!
3. Work harder, not longer
Supercharge your to-do list by allocating a time limit for each task.
Setting yourself small goals (in this case, beating the clock) will make you more focused and productive.
As the owner of your own social enterprise, it falls on you to “crack the whip”, so to speak. Learn to work at a more intense rate for shorter periods of time, and then relish that satisfied feeling you get when you see your completed list at the end of the day.
4. Learn to please yourself, not just others
When you start a new social enterprise you’ll no doubt go out of your way to please anyone who wants to do business with you.
As time goes on, it’s important to learn how to provide a great service, but without compromising your ability to grow and remain profitable. Find a way to educate your customers and divert them away from unrealistic expectations and towards the solutions that you are able to offer instead.
5. Never stop learning
Whatever social sector you’re working within, nothing stands still for long; you’ll need to be able to keep up with changes in legislation, government policies and customer trends to ensure you don’t fall behind.
Whilst you may think you know everything about your enterprise, a truly successfully entrepreneur will prioritise their own ongoing education and make time for training and guidance along the way.
6. Learn to embrace help
Entrepreneurs take on the heaviest load when it comes to their own social enterprise. Some learn to delegate, while others struggle on until they run out of steam.
Whilst delegation is great, being able to recognise when someone can help you is even better.
Whether you need advice on how to run your accounts, how to market your organisation or just a nod in the right direction, there will always be someone who has the skills and experience to help.
Don’t be a martyr; some of the most successful people in the world got there by never being afraid to ask for help when they needed it.
We hope our productivity advice helps you in your social entrepreneurship journey. You’ve got it in you to do more than you ever thought possible – we promise!