I Am My Own Boss. How I Manage Myself.
Posted on July 7, 2015
Our site coordinator, Rachel, sent me a note suggesting I write about the ways that I manage myself – as a CEO and entrepreneur. She said, “You are your own boss. How do you manage yourself?” I thought it was a great question. Here are the ways that I manage myself and make sure I get things done:
- I block out productivity time. Every morning, I look at my to-do list, pick the three most important things that I need to get accomplished for the day, and block out time in my schedule to complete them. This way it’s in the calendar, my whole team sees what I’m working on, and they know not to call me or bother me during that time.
- I try to keep internal calls to a minimum. This is a new thing and I’m not very good at it yet. It’s easy to babble away to my employees about everything that we have going on but it ends up being counter-productive. I’ve really tried to watch the time on our internal calls and meetings so that I give my team time to actually produce work.
- I wake up early. My goal is to try to be up before my city is up. In Los Angeles, most people start their workday between 9:00 and 10:00 am, and I try to start mine by at least 7am. When I’m in New York, I do the same thing. People start at around 8:00 to 9:00 am so I start at 6:00 am or 7:00 am. It helps me feel like I got a head start on my day.
- I start with something productive. Instead of checking my emails first thing in the morning, I start with the most stressful thing on my to-do list. This helps me feel accomplished and not like I spend all day answering emails.
- I ignore personal calls. I try (I really do) to ignore personal calls during the workday when I’m sitting at my desk and call friends and family back when I’m done with work or driving somewhere (on blue tooth of course!).
- I compile my to-do lists at 5pm. Towards the end of my day, I try not to wrap up before taking 20 minutes to compile all of my random notes and to-do lists for the day. This way I make sure that I didn’t forget to send anything out. As I’m compiling the list, I put together my to-do list for the morning. This helps to ensure that I dive right into a productive work day first thing in the morning. It gives me less time to surf the web.
For more of my rules for success, check out my new book, Welcome to the Real World.