Do you feel like there are not enough hours in the day?
Welcome to being an entrepreneur.
No matter what type of cannabis business you own…
Running your own company means you’re working more hours than ever before.
Add in cannabis…
Well, let’s just say life can get crazy very quickly!
There are so many challenges in the cannabis industry you are not dealing with in other spaces.
If you’re not using your time wisely…
You’re business isn’t going to make it.
While it might sound cliche…
We all have 24 hours in a day.
Sure, some of us have more responsibilities than others.
And there’s no single “right way” to plan your day.
There are proven steps you can take to make yourself more productive.
If you want to stop procrastinating and start getting shit done…
#1 Choose Your Strain, Method, and Dosage Carefully
One of the best parts about working in the cannabis industry?
Can we just say CANNABIS?!?
Seriously, what’s not to love about Mary Jane?
It’s amazing we have the opportunity to share our love of cannabis with others.
Nevertheless, if you’re a consumer and running a business, it’s a balancing act.
Personally, I believe Mary Jane is a great work aid.
I actually wrote a whole article about 15 cannabis strains for increasing productivity.
With that being said:
Everything in moderation.
You know your body best.
I’m not here to say how much or how little you should be consuming.
That is 100% your call!
I will say though:
If you’re dabbed out all day and not getting anything done…
That’s a problem.
Defy the lazy stoner stereotype by selecting the right strain, dosage, and method.
If you’re not sure, start slow and monitor your progress.
Keep in mind this doesn’t have to be anything fancy.
Just jot down a few notes about how you feel after consuming.
This will help you be more conscious about your consumption while finding the best choices to boost your workflow.
#2 Break Your Goals Into Smaller Steps
Do you know why most people procrastinate?
It’s not because they’re not capable…
It’s because what they want to achieve seems so overwhelming that they’re not sure where to begin.
Too often we psyche ourselves out from even getting started.
Yet, the best way to accomplish something big is to just begin.
Here’s an example:
Let’s say you want to launch a CBD business this year.
Your reason for starting the business is simple, you want to help others and earn a living doing what you love.
So, you look on Instagram for inspiration, feel excited, and start brainstorming…
Ten minutes later, something else catches your attention.
Now you’ve lost your train of thought.
Well, tomorrow you will get started and things will come together.
But then we delay, delay, and delay…
We don’t have an action plan!
We’re just thinking about doing something instead of actually doing it.
I recommend breaking your goals down into smaller steps.
Rather than saying you want to launch a CBD business…
Get more specific and start with step 1.
If you want to launch a CBD business, what’s the first thing you need to do?
You need to determine what you are bringing to the marketplace.
Is there something missing or a need you can fulfill?
Start by researching the competition and assessing your strengths.
This could be your mission for day one.
The next day, you could set a goal to assess the financial requirements.
AKA how much will it cost you to launch and run your new business venture?
The real takeaway here is to break big goals into smaller tasks.
Good things take time.
Doing a little bit each day adds up.
If you set even 2-3 hours a day aside of focused time, you will be amazed by your progress.
#3 Write Down Your Tasks Before Getting Started
You know what one simple thing you can do every day to get more done?
Write things down.
I recommend organizing tasks in order of importance.
This will help you stay on track…
Checking items off your list will give you a real sense of accomplishment.
After working online full-time for over 3 years, I cannot stress the importance of this.
You never know what a day may bring.
It’s really easy to get caught up in the daily grind.
When you’re the boss…
Everything falls on your shoulders.
It’s your responsibility to make sure everyone and everything is take care of.
No, you can’t (and shouldn’t) do it all…
But real entrepreneurs take full responsibility.
An easy way to hold yourself accountable is knowing exactly what you need to accomplish in a given day.
This will also give you a better sense of how much you are actually getting done and what tasks require the most attention.
#4 Complete The Most Difficult Things First
After you write down what you need to get done…
The next step I would recommend is starting with the most difficult task first.
The best way to fight procrastination is to simply start.
Avoiding doing what we need to get done only delays the inevitable.
Instead of having a big task looming over your head all day…
Knock it out first.
Then, number one, it’s done. Which means it’s out of the way.
And secondly, taking on the next tasks will seem easier in comparison.
Not to mention you can only do so much.
Save your energy for the most important tasks.
#5 Schedule Set Times for Tasks to Increase Productivity
On average, how many hours are you working each week?
Ask most people and they will tell you all of the time.
It’s fairly simple to measure how many hours you are working when you’re collecting a paycheck.
But what about when you’re on your own?
Well, things get a bit more complicated.
One thing that has been game changing for me personally is learning how to better manage my time.
When I first started freelancing, I had no real grasp of how I was spending my time.
Mostly, I was just jumping from one thing to the next
Until I heard about the Pomodoro Technique.
Essentially, it’s the idea of blocking your time into specific increments like 25 minutes of work followed by a 5 minute break.
Why is this so helpful?
Above all, it forces you to START.
When a timer is going and you tell yourself you only need to give it your all for 25 minutes…
Well, that sounds a lot more doable than just saying you should probably get started, right?
This method is particularly helpful for beginning tasks you’ve been trying to avoid.
#6 Strive For Progress Not Perfection
Aiming for perfection is striving for the unattainable.
While you should always do your best…
If you’re struggling to share your work, you might be suffering from the perfection trap.
Creatives are especially vulnerable.
Often, I believe this is rooted in a lack of self-confidence and placing too much emphasis on the opinion of others.
But we can never pursue our highest paths if we are worried about what people think about us.
Putting yourself out there takes guts.
In order to achieve something you never have before…
You need to be willing to do things you’ve never done before.
If you’re doing that, you will make mistakes.
It comes with the territory.
Learning doesn’t mean doing everything perfectly.
It means trying, experimenting, and growing.
#7 Limit Distractions to Increase Focus
The goal is not to work yourself to death.
Rather, it’s about investing your energy wisely.
Thirty focused minutes are better than two hours of scrolling on and off.
The key to getting more done is making your time as productive as possible.
There are distractions everywhere.
Constant connection can become a constant source of distraction if we’re not careful.
If you want to get more done in a shorter amount of time…
Limit your distractions as much as possible!
Luckily, there are tools like StayFocused or Freedom which literally block time wasting websites.
This is especially helpful when you’re doing a lot of work online.
Because as we know…
It is all too easy to get preoccupied.
Be proactive and block sites in advance before you sit down to work.
You might be surprised by just how much you get done!
These are just a few helpful ways I’ve found to stop procrastinating and start getting shit done.
Now, I want to hear from you!
How do you stay on your A game and balance your workload?
Let me know in the comments below!
AUTHOR: RACHEL GARLAND
Rachel Garland is the founder of Women of Cannabiz. Passionate about cannabis, entrepreneurship, and remote work – she launched WomenofCannabiz.com to elevate women worldwide. Her mission is to help women find where passion and purpose can align to manifest their visions to reality. When she isn’t sharing cannabis business education online or helping women grow their cannabrands, you can find her anywhere with palm trees and warm beaches.