Thriving in Entrepreneurship – Quick Tips in Creating a “life hack plan”

This is always the question, right? How can we thrive in this journey of entrepreneurship rather than just feel like we are surviving day after day? I find that we live in this over glorified hustle culture that can get us in trouble if we stay in that too long. BURN OUT. Yes, I said it. You will burn out, very quickly. I believe there are seasons where you have to move a bit quicker and have a little bit more on your plate that stretches you, but again, these are seasons. Please do not make excuses and keep having repetitive seasons because that will not last and frankly, your body is not meant to handle that much for long durations.

So, entrepreneurs and my friends, how do we thrive? How do we try to find a healthy “balance” for the season we are in?

I will be honest with you – this year is one of my hardest and I was not exactly ready for all that it was going to entail. I mean, I knew what I had ahead of me, but the workload that came with it, I underestimated it a little bit. I also did not set clear enough expectations for myself or a schedule/routine that would help me succeed during these coming months.

So, here are my quick tips:

  • Know your priorities
  • Know when to say NO
  • Know who to turn to for accountability
  • Know yourself and honor your limits

Know you are human and not a superhuman After, several mini breakdowns in the beginning of the year and me working through self-doubt of how I was going to pull this off – I decided to pick myself up, gather my people and create a plan that would allow for me to be productive, balanced, meet deadlines and still be a loving
person to be around.

Remember, that if you are going throughout the day with a solid plan but are not a loving person to be around and you still seem stressed all the time then you might want to reevaluate your plan. Review it and start prioritizing correctly.

So, let me be vulnerable. I will only say this once because I do NOT like telling everyone what is on my plate. I do not like the attention or the weird praise people seem to give me. These are things I chose to be a part of, develop or start and I have an oddly high capacity to make things happen (the way God wired me). By no means should you look at this list and compare yourself to me. We are two very beautifully different people, so go into this taking away the practicality of the exercise. If you feel you can not do that, then close your browser right away.

What I want from this exercise is for you to see what I have going on and how I broke it up in my “life hack plan schedule”

So, here is what I have in this season. I have listed it from TOP PRIORITY to least, but all still equally important to me.

  • My relationship with God and making time to be present with him (meditating in his word daily)
  • My family: Being a wife, mother and present for my family and their needs
  • Imani Collective: Leading Imani Collective to excellence that is glorifying to God and stewarding our resources well
  • Completing my last year of my Doctor of Education program: (if you are curious: my research focus is on sustainable development among social enterprises in sub-saharan Africa with an emphasis specifically on social sustainability)

a. January – May: My last few months of coursework
b. March: Collecting research for my dissertation
c. April – August: Disseminating data and writing my dissertation
d. December: Defending my thesis

  • Stanford Seed Fellowship – Imani Collective is in an intensive fellowship with Stanford University to help grow and scale our business and programs to continue creating sustainable solutions
  • Sukwa Saddle Blankets – Building this company to be sustainable, which will feed back into the success of Imani Collective.
  • The Moxie Podcast and Dream Development/Coaching courses.

There are a few other things that are not on this list, but you get the picture. I have quite a lot of things going on in my life.

So, how did I begin to even organize this? I had to look at each one of these activities and quantify it. I needed to figure out the actual time each one of these took to be successful or to match what I consider being “fully present”. I also had to be very aware to not overlap activities. For example, when I am with my family. I am WITH my family. There is no work, school, etc. I put my phone down, computer away and put all my mental energy into building blocks and coloring.

On the other hand, I needed to create a schedule that had flex time for meetings or other variables. There are a few days more rigid than others, but if an emergency happens on one of my “rigid” days then I have the peace of mind that I have a flex day coming up and can overflow my time there.

There is going to be seasons where you do not have to be so regimented, but if you are in a season like mine. You have to be organized and planned as well as a bit flexible. It takes a lot of discipline and a lot of support. Surround yourself with people who believe in what you are doing almost as much as you do then they can keep you accountable and help you be successful.

Here is what one of my days looks like to give you an idea:

Now, I want to go back to my first points:

  • Know your priorities
  • Know when to say NO
  • Know who to turn to for accountability
  • Know yourself and honor your limits
  • Know you are human and not a superhuman

 

You have to know you and just be true to you.
My friend, you do you.

And in it all, be proud of who you are, where you are going and stop comparing yourself. Sit down, organize a bit, create your own life hack plan and remember, you got this.

From your biggest fan – you got this friend,

 

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