Having a feel-good schedule is essential for maintaining your work-life balance and reaching your goals in a realistic, non-stressful way that prioritizes YOU.

As an entrepreneur, we’re responsible for everything in our business and we get caught up in this cycle of doing stuff a certain way because that’s how “it’s done” traditionally. 

After a few weeks of doing it the “right way,” you’re burnt out and stressed. You have too much time and never enough time to get your work done. And, while the solution is obvious, it’s hard to give ourselves the permission to say F- it and do it how we want to.

When you have a schedule that lacks boundaries, non-negotiables, and no aligned way of organizing your tasks, it’s not realistic – and you can’t stick to it.

The solution? A feel-good schedule.

AKA the feel-good schedule for entrepreneurs that just feels right and still gets stuff done.

5 Ways a Feel-Good Schedule Will Change You (and Your Business)

A feel-good schedule is a unique to you schedule designed to prioritize your tasks in a way that aligns with your goals, and lifestyle, and supports your physical and mental well-being.

There are no specific “rules” for a feel-good schedule, just methods on how to create one and how it can help you live the life you wanted to live when you became an entrepreneur.

You learn when you do your best work and when you need to take a step back and focus on yourself – not your business. Or, when you need to tackle maintenance work or creatives.

With a feel-good schedule in place, you’ll finally give yourself –

1. Flexibility

You’ll be able to adapt to unexpected events and changes in your daily routine. That applies to personal commitments and family obligations or spontaneous travel plans.

2. Balance

A feel-good schedule is the key to balance between your work and your personal life. You’re prioritizing self-care, leisure activities, and time with family and friends alongside your work commitments. 

3. Productivity

You’re spending your time strategically and playing to your strengths – leading to a more productive schedule. By structuring your responsibilities based on your preferences and energy, you’re working when you’re focused and motivated.

4. Well-Being

It’s not just work you’re prioritizing for productivity, it’s personal well-being. You’re allowing yourself time to recharge and engage in activities that give joy and fulfillment.

5. Consistency

When you create a schedule you can stick to, you become more efficient and disciplined. You’re able to complete your non-negotiables and schedule your tasks ahead of time. Easier prep equals less stress.

How to Make Your Feel-Good Schedule

Make a schedule that feels good.

Easy, right?

In all honesty, there is no ‘one size fits all’ with a feel-good schedule because what feels good to me probably doesn’t feel good to you and vice versa. 

You’ll also have to be adaptable and a bit adventurous in your planning. While there are tasks that are non-negotiables and have to get done, there’s no one way to schedule them. 

Over the years, I’ve noticed that there are a few common themes in creating a schedule that fits my clients. Here are some things you should consider:

  • Have a dedicated CEO day or time-block your tasks, think the Pomodoro method.
  • Evaluate your non-negotiables to prioritize in your scheduling.
  • Allow space to be flexible with your time in the case of unexpected events.
  • Set boundaries and hold yourself accountable to the schedule you set.
  • Experiment with different scheduling methods to find out what works best for you.
  • Have a catch-up day or buffer day for overly busy weeks or changes to your schedule – Personally, I use Mondays.
  • Identify and prioritize tasks that are essential for your business growth and success (not just your clients).
  • Continuously assess and adjust your schedule to make sure it still aligns with your goals and lifestyle. For example, your schedule in the summer may look different than in winter.

 

A lot of your schedule can be guided by simply intentionally prioritizing and figuring out what’s currently blocking you from getting there.

Why is it so Hard to Stick to a Schedule?

Your priorities, boundaries, self-criticism, and life’s unpredictability.  And it can be so much more. 

When your schedule is unaligned with your goals, priorities, and lifestyle, you don’t have much motivation or energy to get stuff done. Most of the time you’re too focused on perceived needs to organize and prioritize your actual necessities and non-negotiables.

For example, you’ve decided that you no longer want to take 1:1 clients because they take too much time and you’re unable to focus on your other offers and marketing.

But, in reality, you don’t want to give up working 1:1 (you love your clients), but you’re becoming too overwhelmed with the work to do anything else. And when that client leaves, you have no one in your pipeline to replace them.

In this situation, you’ve skipped your non-negotiables (like marketing your own business) and probably let some boundaries get breached – like taking on extra client work or doing more than your services offered.

And a lot of this comes down to your schedule.

A feel-good schedule would have your boundaries, your non-negotiables, and tasks set up in a way that feels good to you.

That’s what we work on in my 1:1 mentorship. We work out where you’re at and what you want. We work through those blocks and build your feel-good schedule so that you can start selling whatever service you want to and book out your business.

If you’re ready to talk one-on-one, let’s do it. I’m here for you, let’s chat.

2024 Blog pins

This blog post was repurposed from an episode of the Unprofessional Entrepreneur. If you prefer to listen, you can tune in on Apple podcasts and Spotify.

Felly Day, Content Strategist

About Felly Day

Felly Day is a dualpreneur with the goal to help ambitious service providers and coaches grow through digital marketing in a way that feels good to you.