these small shifts will dramatically improve your schedule

If there’s one thing that threatens to drain your energy and makes it hard to find time to work on your own business, it’s all those appointments you have in your calendar.

Like most service-based business owners and online entrepreneurs, you’ve got sales calls and appointments and networking meetings and virtual coffee chats to juggle. And that’s not even accounting for the calls and appointments you have with your clients, students or community members.

It’s a lot to manage, and can send you straight into overwhelm.

But because those calls and appointments are necessary to keep growing and thriving in your business, the solution isn’t to get rid of them. (Plus, you enjoy them in moderation.)

The solution is to make small tweaks that will help you rework your appointment calendar so you can be more efficient with your time and create more space in your schedule.

Here are three of my favorite tips to help you do just that:

Keep at least one work day appointment free. I used to see clients every weekday – and most of my clients do too, which means they’re always struggling to find concrete time to work on their own business. When you commit to keeping at least one work day appointment free, suddenly you have a nice, long stretch of time to work on your own business and the revenue-generating ideas that will take it to the next level. 

Group like appointments with like. Most people would agree that different types of appointments require a different type of preparation and energy from them. And yet, they don’t realize that they spend all day ping ponging back and forth between different appointment types. They might do a sales call in the morning, a virtual coffee chat in the afternoon and a few client sessions sandwiched in between them, which ends up being pretty inefficient. A better way? Group like appointments together so that you have days that are focused on client meetings, days where you’re in sales mode and days where you’re available for more casual networking meetings and coffee chats.

Cap your appointments. I remember well the season where I would have 5 or 6 appointments a day - and how drained I felt by the end of it, even though I loved my clients. When I restructured my services and my schedule to support more freedom and create more whitespace, I made sure that I capped client sessions to three a day. It’s been a game changer for my energy levels and leaves me plenty of room to tend to my business during my other working hours each day.

These shifts may seem almost too practical and they’re simple, for sure. But if you haven’t made them yet, you probably still feel like you’re drowning in appointments and calls (and lacking time for other important things in your business and life.) 

If that resonates, make a goal to implement just one of these changes this week.

And if you’re already doing them, I’ve got two more tips for you that I shared in a livestream inside The Simplified Entrepreneur group – and they aren’t what you’d expect.

Just click here to join.

With love,

Ashley