It’s hard to build a career you love and to simultaneously build a business of your own. After you’ve spent eight hours working for someone else, sometimes the last thing you want to do is switch gears and work for yourself.
As a senior analyst, my day is busy from the time I sit at my desk until I leave. But I’ve been focused on building my career development business and helping young minority professionals elevate their careers. As every entrepreneur knows, it’s a one man show from marketing, budgeting, content creation, networking, and client management. There’s not enough time in the day so I’ve made the conscious and disciplined decision to use my lunch break to my advantage. Each week I plan out my to do list and I make sure to schedule tasks during my lunch break. These are the 4 things that I do during my lunch break to help build my business:
I’ll use my hour to do a brain dump of ideas of articles I want to write, videos I’d like to record, and/or products I’d like to launch. Social media batching takes up a bit of my time, so I’ll create graphics using apps on my phone. Since my lunch break is constrained to an hour, it forces me to let go and just flow with creative ideas. I then take this brainstorming session and expand upon it at a later time for development.
One of the greatest motivational speakers Les Brown suggests reading at least 30 pages a day. With our hectic schedules, it’s difficult to find time and being truly honest, the desire to read. I’ve always been an avid reader. But as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned how important it is to my personal development. Many of the greatest CEOs, thought leaders, and public speakers find time to read and so should you! Find something that will increase your knowledge or expand your imagination.
During my lunch break, I will reach out to professionals, business owners, and potential clients who can help my business grow. I’ll craft emails that I’ll proof read and send later. I’ll respond to texts and phone calls I’ve missed throughout the week. Use this time to catch up on any communication, both business and personal, that you let fall behind.
Pray and Meditate
I usually dedicate about 30 minutes in the morning for devotion, however some mornings aren’t that successful. I’ll use my lunch break to pray, journal, and meditate on the things I want to see manifested in my life. It’s a great way to reset and let go of any morning stress.
Successful people are able to account for all of their time throughout the day. Be intentional about using your lunch break to not only grow your business but also develop into a better professional.
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