Let’s Get Personal: The Struggles of a Self-Employed Yellow/Red

Reds value efficiency and productivity. Yellows are often scattered, disorganized, distracted. Although this is often a very fun personality type to be – I travel, meet lots of people, do a variety of activities each day all in the name of “work – it can also be frustrating.

I wish I had some natural Blue in me. Even just a little. But I don’t. The little organization that I do have is driven by Red’s need for efficiency and results. For me, the best part of being self-employed and running multiple businesses is also the hardest part. There is no one telling me what to do each day. No one to help me prioritize my time. No one to tell me to focus when I get distracted.

This week I decided to try a new system. I know it’s only Day 4 but so far it seems to be working pretty well. I have assigned a “focus area” for each day of the week. That is not to say that there won’t be some crossover, but now when I find myself thinking, “Hey, I have two hours until my next appointment; what should I do?” I have a place to start.

Monday is my Mom Day. I need to start my work with that focus, and keep in mind that my family is the primary driving force behind why I do what I do. I want to take care of them both financially and otherwise. I need to find a way to counteract the “mommy guilt” of feeling like I should be with them when I’m working or working when I”m “playing” with them. So Monday is my day to focus on my home, laundry, meal planning, schedule making, etc.

Tuesday is my Trivia Day. One of the companies we own is called DJ Trivia. We partner with local bars and restaurants to provide midweek entertainment in the form of a live hosted trivia game to provide fun activities for our community and increased revenue for the venues during the week. Tuesday is my day to check in with my staff, follow up with places who have inquired about our game, visit new potential locations, etc.

Wednesday is Wedding Day. Our other company is a wedding video and entertainment company. (We DJ/MC and offer custom DJ Trivia or DJ Bingo games for corporate and private parties.) This is my day to follow up with brides, fellow vendors, work on things related to the wedding fair we just diid or the planning class we have coming up.

Thursday is my Talking & Teaching Day. I attend a Toastmasters Club every Thursday. I work on my current book I’m writing. This will be my day for writing blog posts too! Anything related to speaking or writing or the workshops I have coming up….today is my day to focus on that.

Friday is Finish up and have Fun Day. Because I’m Yellow I need a day like this. I need to be able to wrap up some loose ends from various projects started earlier in the week so I can be ready for any weekend events…and have some fun time with my family.

What do you think? Feel free to check in with me down the road and ask me how it’s going. Us Yellow/Reds need extra accountability with all we have going on. 🙂

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