So what’s the best way for a food truck owner to use the last 10 minutes of their day? Take this brief period of time to reflect on your workday: what invigorated you, what frustrated you, and what you plan to do next. Then write down 100 words about it.
Depending on what you choose to write, the exercise may serve to motivate you as you keep a record of your “small wins,” incremental steps toward meaningful goals. Or it may help you to plan if you use it as a tool for drafting your next steps. You may find that writing fuels your personal growth. The diary can also be a way of working through your difficult events, helping you gain new perspectives on them. On frustrating days, it can serve as a reminder that you’ve made it through days that (at the time) seemed even worse.
With the holidays quickly approaching, food truck owners around the country plan to take some time off the streets to spend time with their family and friends. Unfortunately, when you return, there will be many things awaiting you on your first day back from vacation:
- a full inbox
- a long list of to-dos
- staff and customers needing your time
If you dive right in, you’re likely to wipe out all the benefits of taking this time off. Instead, get back in the swing of things while maintaining some of the calm and restoration. Block off your morning. Make sure you don’t have any meetings scheduled or big projects due. Then before you open your inbox, pause and think about your work priorities. As you make your way through emails and voice mails focus on returning the messages that are connected to what matters most. Defer or delegate things that aren’t top priority. And remember it will probably take more than one day to get caught up, so be easy on yourself.
With food truck businesses demanding more and more from their people (this includes owners) these days, time-pressed employees have to scramble to keep up. You may not be able to make the day any longer, but you can replenish your energy. Use these simple steps you work smarter and prevent burn out:
- Take brief but regular breaks. Step away from the truck when you can. Take a walk, get a drink (non-alcholic), or just stretch your legs.
- Say thank you. Being positive boosts your energy level. Regularly express appreciation to others including your employees and customers.
- Reduce interruptions. Perform off the truck tasks that need concentration away from phones and email. Instead, designate specific times in your day to respond to messages.
- Do what you love. Understand where your strengths lie and what you enjoy doing. Find ways to do more of those things and less of what tires you out.
Self-discipline is often a hard task for small business owners. If you find yourself one that cannot center your attention on completing tasks for your food truck business, try these three things to make your work relating to your food truck more efficient every day.
- Get three things done before noon. Statistics show that the team ahead at half-time is more likely to win the game. Try to enjoy your mid day break (if you have one) knowing that you achieved at least three things in the morning.
- Plan for speed. Break your food truck projects into parts. Take on longer pieces at the beginning and make sure each subsequent part is shorter. If you leave the longest parts for last, you are more likely to run out of steam before the end of the day.
- Complete similar tasks at the same time. The human mind thrives on repetition. You can build momentum by taking on similar projects at the same time.
Most food truck owners constantly feel starved for time, hurrying through the day while fighting countless distractions and struggling to stay focused. One way to remain calm and centered is by bringing rituals into your workday. Rituals are about paying attention. If you take a moment to notice what you are about to do, you remind yourself to appreciate and focus on the task, rather than rush through it.
For example, when you sit down at your office desk in the morning, or leave for your commercial kitchen. Take a deep breath and give thought to what you are about to do. You may find this focus helps you accomplish tasks more carefully and productively.
The mobile food industry keeps food truck owners in a demanding and distracting world. Being productive can sometimes feel like an impossible feat. Here are three ways to get more done without burning out:
- Keep one to-do list. Include everything you want or need to do in one place. Writing it down helps get it off your mind and leaves you free to focus on the task at hand.
- Do the most important thing first. Before you leave work in the evening, decide what one thing you need to accomplish the following day. Do it first thing in the morning, when you’re likely to have the most energy and fewest distractions.
- Schedule time for non-urgent things. It’s easy to get caught up in the pressing issues of the day. Block off time in your calendar to do things that would otherwise get squeezed out.
Plan your day the night before
Make a to-do list. Your list must contain administrative stuff, but make sure you have your money making activities at the top of the list. You’ll sleep much better when you put on paper what you want to do the next day. Getting your brain emptied of the worry and of things you don’t want to forget to do is priceless. And, it gives your mind all night to work on accomplishing those tasks subconsciously.
Do the task you dislike the most at the beginning of your day. Have you ever had a task you thought about all day simply because you didn’t want to do it? Procrastination can drain you and steal your creativity and energy. Don’t do that to yourself. Enjoy each day by getting done the stuff that will bug you if you don’t.