Time Management for Interior Designers

Stop Being Busy and Start Being Productive

A guest post by Desi Creswell

August 31, 2022

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How often do you look up from your desk and ask yourselfwhere’d the day go?

You’re craving a solid block of time to just get the work done, but you haven’t been able to figure out how to do it. Between emails, site visits, and tracking orders you’re busy but rarely have time for the deep work required to advance your business and design at the highest level.

If this is you, below are three tips for boosting your productivity and focus.

1. Make Decisions Ahead of Time

There’s so much to do and you don’t know where to get started and an overwhelmed brain will keep you stuck. Instead of diving head-first, take a moment to decide specifically what you’re going to do, when you’re going to do it, and how long you are going to give yourself to complete the result before you start the work. This keeps you laser focused on what needs to happen (which doesn’t include checking IG!) and defines “done” so you can feel accomplished.

2. Say No to Say Yes to Yourself

Honoring your top priorities for the day requires you to no to yourself and to others.

  • No, that’s not urgent.
  • No, not right now.
  • No, I can check that later.
  • No, we can’t meet today.

Saying no can feel uncomfortable but so does scrambling every day. You get to choose which type of discomfort you embrace. Might as well be the one that keeps you in effective action. Ask yourself these two questions: If I say yes to this, what am I saying no to? And “How does saying no benefit everyone?”

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3. Set Realistic Expectations

When you start the day already overscheduled (meaning the math of hours available and hours of work simply does not compute) you create a recipe for overwhelm. Create a plan for the day that you believe you can complete and before you commit to more, check your capacity. In order to manage your time well you need to create the mental and emotional capacity first. 

You’re ready to take control of your day, and this is just the beginning. 

Click here to download your FREE copy of the Interior Designer’s Get it Done Daily Planner where I share my tips and an easy to use template for designing your day. This planner alone can save you hours per week and is consistently called a “game changer” by designers just like you.

This is the work I do with my clients within my six-month group coaching program, Out of Overwhelm. Not only do I guide you through my proven processes that combine mindset and practical tools, you’ll also be part of an inclusive group of like-minded interior designers that are committed to working less, making more, and enjoying their businesses again.

Want even more time management techniques for interior designers?

Then be sure to join us for this upcoming webinar with Desi, Three Secrets Of Time Management For Interior Designers – Proven Productivity Strategies Even When You’re Swamped.

If you’re feeling the constant stress of being behind, the to-do list that keeps growing, and the evenings when you’re pulling a second shift, then be sure to join us for this FREE webinar!  During this live workshop Creswell will share three proven productivity strategies that really work – even if you’re swamped with projects.

Imagine that instead of feeling defeated, overwhelmed, and under pressure, you feel motivated, focused and clear as you go throughout your week.

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Written by Desi Creswell

Desi Creswell is a Certified Life and Business Coach who helps interior designers stop feeling overwhelmed so they can intentionally build profitable, fulfilling businesses that enrich and support their lives as a whole. To learn more about Desi, visit www.desicreswell.com or follow along on Instagram at @desicreswell.

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