Do you ever sit down at the end of the day and wonder where the heck it went?
It seems like you got nothing done that you wanted to do.
Maybe you were too busy running around doing things for other people. Or you overcommitted yourself and left no time in the day for your own priorities and self-care. Something unexpected came up at work and you have to drop everything you were doing to take care of it. The possibilities are endless…
Sounds like you need some quick tips to help you manage your day to ensure you at least get something done for your business, for your kids/family, and at least one thing for yourself.
Plan out your work schedule ahead of time.
Take some time every day to prepare your schedule for the following day. Sit down and organize your day by tasks you have to do, meetings you have, children’s activities, and designated work time. Prioritize what needs to get done that day and put everything else secondary.
Many successful people plan for the whole week ahead in order to prioritize goals and block out time that works for them to get their most important items completed. Sitting down to work without a predetermined schedule for the day can not only be overwhelming for most people, it causes time wastefulness and reroutes your priorities if you have to be reactive instead of proactive.
Things will come up and you will have to adjust your schedule and priorities throughout the week, but it’s more productive to do that than to have no plan set up at all.
Don’t check your email or social media first thing in the morning.
Instead, commit to get one thing done of high importance that will give you a solid sense of accomplishment. Whether it’s writing 1000 words for your blog or listing a new product in your shopping cart, this will power boost your productivity for the rest of your day since you’ve already achieved something important so early in the day.
Delegate or outsource low value tasks.
Make a list of the tasks you do at work that you find yourself doing over and over again, whether it is daily, weekly, or month. Determine what of these items are of high value to your position (for example: strategic planning, income producing tasks, or client relations) and what are of low value (tedious, mindless, or repetitive tasks). Now take the low value items and come up with a plan to delegate or outsource these tasks so you can spend your time on things that will add more value to your position and the company.
Delegating and outsourcing will increase the amount of productive hours you have in your day. Plus, your business will grow more quickly since things get done exponentially faster when you have help from others than it would if you were to do it all on your own.
Take breaks every hour.
Take 5-10 minutes and get up, walk around, clear your head or do something unrelated to what you have been working on. Whether it’s taking a break to grab some coffee and read the news (or social media), taking a short walk outside, or even throwing in a load of laundry, doing another task will give you the mental break you need recharge and jump back in to work.
Your productivity diminishes the longer you go without a break, which is why it is recommended that people don’t work more than 8-10 hours per day. At a certain point, your body and your mind simply cannot produce anymore.
Don’t multitask in your business.
It simply doesn’t work. You end up wasting all that time you spent trying to getting more than one thing done at once. Working on more than one thing at once can almost guarantee that you won’t get it done. And if you are amazing and you do get it done, the results will not be as good as if you had put 100% of your focus in to it.
You certainly can’t learn something new while you’re trying to multitask while working. You won’t learn anything at all that way, and since we are constantly learning as moms with growing businesses, we want to give ourselves the best shot we can for ultimate success in the least amount of time possible.
Do multitask at home….sometimes.
As mom business owners, we need to multitask sometimes. I like to take my daughter and dog on walks around the neighborhood to get my exercise in for the day. I listen to podcasts or audio books while driving in the car. These are just a couple examples of when it’s ok to get two things done at once.
But when it comes time for strictly family time, you’ve got to put down the laptop and the phone and be fully present for your kids and significant other. It’s hard, but designating time for family means that work tasks should be put on hold, at least for the time being.
Accept that you cannot get everything done.
As moms and business owners, our to-do lists are never ending. You’ll never hear a mom entrepreneur say, “I’m bored.” Ummmm…..no!
We do as much as we can. We check off as many items as we can on that to-do list each and every day. But we will never get everything done. It’s impossible, so don’t be disappointed if your expectations are unrealistic.
This is why we must remain flexible and ready to adapt to the circumstances that come up in both life and business.
This is what helps us thrive as successful moms and entrepreneurs.