I admit, it’s not easy balancing that one important commodity we have as mompreneurs: time. How can we manage time effectively- serving both customer and family?
A few weeks ago I recorded a live Facebook video on this very topic in hopes to assist you in finding the simple tricks that work for your lifestyle for finding time. Time management can be tricky, but if you look at all the places where you can grab a few minutes here and there, I’m convinced you’ll be able to find the time you need to accomplish your goals.
Ways to manage time
Change your wake/sleep cycle
I know I talk about this all the time- but it is seriously a life saver. If you simply change your wake/sleep cycle, sometimes this is the only thing you’ll need to do in order to find yourself gaining traction in business.
Get up earlier or go to bed later- you get to choose. You’ll get more done and feel more productive.
Determine your routine flow
I don’t keep a schedule really, but I love routines. I talked about this on my homeschool blog recently- that keeping a tight schedule just doesn’t work for our family. I really don’t think it works for most families, but I know some for whom an hourly and minute-by-minute schedule is their saving grace. This doesn’t work for me, though.
I like to keep my routine flows very loose. There are days that generally I’m up at a 6 a.m. and I get started with my work for the day right away. Other days we have doctor appointments and some mornings I might go to the gym. If I go workout, I’ll stop by Starbucks and work for a few hours before I come home. If my husband is working from home, I have even more time to stay at a coffee shop. Other mornings I’m up early and focusing on the kids’ homeschool routines before I touch my client work. It depends on the morning, the week, and my mood.
Determine what your daily routine flow might generally look like, then work your life around it. It’s really up to you, and you get to call the shots. It’s your work life, your schedule, your day.
Keep a checklist
I’m a type A personality and love to see my accomplishments in front of me. A running checklist keeps me motivated to keep going and gives me that pat on the back I need to feel good about what I’ve been able to accomplish.
It also keeps me organized because all of my tasks are listed right in front of me- both on my Google calendar and docs in Google drive.
Make sure you have an off switch.
As moms we tend to go, and keep going. We want to accomplish so much in a short amount of time- plus we’re dividing our limited time amongst family, friends, activities and volunteering in addition to business.
There are moments, though, that we’ll simply need to turn that “go” switch off and get into relaxation mode. We need to learn to enjoy life and relax. Life is to be enjoyed not creating a burnout situation for ourselves.
Have these tips been helpful? Are you creating doable routines for yourself? Let me know your thoughts and if you’d simply like someone to chat with about all of this, book me for an appointment and let’s talk.