Let’s face it: you’re busy. Sometimes feels there isn’t as much time in the day as we would like.
You may be like me: a mom who likes to travel. Or you may have other dreams and obligations. Either way, you want to make sure your business works around your priorities and values.
It sounds like a win-win situation and it can be as long as you learn to handle one thing – your time. On some of your busiest days it is easy for work to take a backseat to the needs of your children or emergencies at the house. The same thing can happen on the flip side. Family and other responsibilities can be encroached on by work commitments.
Every one has dealt with this rollercoaster at some time in their career. It can be a daunting experience at best. At worse, both your business and your family can suffer, leaving you uncertain of how to fix things.
They key is time management. I know, I know… you’ve heard it all before. But keep an open mind and see what you can do to make things work best for you!
1) Ask for Help
There is nothing wrong with asking for assistance from your family. Your spouse and your kids can be instrumental in helping you to keep your sanity. You’d be surprised how eager little ones can be to give you a helping hand. Kids can clean their rooms and pick up after themselves in common areas. Your spouse can help with dinner, the kids’ extracurricular activities and putting kids to bed on occasion.
Also, don’t be afraid to ask your peers and colleagues for help. You’d be surprised how many are willing to pitch in to help you in a pinch. For example, when I was on maternity leave several years ago, I had several other coaches jump in to be a guest writer on my ezine.
2) Create a Daily Schedule
Calendars may seem “old school” but they are still the best way to keep up with upcoming events. Keeping a large one in the kitchen, for instance, gives each person in the family opportunity to record their events so that nothing is forgotten and any conflicts can be addressed before the day of the event.
Also, create blocks of time for different activities. The morning can be devoted to work activities on one day and then household chores on the next day. It would be easier to keep the same time each day for these activities, but often schedule changes don’t allow for that. Be flexible but still commit to a certain amount of time each day to run your business and also to spend time with other commitments.
3) Create Daily Milestones
You don’t have to finish every task each day. Set a list of priorities and then take steps to finish the most important jobs first. First thing in the morning, determine what you will focus on for that day.
You don’t have to schedule every minute of your day, but a level of time management will keep your daily life organized.
What do you do to keep your life more manageable?