Are you having trouble balancing responsibilities? Are you feeling like you’re not maximizing your time efficiently? If your answer is yes to any of these, I’m in the same boat! Although I have a lot of work to do in the time management department, I’d like to share some suggestions I’ve compiled and currently working on. These tips come from research during my time of desperation to being more effective and efficient throughout my day.
Being a mom is already a tough job, but being a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and entrepreneur is on a whole ‘nother level! As the owner and jewelry maker of JCL Jewelry, I have a whole set of responsibilities aside from my mommy duties.
A little tidbit about me is that I’m pretty laid back, a “go with the flow” kinda gal. I’m never the one to make the plans, I follow… and that’s not an entirely bad thing. But with a business to grow, motherhood, and wife life, a little bit of planning is essential. The thought of this balancing act usually makes me want to run away, but lately, I’ve been feeling like crap about my lack of motivation. I’ve been living by the seat of my pants and winging things for far too long and last week I finally said, enough is enough!
#1 Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail-
I have NEVER taken this mindset seriously enough on the business side until recently. As I mentioned early on, planning is essential to a successful household and/or business. I’m not a huge planner ( I have several agendas, does that count?), but choosing one specific day out of the week to plan for the following week seems much less daunting to me.
Fridays would be the best time for me to plan, weekends in the Landry household are usually reserved for being out of the house and exploring our cities of Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL! I’m rarely in my studio on my days off because I’m in there Monday through Friday and I want nothing more than to decompress from the stresses of the week. And I’d very much rather be spending it with Chris and Kendyl. Having next week planned out on Friday means less chances of me spending all of Monday to plan. That would be a workday lost for me and I’d rather not risk it.
#2 Identify 3 Cornerstone Tasks/Events-
What are 3 MUST DO’S that need to take place next week? Use those tasks to be the foundation that you use to plan your daily tasks around. This is very helpful to me as I tend to bite off more than I can chew; which brings us to the next tip.
#3 Short Sprints not Long Marathons-
In other words, make short and realistic To-Do Lists, not long unattainable ones. Nothing deters progress more than feeling unaccomplished. I hate waking up the next morning with a daunting feeling of catching up from tasks I set from the day before in addition to the list of things that need to be done for the day. Choose the top 3 tasks that need to be done for the day and continue on once those are done. Small steps!
#4 Keep track of where your time is spent-
“Time is money”. Keeping that mantra in mind helps to get into the mind set of, “What can I be doing right now that’s more productive?” In my case, more productive than aimlessly scrolling though Pinterest just out of pure pleasure. Whoops! (I can’t be the only one, right?) Knowing where your time goes helps to really assess where you need to cut wasteful time. Instead, focusing where you need to target more of your time and efforts on. This also helps with balancing your everyday life. See my sample illustration below.
Mark, color or “X” where you have completed your task for the day. I’m obviously not meeting my personal goals I have set. (That darn Pinterest! Hehe.)
The great thing about this task manager is you can determine what is important for you, your family and/or your business. You are free to set the frequency as well! It’s super easy I whipped this sample up in 15 mins or if you like pen to paper, you can use graph paper. (I knew those were made for something useful. *wink)
I know that time management is not only vital to running your own small business or being a mom, it’s important for any part of your life such as setting goals, financial goals, fitness goals, health goals… the list is endless. I hope that these tips help you on your quest to being more time savvy! Do you have any tips you’d like to share that has been working for you? I’d love to hear them.