Time Management can be a tricky thing and what works today likely won’t work in a couple of months.
While the implementation may change, there are some basic tactics that don’t. Let’s chat about 10 Time Management Tactics that just might change your world.
Write it Down
When you write something down, it sticks in your brain better. As this article explains, writing things down helps you to clear your mind. You will have peace of mind because you know everything you need to do is written down and you won’t have to depend on your brain anymore. Our memories can’t be depended on entirely so we need to give ourselves a break.
Writing things down gives you somewhere to look when you don’t know what to do next.
Momma, you just can’t do everything and that is 100% okay. Once you’ve written your To-Do List for the week, take a look at it and pick no more than 5 tasks that are your “must do no matter what” tasks. And if you have a major project on there, don’t pile any more things on top.
Pick the IMPORTANT things and not the urgent ones. Phone calls, texts, and emails can almost always wait. Finish your business project, spend time with your kids, or do something for yourself.
I don’t know about you, but my brain just can’t keep track of everything for my business, my kids, or just life in general. This doesn’t mean you have to overwhelm yourself with different tones constantly going off all over the place. I only set alarms on my phone for vital reminders and all appointments. The rest are simply written reminders.
I write things down either physically in my planner or digitally in Trello. I have a blank space for notes every week in my planner. In Trello, I have a board called Brain Dump. Any task, project, thought, social media post idea, etc gets jotted down on this board as soon as I have the thought.
I look at my planner several times on any given day, so things that I know need to be done this week always go in my planner. The items on my Brain Dump board are reviewed every Sunday when I sit down to do my planning for the week.
If you’re not sure what a brain dump is, check out my post about it here. I think they’re really important to do once a month or once a quarter.
It can be easy to get lost in completing a task or series of tasks. There are also tasks that are a drag and you feel like you will never complete. A timer will help you in both of these areas. Pick a task and set a timer for an appropriate amount of time, likely 5-30 minutes. Work hard on that task until the timer goes off and then stop and take a quick 2-5 minute break. Set the timer again and either return to that task or work on another one.
I like to use this especially when doing laundry or dishes because I loathe doing either. I will either set a timer for about 20 minutes and dive in or I’ll pop in some headphones and listen to a video or podcast. Whenever it’s over, I’m done with my task. Sometimes, if I’m almost done I’m motivated to just finish it right then.
This is a hard one. We want to be everything to everyone but again momma, we just can’t. Take some time and evaluate your current schedule and calendar. Do you and your family really need to be doing all of these things? Or are you maybe including some of them because everyone else is?
It’s good to tell your friends, husband, and kids no from time to time. In the end, they will respect you more for it and you will respect yourself more as well. Make sure you have boundaries set up and be sure to enforce them whenever necessary. You deserve some white space in your calendar.
Technology is an amazing thing and has made running a business SO much easier! Take a few minutes and look at the tools and systems you have in place. Are you doing a lot of manual posting on social media? Do you have to click a bunch of buttons to get your new clients processed and on-boarded? See what you can automate and then get it set up so you can forget about it…at least for a couple of weeks.
And don’t forget to set up auto pay on very bill possible, both personal and business.
Schedule White Space
You deserve a break! If you’re anything like me true, restful breaks never happen unless I plan them AND tell someone else about it. This goes along with learning to say no. Create space in your schedule every week, even if that means removing a thing or two from said schedule.
Scheduling white space will also give you time to catch up on things if you need to. Days don’t always run as we expect them too, especially with kids involved. Scheduled white space means that when life knocks you off schedule, you already know when you’ll be able accomplish those tasks without stressing about it.
We all know that sleep is important and yet it can be really difficult to make ourselves go to bed at a reasonable time. I’m a night owl but I also like getting up before my kids and my youngest is usually up around 7:00 am. I’m still working on figuring that out for myself.
I’m sure you’ve noticed that lack of sleep can affect your concentration, productivity, and performance among all of the other things. Did you realize that it can also affect your brain function in similar ways to alcohol intoxication?!
Let Go of Perfection
I could write a whole blog post about this, but I’ll save that for another day. As a Type-A perfectionist, this is without a doubt my biggest productivity killer. However, I am working to change my mindset about failure and mistakes. They are simply part of life and I must learn from them.
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” Paulo Coelho
Know Your Why
At the end of the day, it all comes down to why you are doing it in the first place. Why did you decide to become a mom? Why are you parenting your kids the way that you are? Why are you building your business? Why are you building the specific business that you are?
Why is is all important to you? If it isn’t important, take it off your list.
Summer-proof Your Business
We all know how busy summer time can get with kid activities, vacations, and wanting to just spend time with your family.
The question is, can your business also thrive this summer?!
I am hosting a FREE 5-Day Challenge where I will be helping you to implement these and other strategies to prepare you and your business for growing alongside your family activities this summer.
For more info, click the button below and let’s get you prepped and ready to enjoy your summer!
Let’s avoid the summer slump together!