“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” Bruce Lee
Being a busy parent and trying to run your own business can be tricky. Life is busy and time is limited, so there is a good chance that you will want to make the most of the time that you have.
Productivity is the key and even though there will be times when it eludes you, there is always something you can do to keep things on track.
To help you to make the most of your time, we have put together the top 5 productivity tips to help you.
Start the day off with the hard stuff
Whilst many of us fire up the laptop in the morning, only to spend an hour answering emails, this may not be the best use of our time when our minds are fresh and ready for the day. Instead, tackle those tricky issues head on straight away rather than leaving them until you are feeling fatigued.
In doing this you may find that you come to an answer sooner, meaning that you can spend the afternoon answering emails and preparing yourself to log off in time for the school run.
Don’t be frightened to take a break
For many parents who work from home or run their own business, there seems to be a fear around taking some time out of being a business person. However, the truth is that there is no shame in taking an hour, a day or even a long weekend for yourself.
If you worked for someone else then you would be entitled to paid holiday, so take the same approach in your own business and give yourself some time off. Whether that is with the kids or by yourself, your body and mind will really thank you for it.
There is going to be a good chance that the old 9-5 won’t work for you. Of course, if you own a shop then you will have to keep to the opening times you have set out. However, for those who work from home remotely, there is an option to work around your own life.
Struggle with the afternoons? Then why not try to get a couple of hours in when the kids are safely tucked up in the bed? An early riser? You could always work for an hour before the rest of the house gets up.
Working for yourself means that you keep your own time, so make sure that you take advantage of it.
Be positive but realistic
Even the most productive of parents are going to struggle to fit everything into just 24 hours, so be realistic about what you can achieve. That said, it is important to be positive too, remember that there is a reason why you opened the business because you knew you could succeed; so aim for the sky!
Involve your kids
Now you can’t expect your offspring to form an expert panel that can help run your business, but you should also recognize that they may very well have some quality input to add.
If you have an idea that you are not sure will work, run it by the kids and see what they think. Thinking of setting up a promotional event for your shop? Why not involve them smaller members of your family in the running of the event. They could make the banners or design the invites.
Running your own business and being a parent is never easy, but there are ways that you can make it that little bit easier.