When you are a parent and a business owner, it’s often a real challenge to take charge of your time effectively. To try and help remedy this situation, we are going to be taking a look at 3 ways that you can take charge of your time.
In this video, I discuss 3 ways to take charge of your time
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What’s the most valuable asset required by any part of your life? Whether it’s your job, family, personal life, hobbies, or leisure—that asset is time. And it feels like the longer you live, the faster it runs out, doesn’t it?
Don’t worry. You’re not the only one who’s having this feeling.
After finding out what this solution is, it may seem like a no-brainer. But for some reason, people still desperately hope for miracles of any sort, try to multitask (which can sometimes bring even worse results), or just give up altogether.
So here’s the big reveal: Time management is your solution.
Time seems to move faster after a while because more and more routines appear in our lives. We start doing more stuff that we’ve already done before, without facing any new impressions, experiences, or emotions. Life becomes repetitive.
And in the never-ending loop of routine, we become unable to notice the fact that a considerable amount of time is going to waste. We’re too used to established rituals and can’t even imagine any other possible ways of doing things.
That’s where time management comes in handy.
The secret isn’t in doing something to time itself. Unfortunately, we have no superpowers, and science isn’t advanced enough to be able to manipulate time. Otherwise, there would be no need for time management!
The trick here is to take all your tasks, duties, and activities and organize them so that there’s not a single minute wasted. It may seem difficult at first. You might even start thinking that time management itself is an even bigger waste of time.
But don’t rush. Rushing is another reason you might be losing time throughout the day. Proper time management requires a little bit of patience. But once you get used to it, you’ll see that the few minutes you’ve spent planning turn into hours of saved time.
That’s exactly what we want you to do. Spend a few minutes checking out our infographic. We’ve gathered the 15 best tips that will help you with managing your time most efficiently.
It’s up to you to decide whether to try all of what we’re suggesting or just stick with a couple of tips that you think will bring the best results.
The tips provided in our infographic will be equally suitable regardless of what you do. Just try them out, and you’ll see that you’ve made the right decision.
Donna A. Norton started writing in school, it changed her life and predetermined her profession. During her studies at Texas A&M University, she kept improving her skills and sought opportunities to get published. Donna is proud to be a writer on the blog and enjoys traveling the world. She has visited many European and Asian countries and has even managed to take a few trips to Africa.
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Business time sucks are not only irritating, but they can also have a disadvantageous effect on your business too. However, there is also going to be times when you may find yourself distracted and spending less time on tasks that you wanted to. Listen in this episode on how to eliminate business time sucks.
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Running your own business takes a lot of your time. This is something that plenty of parentpreneurs discover once they set out to make a successful business for themselves. One of the hardest things is to get the balance of your time right. Particularly between your work and your family. But why is time so important? What impact can splitting down your time have on your life as a whole, rather than just your business?
Spending time with your family to create special moments
One of the best things that you can do is to spend time with your family. It might be at a weekend, during the evening, or after school. No matter when works for you, try to make sure that it is a regular thing, not only for you but for your kids too. They will really value the time that you have together, and being able to escape from work is always going to make you feel better when you have to head back.
Never be too busy for your children or missing out on special milestones
How many times have you told your children that you are too busy? Sometimes this can be for normal things such as playing a game or perhaps going out to the park. From time to time, it is okay to be too busy, but what happens when this has an impact on whether or not you can see those special milestones? How would you feel if you missed their first school play? The first time they did a dance show? Not being a part of these special moments should never be a part of running a business.
Remember you can’t buy, save or stop time!
As parents, it can seem that sometimes we blink and a whole lifetime has whizzed by. This means that every second that you can spend with your family. You should. We should all learn to value the time that we have right now, after all, we don’t have a pause button on our lives. The last thing that you will want is to find a few years down the line, that yes, you have a successful business. But that you haven’t been able to spend a good amount of time with the people who are most important to you.
As a business owner, you can make all the money in the world. But the things that will prove most valuable to you will be the time that you spend with your family and the special memories that you create together. These are things that money definitely cannot buy.
Achieving a work-life balance is one of the most vital things that you can learn as a business owner. Not only will it have a positive impact on your business, but also will be great for your family too.
When you run your own business you are going to be dedicating a lot of your time to it. However, there is also going to be times when you may find yourself distracted and spending less time that you wanted on it.
Time sucks are not only irritating, but they can also have a detrimental effect on your business too. There are plenty of time sucks out there that can have an impact on your business, but there are 3 main ones that seem to cause a problem.
Whilst social media is great for personal and business use, it is also one of the biggest time sucks out there. Social media can be one of the easiest ways to distract yourself from a task that you have to do. Particularly if that task is boring or not something you want to spend time on. After all, isn’t it far more interesting to look at your friend’s holiday pictures or funny videos of a cat?
Before you know it, you have lost half an hour and you are behind on what you wanted to do. The trick here is to limit yourself to when you go on social media. Don’t have notifications on your phone or your laptop and focus on the task in hand. Those photos and videos will still be there when you are finished.
We all like to think that we are experts in multi-tasking, after all, we are parents, aren’t we? However, multi-tasking can end up sucking your time dry rather than being helpful. You may think that getting lots of things done at once is ideal for finishing things off around the home, but in truth, you may end up spreading yourself too thinly and finding that tasks which shouldn’t have taken long, instead take much longer.
Instead of trying to multi-task, it may make sense to focus on one particular task that you need to do. Once that one is done, you can move onto the next one and so on and so forth.
Not sticking to your boundaries
One of the most important things when it comes to being a parent and running a business is having boundaries. Separating your family time and your business time means that those two parts of your life get the attention that they deserve. Not sticking to your boundaries can also mean that you spend some of your business time focused on your family issues, which can drain that vital time and leave you short.
Instead, keep things separate and you will be able to dedicate enough time to both.
So, there you have it, the top three things to try and avoid doing when you are running your own business. They seem obvious, but they are also things that plenty of us forget to do, or do too much.
This episode covers, the importance of theming your time. When running a business and looking after your family it can sometimes be easy to allow the lines to become blurred. One of the biggest challenges parentpreneurs face is time management. Listen in to how I theme my time and how you can too!
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One of the biggest issues faced by those who run their own business is time management, working from home is the ideal for so many people but many of us have been struggling to stick to our to-do list.
Theming your time is a concept by where you theming your workdays allocating a specific task or project for a designated day of the week. For example, you may allocate Friday’s to do all your social media images and scheduling. The concept of theming your workdays does not mean that all you can do on that designated day is the task or project you allocated to it. You will, of course, have emails that need responding to and calls that you may need to make. Theming means that you are allocating more hours on that specific day to the task or project you allocated to that day.
Theming your day’s means that you can comfortably fully complete tasks that you have to do on a regular basis. I have been theming my work days for a few weeks now after listening to one of Pat Flynn’s podcast episodes. So far the benefits are increased productivity I am happier and more content at the end of the work day when I have completed a task or project that I assigned to one of my specific theming days.
As a parent running a business a business, I for one know that emergencies happen and not every working week looks the same as the last for example hospital appointments, school plays, school trips and emergencies. The approach I take to theming my days for the week is planned a week in advance so I can work around my family commitments. Therefore if I themed Wednesday as the day I do a blog post it does not mean that the following Wednesday I will be doing a blog post.
Theming my time allows me to free my mind and focus on tasks and projects that are critical to me making progress in my business.
This episode covers time management tips for when the children are on holiday from school. Time management is a skill that many of us could improve on. This is especially true if you spend some of your time working from home, and the children are on school holiday. Listen in you’ll hear tips on how to manage business task and have fun too!
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Time management is a skill that many of us could improve on. This is especially true if you spend some of your time working from home, where you will need to make sure that you are more disciplined and focused on what you need to do.
As this isn’t something that comes naturally, we have put together 5 smart ways to improve your time management skills and make sure that you utilise all of the time that you have each and every day.
Always start the day prioritising work
You should always start your day by looking at the tasks that you have to do. List them as those that are less important, to those that require your immediate attention and focus. Know which tasks are time critical, and that need to be completed that day, and identify the ones that can be carried forward for the next day.
This will give you a clear focus and make sure that you get the work done that you need to.
Schedule your work, home and personal tasks
Even the best of us can fall victim to procrastination from time to time. This is even truer if you work from home where you are surrounded by things that need to be done. It isn’t easy to ignore housework, but it is a good idea to try and schedule in the time that you are going to do it. Planning on making a cup of tea? Load the washing machine while the kettle boils. Need to hoover? Get it done whilst your lunch is cooking.
By making sure you know when you will get those tasks done, you won’t be tempted to wander off and do them whilst you are supposed to be working.
Focus on one thing at a time
How many times have we heard ourselves say that we are good at multitasking? We often think that being able to juggle a wide variety of things is a positive thing. But the truth is, that multitasking can often hamper the way we manage our time. Rather than trying to split our focus on a variety of different tasks, we should focus on one thing at a time. This means the task will complete much quicker and you can move onto the next thing that you need to do.
Give yourself a break
It is vital that you take breaks during your working day. Otherwise, you will find yourself burning out and losing focus on the task at hand. Whether it is a 10 minute walk, a quick listen to music or a spot of exercise, giving yourself a break is a necessary part of time management.
Don’t give yourself too much to do
Sometimes having too much to do can lead you to feel that you are overwhelmed. Being overwhelmed can mean that you simply give up on the tasks that you need to do. It is vital that you learn to say no, and give yourself realistic targets, otherwise, you could find yourself not getting done what you need to.
Managing your time effectively is a key part of having a successful working day. So, make sure that you know the basics, and you will be sure to get everything that you need done.