Tell Your Time Who’s The BOSS! A System for Taking Control of Your Time Part II
Tell Your Time Who’s The BOSS: A System for Taking Control of Your Schedule & Time (Part II)
Time management especially for us busy single mommies is right up there with solo bathroom time, lol. Grab a pen and paper and take notes or better yet, print this out and keep it close at hand! In the previous post, I asked you a very important question. One that you must answer if you are ever going to be successful in your life and time management so if you didn’t answer it then go back and read it now!
Picking up where I left off…
It’s actually very simple, if you decide it will be. First of all you do need a written plan, you need to see it! Are you working your business professionally? If so, then you should have specific hours that are specifically dedicated to building your business. What are they? Post your hours on your website, if you have one. On your voice mail have a professional sounding message that lets callers know when they can expect to hear back from you regardless of who is calling, be it teammates, clients or customers. You have to direct people to what you want them to do.
You teach people how to treat you! If you’re running to answer your phone every time it rings, even if it’s during dinner time, you’re a slave to your business and you’re not honoring your family. Stop answering it unless you’re already expecting a call. I learned that tip from a millionaire mompreneur who’s built a million dollar business in direct sales. It limits your productivity when you’re constantly interrupted. I’ve turned off ALL sound notifications on my smart phone except for calendar appointments and upcoming tasks.
Here’s another suggestion…learn to say NO. More women need to give themselves permission to say NO. Just because something is doable doesn’t mean that YOU should do it. You don’t have to volunteer for all the school activities to be a good mom. Commit to what you can without over burdening yourself. Never ever work out of guilt! That’s a poverty mindset and will create resentment. Remember, you’re creating the life you want and that means that what you do on a daily basis has to align with those over all goals.
One tool that I use every day is my stop watch. I’ve heard some people talk about using an egg timer to time their activities. If you find that you’re spending way too much time on facebook or writing your blog posts, then you absolutely need to start allocating a specific amount of time per task. It literally takes me 15 minutes to program all of my social media updates for the day and when that timer goes off, I’m onto the next task. Whatever time you give yourself, once that timer goes off, that’s it…onto the next!
Between 2 and 8pm that’s family time in my home. I’m not in meetings or doing anything work related. Why? Because the same respect and focus I give my business during work hours is what I give my children during their time. Sunday is family day. We chill, watch TV, go to the park…anything but work. Are you being that purposeful with your time? It makes a huge difference.
Something else to remember is that no amount of planning prepares you for the unexpected. Life happens. You will get that call from school letting you know that your child has a fever or you’re traveling and a flight is delayed. You have to give yourself grace, let go of being perfect and be prepared as best as you can. Give yourself permission to be you. Remember that your schedule serves you and no one else. The point is to have one and to be flexible when life happens, because it will.
Your turn, I’d love to know how you manage your life and time and if it’s working for you.
Golda Smith is a mom and distance runner who is building her “Business From The Kitchen Table” working with Fitness, Health and Wellness Experts to put more muscle in their social media marketing. Do you hire freelancers? If so, then you need to get this report NOW because you may be making this mistake. Don’t let it be you!