MomBoss: Time Management IS Achievable!
How many times do you find yourself saying “there’s just not enough time in the day?” I do ALL the time. How the heck do you manage your time when you’re a mom AND a boss?
There are a billion different tools and ways to use them. Here are a few of my own tips:
Focus on ONE task at a time! As a mom this is probably the hardest. Multi-tasking is inevitable with children, but if you stay consistent and on one task at a time with your business, it’ll be easier to pick up where you left off when return to your work from an interruption. Sometimes when we think we are multi-tasking, we are actually preventing ourselves from fully completing a project in an efficient amount of time. To combat this, consider blocks of time to focus on certain tasks. There are times when the little ones are unavoidable but try to stay focused on one task (like answer emails or scheduling marketing campaigns) for a set amount of time (like 1-2 hours) and you will be on your way to accomplishing much more in a timely manner!
Use the word NO! Your toddler has no problem saying it and you shouldn’t either. I’m not just talking about with the kiddos though; sometimes it’s necessary to say no in your business, too. It’s easy to overwhelm yourself with being a mom and a business owner, so it’s key when to say no. Being busy is great, but no one wants to feel overworked and it’s important to stay off the path to burning out. Evaluate your time to complete projects and be sure you don’t book more than you can handle. Ensure that when you’re planning your work that you consider that you’re a mom (at least half the day) and allow for flexibility in your time. Let’s face it, we all know we need a little flex time when the little ones are running around!
Establish work hours. Now this one is tricky working from home and being a boss. We’re all bad about hopping on our phones and answering emails and exchanging texts with clients. However, establishing clear boundaries and being able to walk away from your phone is important. A HUGE relief will wash over you when you can say you’re done at this set same time every day (just like in the office days)! Your clients will respect your boundaries if you set hours and communicate these hours of availability with them. If you’re implementing this for the first time, send out a quick email saying hello and letting everyone know you’re available for inquiries, emails, and communication between the hours of 9 am and 6 pm (or whatever you establish your hours to be). Split schedules for moms is also a great route. When my youngest was a newborn, I had the hours of 9 am to 12 pm and 7 pm to 11 pm to accommodate her sleep schedule. It’s okay to establish hours that work for you and your family!
As we all know, time management is essential in every aspect of our lives. Implementing strong boundaries and communicating with your clients will help you in managing your time. The luxury of working from home and as your own boss is the ability to plan your time the way you need to. Take advantage of this opportunity and manage your time in the best way for you, your family, and your business!
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© Crystal Hollman, Crystal Clear Photography, 2018