Hello there! Today we’re talking all about time management. Because, come on, who couldn’t use a few extra minutes – or even hours – in their day?
When I decided to get serious about starting my own business, there was one thing that always held me back. I was homeschooling my two older boys, running after my toddler, settling to a new home, and balancing a part-time job on the side. How would I EVER find enough time to learn everything I needed to know, much less implement it? I was already running on fumes.
But I was determined to find a way to grow my business and keep my family life running smoothly.
So I took a good hard look at my daily tasks, my schedules and methods, and you know what I realized? I had TONS of time to get all my stuff done. I just wasn’t using it the right way. And my guess is, you’re in the exact same boat.
The truth is, you DO have enough time to get everything done.
How many times have to said or though there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get it all done? I’m certainly guilty of it. But this is just a lie we tell ourselves because we feel overwhelmed. It’s not that we don’t have enough time. It’s that we don’t know the best way to use our time.
Want to know how to add more time to your day?
Nearly everyone in the developed world is searching for a way to add more time to their days. We buy books about productivity, we download apps that will help us stay on top of our schedules, we fill up fancy planners with color-coded stickers.
But what if finding more time is easier than we thought?
Three words: elimination, delegation, and automation.
Just as there are only three ways to find more money (increase your income, decrease your spending, or sell what you have), there are three simple ways to always add more time to your day, without even breaking a sweat.
We can eliminate time wasters. We can delegate tasks instead of running everything like a one-woman show. And we can use technology to automate things our parents had to do by hand. Let’s take a closer look at these three steps.
Start by eliminating the time wasters.
How much time do you think you waste on unnecessary tasks? Watching TV, checking Facebook or Instagram, checking email, standing in front of your closet searching for something to wear, etc.
Try this instead: Give yourself three times per day to check all your social media feeds and email. DVR your favorite shows, so you can watch them commercial free and avoid getting sucked into the show that comes on next. Ruthlessly cull your wardrobe leaving only the items you truly love to wear. This way, when you step into your closet, you spend less time combing through all the stuff that used to fit, might fit one day, or are just plain out of style.
Let go of control and delegate as much as you can.
Most of us, as women, know that we are very good at running things. We know exactly how we want things done. And truthfully, our way is often the best way. However, when we micromanage every little detail of our lives and families, we pretty much guarantee that we “have to” be the one to do everything.
Instead, try a few of these on for size:
- Give your kids some real chores (my boys, who are 3, 6, and 7 years old, take out the trash and recycling, unload the dishwasher, pick up their toys, put away their laundry, help with dusting, etc.).
- Use a grocery pickup or delivery service to instantly save at least an hour a week (hello, Walmart Grocery Pickup!!).
- Ask your husband to handle nighttime baths.
- Arrange carpools for after-school activities.
- Buy pre-made cupcakes for the class party.
- Make a batch of frozen meals and use a pressure cooker to do all the hard work.
- Get a travel agent (this doesn’t cost you anything) to plan your vacation.
- And yes, let your TV or an iPad be the babysitter from time to time. You can find plenty of wholesome, educational programs to occupy your little ones and give you the break you need.
Once you get started with delegating, you’ll see all kinds of ways to take your hands off the wheel, so you can focus on the things that really matter to you. You can do it all, just not all by yourself.
Embrace the wonder of automation.
We have to be careful with how much time we spend on our devices, but the truth is, technology can offer some amazing tools to help you free up some extra time – when it’s used the right way. You can automate all kinds of things like:
- Monthly budgeting
- Receipt tracking
- Meal planning
- Shopping lists
- Family calendars
Another way to automate is to create simple routines. For instance, every day before dinner, I set the kitchen timer for 15 minutes and have my boys do a rapid clean up of the living spaces and reward them with 30 minutes of iPad time if they get it done before the timer goes off. Since we homeschool, we make a lot of messes, but by automating this little routine, I never have to spend my “down time” cleaning up toys and clutter.
This method will free up a minimum of 2 hours each day – I promise!
Once you learn to implement these three strategies, you’ll be surprised by how much time you have left over. No, you probably won’t be lounging in bed all day with absolutely nothing to do, but you will have those precious pockets of time to start doing the things you really want to do.
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Till next time…wishing you all the best in your business adventures!