As a working mom, I am constantly on the hunt for finding my maximum efficiency. I’m always multi-tasking, looking for ways to shave minutes off day to day tasks, and basically running around like crazy! But when I sit down to work on my businesses, I suddenly get lost in thought, sucked into the Facebook time warp and lose all sense of efficiency. Until I sat down and evaluated my work time, and came up with a plan or schedule to make the most of my precious working hours. Because when I can tackle my to-do list and stay on top of my work schedule, I have so much more peace of mind when I switch back into mom mode. I am more present with my family.
Do: Write down daily tasks that MUST be done. Emails and Social Media are two things that must be done for me every day. So at the start of my day, I spend one hour tackling both. Engaging with my audience, answering messages, and answering all my emails happens at the start of my day. I come back through at the end of the day to answer any pressing emails that can’t wait until the next morning.
Don’t: Constantly check in on email and social media. They are major time-sucks, a quick glance at Facebook can turn into a 30 minute scroll session in the blink of an eye. If you need to reset your mind, set a time for 5 minutes to give yourself a mental break from your tasks and then close them out! There are even apps that will lock you out of the site itself for a certain allotted time.
Do: Time Block! So, now go through your tasks and think about what you work on weekly. Blog posts, editing, content calendar, bookkeeping are all things that I work on weekly. I block out certain amounts of time each day for that certain task. On Mondays I put these together and schedule my content calendar. Tuesday is set aside to work on the following week’s blog posts. I give myself 2 hours each day for the big project of the day.
Don’t: Don’t bounce back and forth between projects. You’ll feel like you’re completing multiple things at once, but in fact you’re just spinning your wheels.
Do: List out all the big goals and dreams and projects you want to tackle. Pick 1-2 to focus on for the month, and carve out an hour one or two days a week to to work on this project. These seem like small little steps, but they can result in a huge impact on your productivity when implemented. Make sure you start this process by sitting down and writing down your daily, weekly and monthly to-do list as well as short and long term goals. Those who fail to plan, plan to fail, so set yourself up for success and plan out what you need to get organized.