When running a business and managing our households, there never seems to be enough hours in your day to complete all of your to-dos. Even when you’re cruising along at a great pace, something always seems to pop up and throw you off. Sometimes trying to be everything to everyone can leave you feeling like you are always overscheduled and completely exhausted. Learning to adapt and be flexible is key to finding balance. Here are some other tools you can utilize to help maximize your time and stop feeling so “busy”.
- Block time: Switching back and forth between roles every five minutes is exhausting and it’s inefficient as you constantly have to refocus your attention. Good time management includes blocking out time for tasks to direct your attention to the task at hand. When the kids are at school, dedicate that time to working on business tasks. When they are home, focus on your family and yourself.
Break down your tasks into 15-minute blocks of time and focus on only one task during that 15-minute block of time. You’ll find that when you know what priorities you need to focus on, your mind is better able to prepare itself for what needs to be done during that window and you will use your time more efficiently.
- Delegate and know when to ask for help: Recognizing that you need help and asking for help is difficult. You often feel like you have to do it all. The truth is, delegating is actually a key component of running not just a successful business but also a successful family.
You don’t have to work 50-70 hours a week. Think about which tasks you are the least proficient in or enjoy the least. Consider that it may be worth it to outsource those tasks so that you can focus on the things that you do best. You’ll be happier at work which will lead to a less irritated and more engaged parent when you get home. It’s hard to leave our emotions at the door and your attitude affects the quality of your interactions with your family.
At home, delegating household tasks to your children improve their self-esteem and promotes independence. Asking your partner for help with managing the household enhances communication and creates a stronger partnership. It also leaves you with more time and less guilt.
- Set aside time for yourself: Be sure you are setting aside time to refocus and reflect on yourself. Give your mind time to relax. You need a chance to breathe and recharge. This seems to be the hardest action for most small business owners, but if you make time to take care of yourself it will make you a better leader and parent. You will have renewed energy and a more positive attitude. When you are refreshed, you are more creative, patient, and productive.
Take time to celebrate your wins, even the small ones. It’s important to balance out all the overwhelm with the positive results. Managing a business and being a parent can be a difficult task, but it doesn’t have to be completely consuming and overwhelming. Using the right strategies to manage your time will help you achieve success and fulfillment in all of your roles.
Empowered Leadership helps businesses find freedom through business coaching, executive coaching, assessments, and training. Stacie is an entrepreneur who helps business leaders balance their time to run an effective business and enjoy their life.