Balancing the daily demands of being a parent with the responsibility of running a business is not easy. Most days you will find yourself scrambling to get everything done and still have a pile of unfinished work at the end of the day. No matter what you do, you’ll always be busy, but by making some small changes in the way that you work, you may be able to squeeze some more productive time into your day. Here are some tips that may help:
In the words of Charles Buxton, "You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.”
Create a to-do list.
It's an old strategy, but a good one. When you have your tasks written out, you are more likely to complete them. It also gives you the satisfaction of crossing each item off as you accomplish it. Put your higher priority tasks at the top of your list so that you focus on them first.
Schedule your day.
Many people are less structured when working from home, which often makes them less productive. Avoid this temptation by allocating a specific time for each task on your to-do list. Maintaining a schedule provides you with an accurate picture of where you are spending your time so that you can make adjustments as needed.
Check your e-mail and social media at specific times throughout the day.
Email and social media can be huge time traps. It is easy to spend an hour on what was supposed to be a quick check. When you respond to emails as you receive them, you are allowing someone else to prioritize your day. Plan a time to check these sites and make sure that you stick to the schedule. You may even want to set an alarm clock to keep yourself on track.
Organize your workspace.
How much time do you spend looking for a pen or a file that you've misplaced? Losing a few things a day is frustrating and can amount to a lot of wasted time. Take a day and completely organize your workspace. Once you’re organized, if you remember to always put things back in their place, you will be much more productive in your work.
Entrepreneurs have very little free time and when you’re also a parent, you have even less. The problem is that you need time to grow your business. If you’re struggling to get everything done, then it’s time to get creative. In the words of Charles Buxton, "You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.”