I don’t pretend to have everything figured out and I am certainly improving my own time management skills every single day BUT I do feel like I have some great tips to balancing and managing time that I think a lot of people could benefit from.
For reference, so you know I’m not just blowing smoke, I am a mom of two (Oakley is 20 months and Dean just turned 1 month old today), my husband and I own and operate multiple businesses (several are multi-million dollar companies), we have a working dog, four cats, fifteen chickens, and manage several thousand acres of land. We also have a large social media across multiple platforms that we create content for for over two million people.
I also have my undergrad and MBA in marketing, I am a fitness nutrition certified specialist, certified personal trainer, prenatal and postpartum certified trainer, a Baby-Led sleep practitioner, and I am finishing my Montessori 0-3 year Diploma.
One of my most popular blogs covers Time Chunking, a skill that really helps with studying and work but can be applied to chores and household activities as well! Additionally, here are my favorite productivity tools that you will see referenced throughout this blog. I keep my blog ad free through commissionable links so I truly appreciate using the links I provide if you purchase any of the items!
- First things first, when it comes to business, we have amazing teams and employees in place that we have passed the baton off to in terms of daily tasks to run our companies (things we were doing years ago that we no longer can personally sustain). Josh and I own / operate but we would be nothing without our teams across the board. I just wanted to throw that out there because I really don’t like setting unrealistic expectations with this stuff as I know it can be extremely stressful for many people.
- Each evening, I will make a list of what I need to do the next day and list everything in order of importance. This allows me to not waste any time the next morning setting my day up as it has already been set up the night before
- Learn to say “no”. This is something I struggled with for quite some time but if I don’t have the time or mental capacity for a task and it can wait until the next day or next Monday (if it’s a Friday), I will simply say “no”. I know what my time is worth and I know what my mental health is worth so if something just doesn’t fit that day, learn to say “no”. This will also allow you to stay on track and not get distracted. I find that if something urgent comes up that I didn’t plan for, it can easily throw my entire day off. That doesn’t mean I don’t have fires to put out but if it can wait and I don’t have the time, it will wait.
- Routines are HUGE for me when it comes to managing my time. This can prove to be somewhat difficult with a newborn and a toddler but they also thrive on routine so it’s a beneficial task for all of us. For example, in the morning, I have to walk and work for at least 20 minutes. It sets up my day for success. We also have to collect eggs and open the chicken run. I also have two children to feed and get dressed. And the list goes on. But we have our routine and we make it work, every single day.
- Speaking of walking and working, my treadmill desk has been a huge help with my productivity and my time. I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t walk and work at the same time- to be able to do two things at once has been one of the most beneficial aspects of my time management skills.
- Doing multiple things at once has also been a game changer for me- and I don’t mean trying to do emails and talk on the phone at the same time. I mean if your food is on the stove, do the dishes while you’re waiting for the water to boil. Or put some dishes away while your food is in the microwave. Or put laundry away as your bath is filling up. Accomplishing tasks during dead space adds up in the long run
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I truly hope these tips have helped! I am sure I will think of more and will add to the blog when I do! Again, thank you for the support and for stopping by my blog!