As we grow our family and our business life gets in the way.
We get it. It happens to us too. You have a wonderful day planned out to answer emails, check inventory levels, write a post or handle paperwork and a call comes in that sends your day into a tailspin. One of the kids is sick, an unexpected issue at school or your spouse's workload suddenly doubles.
That doesn’t mean your business has to stop growing. It means you need a plan in place to make progress even when your circumstances change.
Truth Moment: Your circumstances in life will never stop changing. It is up to you to have a plan and make a commitment to work towards your goals even when it seems impossible.
Here are a few tips you can use to make more time for your business:
#1 Turn Off Notifications from Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms
This is the number one distraction in our lives. When our phones are constantly notifying us of the latest and greatest, we waste more time than we think by sharing, retweeting and pinning recipes. Use social media as a reward for getting something done. I promise you won’t miss much and you’ll have a weight lifted off your shoulders when you accomplish something before you get social.
#2 Don’t Multitask
Most of us think doing more than one thing at once is being extra productive. The truth is, when we divide our focus we divide the quality of our work. If you have 30 minutes, do one thing for 30 minutes. Even if you don’t finish you are that much closer to completion. If you spend 10 minutes on 3 things, you still have a long way to go.
#3 Just Say NO
We often say yes to more things than we have time for. Instead of always saying yes, make a new rule for yourself that allows you 24 hours before making any new commitments. This way you will have time to look over your calendar, talk with your spouse and analyze your priorities before making a decision. If someone asks you to go to a meeting, volunteer at the school, or help at church, simply say, “I need to look at what my week looks like and I’ll get back to you. What is the best way to reach you?”. Don’t forget to follow up even if the answer is no. There is no need to feel guilty about saying no when a task doesn’t fit into their family schedule. Priorities are key.
#4 15-minute Hustles
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the 15 minute Hustle is by far the fastest most effective way I get things done in my home and in my business every day. As a matter of fact, this very post was done in a 15-minute hustle block. Even with a busy family of 5, I have 15 minutes a day to give my business the attention it needs. I also have 15 minutes to give my spouse, my kids and myself 15 minutes as well. Think small to think big. Baby steps are still steps. To find out more about the 15-minute hustle strategy, download our free ebook here.
Life will always get in the way if you allow it to. Instead of making excuses, make progress with these great tips. I Believe in you! You CAN do it. Now get to work:)