Time management is an extremely important skill when managing business and home. I am one busy momma with an extremely active and clingy 2 and a half year old son. I run, write, design and market this blog. Additionally, I keep a clean house and cook dinner nightly.
If it were not for some of the systems I created and put in place nothing would ever get done. I use calendars, spreadsheets, apps, and notebooks to plan out my day, my work, and my chores.
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Every person no matter if they work from home, work out of the home, or are stay at home need to have systems. Systems help you manage all the expectations of your day to day life.
Putting Time Management Systems In Place
There is no one time management system that works for everyone. Time management systems need to be created and tested based on your individual needs.
There are a few systems I have tried that have worked well for me. Try them for yourself. If they do not work well for you, adjust them as needed or look for other time management systems that will work for your needs.
Schedule Your Entire Day
You can do this with a spreadsheet or a calendar. I have mine set up on a spreadsheet. I use pretty colors to block out my time based on what I am doing.
This works well for me because I am on my computer all the time. I have the spreadsheet pinned in my browser so I can stay on top of what I’m working on and when. If you aren’t on your computer all the time I do have two other options that also worked well for me.
The first system I used was a bullet journal. I still use a bullet journal but it’s mainly more as a journal as opposed to a planner. You can create custom spreads for your time management needs with a bullet journal. Plus, bullet journals are usually small enough that you can keep them in your purse.
Check out my post How To Start & Use a Bullet Journal.
The second system I used to use was a calendar. I used Google Calendar because it would sink to my phone keeping me on task for everything that needed to get done. For a long time google calendar was the only reason I remembered anything that needed to get done.
Any one of these schedule systems will help you keep track of your day and keep you productive.
Do the Same Thing on the Same Days
For example, on Monday’s you might schedule social media posts. On Tuesday’s you might create new products for your business. Wednesday’s you may ship products. So on and so forth.
If you schedule weekly tasks for the same day in the week you can start building habits that will help you remain productive.
Setting up a routine worked extremely well for me. I still follow a similar routine though I don’t always have a task scheduled for every day.
Once you get used to your routine it just comes naturally. I find that routines like this are helpful to keep the days from blurring together like they sometimes do.
Check out my post How To Create a Routine That Works For You.
We have so many different tools and technologies to help us remain productive start researching and utilizing them.
I use Pinterest as my main marketing tool. In order to make my marketing go faster I created a spreadsheet and put links to every single one of my pins. I organized my boards so that I knew which pins could go on which board. Using this spreadsheet I managed to cut a lot of time out of my every day marketing.
Try a blocking app to stop notifications on your phone during certain time periods. Evernote is another fantastic app for taking and organizing notes. It’s like a notebook on your phone. I personally adore Google Keep for quick notes like grocery lists or blog post ideas.
If you prefer to keep it simple utilize a bullet journal, notebook, or white board. It is recommended that you fill out any to do lists the night before. This prevents you from laying in bed thinking about your to do list and not falling asleep.
Schedule a Day Off
It is important to take a day off from time to time. Even with manual pinning and social media marketing. I promise if you are doing things right your traffic will not dip much and you may actually see an increase in traffic the very next day.
Days off are important to your sanity when running a business while raising children. You need a day or two here and there to relax, unwind, and recharge.
By taking a day off you can clear your mind to handle things in your business more efficiently. Have a hobby that does not make you money and do it from time to time.
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Setting up systems for your business and for your life keeps you sane during an extremely busy time in your life. It’s important to try out different systems or tweak systems to make them work for you. Do not force yourself to stick to a system that doesn’t feel natural.
Scheduling your entire day, setting up routines, and utilizing apps will keep you on track for completing tasks. Remember the importance of taking a day off. Burn out is the #1 killer of productivity and becoming productive again after a burn out can make things really difficult.
One final note, if you fall behind don’t be afraid to cancel plans or other tasks that aren’t as important to catch up. Prioritize what tasks are most important and do those then just pick up right where you left off on the not so important tasks.
If you have systems that work well for you please leave a comment below. Follow me on Pinterest and pin this to your organization and business boards.