Time Management Tips for Those who Suck at Managing Time

If you own your own company or you are a busy professional building your career you understand the pull to fill every moment of your time wisely. Especially if you have a family! While there are countless time management methods that claim to be the perfect solution, the truth is there is no “one size fits all” answer. However, there are a few things that can help with time management! Especially when you suck at managing your time and all other methods have failed.

#1 Schedule your energy

Craig Groeschel says you need to schedule your energy not just your hours. He calls this your “usable hours.” If you have a chronic illness or struggle with fatigue and energy spikes and drains this method could work for you. It’s one I have found great success with! 

You take your schedule day by day and assign your task list according to the amount of energy you have for the day.  This method won’t work for everyone. But, If you have physical. emotional, and mental limitations that tend to sabotage your efforts at time management this concept could help you better manage your time.  

If you want to learn more, Groeschel has a great podcast on energy management that you can find by clicking the link HERE.

#2 Put first things first

If you can’t manage your time well, your task list might be too big. Or you might have too much on your schedule and don to have the actual time to complete the tasks that are important to you. Try putting first things first.  

Schedule priorities first and then add other things. Keep eliminating until your schedule fits your life. Make your task list 3-5 things and determine which thing would make all the other thing so easier if that was completed.  

#3 Batch task similar work for a time management hack

Busy business owners and entrepreneurs often have a common problem of scheduling themselves in chaotic ways. You find yourself jumping around to different tasks that don’t make sense. You can’t focus on any task completely from start to finish and nothing gets done. If this sounds familiar you might want to try batch scheduling.  

For example, If you take clients make sure it’s  on certain day (Tuesday’s & Wednesday’s) or time of day (mornings or afternoons) don’t schedule meetings and client sessions willy-nilly because you will break focus every time you have to leave a project for a meeting and vice versa. 

If you suck at time-management I would encourage you to try one of these methods for the next 30 days. Just remember, this is a process! Give yourself grace as you seek a time-management method that works best for your business and family.  

With grace and grit

~Raychel


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How to Work From Home Without Losing Your Mind

Remember when you thought working from home would be the easiest thing in the world? Ha! There is nothing harder than building your dreams and raising your little’s at the same time.

Oh, have I been there! I got my college degree, started multiple companies from home, with little ones underfoot. Let me tell you how I survived those early years of mommy hood and Entrepreneurship without losing my mind.

#1- Office Hours

Rule #1 to working from home and not losing your mind is to set office hours. You need office hours, so you can tell everyone that you are WORKING… including yourself. And once you set them you guard them! No doing laundry during that time. No answering personal phone calls. Only work should be happening during office hours.

Obviously, the smaller your kiddos are the more time you will spend working when they are napping or sleeping. As they get older and more able to entertain themselves you can work more daytime hours.

#2- Timers

Want to know the secret to keeping your kids away from you while you are working? TIMERS! Yes, timers! Kitchen timers are the ultimate weapon to working from home without losing your mind. It gives those kiddos a start and end time to mom’s workday. Start with 30 minutes of quiet and reward them every time they stay away and entertain themselves while you are working. Eventually you will have oodles of time (well it will feel like oodles, compared to now) to yourself while they play.

#3- Technology

Sorry, not sorry, I used whatever technology I could to keep those kiddos busy for 90 minutes while I got some work done. Their grades are amazing, they are artistic and kind, and they are off the charts for growth. So, no guilt here for letting them use technology while I worked it. You, just need to make it work Momma.

#4- Home Office Space

You should have a workspace to call your own. It could be as simple as a desk in the corner of the living room. Or, you could be lucky enough to transfer a spare bedroom into your ultimate home office! Either way you NEED to have a place to call your own.

A home office space creates easy boundaries of “Mommy is working” and “Mommy is not working.” The littles know that when mommy is in that space she is not to be disturbed. It is one of the best ways to work from home without losing your mind.

#5- Rest Time for All

Nap time is glorious for working mommies! Until they out-grow nap time. If your cherubs are anything like mine, they stopped napping early. Enter rest time! Keep using the time you used to put them down for naps for quiet time.

The rule in my house is you don’t have to sleep but you must do something quiet until the timer goes off.  This is a great tip too if you have kids at different ages. When the baby is sleeping everyone else is resting in their rooms and playing quietly.

I promise this time is much shorter than you realize.

Before long, you will wave to those precious kiddos as they get on the bus and you will head to your home office and have HOURS to spend working. Don’t feel guilty that you can’t say yes to every business opportunity, mixer, or mastermind that comes your way right now. Your priority is to be home right now. Slow growth is still growth. With these tips in place, You really can work from home without losing your mind.

With Grace & Grit,

~Raychel


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