How to Add Hours Back into Your Day (and Be More Productive!)
This month in The Biz Runners Academy, I have the pleasure of sharing how I am able to successfully run multiple businesses (both my own + others) while being a full time working mom.
But, first I have to let you in on a little secret…
I can’t do it all alone. If I didn’t have Kelli or Kristin or my husband, I could not nearly do everything I do every single day. They help keep me + my/our businesses afloat. So, if you feel like you are drowning, I HIGHLY encourage you to find a way to outsource SOMETHING to help you add some time back in your day. Kelli does most of our client phone calls + delegates tasks, Kristin helps me with my other business, and my husband takes care of the kids when I have calls + is my own personal chef (I’m a terrible cook + HATE cooking). I NEED them, otherwise I’d never see the success I have had so far…
However, if you are not at that place yet to hire someone to help you out, there are ways you can add time BACK into your day + still be SUPER productive.
Here are the 3 things you should start doing today to add hours onto your day (in a GOOD way):
1. Schedule your day out from start to finish.
I know, I know. Some of you HATE routine. But, what if you knew exactly what you were supposed to be doing every single day at a certain time? What if there was absolutely no question as to what happens when you get to a certain point in your day?
Just like our kiddos thrive on routine, by human nature, so do we as adults. I literally want you to write down everything you are going to do today (or tomorrow) in 15 minute intervals. Start with your already scheduled items (work, meetings, appointments, practices, etc.) and then move on to your to-dos (chores, tasks, exercise, etc.). You might notice you have more time than you think you do in your day. If not…
2. Prioritize your to-do list.
I know as women, we feel like we much do it ALL. If someone asks us to do something, we struggle to say no. We want to be all things to all people and we want to help as many as people as possible. However, sometimes it’s just not possible.
If you look at your schedule and the things you need to do during your day, what is the TOP priority. Divide your to-dos into things you MUST do and things you CAN do. Those things you must do become your TOP THREE. That’s right, only THREE THINGS that are the top priority for you to do that day. Like, if you don’t do it in the next 24-hours, the world will come crashing down.
Everything else is considered things you CAN do. As in, IF you have extra time, they can get done, but it’s OK if you push them off another day or two.
3. Delegate when possible.
Like I said at the beginning of this post, my businesses would NOT run without my support behind the scenes. Yes, I support other online business owners, but I am also a business owner and without MY support, things just wouldn’t run like they should. So, I want you to look not only at your to-do list but your schedule as well…
What things can you delegate to someone else?
Don’t get me wrong, I am a control freak! It took me a LONG time to feel like I could delegate or even ask for help, but sometimes it becomes necessary. You have to be OK that you can’t do it all. Because you are doing all that you can!
So, look at that schedule. Look at your to-do list. What things can someone else do for you? Maybe your husband can watch the kids while you do some chores or get some work done or get on Facebook live. Maybe you are ready to outsource parts of your business to someone else. The ideas are UNLIMITED and I promise you, it’s one of the best decisions you can make!