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3 Steps to getting more productivity out of your workday

2020-04-20T18:55:00+01:00 January 30th, 2020|Categories: EMPLOYMENT & SIDE HUSTLE, Entrepreneur Life, startupgold|Tags: |

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Does it ever seem like there are not enough hours in the day?

You feel like you are busy pushing through tasks in your business, wearing too many hats and constantly spinning plates, yet so much gets left undone.

If only having more hours in the day was an option!

Thankfully, it might actually be an option, in an indirect way. It is possible that you aren’t getting as much done in your day because of how you manage your time and what you are prioritising.

As we continue into the year, many of us are setting out our intentions and goals for success.

Follow these steps to get more work done in a day. Practise effective time management, increase your efficiency and add productive hours to your work day.

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1.     Create a task list. 

A task list is necessary if you want to ensure maximum productivity.

It’s a great way to get a snapshot of your plans so you know what’s ahead of you.

It is not about overloading your task list or trying to add on as much as possible. It is really about taking time to identify….

  • The tasks you think you should prioritise
  • The tasks that allow you make the most impact on your goals
  • The tasks that are best use of your skills, time and expertise.

Creating your task list is somewhat like mind mapping.

To get started, write your to-do items down as they come to your mind. Give very little consideration to the size of the tasks at this point.

As you review your task list, you might find that it contains activities you do not necessarily need to work on or can assign to others. That’s great, this will give you some hours back in your day.

Your task list helps you get some control of your day. It’s a great way to develop the calmness you need at the beginning of each day. You’ll find it much easier to cope with stress when you have your tasks listed.

A written task list on a notepad the traditional way is fine or you may want to consider using a software or App like Monday.com, Asana or Trello.

2.     Prioritise responsibilities. 

 The items you listed on your task list are all important. But some are more important than others? You bet they are! To make the best use of your time, it is important to organise them accordingly.

Prioritising items on your task list helps you allocate your time and effort based on the significance of each task.

Naturally, you would want the things at the top of the list to get most of your time.

It is recommended that you consider your own priorities only and not the one’s you feel compelled to do for other people. Sure, everything requires your attention, but avoid ranking someone else’s urgency above your own important tasks. Remember your hours are precious!

Once you’ve prioritised, take some time to consider whether you can truly give everything your full attention.

The things that aren’t as important may need to be moved to another day, perhaps delegated (if you have a support staff), outsourced or even dropped.

As you do this, don’t forget to consider using technology to automate tasks where possible.

3.     Allow yourself to focus. 

If you think you are on track after prioritising, think again!

What comes next is ensuring you develop the focus needed to work on each task you’ve listed.

Sometimes creating a task list gives a false sense of being in control of what needs to be done. But remember that you’re aiming to extract more hours from the day. That’s going to involve focusing on each item as you get to it.

Focusing prevents external factors from affecting your ability to concentrate on the task at hand.

It means taking only the necessary breaks and knowing where distractions need to be minimised.

This simple three step formula allows you gain extra hours each day. Give it a try and see how much more productive you can be. Remember time is free, but it is priceless.

Pretty soon, you will be achieving more, growing your business and reaching your potential all because you took five minutes to read this post and follow these steps to get more work done in a day.

5 steps to a better work life balance for mumprenuers

2020-04-20T18:54:30+01:00 January 24th, 2020|Categories: Entrepreneur Life|

ENTREPRENEUR LIFE


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Being a mother is equivalent to having multiple full time jobs and then…WOMAN!!! you decide to run a business on top of that?

You know you are totally capable of making it all happen, after-all mums are the best at figuring things out. You have embarked on this mission to build a successful business, having faith that there is something better waiting for you and your family.

So you start creating the life you want. You see huge potential in yourself and who you want to become. Exciting times lie ahead..

If your ship has set sail towards your dreams you have probably reached or about to reach the point of reality. Raising kids and running a business is no easy feat. Free time has become luxury and most days you don’t know if you’re going up or coming down.

If this sounds like you, here are 5 steps on how to find a work life balance for busy mumpreneurs

1. Love yourself

By nature most mums are givers. But you can not pour from an empty cup. If you are constantly running around your family and business, you will burn out…..and then you are no good to anyone.

Be as disciplined as you are about caring for others as you are in caring for yourself

To make the right decisions for your business, you need your health and wellbeing in check. This becomes more important as your business grows. No one wants to follow a tired, stressed leader. If you want the respect of your team, customers and business partners, take care of yourself.

You chose to follow this path, practise self love always, being a mum is not an excuse

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2. Always remember that productivity starts from within

Your mindset is the first thing you need to get in order when working on moving forward. It doesn’t matter how determined you are or how hard you work. If your mindset is not aligned with the destination you are heading, it’s going to be a long and frustrating journey. Have a clear view of what your goals are and how you feel about your work- life balance?

You can start by asking yourself these questions

  • What does my perfect work life balance look like?
  • What does it mean to me?
  • What things will improve if I have my ideal balanced life?
  • Who will benefit from it?
  • What do I need to get me closer to achieving the life I want?
  • What activities do I need to do more or less of to achieve my goals?
  • What do I lose if I don’t improve my work-life balance?
  • How important is what I lose to me?

3. Make time your new currency

Time is money and you don’t come cheap

This is one of the most valuable resources you have as a Mumpreneur. So learn to manage it better. Work out the amount of time you have to spend on each area of your life to be balanced. Don’t entertain people or activities that are a complete waste of your time.

Here are some things to consider when deciding what to spend your time on.

  • How does this action align with my priorities and goals?
  • What value am I getting out of doing this?
  • Does this action have to be done now?
  • Does the action have to be done by me? 

If you are really short on time, here are tips on how to improve your productivity.

4. Work smarter, not harder

You guessed it, use technology to expand the time you have and increase your efficiency by delegating. Today digital marketing and automation is the gold standard for business owners.

Thanks to the internet, you can unlock the time limit and crush your income goals by reaching your ideal customers worldwide, while you sleep!

No more door to door sales, or cold calling. Digital marketing will take you places you only dreamed of.

Here are tips to get you started with digital marketing

  • Promote your brand on social media platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
  • Get your message to your ideal customers by guesting on podcasts, blogs or youtube.
  • Make your website work for you by leveraging SEO to spread your brand message
  • Leverage the power of influencer marketing and promote affiliate links of brands relevant to your niche.

As you do this, focus on automating activities that are repetitive in your business. Remember to delegate or outsource activities you do not need to focus on.

5. Invest in building your dream team. 

It is not a weakness to ask for help when you need it. Sometimes you need to let go of control and trust in others. Invest in building a team that supports your dream.

Build your internal support team 

Start with your family. Make your business known to them and share your goals. Celebrate wins together – small and big. When they understand the things that matter to you, they are more likely to support you.

Here are some family talking points and actions to get everyone onboard.

  • Explain how important it is for the business to work for you and your family.
  • Get the kids and hubby involved in house chores.
  • If you have kids that are underage, make a list of people you can turn to and ask to babysit last minute.

Build your external support team

As you grow your business, ensure you also have a supportive team outside your home. Here are some tips to get you started.

  • If you do not have your own dedicate staff. Make a contact list of experts you can hire when necessary so you can focus on the work you love to do.
  • Keep a network of friends and colleagues that can cheer you up and give you constructive criticism when needed.

Finding a work-life balance is crucial for you and your business to function effectively. Remember we all have different lifestyles. Your perfect balance might look and feel different to others so don’t compare. Positive affirmations are a great way to keep yourself motivated.

Embrace your situation, work with what you’ve got and stay focused on your goals.

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