I thought I managed my time pretty smartly but recently I was forced to change the way I work and the results have been quite remarkable – my sales have rocketed, I’ve got more done in less time, and I’ve been able to run a full-time business as well as be a full-time Mum. Here’s my secret…
I’ve always been someone who likes to pack a lot into a day and running my own business has allowed me to structure my day, and life, the way I want it.
However, when my daughter Charli was born in December I soon realised that the way I worked had to change, and with only one day a week of childcare it was always going to test my ability to juggle many conflicting priorities and deal with my time effectively.
The results however have really surprised me. Contrary to what I thought might happen, which was loss of time and income, I’ve actually managed to increase my client base significantly which saw my revenue in August skyrocket by 150%. All of that done whilst being a virtually-full-time Mum.
So how did I do it? Well the key is simple, and something that everyone can apply to their own personal and professional life to get better results, regardless of what your goals are.
The challenge in my day is that my daughter Charli doesn’t sleep much anymore, which means I have very little uninterrupted time to focus on the things that require my undivided attention. As Charli’s sleeping habits have changed I’ve had to adapt, which has meant that I’ve had to make the very most of every single minute that she’s asleep.
When you have a very limited amount of time to get a lot of work done, and your livelihood depends on it, it’s quite remarkable how productive you really can be. By mixing time-pressure with a specific goal, you build a formula that helps to increase your focus and motivation to get a task done quickly and effectively.
So the key is to decide what on what your priorities are and then block out short sharp bursts of time to complete them. I don’t have the luxury of spending days on tasks that I can get done in a matter of hours anymore. So when I’ve got a block of uninterrupted time I capitalise on every minute available to me, and work faster and smarter to achieve my goal in the quickest time possible. After all, as soon as Charli wakes up my focused time is gone and my productivity drops dramatically.
The knock on effect of this has been that I’m now acutely aware of how valuable my time really is, and I’m also very aware of how stressful life becomes if I don’t work this way. If I’m distracted or unfocused in those golden blocks of time, I pay for it later and it’s a compromise I’m not willing to make when it can be avoided with smart planning.
So if you want to be more productive and enjoy the benefits that working effectively can bring, it’s time to start allocating very specific blocks of time to your most important tasks, and then working during that time as if it’s your last chance to get the job done. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and see what’s really possible – I think you’ll be surprised!
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Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting. Faye is an accomplished Career Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.
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