Imagine trying to learn the art of Kung Fu while actually in the middle of a street fight. You’d get five minutes to watch a tutorial on YouTube before being thrust in front of your opponent, where you quickly have to learn to block with the right hand while striking with the left. Sounds exhausting, right?
This is what mastering the art of time management often feels like, especially when you’re a busy working parent. Except your opponent isn’t a Kung Fu master, it’s a massive to-do list and your weapon of choice – be it a productivity app, a planner, or an accountability partner – does not seem to get the job done.
As a coach to entrepreneurial moms, I am all too familiar with the pain of time management. Fortunately, I’ve got some secrets that have helped not only me, but my clients as well.
Here are three secrets to using your time more effectively:
One: Remember that we can’t control time and we cannot control everything that happens in time. Instead, we can only manage ourselves within the time we have. This is a crucial principle and the foundation for implementing effective time management habits. Why is it helpful? It reminds us where we need to focus our energy which is out own perspective.
Two: Cut stuff out. Are there things taking up your time that someone else in your life can handle or assist with? It is not uncommon to balk at the idea of asking for help, but being able to delegate (and respecting your time in the process) will help you get more done. Does this idea feel too uncomfortable? Hop back up there to number one and ask yourself, “how is my perspective affecting my ability to ask for help?” This is the kind of obstacle that a certified coach can help you explore and overcome.
Three: If incoming e-mail is a major distraction, consider cutting it down to three sentences or less. You can add a link to this policy if you like http://three.sentenc.es/. Alternatively, you can include a disclaimer in your signature that says something to the effect of: “Thank you for your message. Please know there are times I keep e-mails to a maximum of three sentences. Brief e-mails ensure I am able to respond in a timely manner, allowing me to better serve you.”
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Jennifer is a life and business coach for entrepreneurial parents, helping moms and dads manage the stress of running a business while raising children. She started Bodem Coaching soon after receiving her coaching certification and has had the honor and privilege of working with parents around the country. She has two daughters, ages five and seven, and enjoys teaching her girls about the art of building a business. You can visit her website at www.bodemcoaching.com