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It’s not enough to dream of mortgage freedom or just hope your children will put their shoes on the first time so you don’t have to tell them 5 times!
The only way to truly achieve your dreams, build the business you’re meant to build and take control of the family is to sit down and just do whatever is required of you.
A lot of working parents and business owners overbook our calendars until today’s to-dos become next week’s past dues because we’ve had to take the children to out of school activities 5 times out of 5 days. We procrastinate on the things that are important while taking the kids to parties. And sometimes we simply take on too much because we are required here there and everywhere!
The answer? Embrace these five productivity hacks that top coaches use to get more done in less time.
Rituals and Habits
If you’re not sure what a ritual or habit is, basically it’s just a consistent way of doing something. You have a morning ritual right.. you wake up, brush your teeth, take the children to school and go to work. Your evening ritual maybe something like this; check homework, read a book, take the kids to bed, watch an hour of Love Island, and hit the sack.
The trouble is, if you’re not careful with your rituals, they can turn into productivity killers. Is checking Facebook or email a part of your morning ritual? It is me! Before I even get out of bed! Is turning on Skype a part of your at work ritual? Distractions such as these can turn even your best intentions into hours of wasted time.
Take a good look at your rituals. What are you doing that you should not be doing! Or that should be moved to another part of your day? Make your rituals more efficient and you’ll automatically get more done.
Try blocking off time in your calendar for all your existing projects.. whether that’s tidying the kids bedrooms, client calls, your business administrative tasks as well as factoring in time for meals and breaks, outside appointments, and everything else you’re committed to. What’s left might just shock you.
Make it a habit to block time in your calendar for every single commitment you have , and you’ll never again over-promise or over-commit.
Learn to Let Go
You do not have to do everything in your business or your home life. You can (and should!) hand off those low-level tasks that you despise doing to someone else. Hire me to create your documents, manage your calendar, blog or email. Turn over your bookkeeping to an accountant or even get a cleaner to help you around the house! The time you free up will allow you to work on what’s truly important – and that only you can do.
Work Hard, Play Harder
You are not a machine. You cannot work all day every day and hope to be at your best all the time for your kids, husband, wife and family too.
Take a day off. Get some rest, or relax on a long, slow walk or bike ride. Take a friend out to lunch. Go shopping with the kids or see a movie. Do something – anything – other than work.
Not only will you return to the office feeling much more refreshed, but you’ll find yourself more creative and productive than before as well.
Multi-tasking is impossible. You cannot efficiently create a new product or website or coaching program while you’re simultaneously surfing and scrolling down your Facebook feed, keeping an eye on the kids, and answering the phone every time it rings.
Instead, use your calendar to block time off for important tasks, then turn everything else off so you can focus. No phone, no Facebook, no kids or husbands or neighbors or pets demanding “just a minute” of your time. Tune everything out, and you’ll find your work getting done much faster.
Managing your time and turning up your productivity is not something that comes naturally to most people so don’t worry if it takes time but when you learn to master this skill, you’ll find your business grows right along with you.
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