Seven Simple Ways to Maximize Your Time

As a mom and an entrepreneur, chances are there’s probably just never enough time in the day.  When it’s mid-day and your house is a wreck, your to-do list is long, and your toddler is covered in this morning’s breakfast, it’s hard to fathom that we have the same 24 hours in a day that Beyonce and Oprah have.  We can’t create time…but we can free some up.  Here’s how.

Identify your time-wasters.  Make a list.

You’d be really surprised at how much time you spend mindlessly scrolling through social media or watching cat videos when you should be working or doing something otherwise productive.  Review how you spend your days (how you actually spend your time; not how you want to) and write down what you usually do when you’re procrastinating or otherwise wasting time.  The next time you find yourself googling random junk or watching your 100th Instagram story, you’ll know it’s time to log off and get productive.

Hide or delete apps if you need to.

If it’s just too tempting, hit delete.  You can always reinstall Twitter after you’ve hit your deadlines and accomplished whatever goals you had set for yourself for the day.

Schedule appointments, create an agenda, and stick with it.

There’s no need for what can be done in 20 minutes to take an hour.  Schedule your meetings with hard start and stop times, and stick to it.  Make an agenda so that you can keep your meeting on track, and again, stick with it.  You’ll be surprised at how much time you can shave off meetings and appointments when you stick to the script.  The people you’re meeting with will appreciate your stellar time management skills as well.

Prioritize your priorities — start with your most vital tasks first.

It may be tempting to see how many small tasks you can knock out in a big block of time, but once you’ve finished all the small stuff, you may be out of energy and balking at the idea of tackling a larger, more energy intensive task when all you want to do is wind down.  Start the exhausting stuff first, get it out of the way, and go from there.

Set strict boundaries with your time.

Just because you’re a business owner doesn’t mean you need to be available to everyone 24/7.  It’s counterintuitive, we know…but the reality of the situation is that the work will still be there for you to do in an hour, two hours, or tomorrow.  As long as you’re courteous to your clients and handling your business, there’s no harm in not being at someone’s beck and call 24/7.  Isn’t that why you became your own boss to begin with?   If you stop for every interruption that comes your way, you’ll never be able to focus on getting your work done.  Seriously, no one expects you to have a five minute response time at 2 am.  Set up “office hours” where people know they can expect you to be available — otherwise, set an appointment.

Use your waiting time wisely.

Waiting in the doctor’s office?  On hold listening to elevator music?  Got an extra 10 minutes before your next meeting?  That’s more than enough time to shoot a few emails, listen to your voicemail, or read a few pages of a book.  Instead of scrolling through the same 10 posts on Facebook, take advantage of the extra few minutes.

Listen to audiobooks while commuting.

Most of us spend a lot of time in our cars.  This is a great opportunity to pop in an audiobook and catch up on some reading — or rather, listening.  Bonus points if it’s educational material.

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Develop These 10 Habits to Live Your Best Life

If you haven’t made any resolutions or set any goals for this year yet, you’ve still got plenty of time.

While “Go big or go home” sounds good, it’s small changes that will be the most sustainable, and thus have the most impact.

Sustainability allows for consistency, and it’s consistency — not will power — that will help you bring change.

We’ve made a list of some small, easy steps you can take to live your best life. (We also have a list of ways to make and keep your resolutions here.)

Read on to live your best life in 2018!

1. Start today, right now.

“Tomorrow” is a mythical, magical place where everything gets done. Unfortunately, “tomorrow” never comes more often than not. So seize the day, seize the moment, and get started.

The time is going to pass anyway, so get like Nike and just do it.

2. Do one radical act of self-care a week.

Celebrate yourself, just because! Whether it’s taking a class you love, getting a mani/pedi, indulging in a craving, watching a movie or a TV series, reading a book, or lighting some candles and taking a bath, get that “me time” in. Find a way to treat yourself at least once a week.

3. If it takes only a few minutes, do it now.

Procrastination is mad real. How many times do you put off simple five minute tasks like making phone calls, sending an email, or tidying something up? Similarly, if you have an extra five minutes, start a new task. You can always revisit it later.

4. Read for at least 30 minutes a day.

“Poor people have big TVs. Rich people have big libraries.” — Jim Rohn

Statistics show that the average CEO reads four to five books a month, which is four to five times more than the average person reads in a year. If you read 30 minutes a day, that’s 3.5 hours a week. You could read anywhere from 12 to 24 books a year at that rate, which is, at minimum, far greater than the four books a year the average person reads.

5. Pack lunches or cook more often than you eat out.

You’ll be in control of the ingredients, save calories, and save money. Winning!

6. Meditate for at least five minutes a day.

Meditation is a major key for living your best life. Besides the mental and physical benefits, meditation can also help teach you discipline. A disciplined mind can — and will — accomplish anything you set out to do.

7. Set a sleep schedule.

Sleep is important! Scientists say that our society is experiencing a “catastrophic” lack of sleep and it’s killing us by increasing our risks for potentially fatal diseases like heart disease, cancer, and strokes. And if that isn’t a reason to get more shut eye, we don’t know what is!

Try going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day, to re-train your body to sleep.

8. Unplug & disconnect to reconnect with yourself and those around you.

In today’s day and age, we are constantly glued to our cell phones. We know; it’s addicting. If we invested the time we spend perusing social media out of boredom, habit, or entertainment in reading or learning a new skill, it would be incredibly easy to read more than thirty minutes a day or even learn a new language.

One of the biggest downfalls of being so plugged in is that we’re often tuned out. Set aside times and places that are a no-go zone for your phone, such as the dinner table, in bed, during date night, driving, the hour before bedtime, and family dinners.

Get the whole family in on the plan if you need to. These times are a gift, and we need to be fully present.

9. Make time to stretch daily.

Most of us sit for hours at a stretch, with little to no physical activity. Stretching keeps our muscles moving, increases circulation and blood flow, and can even increase our coordination. There are plenty of stretches you can do in the office or while you’re working.

10. Keep a journal.

If you’re like many, you probably kept a diary as a kid. Journaling isn’t just for kids — it’s beneficial for people of all ages. You can keep a food journal to help you reign in your eating habits, a gratitude journal to help maintain a positive mindset, or even a business journal/planner to help you map out and plan your business ideas and goals. The possibilities are endless!

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