This is a guest post from Diana, a life coach for moms and blogger at Fulfill & Thrive. She’s sharing how to be more efficient as a mompreneur. You can read more from Diana on Indy Mompreneurs here and at fulfillandthrive.com.
I know I’m not the only one who feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day! With so many things to juggle, we need to find ways to squeeze more out of the time we do have. Since I started my blog Fulfill & Thrive (and really since I became a mom) I’ve learned how to be more efficient than I already am.
For my blog, I only have a few free hours, cut into segments, to work on anything. (Of course, I’m constantly being interrupted by my four-year-old Emma, too!) It’s a process learning how to get the most done at a time. Here are some of the tips I’ve learned that are helping me be more efficient!
I know it seems counterintuitive that taking breaks can increase efficiency! Shouldn’t I use all the time I have to work? But giving myself a break about every hour keeps me from burning out! Your eyes and posture will thank you in the long run. It also gives me time to set Emma up with a new activity, so I can focus on staying efficient.
Group Like Things Together
This is called ‘batching’ and it’s a clever trick among bloggers and entrepreneurs. Doing similar things in batches, like writing more than one post at a time, can help you get more done. I don’t have to switch from writer to editor to graphic designer and back just for one post. I can do a few at a time and wear one hat for a bit longer!
Eliminate Distractions to Be More Efficient
Distractions could be clutter, noise, your phone, or your kid. I’m not saying eliminate your kid! But when I really need to get some things done, I set up Emma with her Fire Kids tablet on her bed and let her watch a few shows in a row. Probably not A+ parenting, but good for the occasional crunch day. You also could take some time to clean up your desk or office so you don’t see all your to-do’s nagging you! And of course put your phone out of sight so notifications aren’t calling to you. If you can’t find complete quiet, low music could help. For me, music is too distracting so I use white noise. You can look around on iTunes for something to play on repeat.
Plan Before You Start
Now that your space is quiet and clean and you know how long until it’s break time, plan out your block of time. For me, my morning work time is devoted to weekly tasks like editing my email newsletter. Afternoons are for my monthly tasks like writing posts or making graphics. And evenings are for keeping up on my Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest accounts. I have a calendar that tells what what posts to work on when, so I always know what I’m about to do. So when I am ready to work and I have everything set up, I can be more efficient and get right to it!
Write It Down
The more information you have to hold in your mind, the less you can pay attention to what you need to do right now! Write down what’s on your mind. Keep (at least!) one to-do list. When I get an idea for a new blog post, I write it down in my Notes app right away. I’ll do a quick outline if I have time, too! And when I sit down to work and something is bothering me, I make sure to set a reminder on my phone so I can take care of it when I’m done.
Use Small Rewards
Having something small to look forward to when you finish can be just what you need to push through! For example, after I finish my last block of work, I get to lay down on the couch for ten minutes before I make Emma dinner. Talk about a reward!
I’m always looking for more ways to be more efficient in my everyday life. What did I miss? Tell me in the comments!
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I'm a blogger and life coach at Fulfill & Thrive! I share parenting, health & weight, and productivity tips, so you can be at your best. I'll show you how the power of habits & routines will put your biggest goals on autopilot, and give you more time to be present in your life! Read more at fulfillandthrive.com.