Time is one of those entities you will never get back. As a working from home mom of two toddlers, time is of essence for me. I’m running a business, running a home, and running playtime throughout the day all while trying not to run away. One of the main reasons I decided to go back to work after taking a sabbatical from Corporate America to try this SAHM mom gig was because this particular opportunity would allow me the time to still do the things I love while being able to contribute financially. Win Win, right?!
Now as you all know social media can suck you in and before you know it you are years deep in a strangers social media feed terrified of double clicking. In order to be wildly successful and yet still keep a flexible work schedule I have several steps I have learned along the way to I need to be able to keep a flexible work schedule that doesn’t consume my day:
1.) Emails are checked and returned in the morning and after kids go to bed. End of story.
2.) Social Media planners are my friend. I know when engagement is at its highest and the last thing I want to do is stare at my beautiful watch waiting for the right time to click “post.” I’d rather just sit at the pool staring at my watch while my posts are automatically being sent out. I typically schedule my posts out a week or so. I know some super boss babes that schedule a month in advance. #workgoals
3.)Have designated work hours. Sounds counter intuitive to the reasons I joined Rodan+Fields but having set “office hours” where my team knows they can reach me or where I check off my work to do list (no housework allowed) has been so beneficial. It coincides with my 3 hour block of nap time a day. Yes my 2 and 4 year old both still nap at least 3 hours a day. And if they chose not to nap then they know to stay put in bed. Mom rules are tough but it’s the only thing that keeps me sober till dad gets home.
4.)HAVE A LIST. Write it down. Complete it then cross it off. Though this sounds so very simple so many people don’t do it. And trust me it is instant gratification when that lines goes across those letters. Ever sit down at end of the day and wonder what you did all day? Terrible feeling. Now you have the proof you didn’t pass out.
5.) Have a plan. Stop trying to go out there and wing it every day. I know based on what has been successful for me in the past what I need to do to continue being successful. So I start each month with a plan of action. Goals are set then I follow those goals up with daily and weekly steps needed to reach those goals.
Share your time saving tips below that keep you sane while trying to rule the world.
I’ve teamed up with my friends at JORD Wood Watches to host a GIVEAWAY and give one lucky winner (but don’t worry, all participants walk away with something) a chance to be stylish while staying on time. “Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time.”
I only choose to work with companies I believe in and can stand behind. “JORD is run by artists, designers, marketers, and minders. We spend our days creating, considering, arguing, and hopefully agreeing. Then we’ll scrap it all for the joy of starting new. We have fun. This is our journey.” Who doesn’t want to be on that journey?