FIRST THINGS FIRST
As Mompreneurs, we are simply “time poor.” Meaning, we are poor on time. Our free time is extremely limited. To better understand how to manage our time, group our tasks, and take advantage of our season, let’s dive into how to practice the best time management practices we can.
Our Best Self Journal is going to help us accomplish most of this, but Best Self also has some amazing resources on planning for time poor people, aka, Moms.
Let’s talk about grouping tasks. Whether you call it batching, time blocking, whatever, the concept is one that will be life changing.
Because the season of growth is going to be your most structured season most likely, you’ll find yourself in a very similar spot as I was when Joey got RSV. Your days will be filled to the brim with tasks and to-dos, and you’ll look forward to working and you’ll look forward to picking up the kids, too.
Treat your days like you work a full-time gig for someone else. When you head for work, head for work. When you head home, head home. No overlap, momma.
Grouping tasks. I tell students all the time to try and group their work and home tasks into similar categories. Do all your errands in one chunk of time. Do all your client work in another. And all your emails in another. All your social media in another. This way you will be able to more seamlessly move from project to project, and won’t have any “last minute” tasks to do before you head to the next things, be it work or momming.
Urgent first. When you make your task list, line out the most urgent things first. Urgent meaning time sensitive. If something is due by the end of the day, do that first. If it’s due tomorrow, do that second. End of week, third. You get the gist. Then spend the remaining work time on other tasks, but make sure they stick to work related.