If you’re an entrepreneur, you may be constantly seeking new time management strategies. And although there may be some apps as ways to better manage your time, it all boils down to an inside-out job.
Successful business owners depend on habitual practices to ensure that vital tasks are completed daily, family routines are maintained, and business goals are achieved. Part 1 of “Successful Management Strategies for Mompreneurs,” outlined several strategies to begin reworking your systems to work more effectively.
Once you’ve tried those, here are more, helpful tips on the path to success!
1. Manage Your Mindset
Toss the ‘I’ve always done it this way’ mindset if your current systems not working. To shift your mindset, you can seek input from others. Carol Dweck’s book – Mindset is a great place to start. After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset.
To shift your mindset, ask friends and other successful small business owners about their own personal practices to stay positive and on track. Another positive way to manage your mindset is to establish a gratitude practice. Then try out proven practices and choose methods that work best in your business and family life.
2. Schedule effectively.
Scheduling places tasks in categories and blocks out time for completion. Just as you schedule a time for grocery shopping, you must schedule a time for business development and marketing tasks. Chunk tasks into categorical functions and then block out time for completion.
3. Create routines for maintenance.
One person’s sanity strategies may not be the same as another’s. But, looking deeper into the Sanity Dimensions™ of your space, your systems, your self-care habits, and the level of support you receive daily will help uncover areas in your business that may operate more efficiently if they were better systemized.
For instance, the 2 R’s of Routine and Ritual can be critical success factors when implementing health and wellness practices. Too many people make the mistake of going through the motions and ‘phoning in’ their results. In other words, just paying for a gym membership, or signing up for a fitness class, won’t work.
Both routine and ritual can be critical success factors when implementing health and wellness practices. Consider a gym membership or signing up for a fitness class. Another truly helpful strategy is enlisting an accountability partner to help systemize your self-care. When you cast your support net more widely, accountability, commitment, and motivation are easier. When you’re externally motivated, you show up regularly for appointments.
4. React, respond, and reprioritize.
When you react, respond, and reprioritize tasks you demonstrate flexibility. You can also restructure workflow as details and events change. Flexibility and adaptability are learned skills that allow you to make decisions quickly. It’s important to remember that things change. So one critical time management strategy is data. Put simply, the information available to you at any time is a critical factor that frees you to decide. And when you’re in the driver’s seat, you can free yourself from time-wasters like perfectionism, indecision, and second-guessing yourself.
5. Systematize ‘sanity’ strategies.
One person’s sanity strategies may not be the same as another’s. Looking deeper into the sanity dimensions of your space, your systems, self-care, and the level of support you receive daily will help uncover areas that would be better systemized.
You have to do the work to create the change you desire.
Instead, setting a fixed time and days to work out, then committing to an accountability partner can be routine strategies that help create a ritual. When you do things like this, you systematize self-care, and you don’t have to think about it anymore. Therefore establishing a goal, then setting a way to stay accountable, builds commitment. Another benefit is that you’ll increase your motivation to show up regularly for these opportunities. This is how systematizing is a great time strategy!
Creating a regular schedule for routine maintenance tasks will ensure these tasks are completed and will put less stress on business flow and family members. For the work-at-home entrepreneur, that could include tasks like office cleaning, reorganizing, taking inventory or laundry, and facilities maintenance.
Distinguishing and selecting appropriate time management strategies helps you create awareness and avoid burnout. And when you consciously commit truly devising your life balance from the inside, you’ll have more success. From finding methods and techniques to achieve success regularly, to making time for quiet. When you regularly practice and aspire toward balance, you’ll create time management strategies to balance your work and family life.
When you’re willing to explore (and share) methods that work for you and be willing to retire methods that are not working and reach out to others for better practices.