One of the biggest hurdles you will have to overcome as a momprenuer is the tough job at staying productive. You will find yourself saying you don’t have the time, but the reality is, we all have the same 24 hours in a day. There is nothing we can do to make that time longer. We’ve got to love our children, give our spouses attention, turn in that homework assignment, meet with that client, and remember to care for ourselves all in one 24 hour day. The one thing I always tell my Mompreneur Effect clients is that we have got to take a hold of being productive and use our time wisely. By setting up systems we can use our time to focus on work and growing a business, and at the same time making the time we do spend with our family and loved ones, more meaningful. These are some of my favorite Mompreneur productivity tips that keep my business afloat and my life fulfilled.
1. Make Mornings Your Sacred Me-Time.
“I start each day with a walking meditation outside that I call a thought walk. My mornings are a sacred time for me to cultivate creativity and take control of my day. I also use this special morning time to write down my daily three goals in my success journal. Then, I add in notes and thoughts next to each goal that remind me of what to focus on or how to complete the task.
“Morning is the time we all need to take for ourselves, reconnecting and taking a deep breath. It’s when we think about our day and what we want to get from it, family- and business-wise. We have a lot going on and this is how we start to make it all happen.”
- Dr. Stacia Pierce – Excerpt from Top 4 Tips for Busy Working Moms
2. Focus On Actions that Get Results
Focus on money making and network-building tasks first—so for me, fiddling around with where a graphic goes on my website is last, after finishing projects for clients and doing networking activities.
- Kathy Catlin Davis – From 25 Amazing Productivity Tips from Successful Momprenuers
3. Make a Running List
I find that digital to-do lists help me with organizing my tasks for the day. My team and I use Asana which is great for collaboration, assigning tasks under projects, and setting deadlines for ourselves. Another great feature to implement into your busy life is the Notes app on the iPhone. The updated version allows you to create a running check-list and to check off work when it’s done. These 2 applications are great because you can always check your phone to see what you need to get done. This is SO helpful when you’re out of the office or working remotely.
- Leila Lewis – How To Have The Most Productive Day
4. Delegate, Delegate, Delegate
“Always ask yourself, ‘Can someone else do this?’ For example, I found a wonderful housekeeper who comes once a week for $40. How much are those 3 hours of my time really worth? In those same 3 hours, I could be signing up new clients or game-planning with a new sales associate who will go on to sell 10 memberships a month. When it comes to business activities, how can you leverage your time? I take new sales associates with me on appointments and calls so they learn how to do it faster and eventually take that leadership role. “I am always asking myself ‘how can I replace myself?’ This way, if I have an opportunity to sign up 35 clients on a Saturday, I can confidently send somebody else to do it so I can go to a birthday party.”
5. Automate All You Can
Automation is an at-home entrepreneur’s new best friend. No kidding.
Here are a few of the things I’ve automated:
Marketing activities, like engaging with everyone who signs up for our FREE cookies via autoresponders.
Social media sharing. Buffer, I love you so.
Bill payments. Umm, direct debits anyone?
You can automate a whole lot once you start to think about it and focus on it. It is definitely not set it and forget it but it is a lot easier than having to do things every single day.
6. Be Present
Be 100% Present. Your attention is a precious commodity. Whether you are with your kids or working in your business, be present with your full attention. Multi-tasking isn’t effective for success. If you aren’t focused on your kids they’ll know it and fight for your attention. Your business also deserves your full focus. Create a schedule and stick with it to ensure that no one gets the short end of the stick, or the short end of your attention.
What are some of your go to productivity tips when it comes to staying productive with your business and your family?