Many working women entrepreneurs struggle to keep their business afloat while juggling multiple work-life responsibilities. The to-dos are endless, and time limited. There isn’t enough of you to go around, as you attempt to be all things, at all times.
Managing a home based business presents its own unique challenges as household tasks and family needs often crowd your ability to devote consistent time and energy toward your business. Without a game plan to effectively deal with these competing interests, stress, frustration, and ultimately stagnation of your business is inevitable.
It is important to understand how to work smarter within your household to maintain momentum, and keep your business thriving.
Here are some helpful, proven tips that produce results:
1.) Carve out the time and stick to it. Let’s face it, life moves quickly with a busy household. As women business owners, it is essential to become masters of how we spend our time. Start by identifying timeframes that you can commit to consistently. This establishes a rhythm and flow that is good not only for your business, but also your household. Be certain to also choose windows of time when your energy level will allow you to do your best work. Schedule this time on your planner and protect it.
2.) Set goals and make a plan. Every minute matters -- waste not, want not. To maximize results, it is essential to decide beforehand, what you will do and how you will do it. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve “wasted” work time simply because I didn’t have a goal for what I wanted to accomplish, and an action plan to make it happen. Be realistic and specific about what you can achieve given the time you have. Get really clear on the objectives you have set forth for the time available to you -- nothing more, nothing less.
3.) Prioritize. Sometimes when you are working on your business, you may feel like you are spinning your wheels and getting nowhere fast. Create a to-do list and prioritize it. Often times it can be difficult to discern where to start because all the to-dos look equally important. Start with the BIG stuff – that is those tasks that have the greatest value and impact on the business now. By focusing on these areas first, you will achieve tangible results more quickly.
4.) Stop multi-tasking. As women, we are masters at multi-tasking. However, the time you have set aside for your business is just for that purpose exclusively. The laundry and other household tasks will just have to wait! Pulling yourself in too many directions dilute your energy and efforts toward achieving your goals. I know this is something many of us have to unlearn, but in doing this, I promise you will be able to work on your business so much more effectively.