You know that old adage, sometimes you have to take a step back to take two steps forward?
It’s. So. Freaking. True!
One year ago I felt trapped in a job I despised. I worked 12 hour days, 6 days a week to keep up with a heavy workload under the false pretense that I would be able to hire a team member soon to balance the workload.
Never being one to give up or to believe I can’t influence an outcome, I took a full weekend off and bright eyed and bushy tailed on a Monday morning pitched my boss on why I needed help, exactly what help that would be, and provided him with a job description for the role and asked what additional information he needed from me to approve the hire.
His response? Wait…. For…. It…..
“I don’t mean to be rude, but I don’t even know what you spend your time on…”
I was aghast. I literally did everything. He wanted a report on 2 seconds notice, I dropped everything and ran it (manually – we didn’t have a reporting system).
When he decided we needed to build a manual, tedious excel-based pipeline on which to track sales opportunities. I built it. And for a year I gave up every Sunday to manually create the report so that it would be up-to-date for Monday’s staff meeting.
Insurance. Financial analysis. Budgeting. Invoice reconciliation. Staff meeting prep. Compliance. Marketing. Day-to-day management of our team of 20. Quality Assurance. Human Resources. Shareholder distributions.
And, that was the moment where I realized I was laboring under false pretenses. There was never going to be another resource. He was maximizing his investment. And, in that moment, I knew I could have pushed to get help, but I thought, “why?”
Why would I want to keep working here? Why would I want to spin my wheels, toiling 72 hours a week for a good (but not ridiculous) salary? If I’m going to work like this, shouldn’t I be getting the upside?
It took awhile to figure out HOW I was going to do it. I eventually found my way to Upwork and used this formula to launch my freelancing career. In my first week I had 4 clients who paid me ~$500 for PowerPoint presentations, graphic design and even setting up a Shopify store. Ultimately, I realized that I was most efficient and getting the highest return on PowerPoint presentations.
I gave my notice and started my freelance career. I make slightly less than I used to, but I work half as much and with the most incredible, grateful clients. Clients who send me pictures from their presentations and say thank you!
For the record, I was finally vindicated. They had to hire two people and a marketing firm to replace me. And he did finally admit that I was a “workhorse” who made his life easier.
Every morning when I wake up eager to start the day, I am grateful I trusted my instincts and found a way forward. Grateful that I took that step back to take two steps forward.
And, on days when I decide I need to take a nap (only like every few months!) I have NO doubt that I followed the right path.
1200 women started a business yesterday. Read that again – one thousand, two hundred brave, courageous women step out every day to reshape the world, and themselves along with it.
Starting a business is not a process without difficulty, though. One of the most intimidating parts of starting a new business is finding funding. Fortunately, every business who struggles here is in good company.
Johnny Clarke and Michael Budden, founders of Locate a Locum, a Belfast-based pharmacy recruitment service, have decided to share four key ways they found funds in order to encourage new startups to follow in their footsteps.
Take Part in Incubator Programmes:
Incubator programmes are often run by investment firms, and aim to help start-ups find their feet. These schemes help new entrepreneurs to develop their business skills, build a network, and hopefully introduce entrepreneurs to potential investors.
Michael and Johnny, founders of Locate a Locum said “From participating in the program we validated our idea, grew a team and raised funding – all essential parts of a tech start-up.”
Start-up Funding has assembled a list of incubator programmes aimed at female entrepreneurs.
Seek Private Investors:
“I believe a valid investor was someone who not only had money but could contribute value … We have two investors – one who is in the pharmacy technology space and second who is a software veteran.”
To a young business, investors are often worth much more than their money. They offer insight, practical help, and can help to steer your business through troubled waters.
Michael and Johnny were able to find investors that could add massive amounts of value to their business. By targeting investors in their own industry they were able to partner with two seasoned professionals, who could help to make their vision a reality.
For your business, the principles will be the same – Find investors who know your market and can add more than numbers to your bank balance.
Seek Out Loans
Business loans can be a blessing in disguise to the wise. While managing an investor can mean a lot of admin work, managing a loan can be as simple as managing your ledger.
Taking out a loan may mean opening in debt, but it may mean that you are able to launch fully equipped for success.
Finance can also be generated by selling shares in your business – an advantage to this is that it allows you to generate funding without increasing debt.
However, often shareholders can be a burden – By being divisive or controlling in meetings, and by requiring regular updates.
There has really never been a better time to be a female entrepreneur than now – And there has never been an easier time to raise funds. By using the steps above, you can guarantee your business a strong start into the world.
The other day I opened Facebook and found a salacious article discussing six reasons why working from home as a mom “sucks.”
Since I earn extra money as a working mom and never leave my house, I was personally affronted by the headline. I love working from home! What was this woman’s problem?
But after reading the piece I realized what the issue was: She was trying to do her 40+ hour-a-week job while simultaneously taking care of her son full-time — and it wasn’t working. Her job required frequent phone calls and virtual meetings with coworkers, and it was incredibly challenging for her to juggle those while also placating a boisterous toddler.
That’s when I realized something: Not all jobs are conducive to telecommuting, and you can’t expect to be a full time employee and a full time nanny at the same time. You only have so many hours in a day, and most kids who aren’t in school yet require a decent amount of supervision.
I’m going to come out and say it: You can’t work full-time without paying for childcare. I know how hard it is to focus while my daughter is trying to get into everything around the house and I’m over here writing an article…
BUT (and it’s a big but!) you CAN probably make extra money from home and avoid hiring a nanny if you can cut back on your hours. I’ve been doing it for the past 8 months! But first, here are some questions to ask yourself before approaching your boss about working from home:
How Old Are Your Kids?
If you have school-aged kids, you will have close to 40 hours per week you could put in from your living room while your kids are at school. If that’s the case, stop reading now and email your boss!
If your children are currently in daycare, however, this post is for you.
What Kind Of Work Are You Doing?
Any job that requires frequent phone calls or meetings at set times will stress you out to no end as a work-at-home mom. Kids are just naturally unpredictable! Needing to ask clients (or your boss) to reschedule because your daughter just learned how to crawl out of her crib or because your son is eating dog food is, well, awkward. I have one weekly meeting I TRY to set up for my daughter’s predictable naptime, and last week she decided she just wasn’t going to nap…
Does Your Child Nap?
Which brings me to question #3: Is your child a napper? If yes, then you can expect to use his naps as your work hours. If no, then you need to seriously ask yourself…
When Will You Work? How Many Hours Do You Have?
Yes, you can work 40 hours a week from home if you are willing to work when your children go to bed or when your partner is home to help (in other words, night and weekends). But many women want to work from home to increase their flexibility, and most people consider night and weekend work to be the least desirable and least flexible kind of work. You need to count up the hours in the day that you might have “to yourself” (as in, the time in your day when you aren’t playing with your kids or keeping them out of trouble) and then subtract at least a couple hours for unexpected emergencies. Those are all the hours you have: Will your boss let you telecommute and reduce your hours?
Are You Flexible AND Self-Disciplined?
In order to enjoy a flexible work schedule, you have to be flexible yourself. But in order to actually get work done at home, you MUST be self-disciplined. Most of us are one or the other: Either we rock at going with the flow, or we are great at keeping a disciplined routine. Know which one you AREN’T good at, and ask yourself, “Can I work on this?” For me, I’ve needed to learn how roll with the punches and take advantage of every 5-minute segment when my daughter is occupied playing rather than depending on solid two-hour-long naps during which to complete my work.
Do You Work Quickly?
Seriously. Efficiency is everything when you work from home with kids. If you’ve ever had a coworker rush you because your thoroughness was going to cost a deadline, or if your boss is often in your office asking you to pick up the pace — don’t work from home. Like I mentioned above, you have to take advantage of every free moment you get, which means #1 working quickly and #2 being able to jump in and out of projects at a moment’s notice.
Can You Focus While Daniel the Tiger is On?
Yep. Screen time. Even if your keep sleeps well, if you are hoping to only work 9-5 there’s a VERY good chance you’ll need to turn on the TV to keep her occupied during a phone call with a client or because of a deadline. If you are strongly averse to using TV as a babysitter, you should consider staying in the office.
Do You Want Your Kids To Be Your Coworkers?
This is a serious question, and there’s no right or wrong answer. For some moms, being home all day with their kids is a dream come true. Enough of the office drama, already. For others, the thought of only carrying on conversations with a toddler for 40+ hours a week is terrifying. Be honest with yourself. If you find yourself excited for work in the morning because it means 8 hours of not being on mom-duty, working from home might be too much of an adjustment.
Will I Need A New Job?
If you need the same level of income to stay afloat, but you want to move your full-time work to your home office, there’s a good chance that you’ll either need to sacrifice your nights/weekends OR you’ll need to find higher-paying work that you can do during nap times.
But do the math. Working half the hours at same pay rate might work out if it means you aren’t paying through the nose for childcare. For me, 20 hours a week is totally doable AND I don’t pay anyone to watch my daughter, so I take home everything I make!
So tell me, are you going to do it? Could you work from home?
Natalie McKee is the mother of a nine-month-old and works from home as a virtual assistant, freelance writer and social media manager. You can see some of her work at Leaping Cats.
Modern times are notoriously difficult for young adults looking to get ahead financially. While this is truer in some parts of the world than others, the general idea is that our current society simply has a lot of demands and complications that past generations didn’t face. Young people today are likely to find jobs before careers, often focus on multiple jobs at once, and are often wary of conventional investment opportunities. Throw in the fact that far too many school systems neglect to focus on any sort of education in financial literacy, and it can be a bleak picture for young adults!
This is a problem that can’t be solved by a single list on the internet. That said, we have a few tips – some broad and some specific –that may help you get on your feet financially as a young professional.
Save With The 1/3 Rule
Too often we look at financial tips and guidelines as absolutes. But with certain ideas it’s better to practice whenever you’re able to than not at all. Such is the case with the 1/3 rule, which is commonly recommended for young people and which stipulates only that you save one third of your income. Putting $1 of every $3 in the bank is a great way to set up a significant stash of savings (or potentially investment money). Naturally, there will be times when this is too steep an effort. If you’re busy paying off student loans, or you’re still in your first job, or you’re paying off a house for instance, you probably won’t be able to stick to the 1/3 rule. But doing it consciously whenever you’re able to – and not dipping into your savings if you can help it during the other times – can help put you on the path to financial independence.
Don’t Spend On Clothes & Cars
This isn’t necessarily a literal tip, but it’s an idea that’s been popularized by none other than Mark Cuban. The infamous entrepreneur has famously told millennials that clothes and cars don’t matter, which is really a way of saying spending money on luxury at a young age is a poor financial strategy. Of course, treating yourself to something you like every now and then is understandable, and some are more inclined to be frugal than others. But in a very general sense the idea of avoiding luxuries while you’re still getting on your feet financially is one that should be taken to heart.
Trust Mutual Funds
Mutual funds are often recommended as the most strategic investment options for young people, largely because they don’t require any expertise. For those unfamiliar with them, mutual funds are basically group investments in which a lot of people buy in and a professional trader manages the account (typically taking a cut to do so). It’s exceedingly important to research different options and make sure you’re buying in to a reliable, trusted fund with reasonable fees. But provided a careful approach, a mutual fund is still one of the better market opportunities for young people.
Avoid The Bitcoin Craze
Bitcoin is a hot topic of late, after nearly reaching $20,000 in value at the end of 2017. And you can read here and there about new uses for it that make it even more tempting. For instance, a major online retailer, looking to appeal to customers with convenience and security, will jump on board every now and then. Online gaming platforms, as one Australian guide site puts it, look to provide options that will allow sites to safely and securely accept funds from various sources, and within that effort are accepting bitcoin more frequently. The list goes on, to the point that it seems like bitcoin is really on the up. The reality though is that it’s very volatile and unpredictable. Putting a bit of money into bitcoin just in case it skyrockets is understandable – making it a serious focal point of investment at this point, as some young people are doing, is somewhat reckless.
This is a simpler tip, but one that’s particularly relevant to today’s young professionals: monitor your online and mobile prescriptions! These days there are subscription services to everything from music and audiobooks to clothing and razors. A lot of them are perfectly useful, but it’s also easy to wind up in a situation where you’re paying $8/month here, $12/month there, and so on for services or products you don’t really use anymore. If you take inventory of your subscriptions on a regular basis – say, once every two months just to be safe – you may find you can generate some fairly significant savings.
Stress is a huge issue and it is one of the leading causes for employees to actively disengage from tasks at the workplace. With poor productivity due to stress, you might be digging a hole for yourself that can hamper your career in the long run.
According to a recent study, men and women respond to stress. Women working in high-stress positions may suffer from irregular menstrual cycles, an imbalance in hormones levels, depression, insomnia, weight gain, hair loss, and more. Considering the fact that there can be multiple stressors acting against you at one time, it is important to acknowledge them and work towards resolving the issues that trigger stress at work.
If you encounter bullying, unjust or inappropriate behavior at work, do not ignore it. By allowing this to happen, you are encouraging the bully to try the same with other team members. Stand up for yourself if your targets are unachievable or you are assigned too many responsibilities. Unrealistic goals cause anxiety and stress, and over a long duration can take a toll on your overall productivity. Talk to your boss about reevaluating your targets instead of slogging to achieve the unrealistic targets.
Check out some of the most effective tips to stay stress-free at work, or reduce it at the least mentioned in this awesome infographic from Armstrong Appointments. Planning your day ahead and working in an organized fashion can help you significantly lower stress at work.
On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the womanhood. Women get plenty of compliments from men, but what they would really like to have is man’s paychecks.
How big is the Gender Pay Gap?
Gender Pay Gap is a universal problem. Regardless of country, women get less money than men. The exception is Iceland, which banned the gender pay gap completely.
Every country has different statistics. According to most recent ones, in Italian women earn ‘only’ 5.5% less than men. In South Korea, meanwhile, the gap is the widest: 36.7%. And how does it look in your country?
There isn’t a single thing that causes this gap. In every country, there are different reasons for women to earn less.
The studies on Gender Pay Gap started in the 1950s. Since then, a lot of work was done by economists to discover and by women to fight the causes of gender wage gap. But there’s still plenty to do.
A lot of speculating, researching and looking into data to find the answers. With answers, solutions will come.
What a woman can do to fight it?
In 2018, there are solutions like the one implemented by Iceland. Other countries want to make men take care of children more. Some research indicated that giving birth seriously decreases women’s paychecks. They start to earn significantly less around the age of 30 when they start having babies. That policy is a good start, but it still is not enough.
But the responsibility of fighting the gender pay gap does not only lie on the governments. There’s still plenty that every woman (and her partner) can do to help close the pay gap.
1. Plan her career
According to Harvard’s Claudia Goldin research, quoted by Vox, the gap in science or technology companies is small. It’s less than 10%. But in business, the gap is twice as big.
Vox explains the reasons.
Woman scientist or a specialist in technology does not have fixed hours. She can work in the morning or in the evening, but the bottom line is to get the job done.
They can return home in the middle of the day for a few hours to take care of her babies and then head back to work to finish her work.
Woman in business, meanwhile, need to work in the same hours as her colleagues do. She has meetings to attend, calls to make, e-mails to answer ASAP. It all requires adjusting to other’s schedules.
Juggling that kind of work with raising children is hard, so she might skip some meetings. Her boss might value her work less which results in lower paychecks as a result.
According to Vox, it’s best to choose those professions that provide an opportunity to make own schedule.
2. Negotiate harder
There was some speculation that because men tend to negotiate their salaries more often (and herder) than women and that’s why they earn more.
The reality turned out to be much more sophisticated, but the point still stands, though.
To get a better paycheck, or a raise, your first strategy should be negotiating.
In this New Statesman article, several women write about their experiences in negotiating salary. One of them says that a thorough analysis helped her get more than she would ever have hoped for.
‘When I wrote it all down, my experience looked quite good, plus I had another job offer as a bargaining tool,’ she writes. Then she memorized it all and presented it at her negotiation meeting.
She got the biggest available salary, more than her male colleague in the same position.
3. Share responsibilities with her partner
According to Pew Research Center, in 54% of households, it’s the mother that takes care of sick children. And in 47%, she handles most of the chores. There are many houses where spouses share the responsibilities equally.
But there are only a few where the burden falls on men.
That, of course, impacts women’s paychecks. If a woman returns from work only to take care of her house, she gets tired and cannot focus on the work that earns her paycheck.
Plus, if a kid gets sick or there’s another problem, it’s her task to take care of it, which puts her out of work.
Gender equality starts in a single household. If a man steps up and takes some portion of the responsibilities, he gives his woman a room to pursue her career and earn more money eventually.
Closing the Gender Pay Gap won’t happen quickly. But with everyone’s effort, it can happen faster than 217 years forecasted by World Economic Forum.
Today, we have a great article about becoming your most confident self from Glittered by Cassie. Glittered by Cassie is a Beauty & Lifestyle blog that focuses on helping millennial women create their own confidence and kick their self-doubt aside while drinking copious amounts of delicious lattes. Below is the article. Enjoy!
You know that feeling when you get something right on a test that you didn’t think you would get right in a million years? There’s a massive sense of excitement and self-confidence. You nailed it! It was all you, girl. Go YOU!!! Well, I’m all about that confident feeling. Nothing makes me happier than feeling accomplished at something. We spend many days criticizing every move we make, so when we have moments of confidence, we are unstoppable. That’s why I’m sharing 7 ways to become your most confident self so that you can go through life kicking butt!
1.) Wear your best clothes
This one sounds a little vain right? Agreed. But, you know how the saying goes… “When you look good, you feel good.” I have this dress that compliments my body to a tee. I LOVE this dress. It hugs my curves just right and I feel so pretty when I wear it. Every time I wear this outfit, my mood is automatically boosted and my confidence is prominent. Why can’t we wear the same dress everyday?!
2.) Say your favorite confident mantras out loud
I get it… You’re not into mantras. We sound silly telling ourselves these things out loud right? Wrong. We may sound silly on an outside perspective, but, this is one of the best ways to remind yourself of how truly awesome you are. Plus, when you encourage yourself each day, it becomes habit. That, my friend, is when you start to become your most confident self.
3.) Practice self-care
You read in my recent post that self-care is super important for your mind, body, and soul. Well, practicing self-care can boost your self-esteem too! When you take care of yourself, you learn to love yourself. I recommend practicing self-care at least once a day. Even if it’s doing something small for yourself. Take an hour to draw a hot bubble bath and read your favorite book or hit the nearest park to do some soul-searching. Whatever you choose to do, do it for you.
4.) Get social
I know this can be hard for some of us introverts out there. We like our comfort zones and all we want to do is snuggle with our fur babies and binge watch Netflix. Girl, I get it! However, it is important to get out and socialize with actual human beings. When we surround ourselves around other positive minds, we are influenced by their personalities and their actions. Plus, having fun with friends never hurt anyone. This is guaranteed to boost your self-confidence because you will have a sense of belonging.
When we don’t schedule a therapy session, because, let’s be real, nobody has time for that these days it’s time to take this task into our own hands. I recommend grabbing your favorite notebook or even snatching this super cute self therapy pad and go to work on some serious self discovery. Trust me when I say that once you get to know yourself on a deeper lever, you WILL become your most confident self. Write down everything from what is frustrating you to what makes you glow. Here are some examples: Lately, I feel as if I have nothing to offer. My lack of motivation has put me behind on some serious goals. Another example: I love that I can make my friends laugh. This makes me feel like I have an impact on the world. Get into it no matter how silly it seems. Tell yourself how you feel and why you feel this way. This will help you gain clarity on what areas you want to improve on and the areas you are happy with.
6.) Binge Watch An Inspiring TV Series or Movie
Who doesn’t love some Netflix time? Watch something that inspires you to become your most confident self. When I was going through the motions a while back and I felt so lost and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life I watched Girl Boss. If you haven’t read the book or seen the Netflix series, I highly recommend it. This movie gave me a sense of heroism and inspiration. It showed me that no matter how messy our lives get, we can always push through the crap and kick some serious ass! If Sophia Amoruso can do it, so can we, right?
7.) Cut yourself some slack
We often focus on all the things we do wrong. People around us do the same. If we mess up at work, we get lectured, but if we do something great, it goes unnoticed (depending on your boss). We are influenced to tell ourselves we need to do better. The truth is that we are only human. We are going to screw up, a lot. We need to remember to notice the amazing things we accomplish and not beat ourselves up every time we make a mistake.
When we practice these steps, we will start to become our most confident self. What other ways do you practice to gain more self-confidence?
You know when it happens to you. You can feel it as soon as you wake up. You. are. dreading. going. to. work. You check to see if, maybe, just maybe you have a temperature so that you can call in sick.
Feeling this way on occasion is perfectly normal. If you have a big project or presentation, you may feel a little anxiety about it.
You could just be going through a professional rough patch. Maybe things are stressful at work with a new boss or strategic direction. Other times things just get boring and stale because nothing has changed.
But feeling that dread in the pit of your stomach on a regular basis can be symptomatic of a much larger problem.
Sometimes, what you’re feeling is the undeniable knowledge that it’s time for a professional change.
Here are some signs that you have the BIG problem. The one that requires a job change.
You don’t feel appreciated or respected in your current environment.
One of our most basic needs as people is to feel as if we belong – to our community and within our workplace. To connected as human beings to your colleagues is a natural desire, and if you find yourself failing to connect with your colleagues, this can lead to feelings of loneliness, anxiety and depression.
In turn, when you fail to feel that you belong, your self-esteem may suffer, leading to an inferiority complex and further cause a downward spiral of loneliness, anxiety and depression.
If you are feeling that you are not appreciated for the work that you do, or you’re not part of your office tribe, it may be time to start looking for a new opportunity. The long-term impact of loneliness, anxiety and depression on your career will never be worth staying in a job where you’re not appreciated and included.
You aren’t growing or learning new things.
As humans, and overachievers, we are wired to be growing and learning in the pursuit of mastery. So, when you don’t have the opportunity to grow, you will begin to feel stifled and unhappy in your work.
If you find yourself in this situation, it doesn’t necessarily mean the end! You may just need to have a conversation with your boss about how you can grow and develop by helping with special projects or other tasks.
If that is not an option for you, then it may be time to start looking for an opportunity that will afford you the self-esteem and fulfillment that comes with mastering new skills.
You know your purpose, and this ain’t it.
We all have a purpose, though not everyone is able to clearly articulate theirs. And that is ok. Whether you know your purpose or not, you can sense whether you are in alignment with your purpose or not.
And that comes down to good, old fashioned drive. If you are excited about what you do everyday, you are probably in alignment with your purpose. If, at a macro level, you don’t feel that you are contributing to the world in a meaningful way, you’re likely out of alignment with your purpose. And over time, the friction caused by the lack of alignment will increase, possibly resulting in feelings of anxiety and unhappiness.
There may be some way to reframe your work and find purpose in it. But, if you struggle to find a way to do that, it may be time to start looking for a new job.
You have the skills and desire to do something else, and you don’t want to settle.
We’ve all been there. There are times in your life when you don’t need a professional challenge because you’ve got enough personal ones! Like when you’re getting married, moving, having kids, helping sick relatives, etc. it’s just not the time to take on another big commitment. So you settle for a slightly less rewarding career, in order to preserve energy for other things that are more important to you right now.
But if you don’t have that need to settle for an ok work environment for the short-term, and you already have the skills that you need to find more satisfying work, it’s probably time to start looking for a new job.
If you have any or all of these symptoms, it’s time to get the heck out of dodge, my friend. Now, you shouldn’t just walk into your boss’ office first thing tomorrow morning and hand in your two weeks notice. You need a plan. A solid course of action to ensure that your next job is the right job. To ensure that you know what you really want out of a role, team, and corporate culture, so that you can quickly and easily find and land your dream job.
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When you’re striving to #bethegirl, time management tips can seem impossible to implement. It can feel like you’re running 20mph on a endless treadmill. Work, family, fitness, healthy cooking, grocery shopping, side hustle… and the list goes on.
It would be great to simply figure out how to do everything on the list, but it’s virtually impossible. Out of necessity, you have to figure out which items you can eliminate from the list entirely.
And then you have to figure out how to leverage time management and productivity tips to accomplish the most impactful items on your to-do list, so that you can achieve the results you want to #bethegirl.
To keep you charging forward, we’ve compiled our favorite time management tips to ensure you achieve your important goals.
Use Your Eisenhower Matrix
Have you heard of the Eisenhower Matrix? It’s one of our favorite time management tips. From the genius of President Eisenhower, it necessitates that you group your tasks into how urgent and important they are. Then you DO the things that are urgent and important. Whereas, you schedule a time to do the things that are important, but not urgent. You should delegate the items that are urgent, but not important. And, lastly, you would eliminate tasks that are neither important nor urgent.
This “Delete” category is going to be one of your best friends, if you want to #bethegirl. Many women are convinced they need to do it all, but you don’t. As uncomfortable as it may be, determine what isn’t important or urgent, and simply eliminate it from your list. Be as “ruthlessly productive” as Sheryl Sandberg!
Make your Commute Productive
There is nothing more exhausting than a long commute, amirite? For most of us it’s 1-2 hours a day that are P-A-I-N-S-T-A-K-I-N-G!
But this is 1-2 hours a day that can be yours. You can keep up with your reading lists by listening to audio books. Word to the wise: always listen to the sample before purchasing or using a credit. Sometimes the narrator is just too painful to listen to! You can get a one-month free trial of Audible here.
You can also listen to audio books or catch up with friends and family. Some days you just need to use that time to listen to some music and be alone. But whatever you do with your commute time, be intentional.
Chunk your Time
Have you ever heard of time chunking? Essentially, you block your time into “chunks” and then complete all of the same type of task at one time, which will make you do them all better and faster.
If you’re not currently chunking your time, when you may write a blog post, design your graphics, and schedule your social media posts and email all in one day.
But if you’re time chunking, you may write all your blog posts for a month one day. Then do all your graphics to accompany those posts the next day. And then schedule all your social media and emails the next day.
You gain tons of efficiency by only having one program up and not getting distracted by flitting around between applications.
Exercise during Kids’ Activities
If you’ve got kids, you know the soccer, baseball, ballet lessons, etc. can be really time consuming. They are so good for your kids, but it takes time away from reaching your goals.
There are a few ways that you can make that time productive for you too. You can start by incorporating your own exercise into those practices. For example, you can walk around the gym or field, while watching practice and cheering your kids on.
You could also add a podcast or audio book to your routine. That’s like 3 birds with one stone!
Get up Early
We all know that the mornings are the most productive times for our brains and we’re least likely to be interrupted by other people… but many of us struggle with waking up in the morning.
If you’ve always wanted to be more productive in the morning hours, but can’t wake up, you HAVE TO TRY the Alarmy App. You can set this app to require that you take a picture of, say, the coffee maker, in order to turn it off. It forces you to get out of bed, and far away from it potentially, to turn the alarm off.
Make the Most of Your Lunch Hour
There are any number of ways you can have a productive lunch hour! Perhaps you do your grocery run over lunch and store your groceries in the office fridge until the end of the day.
Or you could workout during your lunch hour, and then have lunch at your desk afterwards.
Or you could eat lunch at your desk and leave early…. or, if acceptable in your workplace, eat lunch at your desk and work on your side hustle during your lunch break.
I estimate this is saving me about an hour in washing, drying and styling time!
Incorporate Family Time into Household Chores
By inviting your kids to participate in cooking, laundry and other household chores, you not only help them understand household responsibilities, but you can spend time with them. Instead of letting your kids watch TV while you cook dinner, have them come into the kitchen and help. You can hear about their day, teach them how to cook, and bond. And when you’re done, you can get to your work, while they do their homework or play on their iPads. This is my favorite of all the time management tips.
Use the StayFocusd Chrome Extension
If you struggle to stay focused while working at your computer, try installing the StayFocusd Chrome Extension. The extension allows you to configure a certain amount of time on social media sites, and then it prevents you from accessing them for the remainder of the day. It’s a good way to keep yourself from being tempted to fall into the social media rabbit hole.
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