YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW BUSY I AM?
Oh but I really do. I was working full time & running a business with a team of over one hundred initially. I went onto maternity leave and continued to build a business that was hugely successful but I gave birth a couple of weeks later and let’s just say , I know how it is to feel like a hamster on a hamster wheel. A to do list that lasts a month which was supposed to take a week. This was how I was before I really took charge of my organisation. I had to. I was working full time, 30 weeks pregnant and running a business in the beginning and that was growing at a phenomenal rate.
Then, William came along. Things got a lot crazier. As I’m sure most of you understand. I was running a a business that was turning over in the millions a year and I really needed to find a balance. Find a way of becoming more organised. I wanted to feel like I was winning not like I was failing all the time. Even when I was actually winning pretty significantly in some areas I just felt like I wasn’t being as good as I wanted to be in all areas. BALANCE is something you plan for not something that just magically appears.
I’ve put together my 10 tips for mummies. I’ve found these super simple to implement over the past 3 years and they’ve made a huge difference to my life. They’ve allowed me to run two successful businesses, be a great mummy, great wife (although i’m sure he’d disagree at times 😉 ) sister, friend, aunty etc – we all have our roles and we want to do our best.
I hope these tips will help you to simplify some of the tasks we have to do as mums on a daily / weekly basis allowing you to streamline and find more time for the things you love.
1. ASSESS YOUR TIME
I want you to really take the time to look at your time and how exactly you use it. This next week I don’t want you to actually change anything. I just want you to document everything & I mean everything. Every hour by hour make a note. Yes this will take more time but you can then effectively assess your time without you simply just ‘thinking’ what you spend your time on. Most of you will be really surprised at where the majority of your time goes or the time taken on tasks that you really didn’t realise you were taking up that much of your time on.
Most people spend around an hour per day on tasks that could be done at a later time or completely eliminated altogether. It’s important to have the week to monitor to then really be able to work out where you can save time moving forward.
I heard this so many times & it used to drive me mad. My husband Shaun used to say often, ” Do you really have to do that now?” “Can’t it wait until later?” “Why have you booked that in now?”
I used to get annoyed because I was just in a space that I need to be everything to everyone. You soon realise that unless you prioritise you’ll be everything to everyone and a nobody to what really matters. That’s not balance & that’s no way to live.
So, we all have to prioritise. If we do it in the planning phase we massively save on time to use for things that matter most to us.
Write out 3 to do lists.
ANYTIME (in the week)
LONG TERM / ONGOING
When you divide things into these sections it’s then much easier to plan out your time. You can divide your tasks up into these areas and ensure that you’re getting the right things done first.
3. LOOK AHEAD
Most people make the mistake of having just a general view of the week, appointments, a few meetings, extra activities with the kids etc that we have to do and that we kind of just ‘wing’ the rest of the week with no goal or purpose. That really won’t make you happy in the long term or fulfilled in the short term.
If you take the time to look ahead and find ways to cut the amount of time spent on different tasks that you probably (before doing the weekly monitoring) didn’t even know took up so much of your time.
Tasks such as:
I’ve found ways by looking ahead to really utilise my time by planning ahead. Here’s some tips and examples that I use.
4. GETTING READY
On a sunday after planning out my week I plan out clothes for myself & William. I place his 7 outfits ready on the top bunk in his bedroom. Tops, trousers, socks, shoes, pants.
**Saves me 10 – 15 mins minimum every morning (also stops the battle of wills moaning about his clothes ha ha)
Doesn’t sound much? Did you know that over 12 months that will save me over 60 hours. Thats more than 10 days of “working hours” based on an average 40 hour week. Worth it? I believe so.
A simple task that takes 10 -15 mins at the beginning of your week saving you th