Being a business owner comes with a long list of to-dos every day! When you’re first starting out, you’re a team of 1 so you’re managing the sales, production, technology, marketing, advertising, HR and SO MUCH MORE! Even once you have an incredible team to manage some of these aspects, you’re still casting vision, deciphering sales reports, setting goals, creating growth opportunities and SO MUCH MORE!
Add to all of this being a mom of 3 busy girls and some days it can all just seem like 1 too many things that need your attention!
People ask me all the time, “How do you manage it all??” And the first thing I say is “Remember what you see on the outside is not always what’s happening on the inside”. Not saying that I put on a show at all, but of course, I have moments of overwhelm! I have times that I say to my husband, “I’m not sure there are enough hours in today to fit it all in!”. Or I lay awake at night thinking about All. The. Things! Who’s with me on this one?? And really….how productive is just laying there “thinking” about it all? Couldn’t that time be so much better used doing absolutely anything else??
“Remember what you see on the outside is not always what’s happening on the inside”.
As a planner by nature and an efficiency junkie, I am constantly looking for ways to maximize my time and lower my stress! Did you know that “Event Planner” has been in the Top 10 Most Stressful Jobs in the World for the last 8 years??? What the?? I mean…for sure we have a TON of stress in what we do and we’re managing huge budgets for one-time events, but let’s be serious…we’re not dealing with life and death here right?? I digress…I didn’t make the list. But all that to say, my job comes with a level of stress that is unlike most and therefore I try to minimize as much of it as I can in all of the other areas of my life.
Today, I’m sharing with you 3 tips I use to minimize stress and maximize efficiency each day. As I say all the time, we all have 24 hours each day. It’s up to us to make the most of it!
1. Use an Electronic Calendar. I personally am a huge fan of Google Calendar but any online calendar that you like will work. We always have our phones within an arm’s reach of us so using an electronic calendar that syncs to this handy device will save you time and confusion. I use a different color for our family, my personal calendar, each of my staff, and each of my companies. While this sounds overwhelming, I am able to see at a glance where my open pockets of time are or what I need to be focused on today to be ready for tomorrow.
2. Prior Proper Planning. When your schedule gets crazy it’s easy to think that you just have to keep going and you can’t take time to plan out your days because you don’t have an hour to spare. But let me encourage you to destroy this thought. I take time every Saturday to look through my calendar for the next week. How does this help me plan?
3. Communicate. I cannot say this enough to the mommas out there! This one has helped me so much! I’ll break this down into 3 reasons this is SO important to maintaining your sanity.
I hope some of these tips resonate with you today! If you feel overwhelmed by where to start, just pick 1 thing that you can implement this week. If you have any tips or tricks that work for you, drop them in the comments below! I’m always looking for ways to make the most of the 24 hours I get each day!
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