Think you know about productivity? Think again!
Let me tell you a story, it may sound familiar to you…
Have you ever had the perfect one hour to yourself?
Maybe you had:
- child care lined-up
- the baby napping
- a quiet workspace
- a long to-do list
- a full belly
- a cup of your favorite calming beverage
And yet at the end of that hour all you’ve managed to do is order new toothbrushes for the family and feeling that lonely ache of watching everyone’s “perfect” Facebook lives scroll in front of your face and you’ve caught up maybe on a third of the most recent Gilmore Girls episode?
Yeah, we’ve all been there.
Here are my 5 strategies to keep you productive, Mama. These sure aren’t what you expect, so let’s get started:
1.Stop the slave mentality.
Yeah, I said it. I think that too many of us think or we were raised to believe that we have to be in complete service to everything in our lives whether it’s our families, spouses, our businesses or our clients and our neighbors.
But the truth is that we need to be generating co-creative and mutually beneficial relationships with all of the people/things that our lives. You are not the property of your family or clients. You need to make powerful choices in your life.
I want to remind you that while most everything on your to-do list probably needs to get done for a happy and productive family. The question is: “does it all have to be done by you – right now?
I’ve got a lot more to say on this as a future topic but for right now just try this on. Stop behaving as if the people in your life dictate your schedule.
2. Set a timer for 10 minutes.
One of the things I notice is that many of us have just plain old lost faith in ourselves because we have betrayed ourselves in so many ways around getting things done. Too many of us don’t even believe that if we have a whole hour to ourselves, that we will use it wisely.
Here’s a great tip I use myself and for my clients: set a timer for 10 minutes and sit down and do one small (but important) work task.
Maybe you only call one client back for a follow-up. Just do it for 10 minutes and see how you feel at the end.
My clients report they feel quite energized and excited and they want to go for another 10 or 20 or 30 minutes!
Focus on this; your job is to build up trust and confidence in yourself which is essential.
3. Put your brain in vacation mode.
Ever notice that when you go on vacation, you feel like a new woman? Sure, it may take you a couple of days to get relaxed. But why is that we feel smarter, more capable, prettier and sexier away from home?
The simple answer is that everything is new and different for your brain. You are sleeping in a different bed, wearing your best (sometimes new) clothes, breathing air that smells different and maybe you’re eating something new (maybe others are making the meals for you!)
When you are on vacation, anything is possible!
Need a holiday? Try this today:
- Use your non-dominant hand when you’re brushing your teeth first thing tomorrow morning
- Wear something spectacular to work
- Always turn left out of the driveway to take the kids to school? Try turning right (when appropriate). Tell the kids you are doing it to wake up your brain (and theirs!)
- Sit somewhere new when you work
4. Notice What Sucks
Ask yourself, “where am I just plain old blowing it in my life & biz?”
- Administrative tasks
- Getting started
- Following up
- Following through
- Something else?
Look at where you are the bottleneck in your own business and life and brainstorm how you can get those tasks and responsibilities off your plate.
You and I both know that if you’re terrible at bookkeeping you are going to be a horrible bookkeeper for your business and personal life! You need to find someone else to do it. Trade, barter, try to find someone newly trained as a bookkeeper if you must to start. There are so many creative solutions. Find one and stop hurting your business and your life by putting yourself in situations where YOU suck. Please decide right now to love yourself more than that.
5. Clean Something.
When I just can’t get engaged in my work and need to get something done, I’ll grab my purse, wallet, a small shelf or reorganize my children’s sock and underwear bin.
It’s so satisfying to dump it all out, set a timer for 10 minutes and I reorganize whatever it is. More than satisfying, it energizes me too!
Don’t take my word for it. Try it and report back.
Everyone I know who’s ever tried it says “I didn’t want to stop!” It is important to set the timer, pick something small and use the energy to fuel your work project. You can always reward yourself by clearing another drawer later 🙂
So there you have it, my 5 strategies for getting productive as a Mom Entrepreneur.
- Stop the slave mentality
- Set a timer for 10 minutes
- Put your brain on vacation
- Notice what sucks
- Clean something
Try these strategies. You can thank me later!
Please leave your comments down below. Did I miss something? I would love to add in your favorite strategies for getting things done as a successful and happy Mom Entrepreneur.
Until next time!