She is now the queen in my bed. I'll admit though that I did have to fold laundry in the room until she was asleep. Lucky or unlucky for me (depends on your perspective) I had plenty of clothes to put away.
So what do I do with time to spare? Haha! Time to spare? I have a huge list of to do’s and project after project along with two businesses to run. I start with a shower because as soon as the hubby gets in I’m flying down the Sea-to-Sky corridor to lead Dynamic Women™ in Action Squamish. This is the only pocket of time I have to get rid of my ponytail hair.
I now have time to write this blog… the clarity of what to say is pressured by the looming cries of a little one who could awaken at any moment. You know how it is… the days you have to be somewhere they don’t wake up and the days you need to be home and get things done they wake early.
So it brings me to my topic: How do busy parents or even people get things done? How are they super productive? and run one or like me two businesses?
We work when we can.
I’m sure you have figured a lot of this out already, but my goal is not to earn authorship awards for AMAZING new ideas, but to make them more accessible, digestible and unforgettable.
Let me break this down.
- In the car: After getting my new car (a Toyota RAV4) I finally have a Bluetooth option so my calls come through my car. I explain it like this because my dad didn’t really get what I meant and maybe some readers won’t either. When I have a busy day and know I have calls to make I do it in the car. I’ll reply to an email with, “Yes, of course we can chat. Let me call you at 1:30pm when I get on the road.” This also helps me to manage the time of my calls to the length of the trip. I hope it’s obvious that I don’t coach clients this way (I wouldn’t be as effective), but calling a friend, a colleague, my mom or even the dentist to make an appointment makes complete sense. Oh and I’ve even been known to use Siri as my assistant and use the voice commands to text people, post to Facebook and listen to my voicemail.
- Waiting: It’s actually sad that most people no longer bring books to waiting rooms, on public transit and when waiting to meet or pick up someone. Reading is hopefully not a lost art. But in these moments I jump into my email and send 3 liners, delete emails that clutter my inbox space and add in special dates into my calendar. Of course I could call people, but we all know how annoying it is to have the LOUD person on their phone in public. Even being quiet is a little infringing on those around us.
- Pockets: Not pant pockets, but pockets of time. You have an extra 10 minutes before you have to leave. You’re next call is 15 minutes away. You’re meeting finished early. What do you do with these pockets of time? Don’t go on Facebook….. WORK. Set the timer, pick a task and DO IT! The problem is we can’t capitalize on these times if we don’t know what to do, so create a list of 10 minute tasks and start crossing them off.
- Early or Late: Get up early or stay up late. Enough said. Make the choice and use the time to get stuff done. Maybe don’t do both though because sleep is super important.
- Double tasking: I absolutely love double tasking – taking a simple task that doesn’t require a lot of focus and combining it with a task that does. Like a walking coffee date; you get your exercise and to chat with someone. Or data entry and listening to a podcast. This leads me to…
- Double Duty: Doing one thing that crosses two things off your list. Like recording a webinar and also getting it transcribed to use as blogs. Inviting someone you need to connect with to an event you are already going to.
Well, I hear the cries of a small child. So which of the six tactics did I use today? The car as we went to Costco, the pockets while the kids finished their lunch, the double tasking with the laundry and soon double duty because this blog will become my social media posts.
Let me know which ones you will put into play and which ones you already do. Have another one? Tell me by commenting below and I'll add it to my list!
And I hope you can find more opportunities to work when you can, so you can have time for all of your priorities. I’m off to play now!