A client asked: How can I effectively balance my time between family demands (such as taking care of kids) and carrying out activities to keep my business going?
In this post, I’ll share just 2 main points I gave him; and show you how you can also manage your time around your kids while working on your business.
I’ve also shared this concept with a few other clients and they all said it’s been helpful for them.
Point 1: Time blocking.
The first key point is time-blocking 2-3 hours each day for core work using the kids’ downtime; like this:
7 am – 8 am
1 pm – 2 pm
8 pm – 9 pm
Obviously, this is just an example & the times are arbitrary; but you get the point so feel free to modify this timing to suit your real life.
The main goal is to identify times when the kids are sleeping — but without sacrificing your own sleep.
For example: I get my kids to sleep between 7.30 pm and 8 pm. I take 30 minutes to catch my breath & relax; then work 8.30 pm – 9.30 pm on a Focusmate session.
This way, I’m still able to get to bed by 10 pm or 10.30 pm or whatever I feel like. Same thing happens in the morning & afternoon (nap, playing, etc.)
What this time-blocking helps me do is 2-fold:
(1). Be fully present with my kids when I’m with them….. and
(2). To work only on the most important aspects of my business since I don’t have much time.
And that leads me to point 2.
Point 2: Core work only
Identify the core, most-important aspects of your business & ruthlessly focus only on them.
You see, it’s one thing to block out time for work, but it’s something else to know what to do in that time — and another thing entirely to actually do that thing.
- Should you watch a course on how to create content; or should you actually be creating your own content?
- Should you write an article for Facebook or maybe it’s important to make a video for YouTube?
- Should you catch up on Facebook group posts you missed or reach out to a referral partner?
- Should you reply to an email from a potential client or perhaps do some research on how to get clients for your business?
The options are limitless; and this can get really overwhelming.
This overwhelm is exactly what leads to inaction — because then you feel like you have so much to do that you don’t even know where to start.
And so, the 1-hour is spent scrolling on Facebook or YouTube or whatever else that is your own form of distraction (mine is YouTube by the way, lol).
So, this is why it’s very important to have a clear picture of all the activities you could be doing to actively grow your business; and then allocate each of them into their specific time slot.
Trust me — this is not just your regular “Create a schedule” or “Make a to-do list”.
You’d need to critically look at your specific situation & identify what your core activities are; so that you can focus on them during those sacred times you’ve created for work.
If you’re not sure which business activities are the most important to focus on, speak with your coach & ask for direction.
To be clear — for all parents reading this — there’ll always be some days when you won’t get your 3 hours.
Maybe your child wakes up at 5.30 am that day; or won’t sleep until 10.30 pm —- and by then you’re exhausted.
(I’ve experienced both; lol.)
The goal of this format is NOT perfection; it is progress.
Even if you’re able to work only for an hour or 2 a day instead of the 3 hours mentioned above; with a clear focus, you can still achieve a lot.
So there you have it: Time-blocking & Core work focus.
Try these two things for a month and you’ll be amazed at how freely your work will flow.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me.