Three Ways To Increase Productivity
Life & Productivity
As a parent, time is never on our side. We always feel like there are conflicting priorities and never enough time to do everything we want and need to do. However, millions of others cope, so we start to question our ability in life and balancing the parenting and life scales.
As a mother of twins, one with autism and health issues, and owning two companies, life balance is top of my list. I am very career focused and having children was a life aspiration I was not going to give up. There were millions of others managing both so there was no reason why I couldn’t.
When I started my first business, I did it to have more time for my family; to be able to be there at a moments notice when an outburst happened or life got in the way. I wanted the freedom to take a day off if I needed it. Watching my girls grow and develop into amazing beings was not something I wanted to miss out out. Their first school play, sports days, parents evenings – I wanted to be there for it all.
However, after a couple of months of starting, I couldn’t believe how I felt. I was working longer hours than I was in a full time job. I started getting tense and short around our girls. As you can imagine, a short tempered mum and a young twins (they were two at the time) was not a good mixture. Productivity levels weren’t at their best. My first business choice was probably not the best but it was what I loved. I wasn’t prepared to give up on my dreams.
It was the complete opposite to what I wanted. Working most weekends and evening. Telling the girls to leave the room while I was on calls because they were too noisy. I started to think I made the wrong choice and that I wasn’t built a business owner.
Fast-forward eight years and I own two companies, as well as having more freedom and time for my family. I was also able to let my hubby retire early in November 2019.
Just to be transparent though – hubby got bored after nine months and is now doing short term contracts as and when he feels like it.
So how did I do it? How did I make the same 24-hours seem longer and increase productivity? Here are my 3 productivity tips that made all the difference to how my life ended up.
Mindset | Confidence | Organisation
At the start, I had a mindset that said if I didn’t work long hours, if I didn’t push the boundaries to the max, I would not succeed. Without hustle, clients wouldn’t come. All that happened was I got exhausted, stressed and no use to anyone. Once I let go of having to hustle and focused on time-blocking and productivity processes, the hours worked reduced, I felt happier and had more time with my family.
Don’t underestimate the power of your mindset. It is there all the time yet most of us don’t believe it’s the root of our issues. This doesn’t work only with work. As a parent there are lots of things you need to manage on a daily basis so work on your mindset every day and believe life can be the way you want it to be. With time, even if it’s not quite there yet, it will get there.
The confidence I’m talking about is not just in myself but in those around me. When I hired my first VA I didn’t trust her. Although I went through a rigorous interview process, I couldn’t help but check everything before it went live or was sent. I don’t mean a quick look over; I mean a full assessment of the work. It would have been quicker to do it myself. If anything, my productivity significantly reduced as checking someone else’s work takes longer than doing it yourself.
Once I had worked on my mindset, my confidence in myself and in others was easier to manage. I began to trust those around me to do the job I asked them to do. I reduced the checks and let them get on with what they were paid for. My productivity increased. Think about how many people hire a cleaner then spend time cleaner before they arrived – have the confidence and trust in the person you are hiring or asking for support from.
Then came the organisation. The time-blocking became a habit early on. Yes, life still got in the way as it does but I was more prepared and ordered for anything that did come my way. Organisation is more than time-blocking though. It’s about planning out each week for the family or team, and making sure objectives are understood and monitored. Taking productivity to the next level.
At work, keeping your process documents updated so if someone isn’t around, the work doesn’t stop. Having the right tools and systems in place so your customer journey is seamless but personal. In life, remembering flexibility is key as you never know what is around corner.
More important than anything, enjoy life. Don’t make things so rigid or fixed that the fun is no longer there.
All of these made the difference when I was in the hospital with my daughter (uro-sepsis) and unable to work for six months as I needed to be with her. If my 24-hours hadn’t changed, if I was still hustling every day and productivity at its lowest, I would have missed being there for our daughter when it mattered the most. Something I know I could never life with. I may be career focused, but my family are my life.
In summary, we all have the same 24-hours. The difference between those who have time and those who struggle to keep on top of it all is having the right mindset, being confident and staying organised, increasing your productivity throughout each and every day. Take action on the items that move you forward. Focus on the tasks that move you closer to your goal. If it’s been on your to-do list for month, is it really needed?
Feeling guilty is the main reason why us parents don’t look after ourselves. When you look at it from the outside, it makes you wonder about the impression you are giving your children. Are you showing them that being a parent means you sacrifice your dreams and well-being?
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