Many of you know I work full time, and I’m a wife and mommy. Trying to balance all that while self-publishing a book can be overwhelming. I’ve learned quite a bit over the last two years of managing my time while working on my goals.
I’d like to take a moment to share three things that have helped me, hoping they may help you succeed at getting more done.
1. WEEKLY PLANNING
Every Monday morning I sit down with my planner and plot out my week. I note what I want to achieve with that week and plug in where I have the time available to work on those things. This also helps me keep track of what I have accomplished and what I still need to do in the future.
2. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TIME IN THE MORNING
This is an unpopular piece of advice. I recently gave it to someone and got a quick, “Well, it’s not easy to do that!” Yes. It’s not easy. Nothing about life is easy to be honest, but if you have goals you want to achieve then you have to set aside the time to do it. For my lifestyle, that means waking up early and taking advantage of having uninterrupted time.
3. ACCEPT HELP
I’ve learned that getting a helping hand can mean all the difference. I ask my husband to keep our son entertained so I can get some reading done. I’ll ask my mom to pick up something for me at the store (since she works there) to save me a trip. The same applies at work, I’ve learned to delegate simpler tasks so I can get more important tasks completed. It can also be something as simple as asking your significant other to cook dinner one night, letting you have some time to work on something (I’m lucky – my husband is the cook in the family).
I hope one or two of these may help give you an idea of how to find more time in your day. Do you do something different? I always love to hear about time management! Feel free to leave a comment below!