This time last year, I was working full-time while running three separate businesses (copywriting, coaching and selling imported baby products online) AND looking after two energetic children, a cat, a hamster and a husband. It’s no wonder I felt tired and stressed out a lot of the time!
When you’ve got a million things to do, and not enough hours in the day, it’s easy to get stressed out and lose track of things.
Something has to give.
In my case I ended up having to quit my full-time job and focus purely on the coaching, which is more fulfilling and aligned with my personal values. I also gave up the Amazon business, Go Baby, even though I was really passionate about that too.
While I was so busy, I had to learn how to manage my time to get things done.
I tried a LOT of different techniques, and I became really good at productivity – that’s why I coach people on how to be more productive, as well as on how to be more confident and take control of their lives!
What worked for me might not work for you; we’re all unique. So I thought I’d share ten of the top “time-management” (although strictly speaking you’re not managing time, you’re managing yourself!) tips I tried, some of which helped, and some didn’t work for me at all. See if you can guess which ones are which!
- List everything out in black and white – every single thing you have to do. Get it all out of your head and down on paper or a screen.
- Drop the tasks that don’t need to be done, and delegate those that can be done by other people.
- Prioritise the rest according to importance in your progress towards your Big Goal, and those which align with your personal values.
- Track your energy and work out which time of day you feel creative and energised, and when you don’t.
- Segment your tasks – do all of your admin at the time when your brain is feeling less creative, for example.
- Schedule your day, and try out different routines to find which works best for you. Make sure you have a balance of work, rest and play spread throughout your working week.
- Start taking action on the most daunting task first – eat the frog! After that, everything else will feel easy.
- Find the “nooks and crannies” of your life – the five or ten minute slots between other tasks, or when you’re waiting in line for ice cream, and have some filler tasks ready to do during these times. E.g. Sending messages out, or writing 100 word segments of a book. Eat the elephant, by breaking it down into bite-size pieces. (Not sure which I’d prefer to eat, frogs or elephants…)
- Use the Pomodoro technique – work on one task for 25 minutes intervals, with 5 minute breaks in between.
- Take regular breaks and look after your health. Your body and mind are most productive when you’ve had a good sleep, exercised and eaten well.
- BONUS TIP – Get accountability or coaching. It’s much easier to get things done when you know someone will be checking in on you to see if you’ve done it. Basic human psychology – you won’t want to let the other person, or yourself, down.
There you have it. Ten ways to get more done, even when you’re super busy and don’t have any spare time.
I’d love to hear about your experiences of using these techniques. Which ones work best for you?
And if you have any other productivity techniques, or questions about this post, feel free to share them in the comments below.
As always, keep Being YOU.
You are Amazing!