Time management strategies are a must if you are a work at home mom. We have so much to do between work, family, the home, etc. etc. it’s easy to end your day feeling you haven’t gotten anything done. If you don’t find a way to plan and schedule your days, you will find yourself wasting a lot of time.
Thankfully, there are many ways you can be more productive every single day. I want to cover six time management strategies in this blog post today. This isn’t an exhaustive list, of course, but it’s a list of ones I have personally tried.
Also, you have to do one – or all. I have tried each of these things at least once, and I do a combination of a few of them now to get the most out of the time I have.
6 Time Management Strategies for WAHMs
This time management technique has been around since the late 80’s. I have found it to really work for me…when I have a block of time I can do it.
The trick is to set a timer and work for 25 minutes straight. During this time, you are to close out of your email, Facebook, and anything else that could be a distraction. The sprint of work is then followed by a 5 minute break. Once you finish four Pomodoros (100 minutes of work) you can take a 10-15 minute break.
I find it’s harder to do this method when you have children by your side. My two boys tend to interrupt me at least three times during a single 25-minute Pomodoro. When school is in session, it’s easier to make this strategy work.
For WAHMs with children home all day, use nap time to try the Pomodoro technique!
I heard about time blocking a while back, but was recently reminded by it by Abby Lawson. Her post includes a helpful printable for time blocking, so you may want to check that out! I downloaded it and tried it again yesterday, and was pretty amazed at what I was able to get done.
The idea behind this time management strategy is that you write down all you need to do, and you schedule chunks of time to work on the different tasks. You end up more focused, and therefore more efficient with your time.
Earlier this year, I was watching a Periscope session with Mariah Coz and she mentioned the Productivity Planner. I decided to order one on her recommendation and I am glad I did. It’s a very simple yet effective planner and doesn’t distract you from your main goal: getting junk done!
The Productivity Planner helps you prioritize your tasks so you get the most important things done first. It gives you the option to do the Pomodoro technique and track your time, if you wish to see just how fast you can be. There is a space on each page for additional notes as well. I like the inspirational quotes on each page too.
One of the time management strategies I will recommend the most is outsourcing! There are so many everyday tasks we do in our online business and in the home that we could pay someone else to do. For blogging, you could hire out for social media scheduling or management, email replies, or blog content.
At home, you could hire help with the yard work, laundry, cleaning or even grocery shopping. Outsourcing the busy work frees you up to do the things you need to concentrate on to be more successful.
Brain Dump + To-Do List
This next technique is super easy, and that is probably why it is my favorite. I just do better at getting things done when I write it down. So, to start my week I devote Sunday night to a brain dump. I write down every little thing I can think of that I need to do for the upcoming week.
Then, each day, I can take 3-5 things off the list to complete. Once I finish those, I’m done for the day or I grab a few more. The key is making a daily to-do list to ensure you only focus on the tasks on it, and not the whole brain dump list. Looking at it can get very overwhelming…but remind yourself you have seven days to complete it all!
I use the brain dump in conjunction with my Productivity Planner. It doesn’t take but a few minutes for me to fill in my day. I just glance at the brain dump list, transfer a few things over, and get started.
Next to brain dumping, grouping tasks something I love to do. Why? Because things done so much faster! I especially like to do it with blogging. If I know I need to write and publish 3 posts for the upcoming week, I will sit down and write them all first. I will then send them to my husband to proofread.
While they are with him, I will collect the images for the three posts. I will open Picmonkey and edit them all together. The next time I have a chunk of time for my blog, I will look over hubby’s editing notes, make the changes and insert the photos. Then, each post will be scheduled to go live as well as social media shares scheduled in CoSchedule.
Working on similar tasks together keeps your mind focused on a set of tasks for longer. Jumping around and writing a post, then editing it, then doing the photos, then writing a second post just sounds tiring to think about. Task grouping lets you to stay focused and get things done faster.
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