TIME SAVING TECHNIQUES TO HELP YOU JUGGLE LIFE & BUSINESS

Today we’re going to talk about something ALL of us need. More time. And, while I can’t magically make more hours in the day for either of us, I can share some of what I’ve learned that help me juggle a full-time life and my business.

The first step to getting more time in your schedule is maximizing your output with whatever hours you have to dedicate to your business.

For some people, this is going to be a lot – and that’s great – but for many beginners and those juggling an online business and family, school, or even another job, the numbers are going to be a lot less.

That means you need to make the most of what you do have, even if it’s only a few hours a week.

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So, how do you make full-time productivity out of part-time hours? You time block!

If you haven’t heard of it, time blocking is the act of dividing up your time (usually visually) across an hourly schedule. It’s like budgeting with your hours instead of with your money and it’s just as valuable.

Let me show you how.

Let’s say you’ve got three hours on a Monday night and another three hours on a Thursday night. It doesn’t sound like much, but when you budget your time well you can get A LOT done in a short span.

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Next, make sure you leave time for flexibility (plus it will minimize frustration).

It’s OK that you probably won’t need 30 minutes in your email each day, if you only use 15 minutes you can move on to the next task and you’ll have 15 minutes to spare. The little chunks of time here & there make a big difference and add up quickly.

What you don’t want to do is overbook each hour thinking you’re superman.

It’s OK to have wiggle room in your schedule, it doesn’t mean you aren’t busy enough. It means you’re nimble and leaving space for new ideas, troubleshooting, and taking your time when it matters (like writing & brainstorming).

Last but not least, let’s talk outsourcing.

As much as I like to think I can do it all, I have learned that I can’t. And that’s OK. In fact, it’s a good thing because there are some things I’ve learned others can do better and I utilize help for those tasks.

Maybe you use Fiverr to get new newsletter templates or hire your teenager to file your receipts. Whatever it is, whether it’s a task that’s small and your time is better spent elsewhere or it’s something big and you want to pay a pro – take the help wherever you can get it!

How do you balance your life & business? Do you use any of these tips already or do you have something else awesome that works for you?

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