Have you found yourself feeling disorganized lately? Maybe confused about what you should be focusing on and not super clear about where to start?
Oh my fellow entrepreneur, welcome to Summer.
No, scratch that. Welcome to being a mom running her own business in summer. Holy cannoli there’s a lot to manage.
And here’s the thing. I know you want the quick fix, so I’m going to give it to you, I promise. But I want you to hear something first, OK? It’s not always fun, but it’s super important:
You’re only feeling disorganized because you’re not sure what to do next.
It’s not that you don’t know what to do all the time, for every situation. It’s just that you don’t know what to do next. That’s it.
Because let’s be honest. You’re freaking amazing. When you know what to do, you do it. And you do it with gusto.
But as moms, we can think we’re awful at this. Or we secretly judge one another (oh no…I hate that this is the case!) and create a silent competition by feeling like we can be more organized than the next mom. (ew)
So my beautiful hard-working mom, here’s the deal.
You’re smart, probably brilliant, even. So when you find yourself feeling confused or disorganized, here’s what you can do in 3 easy steps to clear that up for yourself and get right back on track – summer or not
1. Brain Dump
This is one of the most powerful tools we can use on a daily basis, that we probably don’t. Now, if you do this often enough, you probably only need to do it once a week, but there are times when we may need to do it daily – be kind to yourself.
Your job is to write down everything (and I do mean everything) you think you need to get done. This includes family, house, work, health, friends/leisure etc.
2. Organize Your Tasks
This means you break these tasks down into 3 categories:
A Tasks: Those that must absolutely be done, they will bring in more revenue, they’ll get the painter to your house on time, or get your daughter’s balloons to her birthday party. These absolutely 100% must get done.
B Tasks: Important, but probably not quite as urgent. They also tend to take more time than A tasks, but you can actually schedule them into your calendar. These are tasks like, writing an email to your followers, or mapping out your next offer for your business or planning dinner for Sunday night.
C Tasks: These are even less important or urgent. These are tasks you can probably delegate, or schedule in over the next few weeks. These are tasks like research web developers, call different painters for pricing or plan out a date night for next month etc.
3. Get your top 3 A Tasks Done
Here’s the thing. If you get you A tasks done immediately, chances are, you’ll have all 3 of your top A tasks done within 30 minutes. Yep, you read that right. If you go after you’re A tasks, first thing ever day, you probably won’t really have more than 3 of them.
Each one probably doesn’t take more than 5 to 10 minutes. And check it out. Within 30 minutes of starting your day, you’ve moved all of the most important needles.
How’s that for feeling organized?
So that’s your “quick fix”. Pretty powerful right? If you do this process say, on Sunday afternoons, the entire thing should take around 30 to 45 minutes, total.
You’ll walk into each Monday morning knowing that you’ve put your most important tasks first, you’re taking care of your business, your family and your health, and in the proper order.
See, you’re so smart, that you know if you put these tasks in front of you, you’ll get them done, and quickly, because you know what to do. You have said what’s most important to you, and you are in charge.
Now one little caveat here. If you find that you’re not sure what’s most important to you in a given day, I have a magic question for you. You ready?
Here it is:
How do I want to feel tonight when my head hits the pillow?
Let’s say you want to feel accomplished and calm. OK, so your follow up question is:
Which of these tasks on my brain dump list will make me feel that way?
And that will help you make the best decisions for you.
You’ve got this, woman. You really do.
Sometimes you just have a to take a few minutes to pull back from the hubbub (close that Facebook tab, put down the Insta on your phone) and ask yourself what you want out of today.
The answer to that question will tell you everything.
Go get ‘em.