3 Ways to make time for your business this summer
Summer is here and just because the kids are home, doesn’t mean that you wan’t your business to stop. So, how do you make the most of your summer with your kids while maintaining and growing your business. It can be done and I’m going to show you 3 Ways to make time for your business this summer.
Set up realistic expectations
We have to start out by being really honest about what you are going to be able to accomplish this summer. I usually choose one project during the summer and don’t stress too much about pushing my business too hard. Remember that just like you are out enjoying your kids and the summer, so are a lot of your clients. Summer sales can be slow. So, as you are making your goals, be very realistic about how much time you are actually going to have to accomplish your goals.
Set up a schedule
A schedule? In the summer? I know. I am actually the last one to talk about keeping to a schedule because I’m not great at it. But, I do set up a general schedule so that I can know when I’m going to get a little quiet time most days. In our home, we usually don’t watch TV in the morning (I don’t do this because I found that my kids were waking up earlier and earlier to watch TV and I don’t want to use up their TV time when I’m sleeping. Do what works for you). My kids wake up, play, eat breakfast, get ready and then we do something. That something might be swimming, an outing or an activity. Then after lunch we have quiet time. My baby takes a nap and my kids will watch a movie. This is my quiet time that I can slip away and get some work done.
Is this how your day looks? Probably not, but you can set up a general schedule that will help you plan your work time into your day. Let your kids know that you have work time and that they need to give you some quiet time. Setting up clear expectations with them at the beginning will increase your chances of success.
Set up a weekly plan
There is nothing worse than finding an extra few minutes and sitting down and wasting the whole time trying to figure out what you are supposed to do. Every Sunday, I sit down and take a look at my priorities for the week. I take into consideration my family’s schedule and my business’s schedule. Then, I create a list of things that must get done, should get done and nice to get done. Then when I have a free minute, I know exactly where to look and what to do.
Take this out at the beginning of the week and make your plan so that you never waste a minute of work time.
I was interviewed on KSL’s Studio 5 about this very subject, click here to go watch it.
Set up your alarm clock a little earlier
You aren’t going to want to hear this, but you should try getting up early before your kids get up. I know this doesn’t work for everyone, but I’m amazed what I can get done in an hour when I have no interruptions. Waking up and getting things done also makes me feel happier because no matter what happens throughout the day, I know that I’ve gotten my most important things done.
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How do you keep your business going in the summer? I’d love for you to leave a comment below.