Let me ask you a question. What is your number one, biggest, baddest challenge as a mompreneur? Don’t think about it too hard. Just go with your gut. Now it might be your first instinct to answer, “Laundry,” right? Or “Checking all the items off the to-do list for today” or “Getting projects completed.” Some days it may even be just getting a shower before we head out the door to pick up the kids as we morph into everyone’s favorite superhero—Super Mom.
Well, what all of these really boil down to is time, right? And as much as most of us would really appreciate about four more hours per day so we can finally get things done, if we’re really, really honest with ourselves, how we manage the time we do have—the same 24 hours everybody else has—is singlehandedly enhancing or sabotaging our productivity. Today we’re going to take a look at some productivity killers.
First let’s do the hard work of self-reflection and identify a couple of the main ways we sabotage our productivity, especially as it relates to our business practices. And remember, I’m talking to myself here too. I know what it is to struggle with these things in my own business. But “knowing is half the battle,” right? So here we go:
- How many times do we try to squish something ginormous and unspecific into a disproportionately tiny period of time? Come on, we all do this, right? “I am going to update my website this weekend.” Oh really? Is that every page? Just what does that involve? Now how qualified are you to even do all that needs done? If you’re like me, maybe you know just enough about coding to be dangerous. Now how plausible is it that you are going to be able to squeeze all of that into your weekend without help? As noble as it may seem to accomplish a huge task with superhuman speed, we thwart even our best efforts when we fail to specify the scope and strategy of a project.
- While we’re on the topic of weekends, what time frame would you say comprises your weekend? Does it start at 5:00 Friday evening with the close of the workday? 10:00 at night, after the kids are tucked into bed and the noise in the house settles down to a dull roar? Does your weekend really not start until after you’ve gotten your beauty sleep, had your coffee and read the paper Saturday morning? And what about all the other things we cram into a typical weekend? Soccer games, birthday parties, dance recitals—not to mention the mountain of laundry we weren’t able to get to during the week. We set ourselves up for self-sabotage when we fail to specify the time frame we have to work with.
Now these are only a couple of productivity killers and truth be told, there are many, but these are two of our biggest challenges, for sure. Start to pay attention as you’re going about your daily routine and begin to take note of the times when you are doing these things. Catch yourself in the act. Being aware of the ways in which we sabotage ourselves is invaluable.