6 Ways to Better Time Management This Summer
When you’re in direct sales, time management can be challenging, especially with summer approaching. Vacations, the kids home from school, or visits from family all can take away from the time you need to devote to your business.
Have no fear! We’ve got some surefire ways to help you get your time back. We can’t entertain your in-laws and we don’t have summer camp recommendations for your kids, but we can help eliminate the smaller distractions in your life that keep you from getting your work done.
Here are five ways to be more productive so you can spend the rest of your time enjoying your summer:
1. Set daily goals the night before
Sometimes we can get overwhelmed thinking about everything we need to get done for our business. The best way to conquer this feeling is to make a list the night before your workday. Just the act of transferring what we have to do from our heads to a visible list helps alleviate stress. Doing it the night before means you can get to work right away rather than waste time making your list that morning. You can use your cell phone calendar or an app like Todoist, or even an old-fashioned pen and notebook. Once you’ve got your list done, prioritize your tasks into things that need to be done immediately and things that can wait until tomorrow or later in the week. Try not to make your lists longer than five items per day. As you perform each task, mark it off your list. There are few feelings better than accomplishing the goals you set for the day. Taking a marker and striking through each task gives you a sense of accomplishment and encourages you to get even more done.
2. Define your business hours
To help organize your time, set up specific business hours. This is the time you designate for yourself to get your work done. It helps set boundaries for you and your family so that you won’t be disturbed. Your business hours don’t have to be the traditional 9-5, and it doesn’t have to be one long chunk of time. You can set a few work hours aside in the morning, take a break in the afternoon and then set a few more hours for work in the evening. Whatever times works best for you according to your schedule. Just be realistic about whether you work best in the mornings, afternoons or nights.