Making Time for Your Business

by Bethaney Wallace

As a women in the workforce, you know just how busy your life can be.  And the responsibilities increase ten-fold when you're the one in charge.  There are decisions to be made, accounts to be handled, and that list doesn't even begin to cover your personal life.  However, with all the responsibilities you may hold, the most important one of all is to make sure you're on track.  Not only with your personal life – whether you be spending time with your children, husband, or friends, or even some much-needed alone time – but making sure that your business isn't suffering due to your busy schedule.  Take some time to consider your work week and find out if your company may be suffering.

Start with the previous work week, as its details are more likely to be fresh in your mind.  What business advancements did you make throughout each day?  The week?   Did you accomplish everything you intended?  If not what was pushed back?  How long have you been pushing it back?  And most importantly, why was said task(s) pushed back?  More often than not, we find that business matters are put on the back burner to personal ones.  However, making your business a priority will not only help it thrive, but help manage your stress in the long run.

Here's how:
The best thing you can do for your business is to be organized.  Calendars, file folders, dry erase boards.  When it comes to time management, there's no such thing as over the top.  Keep tabs on your business ventures as well as your personal ones.  Writing everything in the same place will keep you from overbooking, and you'll be able to track where your time was spent.  You may find out your prioritizing is more unbalanced than you think.

Another tactic to ensure business success is to make goals.  Make goals for the year, for the month, and for the week.  Breaking them down into sections will help keep reaching them more manageable.  Then once these goals are made, it is important to stick to them.  If yesterday was super busy, chances are today will be too, and tomorrow, etc.  If you don't sit down and make time for something, it will never happen.  And if you still have trouble being self-motivated, setting up a rewards system is a good idea.  Once you reach a monthly goal, buy yourself a treat.  (Of course, the bigger the task, the bigger the reward.)  Eventually, you'll be earning your new computer or those expensive pair of heels you've been wanting.

Bottom line, if you don't make time for your business, no one will.  Remember that although your day-to-day life is important, your business deserves your time and love as well.  Ration out your priorities in advance and before you know it, you'll have a thriving business plan that not only keeps you less stressed, but completely above water.

Bethaney Wallace is a social media advocate for the mortgage rates website, MortgageSum. She is passionate about blogging and staying organized. 

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