What are your plans over the school holidays?
Yes – either your kids have already broken up for the holidays, or you’re on a single day countdown for the summer holidays!
For many of us, we’ve pursued the self-employment route so we can work flexibly around our home life and personal commitments. Personally, I’m also included in this group of women. I have a 5 year old and 3 a year old and I’m already planning on how to strike that balance between the two over the next 6 weeks (or longer for some). It’s my first school holiday as my eldest finishes reception and it’s my first year without as much regular childcare. I have a growing business and I want to spend quality time with my boys and husband. So it got me thinking, what are my top tips to strike balance and to be productive.
- Be clear on what time you have access to and how you’re best going to use it. How are you going to get most “bang for your buck”. I know I have less work time and now is not the time for me to have the luxury of being strategic and planned in my business. The holidays are about keeping the business ticking over and practically like this article is all about, focus on the 20% of your work that leads to 80% of your results.
- Time block. Or should I say, keep time-blocking! If you have a few hours a day / week / evenings only….make them count. Time block the key areas you need to focus on – time block admin, marketing, clients – avoid scatter-gunning your efforts. It’s so important when you have less time in your business to be as productive as possible. Download your free scheduler here. Check out another of my blogs on productivity too.
- Outsource. Which areas of your business can you outsource for the 6 weeks? So that the time you DO have you can focus on those efforts that need YOU in the business and you’re going to get greatest return. Who can handle your admin, answer your calls, look after your social media accounts or schedule regular emails?
I’d love to hear what your plans are – come and share the conversation in my free Facebook group: Women Who Thrive In Business.
And so I asked on my Facebook group for others’ top tips. Here’s what the lovely members shared:
Michelle Betts owner of By Jove Media (www.facebook.com/ByJoveMedia) says
Josie Dom, children’s author says “To ensure that I get time to work and time with my children, I tend to get up early (say 5am), and work for 5 hours. If my children get up in this time, they can have breakfast and do what they want (within reason!), which is usually watch TV or go on the PlayStation. Then at 10am, we all stop and plan our day together. They’re happy because they get screen time and time with me. It works for me as I’m always awake early in the morning anyway. If you’re a night owl, maybe flipping it round will work for you, working in the evenings while children relax or are in bed” www.josiedom.co.uk
Natalie Fairbairn, owner of Top Hats & Tiaras shares “I am utilising other working mum’s and doing a childcare swap and also my mum and mother in law are an absolute God send I plan every day with their activities and when I need to have quiet time”. www.facebook.com/tophatsandtiaras
Ruth Wing, owner of Chirp also says “I get up early too and work first thing – then I try to spend the day with the children and pick up again either later that night or the next morning. Now my 2 are older, they go to clubs which gives me time during “daylight” hours to make calls” www.chirpcomm.co.uk
Samantha Strong, owner of Strong Wills shares “It’s all about balance! I’m planning a combination of holiday clubs/nursery a couple of days a week (so I can get some work done without worrying I’m neglecting the kids) balanced with fun days spent with the kids where I’m totally focussed on them. As I’m more of a night owl than an early riser, I will also use my evenings to work once the kids are in bed”. www.strongwills.co.uk
Lizi Jackson-Barrett, also known as The Naked Goals Coach www.nakedgoals.coach says
Rachel Epstein Lousky, owner of Celebrationz shares she’s “Working early in the morning while my daughter plays around me, working late at night once she is in bed, having one Special Mummy daughter day per week and also booking 2-3 days per week of summer scheme. Myself and my business partner are very busy launching and marketing our new venture so have to keep it up in the holidays while also having quality time with my girl”. xx www.celebrationz.co.uk
Sophie Sparkle My tips…….enjoy the summer holidays as much as you can, children grow up so fast. I want to create fun lasting memories for us all. That’s what I’ll remember when I’m enjoying my retirement on some exotic island 😂 Late nights & weekend working will be worth it in the end 😊👊
However you plan to enjoy the coming weeks, have a wonderful time with those closest to you and whom I’m pretty sure feature highly on your vision boards! Have a wonderful summer! I know I’m planning to!
I’m Sam Dixon, founder of Thrive Coaching – business and marketing coach to ambitious businesswomen who want to create, develop and grow their business with confidence. For a free 30 minute discovery call get in touch on 07972 783 507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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