how to be productive

Mums in business are generally busy people.  The business is usually based at home both for convenience and to cut down on overheads. Plus there is also a family to run which is no easy feat.  It is for this reason that I focus on helping women create thriving businesses without sacrificing their family.  

 

I often get asked by female business owners how to make the most of the limited time available to them.  Of course there are many things that will help with productivity however in this post I aim to address the 3 things you can do today to be more productive in life and business.

If you want less overwhelm and more results, these are in my opinion, the three most important aspects of productivity.

the 3 most important aspects of productivity for a thriving business

Focus on your mindset

1. Work on your mindset

The number 1 thing that is going to hold you back from progressing efficiently with your business is your mindset.  With business mums having limited time, it is essential to have your mindset set to success.  

 

If fear of putting yourself out there, of judgement or of failure is holding you back then you are essentially self sabotaging your success.  Have you heard the quote “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway” (a book by Susan Jeffers)?  That is the difference between success and failure.  Those that do it anyway will always have more opportunity to succeed.  

Another thing to note is that procrastination is the number one dream killer.  Procrastination is simply a way for your brain to keep you safe.  Our unconscious mind is always looking for the path of least resistance so when a difficult task comes up and those uncomfortable feelings arise; your brain is going to keep you safe in your comfort zone.  Another quote for you “Get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable”.  Workout why you are procrastinating and over what tasks but then do it anyway!

 

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2. Get to know your habits 

We all develop habits as the years go by.  Some are useful and some are not.  The way we procrastinate is a habit.  Other habits that affect your efficiency to do business are multi-tasking, being a control freak, talking too much and not listening to your clients or audience, wasting time on things unrelated to your business…..the list goes on.

On a personal note, if you are staying up late every night binge watching tv, not eating well or not practicing some form of self care then you may need to reassess these habits too. 


When you remove the habits that do not serve you or your business but continue to love the good habits, you are on your way to a thriving business.

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3. Systems and Structure in Your Business

Mumpreneurs tend to wear ALL the hats in business which is another very good reason for installing great systems.  In particular, if you have recurring tasks in areas such as blog production, accounts & invoicing, content for social platforms, emails and phone calls, welcoming new clients or thanking existing customers.  Try not to reinvent the wheel every time you do a task that is repeated often.

As humans we like familiarity.  With a good system in place, it should require little thought and minimal effort to maintain.  It will be easier to delegate or outsource when you are financially able to do so. It means time is not wasted working out what needs to be done and in what order.  

 

Allowing yourself time to plan and implement systems rather than always being on the hamster wheel of doing could mean the difference between success and failure.

 

So there you have it. I hope this post has shown you the 3 things you can do today to be more productive in life and business.

With a bit of planning, hard work and getting out of our own way; us business mums can thrive.

Much love for now…
Nicola

 

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