We’re all guilty of biting off more than we can chew at times - like being too busy to put together the outdoor playhouse for the kids. So here’s some advice on juggling all those commitments like a pro.
Use apps and tools to your advantage
Dr. Tennille Graham is a mum to four children, all while running her own business. She juggles all this at once with the help of her phone:
“I use a task manager called Asana. It allows me to list all tasks I have relating to the business, family and the medical care for my daughter. I can add due dates and it sends reminders. I can also chat with my husband or staff about each due task if required. It’s all in one place and transportable, allowing me to work when picking up kids or checking in on staff while attending doctor appointments.”
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Nicky Jessen is also a working mother who has these three handy tools:
“My number 1 tool is my family planner calendar which hangs in the kitchen. It lists all 5 family members and everyone writes their activities for the month. This is absolutely critical.
[My] next tool is my diary. My customers will ring up and arrange a date and time to view the crystals. Without my diary, my ability to juggle everything would be impossible.
The third and last tool I use is Shopify to launch and build my e-commerce business. Building a website seems so daunting, but with Shopify, many of the tools are integrated into one place.”
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Don’t overcommit, do get organised
Simone Vincenzi juggles four businesses, a family, basketball training and more on a regular basis. He has this advice on keeping up:
“I believe over-committing is the new addiction of the 21st Century. These are the strategies that work for me day in and day out.
1) Only have three major tasks on your to do list daily
2) Start with a morning routine to feel in control of your day
3) Get a VA (Virtual Assistant)”
Stationery is key to planning
Bianka Velaska credits Mi Goals stationary for keeping all her commitments like full-time work, passion projects and an active life organised. She has two tips for success:
“1) Set goals that serve your purpose
Are you juggling areas in your life that you actually enjoy or you are under pressure from family/friends/society? If not, then you're probably struggling to balance everything because you don't look forward to doing it.
2) Create new habits
Wanting to wake up at 7 am to work out? You have to create habits. Want to work on your side project? You have to create habits.”
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Find your sweet spot
The best way to make all those commitments feel like a breeze is if they don’t feel like commitments at all. Peter Horsfield calls this finding your sweet spot - that place where money, passion and talent combine. Your passion gets you through the stressful times but the money and talent are necessary to make those commitments sustainable for your life.
With a little help anyone can take on family, work, healthy living and more. You might even find yourself looking for an extra challenge - like decorating the nursery so you can start or expand your family.