In the United Kingdom, we are now fully into the School Summer holidays. If you’re a parent, you will probably be finding that you’re juggling your work, family and hobbies. The Summer break provides an excellent opportunity to spend quality time with the family.
However, if you’re a small business owner, you will also need to ensure that your business keeps ticking over during this period. So how do you ensure that you strike the right balance between the most important things in your life – your family and the business you have worked so hard to build up? If you’re organised and follow these tips, you can make it work:
What do you want to achieve for the rest of the School holidays? This should consist of places you want to visit/things you want to do and your work commitments. Make a list of each, then put them into priority order. Put a deadline next to all of your work commitments and then plan the weeks ahead. You might be able to get your work completed in 2 days, leaving you 3 days for days out with the family. Perhaps you can get important tasks completed in a few hours each morning. This will leave you the afternoons to spend quality time with your family.
Once you have identified the tasks that you need to do and allocated time each day/week for them. You might find that there are other tasks that it would be useful to do, to ensure you continue to have an online presence during this time. In this instance, you can engage the services of an outsourced resource to carry out marketing on your behalf, process orders or answer routine emails and phone calls.
A large portion of our day is often spent checking emails and Social Media accounts because we are constantly getting notifications to our phones. If you want to spend quality time with your family, turn off your mobile data. You’ll still be able to receive phone calls and texts. But the constant alerts about someone posting in a group you are part of, or emails about a networking event you’re invited to will be silenced. You can decide what to do with them when you turn your mobile data back on again.
Meetings can take up a great deal of time and often take place because they always have. You might have always had a meeting every week with your team but it’s likely that this could take place once a month during the School holidays to free up your time and the time of your colleagues.
Write a to-do list
If you have decided to fit all of your work into two days a week or work mornings only during the School holidays, it’s a good idea to write a to-do list at the end of each day. This will ensure that you have a clear idea of what needs doing when you start work the next working day and you don’t waste precious time trying to remember.
Hopefully these tips will help you to enjoy the School holidays and have quality time with your family without the constant worry and feelings of guilt, that you should be working instead. Enjoy the Summer before it’s gone.
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Till Next Time
Mike Gardner – The Time Doctor