How to Get the Work Done When You Have NO Time

I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus from my business lately and was feeling completely overwhelmed with how to get back into the swing of things. While I love my work, life came up, illnesses hit our house, and it’s just been a bit of a whirlwind.

I’ve been left with less time than ever to devote to my work. So what’s a high-achieving, overwhelmed mamapreneur to do?

Make a change.

I’ve had to drop my usual all-or-nothing attitude and embrace this new space of life. I’ve completely restructured how I run my business and am already seeing success.

If you’ve been in the swirl of feeling overwhelmed by life’s demands and not devoting enough time to your business, this one is for you! Here are the steps to take when time is not on your side.

 

Forgive Yourself

I can’t resist a good Youtube video or blog post about growing a business, and while the advice is always different, it always boils down to the same thing: consistency. It’s the only way forward, but it’s not easy.

If you haven’t been able to be consistent with your work or business because life came up, it’s okay! It really is. It’s not the life stuff that’s keeping you stuck. It’s the story you’ve been telling yourself about it.

 

I have no time, because I have little kids.

 

I still have to work outside the home, so there’s no way I can do this.

 

I already feel like I can’t keep up with life.

 

Once we realize that these are just excuses, it is natural to beat yourself up. To feel like you’ll never be able to keep up the consistency, and maybe you just don’t have what it takes. Remember that we ALL go through this. But the successful ones stop the negative track in their heads, forgive themselves, and move forward.

 

Gently Witness Your Behavior

We can’t get to where we’re going if we don’t know where we are. You need your current location before the GPS will give you directions to your destination. Take a moment to get real with yourself.

What has been holding you back? And is it possible that those barriers you’ve come up against have been keeping you safe? When I was getting sick a lot over the winter, I was frustrated with my body. But I have to admit, I also felt a tinge of relief. Okay, I have the stomach flu so I don’t have to try (and maybe fail) today.

The things holding you back are certainly genuinely hard, but they also don’t control your entire life. Witness them without judging yourself and move forward.

 

Recommit to Your Vision

Once you’ve done the work of getting honest with yourself, it’s time to find the joy in your business again. Write out WHY you’re doing this work. Print out pictures of your goals. I just refreshed my vision board and posted pictures of everything from a fabulous Hawaii trip to a house cleaning service to the new swimsuit I want for the summer.

If we’re not enjoying our work and our lives, then what is the point? Holding the vision of what you want will naturally keep you moving forward without feeling like you have to force it.

 

Focus on What You CAN Do

Now we can get into the nitty gritty. When you have very limited time for your business, it can feel like there is no point in working for 20 minutes. There is so much more to do. But here’s the thing. Those 20-minute increments add up.

Make a list of business tasks you can do in 15-20 minutes. Maybe that means pitching a few new clients or doing a Facebook live. Keep that list close to your workspace, so you when you DO having some time, you can get right to work.

 

Pick 2 Things

Take a look at your list of doable tasks and commit to two per day. If you’re like me, you’re already bristling. Two isn’t enough! I’ll never move forward unless I fully commit to hours per day. I know it doesn’t sound like it’s possible, but I promise that accomplishing two work tasks per day will move you forward and create serious momentum. If you’re on a roll and want to keep going, awesome.

 

Pick Yourself Back Up

Even though two work tasks per day doesn’t sound like enough, there will be days when it’s just not possible. When those days happen, so often we give them more meaning than we should. We think it means maybe this business isn’t meant to be or maybe we just don’t have the discipline to make it.

Instead, start from the beginning of this list. Forgive yourself and get back at it. None of us are ever going to be “there.” Everyday is a new adventure in this mamapreneur life, and that’s exactly why we’ve chosen it :) One foot in front of the other. You’ve got this!

 

Carrie Madormo