Productivity is the key to being successful as a freelancing mom. But when kids make the day completely unpredictable, it can be hard to get things done. Having strategies in place to mitigate life's curve balls can help you meet deadlines while keeping your sanity.
Here are four ways to boost productivity as a freelancing mom.
1. Set Realistic Goals
Be realistic about your goals. It's great to push yourself and set the bar a little high, but having unattainable goals will only set you up for failure and disappointment.
Even if you've mastered the art of multi-tasking, you can't expect to do everything and all at once.
Establish a support system that will help you manage the household. Maybe your partner can pitch in with cooking, cleaning and laundry. Maybe you can do a "kid swap" with another parent (one parent watches all of the kids one day, and you watch them all another day). A "kid swap" arrangement can give you some much-needed alone time to get some serious work done.
Regardless of how you plan and manage your days, make sure that you're setting realistic goals that you can achieve.
2. Work Ahead of Schedule
Life is unpredictable as-is. Add kids into the equation, and you never really know what each day will bring. Some days, the kids will nap at noon. Other days, they'd stay up all night if you'd let them.
Unpredictability can make it difficult to set and meet deadlines. Working ahead of schedule can help you avoid missing deadlines, so clients stay happy and you avoid a stress meltdown in the eleventh hour.
Try to be at least two days ahead of schedule.
3. Get Up and Get Dressed Earlier
Get up and get ready earlier than everyone else. That extra quiet time will allow you to get a jumpstart on the day before your chaotic morning routine begins.
Aim to be up an hour or two before the rest of the household, and remember that waking up earlier also means going to bed earlier.
Even if you're not a morning person, you'll appreciate this uninterrupted work time. For many freelancing moms, these are the most productive hours of the day. Aim to get your most difficult tasks of the day finished during this quiet time.
4. Automate Tasks
Finding ways to streamline your routine will help you get more done with less stress. Software solutions like Skyboss can help with task management, invoicing, scheduling, reporting and more.
You may also consider hiring someone to take care of small, menial tasks that would otherwise take up a lot of your time.
Use these four tips to get more done during the work day. Remember to have patience and not to be too hard on yourself when days are not as productive as they should be. Running a business and taking care of the kids is no easy task. Working ahead of schedule will help you keep your sanity when days are chaotic and everything seems to fall apart.