After a year and a half of talking to thousands of new parents, we like to think we've figured out a thing or two about that crazy work-life jumble. Whether you're working full time, staying home with the kiddos, or have crafted a situation that falls somewhere in between, hit us up with your work-life questions and we'll share our thoughts on the steps you might take to make it through.
Question from Leah (entrepereneur, mom of two): Can you duplicate me?
Thanks for your question! While it turns out we don’t have the power to duplicate you, we can provide you with some efficiency tips to help make it feel like you’re getting two Leahs for the price of one.
Here are some ideas:
Remove distractions. If you’re not expecting urgent work emails and you’re focused on the kiddos, set your phone to airplane mode, and check back in when your quality time is done. Same goes if dispatches from daycare are distracting you while you’re trying to work. You don’t need to compartmentalize completely – parenthood makes you a stronger entrepreneur, and vice versa – but treat your attention like currency, and spend it wisely.
Ditch the scroll. Just. Stop. Scrolling. The average person spends almost 2 hours browsing social media every day. Imagine what you could do with those extra 14 hours a week (even if it’s just getting more sleep!) While some social media is essential as an entrepreneur, you could use a temporary social media blocker like Flipd to set and stick to clear limits.
Find like-minded people who will keep you honest. Find a fellow entrepreneur who is working on a similar-stage project and can help keep you accountable for the progress you need to make. Schedule a weekly email or phone check-in, even if it's just for 5-10 minutes. Watching each other’s progress will help keep you both on track. Need help finding someone? Try a local entrepreneur meetup.
Map out your goals and to-dos within each goal (and use this document daily). It’s simple, but essential. If you’re not keeping track of the things you need to do (whether at work or at home), you end up wasting precious time trying to remember what needs to happen. Try a tool like Wunderlist to stay organized.
It’s a big question, and these are just a couple of tips to get you started. Hope they help!
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