How Prioritizing Can Help You Manage Your Home and Business

It’s just 9 a.m. and I’ve already;

  • Washed one load of laundry
  • Cleaned the kitchen top to bottom
  • Cleaned the master and kids bathroom
  • Cleaned my bedroom
  • Cleaned the dining room
  • Vacuumed the bedroom and hallway
  • Ironed seven school outfits for the kids
  • Texted my two friends and my brother

Now that the house is in order I can get to work on my blog and other business related tasks.  People always want to know the secret to balancing managing a home and a home based business.

The secret is prioritizing.

My work and homemaking schedule is broken down into 3 parts using the printable sheets on page 10-16 of my eBook ‘How to Get Organized in 24 Hours’. It’s not mystery of magic, just old fashioned prioritizing. Using some simple to follow principles, I’ve learned to weave my work and homemaking together so that one does not over take the other in terms of priority.

While a neat and tidy home is a priority to me, but I don’t want to become a slave to it. The same is true for my business. I don’t like feeling overwhelmed by the fact that one area is being neglected at the expense of the other. It makes me feel crummy to think that I worked all day and didn’t tend to my home and the same is true with my business.

Here are some of the key steps in how I manage home and business:

  1. Be picky about what really needs to be done. In other words, value your time. Is there something you are doing that could be done by someone else?
  2. Ask for help. The sign of a good leader is one that delegates. If there are others around you who are better at a task, ask them to take it on. Also, don’t be lazy on training your children if you have them. They will be a valuable asset in terms on helping to keep the house clean.
  3. Work through your schedule adding and removing tasks until it flows peacefully resulting a day that leaves you feeling like you’ve succeeded in reaching your homemaking and business goals.

You won’t get it right the first time, but be dedicated to working at it until you’ve achieved the right home/work balance. And remember, don’t give up.

“Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”. – Abraham Lincoln

I hope you will remember that as you tackle balancing your home life with your business life.


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