5 Time management tips for women leaders
5 time management tips for women leaders
Women just can't have it all. Each day you have to decide on being either a CEO or a wife. The situation is getting even more complicated if you are a mother as well. Being a working mother - regardless of the number of your kids - knocks over even the most skillful time jugglers. The good news is, it is not a lost cause at all. Here you can find some great methods to decrease the stress in your life caused by time pressure.
1. Know your priorities
As a director and a mother, there are dozens of applicants needing your time practically in every second of your life - your employees, your husband, children, friends, bureaucratic things, school issues, working-out, having a sleep, and so on. Certainly you won't have time for all this, so you have to prioritise. Everyday you need to compromise and have to make choices. The key to this is knowing your priorities, and making the right choice day by day.
2. Set firm rules
Set up and communicate your rules clearly. What is more, in all directions: towards your company, your family and yourself. Set your minimums and maximums concerning your working hours. Consider what is the maximum time you can work without missing out important things in your family or without having any health issues. Make it clear to your boss and colleagues what are the tasks and responsibilities you can or cannot take. Especially when you work from home office, communicate your expectations to your family (When do you need to be left alone? In which cases can they disturb you? What about the weekends?)
3. Rank your tasks for all life situations
You certainly know the frustrating feeling when you should get on with a great deal of work, but you are sitting stuck in your car waiting for your child, whose workout is drawn out. If you find that in spite of the careful planning you have a great amount of time out, you should count with these periods in advance. The popular work-life management system, the GTD methodology suggests to label your tasks which enables you to filter tasks to be done in certain situations. For example collect the tasks that can be done even when your kids are around, and give them the label @withkids. The classic @phone tag can be helpful when you have to wait somewhere. The quiet dead times can be used for self-improvement or reading. Save your readings in Pocket or Evernote, or take your kindle on you.
4. Have a helping network
When everything goes well, it can be fine that your husband helps you in with the kinds sometimes, or the granny can pop up when you call her. But your workload can increase extremely, and there may also be unexpected events (e.g: the granny is sick and the babysitter is not available), when you need a whole helping network instead of the 1 or 2 persons assisting you. Have a long list of those helpers (husband, grandparents, neighbours, babysitters, nannies) whom you can count on and when. Build up a helping network, educate them, prepare "the most important things to know" lists, so that you can shoot them in emergency cases.
5. Have that me-time. For real
Take some time off, move, and most importantly: sleep. Being exhausted, or what is even more dangerous: being burn-out, you won't be able to succeed. Yahoo CEO Mariassa Mayer says burnout is about resentment. So find out what it is you are giving up that makes you resentful, then make time for those things. If you want to be effective you have to start with getting yourself in a form in which you can perform. Plan your me-time in your daily and weekly routine and find your own rhythm, so that you can keep your work-life balance in harmony.