Let’s chat how some basic business skills that can help you to make home life easier…
These basic business skills that I honed over the past 12 years as an entrepreneur sure came in handy during my recent treatment for breast cancer. I can’t imagine how much more complicated it would have been if I didn’t have these skills in my toolkit. And that’s why I wanted to create this episode for you today…so you too can use the skills that you’ve been working on in your business to create a happier home life.
When you utilize the skills that we’ll talk about today in your home life, you will also improve the way you use them in your business. Not to mention your home life will run smoother because mom doesn’t have to make as many decisions. You’ll feel less stressed. And there’s more certainty for everybody because you will know where you’re supposed to be. Or what you’re going to have for dinner. Or just what the flow of your day is going to be like.
An added benefit as you incorporate these skills is that other family members will watch and learn. They’ll learn to confidently create a schedule, a checklist, or a routine. They’ll learn to ask for help. And these skills are great for any human to use on a regular basis.
7 Basic Business Skills
Creating Checklists…First up, creating checklists. This helps to offload decisions that you need to make when you are trying to complete an activity. An example might be you want to get out the door in the morning…what are the things you need to make sure that you have. Or maybe you want to clean your house on the weekends. What are all the tasks that you need to complete? Consider all the steps you need to take to complete a task or project so you don’t continually recreate the wheel. What steps do you take to make sure that every “i” is dotted and every “t” is crossed? Creating these checklists offloads the number of decisions that you make and in turn, makes you feel less stressed.
Maintain a Schedule…Number two is to keep a schedule. You may already maintain a schedule for your family but this is not just for mom. Try to iincorporate your kids in their schedule making. Show them how to use a calendar or the calendar app on their phones. Help them get in the habit of knowing when they need to be at soccer practice or when they have projects that are due. Remember…practice makes better for all of these skills. And scheduling is one of the things that college students struggle with most. So the sooner you can incorporate your family in helping to keep a calendar or a schedule, the more practice they’re going to get before they don’t have you around to help them out.
Know Your Priorities…Our third basic business skill is to know your priority tasks. Prioritizing helps you focus on what is going to move the needle. And ask yourself if something is important enough to take up space on your calendar. Knowing your priorities helps you decide if you want to say “yes” or “no” to a task, activity, or opportunity. We don’t have to do everything. And we need to know if the thing that we are committing to is worth our valuable time, energy, and effort. And many times when we feel overwhelmed or overscheduled, it’s because we’ve said “yes” to a lot of activities or tasks that aren’t really a priority. So look at your schedule. See what you’ve committed to. And see if there’s anything that you can delete or delay until you have more time available.
Learn to Delegate…The number four basic business skill that you can utilize at home is delegation. This is passing off tasks that you do to somebody else so that you don’t feel like you have to do it all. You could delegate grocery shopping to Amazon or Instacart. Or delegate a spouse for school pick ups in the afternoon so that you can be home working on your business
Ask for Help…Delegation goes hand in hand with number five which is asking for help. I often hear moms in my community struggling with asking for help. They may need help cleaning their house. Or watching the children so that they could work. Think about where you are struggling or feeling most overwhelmed when it comes to your home life. Then brainstorm where you can ask for help so that you don’t feel like you have to do it all.
Create Routines…The sixth basic business skill is to create a routine or a habit. Whereas the checklist has an end result or a goal, a routine something where you run on autopilot. For instance, you might have a morning routine where you wake up. You turn on the coffee maker. Grab the newspaper from the front door. Wash your face and put on your moisturizer. And when your coffee is done, you sit down and read the newspaper before you wake your kids up for school. That is a routine. A flow. And the great thing about these routines is that it offloads the need to make decisions. Because decisions fatigue the brain. You can save that precious brainpower for more important decisions throughout the day. Look for places to create these routines so you can go with the flow and make fewer decisions.
Develop a Growth Mindset…The final basic business skill is to develop a growth mindset around your life as a parent. If you’re unfamiliar with the term “growth mindset”, it is to constantly improve and make changes for the better. This is the opposite of a fixed mindset which is “I’m already as good as I’m going to be and I’m not going to put any effort or time into improving.” I like the Japanese concept of Kaizen. It’s the idea that every day you’re getting 1% better. Maybe you lost your mind on your kids because they couldn’t find their shoes on the way out the door. Or you argued with your husband. Or you’re having a day where things don’t feel like they’re going right. Now that you’re aware, look for a way that you can improve your response or your attitude by 1% the next time.
And those, my mama friends, are the seven basic business skills that can help make your home life so much easier. If you’re ready to incorporate these skills but aren’t sure where to start, I’m here to help. Click below to schedule your free, 15-minute clarity call where we can discuss your ideal home and business life and how I can help you make it happen.
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