It’s an exciting time in our household!
I’ve been preparing this week to receive family and break bread together for Thanksgiving. I simply love expressions of thanks that we all get to share around the table this time of year.
With the busyness of the season, I am reminded of just how important it is to delegate personal tasks so that I keep on top of my business. I’m able to do this with the help of part-time virtual my assistants. There was a time when I wouldn’t have even considered this because it seemed better to try to handle it all. Today, my thought process has totally changed after making the shift to have more time freedom.
I have realized after many years of being busy, not present, that no woman is an island.
Yes, we, are phenomenal and can do anything that we put our minds to but here’s the secret. We don’t have to do it all. In fact, if you really want to live life fully, I highly suggest that you don’t.
Here’s some tips that helps me to be present when activities ramp up during holiday time.
start getting ready ahead of time. One way that I do this is to create lists.
I have checklists to for just about everything under the sun from what to cook to a routine for cleaning (yes, that includes the kitchen cupboards and the frig). This helps me to be efficient and get stuff done because I used to find myself forgetting to do things and having to back track. We all know that there are regular tasks that must take place to pull off an enjoyable gathering. So why wait until the last hour to do them? Instead of scrambling around, list and delegate as much of this as possible.
Put to-do’s on auto.
Here’s where I like to use technology to my advantage. For example, I use an app called Boomerang to create emails to family members who need gentle reminders of when dinner starts and location. (You can try it, too here) It’s one of my favorite add-on’s and works perfectly with Gmail. So no more forgetting. I simply draft the message, set it for a future date and it’s done!
Other tasks that work great with automation, of course, is money matters.
You could, for instance, put customer billing on automation. This way they receive their invoices on schedule and can plan to remit payments. One thing that I’ve learned in my years in business is that out of sight is out of mind. If you forget to bill a customer, chances are they won’t be blowing up your phone to remind you (especially during holiday time).
To make invoicing a bit easier, consider using the recurring invoice feature in QuickBooks (check out the awesome promo going on this week here).
You may also find it convenient to schedule bill payments. Using your online banking feature keeps you current with due dates so that you don’t get behind in all the holiday excitement. Do this so that you stay in good graces with business vendors and contractors, too.
So those are just a few ways that I’m able to create a sense of work-life balance and have more time for family and friends. I’m sure that you likely have great tips, too!
I’d love to hear from you. What are some ways that you get more done with less effort in your personal life and business? Go ahead and share your tip in the comments section below.